What is the biggest thing the establishment has against Lugar's conservative Republican opponent, Richard Mourdock? He didn't vote for John McCain in the Presidential primary in Indiana when the race had already been decided. In 1996, I voted for Phil Gramm since Bob Dole had the nomination and didn't want to vote for him. It happens all the time but it goes to show how low the establishment Republicans will go when they go after conservative candidates.
This is one of the Senate races that is for the heart and soul of the Republican Party -- Indiana voters elect a conservative who actually believes in small government or they re-elect a moderate who has been in office for years. This is just one of the races that are is being contested in the primary between the establishment Rockefeller type Republicans versus the Tea Party/Grassroots conservative Republicans. This is the same group of establishment types who refused to vote for Barry Goldwater as too conservative and went to work for Richard Nixon when he won in 1968.
Dick Lugar’s Voting Record
Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)
Monday, April 30th at 12:05PM EDT
The other day I suggested Dick Lugar fire his new media guy.Let’s add another example to the list. His campaign sent out an email blast encouraging people to come to a site supporting Richard Mourdock to read a hit piece Lugar’s new media guy posted about Mourdock’s voting record.The offense? Not voting for John McCain in the Indiana GOP Primary in 2008.But what about Dick Lugar’s voting record.
Consider the following:
Dick Lugar voted
- To support a host of anti-gun legislation including a concealed weapons ban
- To support the Bridge to Nowhere
- To oppose school choice for victims of Hurricane Katrina
- To oppose $13 billion in new mandatory spending cuts
- To support raiding the social security trust fund to fund general budget appropriations
- To oppose a one year earmark moratorium
- To support adding $52 billion in new spending to Barack Obama’s stimulus bill
- To support TARP
- To support giving the IMF more money
- To support the tax credit and tariff on ethanol
- To support increased foreign aid spending
- To support an expansion of highway spending that would bankrupt the Highway Trust Fund
Richard Mourdock did not go vote for John McCain in a, by that time, uncontested Republican Primary.
- To support increasing the loan limit to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Dick Lugar voted to bankrupt America.