Senator Richard Lugar is being challenged in Indiana's GOP primary by Richard Mourdock. Polls say if Mr. Lugar gets the nod, he's a shoo-in to win, while Mr. Mourdock's chances are close to even. In both cases, that's against Democrat Joseph Donnelly.
So if you're going for the quick and easy answer, it's a no-brainer, right? Vote LP in the Fall and let the incumbent Mr. Lugar return, or go with the trend and vote for him yourself, starting with the primary.
Yeah, no. You see, Senator Lugar is unique among Republicans with an "F" rating from the NRA; he rolled right over for the President's Supreme Court picks. On the other hand, Mr. Mourdock and Mr. Donnelly* both enjoy NRA "A" ratings. It appears to me that either man would be a better pick than Richard-doesn't-live-here-any-more Lugar.
Makes me wonder what other primary contests need a closer look before thinking about voting.
* I'm not sayin' his party won't try'n get him more in line, but his history in the House is instructive: "Donnelly also helped to restore self-defense rights in our nation’s capital by cosponsoring and voting for the D.C. Personal Protection Act and the Second Amendment Enforcement Act. He sent a signed letter to Attorney General Eric Holder stating his opposition to reinstating the failed bans on semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines. And he signed two pro-gun congressional amicus briefs to the Supreme Court, supporting the individual right to keep and bear arms in the Heller case and arguing that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that protects all Americans in the McDonald case."
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