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Indiana Republican Senate nominee Richard Mourdock responds to Senator Dick Lugar, whose concession statement warned that Mourdock's "rejectionist orthodoxy" and "unrelenting partisan mindset" would lead to even more congressional gridlock:

CHUCK TODD: You have said that there needs to be more partisanship in Washington. How do you square that with being a legislator?

RICHARD MOURDOCK: Well, what I've said is that I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view. [...] Bipartisanship means they have to come our way [...] To me, the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else with a microphone or in front of a camera. [...] Even those Republicans who more often than not vote the right way aren't coming back into their states or their districts and getting in front of the unfriendly crowds and unfriendly microphones to make the point as to why our point of view is good. [...] I feel I can defend the purpose of conservatism, and more Republicans should be doing it just as I want to.

In other words, Mourdock's response to Lugar is to say "guilty as charged." He is pledging to pursue a governing philosophy of "my way or the highway." And the question is whether Indiana wants to send another teapartier on steroids to Washington, DC.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:14 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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