Richard Lugar’s goodbye message
Senator Lugar, in his farewell statement does a great job of explaining the problem with the current GOP trend of demanding groupthink from its members. Party faithful would do well to heed his words.
Unfortunately, we have an increasing number of legislators in both parties who have adopted an unrelenting partisan viewpoint. This shows up in countless vote studies that find diminishing intersections between Democrat and Republican positions. Partisans at both ends of the political spectrum are dominating the political debate in our country. And partisan groups, including outside groups that spent millions against me in this race, are determined to see that this continues. They have worked to make it as difficult as possible for a legislator of either party to hold independent views or engage in constructive compromise. If that attitude prevails in American politics, our government will remain mired in the dysfunction we have witnessed during the last several years. And I believe that if this attitude expands in the Republican Party, we will be relegated to minority status. Parties don’t succeed for long if they stop appealing to voters who may disagree with them on some issues.
He was one of the “adults” in the GOP and he will be missed greatly. I hope he remains a strong public voice for sanity from the right. Good luck, Mr. Senator!