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Once upon a time, Dick Lugar proudly said he wasn't going to be bullied by the GOP's teahadist wing. He even said he'd oppose the House GOP's spending cut bill.

Then he got a teahadist challenger.

And now he's flip-flopped on the GOP's spending cut package:

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who faces a Tea Party-backed challenge in his 2012 primary, has withdrawn his stated opposition to House-passed spending cuts.

Lugar said Tuesday afternoon that he made a mistake when he told reporters earlier in the day that he would oppose H.R. 1, the House GOP plan to cut an additional $57 billion from the 2011 budget.

“I’m going to vote with the Republicans on the issue when H.R. 1 comes up,” Lugar said. “If it’s strictly an affirmative vote, I will be for H.R. 1 because all the Republicans will be voting for H.R. 1.”

Welcome to Orrin Hatch's world, Senator Lugar. What it lacks in principle, it more than makes up for with the sweet smell of desperation.

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