The celebrations were loud and deserved Tuesday night for those who support Richard Mourdock.

The current state treasurer and TEA party favorite unseated long-time Senator Richard Lugar.

TEA party members and conservatives came out in droves to support Mourdock.

It should also be noted it’s been reported that Democrats also came out in droves.

I saw one stat that of the 83 counties in the state that had fully counted their ballots, Mourdock won 81.

Now Mourdock will face current U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly.

Donnelly is a pro-gun, pro-life Democrat. You kind of have to be if you want to be elected as a Democrat in Indiana outside of Marion or Lake County.

But what the far right fails to realize, or just flatly ignores, is that despite their issues with Lugar, the 80-year-old Senator would have wiped the floor with Donnelly.

In one poll I saw, Lugar had a 21-point lead over Donnelly. The next poll pitted Mourdock against Donnelly. It was 35-35 with 30 percent undecided.

Now granted those polls were taken in March, but I still think Mourdock’s win gives Donnelly a shot.

And so does the Democratic National Committee.

In the last general election against Lugar, the Democrats failed to yield a candidate.

Now the DNC will dump a bunch of money into Indiana.

As much as your political ideology may want to dispute it, money wins elections.

President Obama and his team at this time thinks he can be viable in Indiana in 2012.

Now I think we all know there is little to no chance he will carry the state again, but the war chest will be opened for the Hoosier state.

Especially when down-the-ballot elections like governor, the senate seat and a couple of U.S. rep seats will be up for grabs.

I fully expect Mike Pence to be the state’s next governor. I am pretty sure Marlin Stutzman will win his re-election bid.

I think Brendan Mullen can beat Jackie Walorski, or at the very least make it a contest.

But this Donnelly/Mourdock race? I just don’t know.

I tend to think Donnelly will speak more to centrist and moderate Hoosiers than Mourdock will.

Now I’ve met both candidates.

Neither one is electrifying as a politician.

A lot of it will come down to the issues.

Since Mourdock has won, a lot of Republicans around the state have said that there is no way Donnelly can win because Indiana is too conservative.

This is the same Indiana that elected Evan Bayh and Frank O’Bannon, right?

And Donnelly is cut more in the mold of them than he is a Barack Obama.

I understand why the TEA party loves Mourdock. I understand that he stands for a lot of the same things they do.

But unfortunately, that’s not how the rest of Indiana or America feels.

I’ve talked to several Republicans, of varying age and activity in the party, and they’ve all said the same thing.

“I just can’t vote for Mourdock.”

Now maybe Mourdock will move a little closer to the center. I mean, if he moved any further right he’d fall off the planet.

But he said he has no plans to move to the center. He said his idea of compromise is Democrats coming to the Republicans’ point of view.


And if he does move a little bit more to the center, even just to moderate, won’t he alienate those who voted for him in the primary?

Now please don’t take this as a shot at his politics, but Mourdock’s views are pretty conservative not only for 2012 but 1970.

I’m sure if you have a computer and have been on the Internet you’ve seen the ads with Mourdock’s face and it saying something to the effect of “End The EPA.”

The Environmental Protection Agency was introduced by President Richard Nixon in 1970.

I hate to draw this conclusion, but would Richard Nixon be conservative enough for the TEA party?

Anyone with a brain and working knowledge of how the federal government works will concede that agencies like the EPA overreach.

They enact policy that is hurts small business and they make things constrictive.

But to eliminate it?

What about reform? What about streamlining?

Mourdock also proposed a budget that would cut $7.6 trillion from the federal budget and balances the budget in 10 years.

One economist called the plan “too kooky for words.”

Now, I can see Mourdock winning the election in November. But if he doesn’t, and you are an ardent Mourdock supporter, I hope you aren’t shocked as to why he didn’t.