“McCain and Daniels Defend Lugar”
Mitch Daniels and John McCain are coming to Sen. Dick Lugar’s rescue, POLITICO has learned.
The Indiana governor and the Arizona senator have cut ads on Lugar’s behalf that are likely to air in the closing weeks of his neck-and-neck Republican primary contest.
While the details of the commercials are unclear, two GOP sources confirm that the two political heavyweights are featured in television and radio spots encouraging the election of Lugar to a seventh term.
[...] the pair of high profile surrogates would make a powerful closing argument for Lugar, whose polling lead in the May 8 primary has evaporated in recent months.
Lugar, who hasn’t lived in Indiana in years, and who sported a 71 conservative rating in 2010 (77 lifetime), is being challenged by a constitutional conservative, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, best known for his legal challenge to Obama’s bailout and takeover of Chrysler on behalf of Indiana pensioners. Lugar, conversely, has moved increasingly to the left over the years — and is Obama’s “favorite” GOP Senator.
But none of that matters to Party Republicans: this is all about tenure and membership in the fraternity of big government g0-alongs, about ruling class bona fides, simply put — and the GOP establishment seems yet again intent on beating back conservatives (whether they’ve already been elected, as is the case with Ron Johnson; or are running against incumbents, as is Mourdock; or are running as the more conservative of the potential candidates, as is Ted Cruz) in order to keep their control over Party leadership positions, constitutionalism be damned, conservatism and “purity” be damned.
We’ve already been force-fed a moderate / progressive Republican as the presumptive nominee for President, and I’ve used more than enough space here detailing how Romney’s positions often match Obama’s, with respect to policy. And now the Republican leadership in both the House and the Senate is working hard to hobble any conservative upstarts who threaten to upset the DC status quo.
If we can’t get a conservative nominee for President because the Party won’t ever support one, and the GOP establishment is willing to work harder to defeat conservative primary challengers to incumbent Republicans moderates than it is to attack President Obama on his record, what’s left for us?
Is our Party forever to be the Party of McCain and McConnell, Romney and Lugar, Boehner and Graham?
If so, why should we be expected to support it?
The time is rapidly approaching where we’re going to have to make difficult choices. Which, frankly, shouldn’t really be all that difficult. The question is, how far are we willing to go for the constitutional ideals that made this country what it once was?
I submit that rewarding the GOP time and again with our votes — even as they work to thwart our wishes — is a losing proposition, even when we win elections doing it. That’s not a popular sentiment among the “just win, baby!” pragmatists, but then, they don’t much like us anyway — and when push comes to shove, they oftentimes display an ideological affinity to progressives insofar as power is their ultimate goal, and how they get there doesn’t much matter.
The time is rapidly approaching where difficult choices are going to have to be made. And the key to making the right choice is to admit that, frankly, the choices aren’t really that difficult at all.
Just do it.