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(From Guardian Unlimited)
The ousting of Republican senator Richard Lugar at the hands of the Tea Party diminishes any prospect of an early end to the current congressional deadlock, political analysts predicted on Wednesday.
They said the exit of Lugar, a six-term senator who often backed bipartisan compromises, was likely to make other centrist-leaning Republican members of Congress hesitate about doing deals with the Democrats.
Without bipartisan co-operation, Congress has found it difficult to get anything done. The exit of Lugar, the biggest scalp claimed by the Tea Party this year, increases the polarisation of Congress. His successor, Richard …