Lugar on Bipartisanship

Richard Lugar lost his race in Indiana last night to Richard Mourdock, a tea party conservative. Lugar had a quite sharp and well-written concession speech in which he discusses the state of American politics.

Sen. Richard Lugar’s searing concession statement: Too often bipartisanship is equated with centrism or deal cutting. Bipartisanship is not the opposite of principle. One can be very conservative or very liberal and still have a bipartisan mindset. Such a mindset acknowledges that the other party is also patriotic and may have some good ideas. It acknowledges that national unity is important, and that aggressive partisanship deepens cynicism, sharpens political vendettas, and depletes the national reserve of good will that is critical to our survival in hard times.

Now contrast this with what Mourdock had to say this morning about bipartisanship:

I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view. … If we [win the House, Senate, and White House], bipartisanship means they have to come our way, and if we’re successful in getting the numbers, we’ll work towards that.

I really don’t like the direction our politics is heading in.

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