Poor Richard Lugar! A lion of the Senate. He was first elected when most of you were trying to shape your peach fuzz into Neil Young mutton-chops (nevermind, that was me) or more likely terrorizing the neighborhood on a Big Wheel. Point being the guy has been around a long time, and he lost in the Indiana primary; not the general election mind you, THE PRIMARY!
If this isn't a wake up call to the establishment Republicans I don't know what is. Ok ok, I can hear it now: If we vote out the moderates we'll get killed in November, we need the swing voters and "right-wing" Tea Party types can't win! Horse Hockey! When Republicans make the conservative/libertarian case, clearly and concisely, they almost always win, and in these troubled times voters are in no mood for compromise. The Tea Party defeated Richard Lugar, and the moderates, compromisers and appeasers in the Republican Party have been put on notice.
The Blog: A compendium of thoughts on politics, world affairs, economics, pop culture and social issues, from the center right perspective of me--Bryan McGrath--a University of Virginia graduate who spent a career in the world's greatest Navy keeping my mouth shut about politics and social issues (ok, publicly keeping it shut). Those days are over! I've also invited a few friends to join in, so pull up a chair and chime in where you will. Keep it clean, civil, concise and relevant.
The Fish: The fish is a "coat of arms" for the blog, symbolizing three formative influences in the life of the blog founder. The first is his experience at the University of Virginia--symbolized most importantly by the fish itself, or a caricature of a "Wahoo", the fish we have acquired as an informal nickname. Additionally there is the sword, the sword of a Cavalier. It is not wielded in a threatening manner, as this is a civil blog. But it is there, should it be needed. Thirdly, there is the influence of 21 years in the Navy--symbolized by the anchor on the Wahoo's fin (and again, the sword) . Finally, there is the bowler, tuxedo, and monocle, symbols of a refined, intellectual conservatism, or what I seek to encourage here.
The Policy: I take FULL responsibility ONLY for what I write. I do not take responsibility, nor will I be held responsible, for what my guest bloggers write or for what those who offer comments write. I will occasionally exercise my right to edit/delete both blog posts and comments if they do not meet my view of what clean, civil, concise and relevant mean.