Republican Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, a 35-year member of the Senate and one of Washington’s leading experts on U.S. foreign policy, lost his bid for reelection Tuesday after a conservative backlash inside the GOP denied him his party’s nomination for a seventh term.Read the rest here.
Lugar’s loss — the first for a senator this year — appears to be another victory for the tea party conservatives who roiled the Republican Party in 2010 when they defeated two GOP senators in primaries and knocked off several more establishment favorites in open Senate primaries.
I for one am not celebrating as the far right seems to be. Dick Lugar was one of those old fashioned men who was a patriot and a gentleman first, and a Republican second. His defeat is further evidence that there is no room in the GOP for those kinds of people, especially given the man who beat him. Washington has enough hard nosed take no prisoners partisan clowns. It really doesn't need another one.