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2012 Senate Race: Indiana

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The 2012 Senate race will be heating up soon, and the most exciting part of it should be the Republican primary, where Senator Dick Lugar is expected to recieve a challenge from the right. The person most likely to face off against the Senator is current state Senator Mike Delph, who has expressed interest on multiple occasions and seems to be gearing up for a run. Governor Mitch Daniels and Congressman Mike Pence have also been mentioned, but both seem to be looking to run for other offices.

As I look at all potential opponents to Lugar, I try and visualize what they’ll bring to the Senate. Will a Senator Mike Delph bring valuable foreign policy experience? I think not. While Dick Lugar isn’t perfect, especially in some of his Supreme Court votes, he’s given more to Indiana and the Senate than Mike Delph or any other candidate ever will. This is early, but I want to let it be known that I proudly endorse Dick Lugar for Senate and am excited that he’ll be the first person I ever vote for in a Senate race!

 As for the Democratic candidate, it could be Brad Ellsworth, but who knows, and who cares? I can’t see any Democratic candidate posing a serious threat to Senator Lugar.

Indiana Republicans: What the heck?

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Last Tuesday, Hoosier’s went to the polls, at a very low rate. Of those Republicans who actually cared about the nation enough to vote, here were the results:

Dan Coats: 39.4%
Marlin Stutzman: 29.2%
John Hostetller: 22.6%
Don Bates: 4.5%
Richard Behney: 4.2%

Some Notes:
A) Marlin Stutzman performed far better than polling showed, and ended up easily defeating Hostetller for 2nd place. Marlin also won Marion County (Indianapolis), as well as the areas around it.
B) Fort Wayne sent Coats over the top, voting for him with huge margins. Stutzman showed he cared for all by stopping in every county, but making a couple more stops in Fort Wayne could have helped.
C) Hostetller was limited to his former district. He did extremely poorly outside of his district.

My rant:
What is with you, Republicans? Marlin Stutzman was the perfect representation of Indiana: A farmer, young, conservative values, pro-life and pro-gun. He was charismatic, decent looking, and had a family that campaigned with him along the way. Dan Coats, on the other hand, is very much older, at 66, worked for Washington for over a decade, mainly as a lobbyist, and has lived in Virginia for the past 8 years. He also hired Kentuckians to help him get the signatures. A Virginia man hired Kentucky residents to get him elected in Indiana. Psh!

If Republicans had actually been informed for once, we could have had a good, quality candidate who would have been hard to beat in November. Instead, we have a candidate with name recognition, but so much baggage he’ll be dragging on the floor. Shame on you, Indiana!

Health Care

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

So last Saturday, Congress passed the Democrat’s health bill 220-215, a ridiculously close margin. If Stupak hadn’t pushed for the abortion to be removed, it probably would have failed. I don’t think there should be a fine for not wanting health care. It’s your choice. It is also damaging to businesses by requiring them to give their employees health insurance, something that isn’t too great in this economy. But whatever. The bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. It won’t see any support among Senators, and many Democrats such as Lieberman, Lincoln, and Bayh have expressed concerns on the bill.

Democrats may be jumping for joy, but it will end soon. All that will be accomplished out of this is there will be a lot of Americans unhappy with their Congressman (IN-08, Ellsworth, you’re toast) and it might lead to a Republican takeover in 2010.


Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Test post

Hello world!

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Well, this is my first post. Thanks to Dave for allowing me to have my own weblog. This will serve as an opinion blog, my thoughts on the events. From legislation to key congressional races, it’s all here. An independent perspective on the government and how it is run.

My first actual post will come later today, and the main topic will be health care. Oh boy… 😉