Opening Act: Beyond Redemption

Steve Benen bartends the moderate pity party over Lugar, digging up a quote I’d forgotten:

Former Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) said a while back, “If Dick Lugar, having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”

Wlady Pleszczynski remembers the time that Lugar ruined an American Spectator gala.

All right, foreign policy was always his favorite area, so I assumed it would be okay to listen to 15 minutes on the subject, 20 at most – no one spends longer on a late night, post-dinner speech in Washington. But no – he droned on and on, as if we were the Council on Foreign Relations, or maybe the United Nations. Guests started walking out. One of the most amiable reporters I knew who was seated nearby was just about pulling his hair out. It was a nightmare. I lost track, but my guess is he spoke for at least 45 minutes, well past curfew.

Garrett “Bernstein” Quinn and Mike “Woodward” Riggs chart the path forward for the Gary Johnson-fied Libertarian party.

Olivier Knox busts an admittedly fun rumor about the White House granting personhood to fetal visitors.

And Hilary Rosen and Bill Maher are promoted to co-czars of the Obama campaign.