(J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
It’s not just a defeat for moderation in the Republican party. It’s also a loss for that quality we at one time liked in our leaders.
Sen. Richard Lugar’s loss in the Indiana GOP primary — and Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch’s likely win in November — would end a longstanding seniority spat.
If Indiana Republican Richard Lugar loses, he will be the first incumbent senator defeated in a primary battle this election cycle.
If the question is whether Sen. Richard G. Lugar is too mild for this highly polarized moment, his answer has not been to reinvent himself.
2014 is not 2012 or 2010.
He’s been here a very long time.
After 35 years in office, incumbent Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost Tuesday to tea-party-backed Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.