Most of all Lugar is hoping for an inflow of Democratic and independent voters to rescue him from the Republican base. "I'm not asking anybody to cross over," Lugar said. "I'm just saying positively, 'Register your vote, because if you do not, I may not be able to continue serving you.' At this point, help." How the mighty have fallen. Six years ago, Lugar was returned to the Senate with 80 percent of the vote. The Democrats didn't even bother to run a candidate against him. Now the Democrats are looking past him entirely. In a Jefferson-Jackson dinner speech to 1,200 party activists Friday night, Rep. Joe Donnelly, the presumptive Democratic nominee for Senate, didn't even mention Lugar's name. He trained all his fire on the longtime senator's primary challenger, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. ................................. Perhaps Lugar can still overcome what certainly seems to be a sudden drop in the polls. He is an experienced politician who has won many times before. But the hour is getting late -- and the Tea Party is getting impatient. http://spectator.org/archives/2012/05/07/lugars-last-stand Yes, the Tea Party is dead. Richard Lugar has long been a pain in the ass for the GOP. Time to see him go.