Writing at The Corner, Hugh Hewitt offers some apt analysis of the Tea Party, then turns to Indiana. "Senator Lugar is no doubt loved and admired by a strong majority of Indiana voters, and there is a lot more sorrow than anger in many votes to replace him," he writes. "His age would have been an asset in an era of Ike-like steadiness, but not in the turbulent second decade of the new century, one that is going to get even more unmanageable, one that is defined by anger at the Manhattan-Beltway elites who have so failed the country. Expertise on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea isn't an asset when Israel and Iran are on the brink of war. Long and distinguished service isn't a calling card when the house is on fire."
For starters, Eisenhower's tenure in the White House, 1953 to 1961, wasn't an era less turbulent than ours abroad. Nuclear attacks were being considered to end the Korean War, the Soviet Union was expanding its arsenal, Communism was spreading, the United States orchestrated regime change in Iran, and the Suez Crisis exploded, among many other events.