Moderate Republican Senators are becoming an endangered species in Washington DC. According to Nate Silver of the New York Times, out of twenty seven “moderate” Republican Senators from the 109th congress from 2005 through 2007, at most six will return to the Senate in 2013.
This point was underscored by Dick Lugar’s loss to Richard Mourdock in yesterday’s Indiana primary, which is another hit to any hope for bipartisan cooperation in government to end the pervasive gridlock. Politico reports that many other GOP senators facing re-election in 2014 and 2016 are taking heed of recent primary losses by moderate incumbents like Lugar, Mike Castle, and Bob Bennett, and are putting a bigger emphasis on campaigning in state and aggressively seeking campaign cash despite not facing an opponent in 2012.
Independent Voters of America hopes moderate Senators in both parties make sure to take Dick Lugar’s story as a cautionary tale – moderates need to communicate that today’s hyperpartisan political environment creates legislative gridlock in Washington DC and their re-election is part of the solution – not the problem.
More on this at Politico.