|Richard Mourdock, the future of my grandchildren, Hunter & Charlotte|
There was notable excitment, cheering and whistling as Mourdock entered the room. He was interrupted by applause a few times and he was near to shedding tears as he proudly declared that he hopes that his life is a mission for a greater purpose. He began by praising his opponent, Richard Lugar. He addressed several young people in the audience, including a boy scout troop who intently listened from the front row.
"Richard Lugar is not my enemy," he told them after admonishing them to remember that politics is about ideas, not making enemies of a particular opponent. Mourdock expressed his respect for Lugar and advised the scouts to model their lives after someone like him who has served his country for decades.
This blogger was interviewed by members of the national press, including CBS News. The reporter noted the excitement in the room, which was contrasted by another reporter to the lack of excitement surrounding Lugar's appearances today.
"He went to a sewage treatment plant on the eve of an historic election," bemoaned the reporter. "I wanted to suggest that he go to a mall or someplace where there are people."
Several guests at the event were asked why we were supporting Mourdock in lieu of an eight-term senator. The consensus was unanimous. Lugar has worn out his welcome. He forgot where he came from. He is no longer a Hoosier, but a Washington insider who thinks he is the only one qualified to serve as an Indiana Senator. Sorry, Mr. Lugar, but that arrogant attitude became your political downfall.
I was quick to tell the reporter that I have not been this excited about a candidate since voting for Ronald Reagan. Richard Mourdock is a genuine, compassionate, down-to-earth Hoosier who respects the Constitution of the United States.
I heard Richard Mourdock speak at the Tippecanoe County Republican Women's Breakfast well over a year ago prior to his announcement that he would seek the Senate office. I remember telling my friend, Jon Held, that this was the man who would unseat Richard Lugar. Although Jon was as disillusioned with Richard Lugar as I was, he told me then that it was "wishful thinking." But that was before Jon heard Richard Mourdock speak. Today, Jon hosted the church meeting where many Hoosier citizens were cheering on their next Indiana Senator.
Here's my official "I told you so," Jon, but I'm sure you don't mind hearing it knowing that we'll be well-represented in Washington come January.