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Opening Arguments


This should not be a big surprise:

WASHINGTON - Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's voting record so far this year shows him breaking with his party more than most senators and, if the Republican keeps it up, more than in any of his 30 years in the Senate.

Lugar has sided with Republicans during party-line votes 66 percent of the time of the Senate votes cast through June. Only five other senators, all Republican, have voted with their party less often this year.

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The change in Lugar's voting patterns doesn't even reflect his recent break with the administration on Iraq.

Evan Bayh, meanwhile, voted with his party 81 percent of the time. It's probably not fair to say Indiana has two Democrats in the Senate, but we're getting there.


A J Bogle
Thu, 07/12/2007 - 9:45am

And your point is? Indiana voters slowly but surely are waking up to the nonsense perpetuated on us byt the wahington elites. Things come slow to Indiana, but for the rest of the nation over 70% are tired of the neoconservative failed policies on a wide range of issues from Iraq, to immigration to trade. Lugar shows tremendous courage in telling the emperor he has no clothes.

A J Bogle
Thu, 07/12/2007 - 9:49am

I might add, Lugar is the last of a dying breed of "moderates" in the senate - someone who thinks carefully over issues and finds the middle ground rather than siding with extremes of ideology or putting party ahead of national interest.

Leo Morris
Thu, 07/12/2007 - 10:43am

He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit by cars coming from both directions.

tim zank
Thu, 07/12/2007 - 4:29pm

Leo, that is perfect!

Thu, 07/12/2007 - 7:20pm

You know, if Lugar's party members are acting like idiots more and more often, it's no wonder that he doesn't vote with them quite so often.

Thu, 07/12/2007 - 11:11pm

He who walks in the middle of the road...

That's a good snarky comeback, Leo, but it doesn't do justice to one of the most sane, solid leaders this state has ever elected to office. It's too bad he's such an ugly troll because he would have made a great president had he been as slick, personable and competent at the theatrics necessary to play a rube in order to suck up to the rubes. You know, like our current commander in chief, the Yankee blueblood who's laughing his way to the bank.

If I could fault him for anything, it's for not having the balls to speak up sooner, because we all know he's been holding his nose throughout the entirety of this administration.

Mitch Harper
Fri, 07/13/2007 - 6:48am

Leo - Since you are bringing up an old highway analogy used in political rhetoric, I am reminded of the classic response to being called a moderate.

A politician accused of being too moderate retorted, "Well, there may be a yellow line that runs down the middle of the road but a gutter runs down each side."