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  •  This is why you do not (4+ / 0-)
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    ArkDem14, Darth Jeff, MichaelNY, DCCyclone

    necessarily want to go years without having a serious challenge. You get rusty. Lugar has run a horrible campaign. This was always going to be somewhat close. But with Daniel's support, an open primary, and years of built up good will should have been able to get Lugar over the finish line. It is not like Mourdock has run a great campaign, he really hasn't. Lugar has just been atrocious though.

    Oh hell. Just don't support Robert Winningham in Indiana's 9th Congressional District

    by drhoosierdem on Fri May 04, 2012 at 09:29:26 AM PDT

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    •  It's Like I've Been Saying (6+ / 0-)

      Mourdock hasn't had to run a good campaign.  If anything, Mourdock has been almost completely absent from the campaign as far as I've known.  The two things it took for Mourdock to win and Lugar to lose were a unified primary opposition to Lugar and a boatload of cash to smear Lugar on the airwaves. For the most part, Mourdock hasn't had to lift a finger throughout this entire process.  He just needed to keep other GOP opponents out of the race and get groups like Club for Growth and FreedomWorks to back his campaign.  This entire primary has basically been a big proxy war between Chris Chocola (CfG) and Norm Coleman (AAN).  The race was generally out of the control of Mourdock and Lugar.  This is the other reason I think we'll be extremely competitive in November.  Saying that Mourdock is an unremarkable campaigner is a very generous description given his relatively atrocious fundraising.  He can't survive without big spending groups, and people can't get inspired by the guy.  Donnelly, in contrast, has run a tough campaign before and can appeal to Hoosiers throughout the state.  Once Mourdock wins the primary, the spigots are going to flood Donnelly's campaign with money and support.  In short, Mourdock is an awful campaigner, but his campaign skills haven't been necessary to take down Lugar.  It was out of his hands.

      "They don't think it be like it is, but it do." -- Oscar Gamble; The Pragmatic Progressive (IN-4); Economic Left/Right: -7.38; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13

      by AndySonSon on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:11:36 AM PDT

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      •  well you don't give enough credit to Lugar and (5+ / 0-)
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        his camp for running an atrocious campaign, but other than that, yeah.

        Lewis & Clark Law class of 2015

        by James Allen on Fri May 04, 2012 at 12:05:51 PM PDT

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        •  Only on the margins (0+ / 0-)

          Lugar certainly did himself no favors throughout this campaign with his multiple gaffes and campaign problems.  However, this campaign was largely contingent on the two points I mentioned.  These campaign issues certainly hurt Lugar on the margins, but they weren't close to being the deciding factor of this campaign.  Contingent upon my two points occurring in this campaign, the end result was already pretty baked in.

          "They don't think it be like it is, but it do." -- Oscar Gamble; The Pragmatic Progressive (IN-4); Economic Left/Right: -7.38; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13

          by AndySonSon on Fri May 04, 2012 at 03:03:48 PM PDT

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