The implications here are fairly obvious. The defeat of Richard Lugar in a Republican Primary should just about drive every moderate or reasonable or sane Republican straight out of the United States Senate.
Updated at 9:50pm ET Republican foreign policy elder statesman Sen. Richard Lugar, 80, first elected to the Senate in 1976, was defeated in the Indiana primary Tuesday by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who was backed by conservatives ranging from the National Rifle Association to local Tea Party activists to the Washington-based fiscal conservative group the Club for Growth.
Mourdock scored a landslide victory, winning more than 60 percent of the vote with almost all precincts reporting.The Tea Party has decided to take out and beat like a red-headed stepchild the last of the capable foreign policy pillars of the Republican Party, thereby leaving no one with the stature to speak to these issues or lead by example. Lugar is ten times more capable when dealing with foreign policy issues than any other Republican alive, up to and including John McCain, who is a warmongering fool compared to the calm and steady Lugar. So, now, the Senate will be slightly less sane, but not by much.
But, make no mistake about it, Lugar was a terrible politician. He never went home, he never bothered to stay true to his roots, and he was an inveterate race baiter. He was the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party, and that includes the first one. It is shocking that they could not find common cause with a whore like this man. He should have stuffed his pants with money and allowed them to rifle his pockets for fun.
There is now no reason to conclude that capability or maturity or moderation are sustainable values in the Republican Party. There is no reason to view these people as anything but a howling mob.