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Richard Lugar, one of the last actual statesman of the Republican Party, lost his primary run to a wingnut. I was never one of Lugar’s fans, but he did at least understand that the point of being a Senator is to govern. Unfortunately, he and the rest of the G.O.P. have pretty much converted the filibuster to a “no” vote, but even that wasn’t good enough in Indiana. He got clobbered but big! It does open an opportunity for a Democrat named Joe Donnelly. I don’t know anything about him.
Lugar didn’t back out graciously.
He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party. His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook. He has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.
Expect the Democrats to make hay of that statement in the general.
Yet another state champions homophobia.
John Kerry said it best: “I just – he cannot be serious.”
There’s already polling discrepancy in the Presidential race. The tracking polls actually have Romney up, but Obama is ahead by 7 points in the latest Reuters poll and up big in key swing states.
The Marin Independent Journal has a series of decent articles on the Congressional Candidates.
The series is continuing. Haven’t found the article on Huffman yet, so it probably hasn’t been published. But the Journal is endorsing Huffman. No surprise there.
I will be voting for Norman Solomon. I’ll write up a post on my choice later in the week.
The Second District Supervisor candidates finished something like their seventh or eighth debate last night, and you can tell that both of them are getting burned out answering the same questions. Meanwhile, Richard Marks was kind enough to summarize a recent First District debate. And none of the three candidates is impressed with WalMart apparently!
Maybe the candidates aren’t the only people burned out on the debates. No election news at the Lost Coast Outpost in days!
My work took me through Fortuna today. Man did Clif get his signs up! Estelle has some signs on the main drags – some large signs and some window signs, but she seems to have opted to omit yard signs this time around. Anyway, on the residential streets there are one or two Pick Clif signs on just about every block, at least in the flats where I was driving. Somebody did a lot of work in one day, as yesterday was the first day they were allowed by Fortuna law.
Lastly, a few notes about lawn sign combos. Sometimes the lawn you share says something about your candidacy, other times it’s a source of confusion. I haven’t seen any lawn combos in the Second District yet, but in the First and Third I’ve noted that Solomon signs tend to accompany Cheryl Seidner signs – no surprise. One lawn on Harris hosts both Rex Bohn and Jared Huffman. Before making any judgments, I’ve seen two lawns with both Jared Huffman and Mark Lovelace and one lawn with Solomon and Lovelace.
Of note, I have yet to see a yard sign of any Congressional candidates other than Huffman and Solomon. What gives?
Hot off the press. I think this is very good news. I know that some around here feel differently. The decision was made under closed session, and I’m told that the vote was unanimous.
More as the story develops.