I am an Illinois resident, but my parents live right on the border with Indiana so I tend to follow what is going on in the state. Well last night Richard Mourdock beat Senator Dick Lugar in the Republican primary for his Senate seat. Lugar’s concession statement warned that Mourdock’s “rejectionist orthodoxy” and “unrelenting partisan mindset” would lead to even more congressional gridlock in DC. Mourdock’s response when quested by Chuck Todd seems to say darn right it will, now go eat dirt.
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.