But, you see, Joe, that's exactly the problem:
Rep. Joe Donnelly's (D-Ind.) latest ad portrays him as a bipartisan pragmatist while poking fun at his opponent, Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), for his uncompromisingly conservative views.
The ad reflects the central strategy of Donnelly's campaign: to frame himself as a nonpartisan while painting Mourdock as outside the political mainstream in the Republican-leaning state.
It was "bipartisan pragmatism" (God, what an awful phrase) that gave us the monster Washington has become, and it will take a lot of "uncompromising conservatism" to even begin to undo the mess. In a state that, let's be honest, does a little more that "lean Republican," I can't for the life of me understand why somebody thinks pragmatism is the winning strategy and conservatism the dirty word.