Dick Lugar has been a United States Senator for a long long long time….since 1977. He was first elected to the Senate in the year of America’s bicentenial, a couple years before I was born. It boggles my mind that the guy has been in the Senate my entire lifetime and I can’t think of a single thing he has accomplished.
Anyway… Sen. Lugar has a serious primary challenger for the first time in his carear. According to Politico, Lugar is running 5 points behind his challenger, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock. If this old behometh of a Senator loses his primary, it will be a monumental personal defeat for him. I predict that if Lugar loses the primary he will pull a Murkowski and run a write in campaign in the general election rather than seccumb to the reality that his time in Washington has come and gone, and that remaining his days are best lived out sitting on a rocking chair with grandchildren afoot.
For some reason, these guys can never figure out on their own when it’s time to go. They always have to suffer the worst kind of personal humiliation before finally exiting the public stage. I’m thinking now of Arlen Spector, Bob Bennett, Larry Craig, and the many others who outlived their usefulness in the Senate and had to be told the hard way that it was time to go home. If Lugar gets told the hard way, my bet is that rather than listen he’ll do whatever he can to cling to “his” Senate seat.
Bonus Video: “With all due respect, it’s not the Kennedy seat….it’s the people’s seat.”