Richard Lugar Articles


Indiana Fires a Senator

The end of Lugar’s winning streak.
May 21, 2012

Richard Lugar’s long career in the U.S. Senate came to an end last Tuesday night in a primary election. Six years ago, running for a sixth term, he not only faced no opposition within his own party, he ran essentially unopposed in the general election. So this is a bad, undistinguished, and forlorn end. And Lugar took it that way, issuing some spiteful advice on his way out to the man who had beaten him. That advice came down, essentially, to “Do it the way I did it or you’ll fail.” Strangely defiant counsel from a man who had just been exposed as a failure.

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The Pathetic Case of Richard Lugar

10:00 AM, May 09, 2012

On June 19, 1981 a vigorously healthy Justice Potter Stewart resigned from the Supreme Court at the age of 66. “I've always been a firm believer in the principle that it’s better to go too soon than to stay too long. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I wanted to have an opportunity to spend more time with my wife, Andy, and hopefully, with our children and grandchildren while I was still relatively young and healthy,” Stewart said. Stewart died suddenly only four years later, at age 70, so he and his family must have been especially grateful for those last years.

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Run 'Em Out of Town

If it were only that easy …
1:02 PM, May 03, 2012

It appears increasingly likely that Senator Richard Lugar will not be the senior U.S. senator from Indiana when the next Congress is sworn in. After 36 years on the job, he is running behind in a tough primary. His opponent's main knock on Lugar is that he has been in Washington too long and been infected with the incumbency virus.

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Young Guns Support Elderly RINO

5:05 PM, Apr 25, 2012

Politico reports that the Young Guns Network, "a group affiliated with two former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor," just spent $104,628.00 to support six-term incumbent senator Richard Lugar in his primary battle to hold his seat against state treasurer Richard Mourdock. The money, according to disclosures, went to "mailers" in favor of the 80-year-old Lugar, who now looks likely to lose to his more conservative challenger.

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The Bell Tolls for Lugar

Add Indiana’s senior senator to the list of ­endangered incumbents.
Mar 05, 2012

After a lifetime of political good fortune in Indiana, Senator Richard Lugar can’t catch a break. He is facing what Politico calls his “toughest reelection campaign in decades,” and with the May 8 GOP primary looming, he desperately needs to repair relations with party conservatives.

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Indiana Senate Primary Heating Up

5:02 PM, Feb 21, 2012

At Politico, David Cantanese reports on how Indiana’s underfunded underdog, state treasurer Richard Mourdock, is getting some help in his challenge of six-term Senate incumbent Dick Lugar in that race’s Republican primary:

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Lugar’s New Foes

From Nixon’s favorite mayor to Obama’s favorite Republican.
Feb 28, 2011

Back when he was running for president, Barack Obama cited his relationship with Senator Richard Lugar so often that Lugar came to be known in the political press as “Obama’s favorite Republican.” Photos of Lugar even appeared in campaign ads that helped Obama (narrowly) carry Indiana.

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