• Dick Lugar's Defeat May Signal End to These Happy Bipartisan Times

    One day in the near future, we will look back upon these current halcyon days of congressional bipartisanship and across-the-aisle camaraderie – of Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives coming together for the common good of the nation — and we will stretch our wearied lips into a bittersweet smile for a lost golden age.

    In case you missed the news of yesterday's Indiana senatorial Republican primary

    Not only did Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock just put an end to Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's 35-year U.S. Senate career, but it wasn't even close… In and of itself, the crushing defeat of such a long-time veteran of the Senate would be a big story, but the importance of this development will be felt way beyond Indiana…

    Mourdock's victory not only means that this particular Senate seat is likely to be more conservative (assuming he goes on to win the general election in this traditionally red state), but it also puts Republican Senators everywhere on notice that no seat is safe anywhere in the country. Any elected Republican that doesn't pursue a small government agenda once in office risks suffering the same fate as Lugar.

    It would appear as though a second-term Obama wouldn't face nearly warmth and open-armed support from congressional Republicans as to which he's become accustomed.

    They might even make it hard for him to do his job.

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    Tags: Dick Lugar, Indiana, Primaries, Republicans, Richard Mourdock, Senate, Tea Party

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