The Republican Party kicked another moderate to the curb last night. After 35 years of serving in the Senate – Indiana Senator Dick Lugar lost a primary battle Tuesday night to Tea Party Republican challenger Richard Mourdock. Lugar’s fate was sealed after he crossed the aisle to support the auto bailout, START nuclear treaty, and President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees.
Unlike Lugar who was willing to compromise with Democrats – Mourdock is anti-compromise. In an interview this morning with MSNBC – Mourdock said that his idea of “bipartisanship” is “Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.” In his victory speech last night – Mourdock quoted Ronald Reagan, seemingly unaware that Reagan himself – who raised taxes on the rich, cut nuclear arms with the Soviet Union, and gave amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants – would no longer be welcome in today’s Republican Party.