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The tea party's war on common sense

The tea party's war on common sense

Tea party advocates in Indiana are congratulating themselves on the Republican primary victory of one of their own, Richard Mourdock, over six-term Senate veteran Richard Lugar. But the rest of the country should be mourning the departure of the epitome of what Washington needs much more of: conscientious bipartisanship. The 80-year-old Mr. Lugar is being kicked out in part because of his age, his alleged failure to keep a real residence in Indiana, and his penchant for putting common sense and national security ahead of party labels. Inadvertently, his defeat may give the Democrats a chance to pick up a seat in November that could spoil the Republicans' hopes to win control of the...

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