That's not as crazy as it sounds. The remnants of Republican moderates have left the stage and those who haven't don't dare question anything about the intruders, unless it's by gaslight. Mourdock has already forewarned conscientious objectors on either side of the aisle that the Tea Party mentality is in supreme command with no margin for compromise even, I suppose, on dunking one or two lumps of sugar in the morning coffee. Aglow in his landslide victory, Mourdock was on Fox News charting the Draconian course that he believes lies ahead to Congress. If his ilk prevails, Congress, which should represent the needs of America, will be paralyzed by deadlock for years to come. There will be, in Mourdock's words, no compromise. None. A graphic clue: he opposed the bailout of the auto industry without which an enormous number of Hoosiers would have lost their jobs.
In his concession speech, Lugar captured the essence of a Mourdock mindset:
"In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party. His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook. He has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican Party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it. This is not conducive to problem solving and governance."