Let's be honest. If any politician has been in Washington for the last three decades while our government spending has exploded, our debt has skyrocketed and our freedoms have eroded, they are either complicit in the failure or ineffective at stopping it. Is there another option?
Looking for the next Lugar
Steve Kraske, a columnist for the Kansas City Star, assesses whether Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is in danger of getting Lugared in 2014 when he is up for re-election.
From his column:
You can’t help but wonder if Kansas’ Pat Roberts is the next Dick Lugar.Kraske ultimately concludes Roberts isn't really at serious risk of a tough challenge from the right. But that doesn't mean he can coast.
Upset this week in Indiana’s GOP Senate primary by a Tea Party conservative, Lugar is 80. Roberts, who’s seeking re-election two years from now, is 76.
Both are Washington fixtures. Until this week, both hardly broke a sweat in winning re-election. One ranking tagged Lugar as the 37th most conservative senator last year while Roberts was ranked 29th.
Those similarities got the tongues of Kansas pundits wagging this week, especially in the wake of Lugar’s blow-out loss Tuesday night to Richard Mourdock.
Lugar this year opposed a move to prohibit earmarks. So did Roberts. Mourdock used that to rile up conservatives.
Another similarity: Roberts opposed the $787 billion stimulus in 2009. So did Lugar, though that one vote wasn’t enough to stave off a challenge from the right.
Like Lugar, Roberts moved to Washington a long time ago, maintaining a Dodge City address as little more than show.
Is Pat Roberts at risk? Yes. Any long-time pol in this topsy-turvy era is. But high-risk? No. More so than most, Roberts recognized the rise of the right years ago. Initially, he fought it. Then he adjusted.
Assuming he runs again, the smart money says he wins.
Of course, as Jake Whitaker says in the comments:
"Smart money says he wins." Didn't the "smart money" say that Lugar would win? At this point, there's no such thing as "smart money;" political bets are a crapshoot.Read Steve Kraske's column: Is Pat Roberts the next Dick Lugar?