The only time the press weeps at the loss of a Republican Senator is when he is replaced with a more conservative one. And the media is currently crying over the defeat of longtime Republican Senator Richard Lugar at the hands of Tea-Party backed insurgent Richard Mourdock.
Lugar believes the hype. He gave a self-aggrandizing concession speech last night, denouncing his opponent for wanting to bring “more partisanship” to Washington.
He was totally oblivious to the fact that maybe voters preferred a candidate, Mourdock, who showed interest in soliciting their views. Meanwhile, as Timothy Carney pointed out in the Washington Examiner, Lugar didn’t exactly turn to voters to help get re-elected, he reached out to lobbyists who were making money from his bipartisanship:
Lugar has supported bills to create a cap-and-trade scheme for greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide, forcing manufacturers and energy companies to pay for the right to burn their own fuel. He voted for cap-and-trade bills in 2003 and 2005, and spent years trying to craft cap-and-trade compromises.
Lugar also receives large donations from the PACs of the corporations who would profit from cap-and-trade legislation. General Electric, Siemens, Duke Energy and Exelon all have supported cap-and-trade and their PACs have all supported Lugar.
The media prefers Republicans to be doddering relics, the type that support “green” corporatist policies like cap-and-trade and who don’t fight too hard for socially conservative causes.
Voters preferred something else.
The media usually loves to see an old Republican lose. Unless it is to a young conservative.
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