So, Dick Lugar is not going to win reelection. The media reaction? Not so good!
ABC’s Good Morning America treated last night’s loss of long-time serving Republican Senator Richard Lugar, to the more conservative Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock, as a sad sign of the end of bi-partisanship. In the 7am half-hour of Wednesday’s show, ABC’s Josh Elliott declared Lugar’s loss was an “earthquake of great degree” and eulogized Lugar as a senator who was “well-known for his willingness to reach across party lines.” Later on in the 8am half-hour Elliott called Lugar’s loss “a massive political headline” as he reported: “A long time voice of bipartisanship…has been defeated.”
CNN’s Erin Burnett, on last night’s edition of Outfront, also cast the Mourdock victory as a bad omen for Washington, as she worried, “So are the only people willing to find the middle ground disappearing from Washington…This is pretty tragic that we have gotten to this point where working together is a negative thing.” (Video after the jump)
Burnett’s colleague, John Avlon, joined in her hand-wringing as he added: “If you are frustrated with the way Washington isn’t working, with the division and dysfunction this primary is an important reason why. Right now reaching across the aisle to try to solve a problem is a hanging offense in the Republican Party primaries. This RINO-hunting and DINO-hunting is only going to divide us further and to someone like Dick Lugar who’s got a record to reach across the aisle that becomes a big bull’s eye on his back, we have a problem in America.”
Lots more hand-wringing at Newsbusters, but be warned it redefines PATHETIC!