By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Dec 21, 2012, 03:54 PM EST
"It takes courage to declare dozens or even hundreds of positions and stand for office, knowing that with each position, you are displeasing some group of voters. But we do our country a disservice if we mistake the act of taking positions for governance. They are not the same thing. Governance requires adaptation to shifting circumstances. It often requires finding common ground with Americans who have a different vision than your own. It requires leaders who believe, like Edmund Burke, that their first responsibility to their constituents is to apply their best judgment."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell observed, "He has excelled at everything he's ever done. And, most incredibly, he's done it with perfectly smooth elbows. Walk into any office on Capitol Hill, and you won't find a single person who'd say a bad word about Dick Lugar."
Indiana has evolved because of these two men. It may be a long time before we see anyone like them.
- Brian Howey publishes online at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.
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