Doing the Democrats' bidding

What's up all of a sudden with certain Republicans these days? 

I mean, I might have expected Democrats to be pushing gun control, but coming on the heels of Peter King's inanity, stuff like this is getting ridiculous:

Lugar pushes to renew assault weapons ban

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) this weekend called on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

Lugar is the first GOP senator to call for increased gun control following the Tucson tragedy that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But Lugar, who supported the initial 10-year-long assault weapons ban when it passed in 1994, said he's not optimistic about the chances for passing gun control legislation this Congress.

"I believe it should be, but I recognize the fact that the politics domestically in our country with regard to this are on a different track altogether," Lugar told Bloomberg Television's Al Hunt Jan. 14.

A different track altogether?

I think it's Lugar who has jumped the track.

He might be hoping to switch parties and collect some sort of double secret retirement benefits.

Fascinatingly, in the last election, the Democrats did not oppose him. Only the Libertarians did:

On the day of the final 2008 presidential debate, Lugar gave a speech at the National Defense University praising Obama's foreign policy approach, and warning against the isolationist, reactive policies espoused by Senator McCain.[17] At that debate, Obama also listed Lugar as among the individuals "who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House."[18] There were rumors that either Obama or McCain would select Lugar to be Secretary of State, but that he would rather keep his Senate seat.[15][19]

In the 2006 election, Lugar was opposed by Steve Osborn, the Libertarian candidate. The Democratic Party did not field a candidate - in part because of Lugar's popularity in Indiana - deciding instead to focus on key state and national races. Lugar won the election with 87% of the vote, the highest percentage of the 2006 senate elections despite a Democratic take-over of Washington.

Although Lugar's party is in the minority in the Senate, he has good relationships with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Lugar was named an honorary co-chairman of their inauguration.[20]

On March 18, 2009, Lugar cast his 12,000th Senate vote, putting him in 13th place for all-time most votes. In 32 years in the Senate, he has a better than 98% attendance record.[21] Senator Lugar has announced that he will run for reelection in 2012,[22] and has an official campaign site.[23]

Who needs Democrats when you have Lugar?

Little wonder they don't run against him.


posted by Eric on 01.18.11 at 12:03 AM


Lugar recently said he knows he's going to be primaried.
I figure he's planning on running in another primary.
The Democratic one.

He's obviously trying to suck up to his new political party.

Veeshir   ·  January 18, 2011 11:31 AM

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