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EDITORIALS

Send Mourdock to the U.S. Senate

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 12:01 am

Donnelly's brand of moderation helped bring us to the brink.

GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has caught grief since the primary for being such an extremist partisan zealot who will never compromise. In fact, it’s generally accepted that his hard line is why he’s in such a close race with Democratic contender Joe Donnelly, that moderate, flexible fellow who is willing to compromise and work with everybody, when every other Republican in a statewide race has a comfortable lead.

The thing is, though, is that Mourdock is exactly right. What he has stressed, over and over, is that one should never violate one’s core principles when asked to compromise. And if a core principle is to reduce the debt and deficit and reverse the growth of government, where exactly can we find the common ground of “moderation”? Here’s the way it’s usually gone, according to Mourdock: One side wants to spend $100 billion more we don’t have, and the other side wants to spend $50 billion more we don’t have, so we compromise on spending $75 billion more we don’t have.

Which is what brought us here, waiting to be crushed by a national debt that is $16 trillion and growing, or else swept away by the tsunami of unsustainable entitlements. Donnelly’s brand of “moderate reasonableness” helped bring us here – he cooperated with just about every big government initiative President Obama put forward, including the stimulus and Obamacare.

It’s time for a little unreasonableness. The votes in one or two races, including this one, will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate. That will determine whether President Romney has support he needs to start bringing us back from the brink or President Obama faces some opposition as he takes us closer to it.

Vote for Richard Mourdock. The stakes couldn’t possibly be higher.

Re-elect Stuzman in the 3rd

First-term 3rd District Republican U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman has been both a diligent representative of this part of Indiana and an emerging conservative voice the whole nation should listen to. The need to choose him over Democratic challenger Kevin Boyd is obvious.

There was a strong contingent of freshmen conservatives taking office in 2010 but not enough of them to wrest control from the Good Old Boys network, which has a fair number of Establishment Republicans. While voters are being asked to send more conservatives to Washington, both for the House and Senate, we need to make sure we keep the ones we already have.

Until there is a critical mass of politicians able to understand the fiscal cliff we’re headed for and willing to do what it takes to put the brakes on, nothing will change, and we don’t have that much time left.