Days of Change

Day 1281 – Out in Indiana | May 8, 2012

The Dick Lugar / Richard Mourdock primary heated up over the last few weeks, especially with Sarah Palin’s endorsement of the challenger. Mourdock won with about 60% of the primary vote and has a good chance of winning in November. Incumbency is becoming a privilege instead of a right in the Republicans Party. The Democrats may not be able to say the same.

The Democrats in Congress won a majority in 2006 with an implied promise to end the war in Iraq. Six years later, Obama gave up and fled Iraq instead. Also, there was a strategy by the DNC to run conservative Democrats in red states so they could get leadership posts and bully blue dogs. In 2008, the election was centered around Obama. A win for him was a win for Democrats down the ticket. This was a serious problem in 2010, because blue dogs became a focus of anger among Democrats (they hated Gabby Giffords before any Republican did) and Obama’s continuation of the war and general buffoonery let to a rout in the 2010 elections. Even though Democrats kept the Senate, they had a net loss of about seven seats, or 65% of the seats they had up for election.

This is reminiscent of the 1994 Contract with America. A freshman class of conservative Republicans came in, but most GOP incumbents kept their seats, After a brief lost of Senate control in 2001, the Republicans tried to play it safe and defend incumbents against challengers in their own party, like Pat Toomey against Arlen Specter in 2004. That didn’t end well. By 2006, they were a slim majority, had incumbents who wanted to retire (Larry Craig was urged to run again. That didn’t end well.) and no real message.

Now, the rank and file of the GOP, plus some Tea Partiers, are forcing the party to practice democracy. Many times when an incumbent fights back, those sour grapes poison the party’s seat, not the character of the freshman challenger. Democrats are again the party of the old and tired. Let’s see how that works out for them.


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4 Comments

  1. Democrats are again the party of the old and tired. Let’s see how that works out for them.

    Love it!

    Was Palin’s man the winner in Indiana?

    Comment by Mary — May 8, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

  2. Yeah. I guess I didn’t make that clear.

    Comment by 1539days — May 9, 2012 @ 4:42 am

  3. Lugar needed to be retired.

    Comment by mcnorman — May 9, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

  4. I thought the reaction from conservatives has been pretty funny. The pundits have all been complaining about the “right wing” candidates in the GOP and how they won’t “compromise.” So conservatives have been countering that to liberals, compromise means knuckling under.

    Comment by 1539days — May 9, 2012 @ 6:54 pm


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