Two peas in a far-right pod?
Mitt Romney was in Indiana over the weekend, a traditionally-Republican state that President Obama carried in 2008, but which seems very likely to flip from "blue" to "red" in 2012. Romney didn't talk to Hoosiers because he's afraid of losing the state, so much as he stopped by to pick up more money for his extremely well-financed campaign.
But perhaps more interesting than where Romney campaigned is whom he campaigned with.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered enthusiastic support Saturday for Richard Mourdock, Indiana's tea party-backed nominee for the U.S. Senate, urging patrons at a barbecue restaurant to send their state treasurer to Washington.
Mr. Romney remained neutral in the May Republican primary that saw Mr. Mourdock oust longtime Sen. Richard Lugar. But the Republican presidential candidate was unequivocal at a brief campaign stop in Evansville.
"We've got to get this guy elected in the U.S. Senate," Mr. Romney said. "This is a man who I want to see in Washington to make sure that we cannot just talk about changing things but actually have the votes to get things changed."
For those who've forgotten, Mourdock has positioned himself as one of the most extreme statewide candidates in the country. Two weeks ago, the guy equated the successful rescue of the American automotive industry with slavery. On health care, Mourdock has said he's entirely comfortable with employers denying coverage to employees with cancer in order to "keep their health care costs down." On entitlements, he supports deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare, both of which he considers unconstitutional.
After defeating Lugar in a GOP primary in May, Mourdock told multiple news outlets, "I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view."
Romney seems to think putting Mourdock in the Senate will "get things changed." I suppose that's true at a certain level, but maybe the political world should spend some time defining "things" and "change" between now and Election Day.