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Sorry to see Bob Bennett lose

I disagree with Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett on almost every major political issue.

I am truly sorry to see him defeated.

Bennett fell victim to his state party’s odd convention system, in which only the top two vote-getters get spots on the primary ballot. Bennett may mount a write-in campaign, but if this long-shot effort fails, his departure would be a loss for the Senate.

During his three terms, Bennett did not deviate from his conservative principles. He is not Utah’s version of Joe Lieberman, out of step with his party. He is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s trusted lieutenant. But Bennett is a serious man who wants to work on serious issues -- and in doing so, he found ways to work across the aisle. The health-care measure he crafted with Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden was the most prominent example, and one factor in his ouster.

Bennett is no squishy moderate. Dick Cheney endorsed his reelection. Newt Gingrich campaigned for him. National Journal’s most recent voting ratings had him as the 23rd most conservative senator -- compared to fellow Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch at number 30.

But Bennett’s brand of conservatism was not pure enough for the Tea Party wing of his party. He committed sins such as voting for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. He was, horror of horrors, an appropriator -- meaning that he helped to bring money to his state. The conservative Club for Growth spent more than $200,000 to oust him.

The most disturbing aspect of Bennett’s defeat is the chastening effect it is likely to have on nervous GOP lawmakers. They are already hardly profiles in courage -- just take a look at the campaign positions adopted by ex-maverick John McCain, facing a primary challenge in Arizona from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

Seeing Bennett’s scalp is not apt to strengthen their spines.

By Ruth Marcus  | May 8, 2010; 8:40 PM ET
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Rendering RINOs extinct, one "squish" at a time. Next up: McCain.

Posted by: coffee2 | May 8, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Just get 'em outta there. Washington has some good people, maybe Bennett's one, but overall it's one big rotten apple made up of entrenched elected officials making deals with the wrong people, and the longer they're there, the worse they get.
Voter-imposed term limits will be the best thing that ever happened to this country.

Posted by: kls1 | May 8, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Let the GOP eat their own....There will be less of them in Washington.....

Posted by: andio76 | May 8, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Another win for The Independence Caucus!!

Posted by: NCIndependence | May 8, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

This is the exact problem with journalism today. Who is this fool who wrote this? Obviously she has taken it that he is not "conservative" enough!

The reason this man was ousted is because he was part of the system that allowed this to happen and then gave OUR tax money to the very banks that the screwed American Tax Payer!!

It's about sending a message to DC!! A message that says "we are fed up with you and your big money banks and special interest groups. We are sick and tired of you spending OUR TAX MONEY on wasted programs and wars that we do NOT need to be involved in!!

People are PISSED!! I spoke at a 912 group recently of about 70 people and 1/3 are democrats!!!

Both parties are lost, citizens have been asleep and they have robbed the American people blind!! We're coming DC and we will have our country back...we will NOT become Europe, Greece or Spain!! We will sacrifice for a better future!!

Arise America!!

Posted by: NCIndependence | May 8, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus writes a dull, elitist, cliche-ridden column. dull because it states only two or three obvious points: an old incumbent was beaten by younger people other old incumbent slugs will be frightened. Elitist because it allows for Bennet to be "serious" while unwaveringly conservative/reactionary [like the present Wa Post]; only an "odd" nomination process would prevent Bennet from renomination [like he had some sort of vested right to candidacy. it's the people's office]. The cliches "abound" "long-shot" "horror of horrors" "scalp" "spines". ... Where's an editor when one is really needed. This is freshman stuff.

Posted by: stevelaudig | May 8, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Conventions tend to be insider processes. If he can't control a convention he would not have been able to control a competitive primary. Seriously. Primaries draw anyone and everyone for any and all reasons.

Posted by: blasmaic | May 8, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"Let the GOP eat their own....There will be less of them in Washington....."

Idiot, you should hope the dems will do the same!

I just watched a video of Ron Paul (extreme conservative) with Alan Grayson (a flaming liberal) working together!! They're working on constitutional basis for per Grayson: "because we're concerned about unbridled government control"

This is what is really "reaching across the aisle"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsCREfJCZGE

Posted by: NCIndependence | May 8, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Dumping Bennet is just the beginning.

The Social Democrat Party's duplicity and arrogance in foisting it's radical socialist agenda on an unwilling American electorate is cause for revolution.

Throwing out those who accommodate an ever growing and overweening social democratic state is the least those in government can expect. Be grateful for restraint.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | May 8, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Has Ruthie looked at moderate Bob Bennett's dome lately? He DOESN'T HAVE a scalp. I suppose a left winger from Livingston, NJ like Marcus can sense the limited government tsunami building in the nation for this fall, and is wringing her hands over this defeat. Now, citizens of Utah need to give Orrin Hatch his walking papers in 2012 after six Senate terms.

Posted by: graydm2 | May 8, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse


Bennett drank too much of Obama's Koolaid and voted poorly on several bills, in complete disregard of his constituents wishes.

McCain here in Arizona will be getting the boot this year too. Out of touch with the voters for too long, and, in this state, people remember that he paired with that killer Ted Kennedy for amnesty for illegal aliens. Not a wise decision, and, by his own admission, he doesn't understand economics.

Bennett won't be missed!

Posted by: surfer-joe | May 8, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Is this column a parody?

I would fisk it thoroughly, but it's really too dumb for that.

Anybody who knows anything about this race, knows that Marcus has written an absurd piece of tripe exposing nothing but her own ignorance

Posted by: credentials | May 8, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I can remember when there used to be a few sensible comments. Now the spite and ignorance has taken over everything.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | May 8, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse


Andio 76: What Marcus didn't mention is that Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, is facing a primary of his own, against a hard-lefty. He just barely won his convention vote. The difference is that the GOP will hold the Senate seat, even without Bennett.

(I heard that that gas-bag Michael Moore is predicting the Democrats are going to get an ass-whooping of biblical proportions this fall. I sure hope he is right.)

Posted by: coffee2 | May 8, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Lostinthemiddle-- this is just for you-- my extended take on the race I wrote elsewhere. If you find the comments a bit vitriolic its because of the extreme frustration conservatives feel at the lies of the liberal media.
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There’s a meme that keeps floating around the news stories about the demise of Bob Bennett’s Senate career. According to the litany, he was rejected because he was an incumbent, and because he voted for TARP, and bailouts.

I’m not from Utah, so I’ll tread a bit carefully here, but from my perspective as a Mike Lee donor, that isn’t why Bob Bennett had to go. After all, people like Paul Ryan voted for TARP, and the bailouts (both big mistakes in my opinion), and he is an incumbent. Yet, he’s generally a very popular figure in the conservative grassroots.

So It wasn’t his individual votes but something else about Bob Bennett– and let me speculate on what that something else was. More than any particular vote Bennett was voted out because, despite coming from one of the reddest states in the country, he was never a leader for conservatism. I don’t always agree with Paul Ryan, but I get a strong sense from his overall performance (particularly considering that he is from a marginal district) that he cares about consevatism, and is willing to advance bold conservative policies, and to be a public spokesman for conservative political positions. That’s more than enough to make me enthusiastic about someone, even if I really dislike a few of their votes.

In contrast, as someone who is not from Utah, but who pays close attention to national politics, I almost never saw Bennett out there in front of an issue– making a powerful case for conservative policies and castigating liberal ones– even though he would have been politically safe in doing so, unlike many Republicans from more marginal states and districts.

I can’t recall him taking initiative to create conservative legislation (as opposed to just “voting the right way”) and he did nothing to check, and much to foment, the free-spending excesses of the most recent Republican rule on Capitol Hill. Plus he was one of the closest supporters of Mitch McConnell, a man who seems to pretty much define the failed Republican establishment . In other words, while his votes might not have been terrible overall, there was just nothing about Bob Bennett that really justified sending him back to Washington.

Simply put, he was a waste of a Senate seat for conservatives. There’s no reason we should expect anything less than an outstanding conservative in that seat. And since Mike Lee has now advanced into the runoff, we don’t have to.

Posted by: credentials | May 8, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

There's a tea bagger in every family.
Gotta see the Uncle character on vimeo
http://vimeo.com/10695021

So funny it's scarey.

Posted by: hhkeller | May 8, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

There's a tea bagger in every family.
Gotta see the Uncle character on vimeo
http://vimeo.com/10695021

So funny it's scarey.

Posted by: hhkeller | May 8, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to disappoint you, Ruth, but we conservatives don't care who you want to see as our candidates. If you don't like it -- TOUGH!

Posted by: RedderThanEver | May 8, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

These tea baggers are going to wake up one day and realize that it was the hands-off, lack of government regulation that enabled to financial crisis/economic free-fall to occur and that enlightened regulation fairly applied would have stopped the derivative and mortgage greedy "free" market excesses from dragging them (and all of us) down. And,perhaps, one day they'll realize one day that the TARP (a necessary evil of sorts) was essential from keeping us from sinking into another Great Depression. It was the tea bag mentality that enabled our current crisis and now these folks are saying that they are the cure -- which will only make things worse for all of us.

Posted by: Chicagoburned | May 8, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I think the days of "PostPartisan" politics is over. Post Partisan is nothing more than Bipartisan; which really means lobbyists buying the votes from members of both parties.

Imagine this... you're driving down the road and come to a four way stop, one passenger says turn left, another says right, yet another says go straight. Compromise produces what exactly?

The car keeps going straight even if it is over a cliff.

Posted by: gjcomm | May 8, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

You call Bennett a strong conservative and then say he had the support of the likes of Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney. Another major mistake of Bennett's was to ask Mitt Romney to nominate him.

These people are NOT conservatives. Please get your facts straight.

These kinds of people are one of the main reasons we showed Senator Bennett the door.

SimpleUtahMormonPolitics.com

Posted by: FrankStaheli | May 8, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

No, Chicagoburned -- it was Congress forcing the banks to loan money to unqualified home buyers that caused the financial economic crisis and freefall. And yes -- we "teabaggers" (are you homophobic?) agree that TARP was necessary. We just don't believe that the Stimuless or so-called healthcare "reform" (essentially, a new middle-class entitlement that we can't afford in the face of being bankrupt) was necessary.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | May 8, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

No, Chicagoburned -- it was Congress forcing the banks to loan money to unqualified home buyers that caused the financial economic crisis and freefall. And yes -- we "teabaggers" (are you homophobic?) agree that TARP was necessary. We just don't believe that the Stimuless or so-called healthcare "reform" (essentially, a new middle-class entitlement that we can't afford in the face of being bankrupt) was necessary.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | May 8, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I say tough mammary glands, Time for the moderates who vote for stupid buttocks bills, which accomplish nothing but drive up our debt, are voted out. Its the American way. Something you socialists out there keep forgetting. Yep, you keep right on underestimating us.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | May 9, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

According to the media, a Republican has

courage
leadership
maverick qualities
bipartisanship
statesmanship

if they acquiesce to policies of the Democrats.

Guess what, maybe some people don't happen to agree with those policies.

A statesman is someone who does what's right even in the face of adverse consequences.

But what is the word for someone who does what's WRONG even in the face of adverse consequences?

Posted by: bot_feeder | May 9, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Here's the problem, Teapublicans: there just aren't enough old white folks left to turn the clock back to 1950. Instead the clock is running out on you; just look at the demographics.

The country is only 68% white now, the smallest white majority in our history. And it will be 67% white next year, 66% the year after that, and so on. This wouldn't matter if the tea party (or the rest of the GOP) could do any outreach to minorities, but you're actually going in the wrong direction, LOSING minority support. Blacks, and now Hispanics, see the gop as toxic.

You're fighting a losing battle, just like your Confederate ancestors.

Posted by: Greendonut | May 9, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

It's so easy to pick out the people who only get their news from Fox on this webpage. They are so misinformed, it's sad - but you can't try and reason with them, or point out facts that they don't want to hear. You'll be called every name in the book.

These Fox News loving tea party people are killing the Republican party and scaring everyone else off except for 25% of the Country. I work with a mix of people with different political views, and you would be surprised how many Republicans, when you talk to them in private, with no press, no cameras, who say they are embarrassed by these far right wing nuts taking over their party,

Let's count the seconds on this post until I start getting bashed to no end, which will completely prove my point. Four, three, two, one...go ahead.

Posted by: mnny | May 9, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Bennett a RINO? Are you kidding me? These readers are incredibly ignorant. Get your facts straight. The man is FAR from a moderate. I am a staunch conservative and I strongly believe that the so-called "purest" movement will destroy the party of Reagan. You all claim to LOVE Reagan, but these tea partiers that drink the crazy Glenn Beck kool-aid would have kicked Reagan out. This is a time when Republicans need leaders with ideas and solutions like Bennett and instead we are shooting ourselves in the foot.

Posted by: CaliKate | May 9, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

How courageous can any "moderate" in the GOP feel now about bringing reason to the party or taking it back from the extremists - folks who actually look at George W. Bush now as a liberal.

It is sad to watch the party of Lincoln become the party of people with tea-bags in their heads who think Sarah Palin is a deep thinker and Glenn Beck is a prophet of the truth. Tsk, tsk

Oh but what the heck...pass the pop-corn and let's try to enjoy the show!

Posted by: jurmenia | May 9, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

With all due respect to the reporter, you are wrong. You are choosing to read into this election your own hopeful preconceived notions.

I am a delegate and was at the convention. I can tell you in no uncertain terms that the mood at the convention was nothing whatsoever like you report.

We all like bob Bennett and respect him. The vast majority of us were disgusted by the club for growth. Indeed, I spoke to no one who believed them to have acted with respect or integrity. Our vote against Bennett was not a vindictive club for growth driven message.

It was simply time for someone else to serve. 18 years is quite long enough. We all are very appreciative of the outstanding service over the years by Bennett.

You can't paint us however you like, though it would be much wiser to try and understand who we really are. Otherwise, you may find that you have convinced yourself of a reality that simply does not exist.

Posted by: Vayapues | May 9, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

NCIndependence: "I spoke at a 912 group recently...."

LOL! Why didn't you just write, "I'm a m0r0n..."? Glenn Beck is what you consider a knowledgeable leader? HAHAHAHA!

Posted by: uh_huhh | May 9, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Here's the problem, Teapublicans: there just aren't enough old white folks left to turn the clock back to 1950. Instead the clock is running out on you; just look at the demographics.
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The odd part about the "Teapublicans" as you call them is many of them are of a generation that protested Vietnam, championed Civil Rights, grew their hair long and wore tye die, listened to the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, loved to question authority, coined phrases like "make love, not war," and wore peace symbols. They railed against 1950's conformity. The Tea Party seems to be full of a bunch of angry, aging white people who got theirs and now live in Fantasyland. Go ahead, nut jobs, and force the unpure out of office. Primary them out of office. Force once thoughtful reps to your fringe ideology so they can keep their seats. Bennett was a conservative that I wouldn't have voted for because I am not a political conservative, but he did his job and served Utah well. Bennett's crime, according to some of the comments, is that he actually worked with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in DC? He actually earned his pay? Being in Congress is not supposed to be like being in an junior high schoolyard. Our representative should not be afraid of losing elections because they do their jobs. They shouldn't have to worry about being "pure" enough for a small but noisy percentage of radicals.

Posted by: Sandydayl | May 9, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Here's the problem, Teapublicans: there just aren't enough old white folks left to turn the clock back to 1950. Instead the clock is running out on you; just look at the demographics.
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The odd part about the "Teapublicans" as you call them is many of them are of a generation that protested Vietnam, championed Civil Rights, grew their hair long and wore tye die, listened to the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, loved to question authority, coined phrases like "make love, not war," and wore peace symbols. They railed against 1950's conformity. The Tea Party seems to be full of a bunch of angry, aging white people who got theirs and now live in Fantasyland. Go ahead, nut jobs, and force the unpure out of office. Primary them out of office. Force once thoughtful reps to your fringe ideology so they can keep their seats. Bennett was a conservative that I wouldn't have voted for because I am not a political conservative, but he did his job and served Utah well. Bennett's crime, according to some of the comments, is that he actually worked with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in DC? He actually earned his pay? Being in Congress is not supposed to be like being in an junior high schoolyard. Our representative should not be afraid of losing elections because they do their jobs. They shouldn't have to worry about being "pure" enough for a small but noisy percentage of radicals.

Posted by: Sandydayl | May 9, 2010 5:25 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party will be its own demise. It's one thing to be "pure" when seeking for votes within your own party, but to govern your entire constituency you have to engage in compromise. Then you get branded a turncoat or even worse, a RINO, and the circus continues. And to attack the author of this article is not to debate its content, but name calling and branding seems to be the only way these people know how.

Posted by: Denny_98 | May 9, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

It is sad for all Americans that trading insults has replaced debate. "Mainstream" used to be a good thing.

Posted by: dricks | May 9, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Read the posts by Tea Party members to know they are completely clueless. We got rid of Bennett because he backed Wall St. bankers and big business with his TARP vote. Care to look at donors and amounts given to the Club for Growth and Freedomworks. Do Exxon and Goldman Sachs strike a familiar note? Were against immigrants and for the AZ law but will back Rubio anyway. We want to cut gov't spending yet push kill grandma, back a useless Polish missile defense, and attack Iran (oil price increase would destroy tax income creating recovery). They don't think letting tax cut money outsource more jobs overseas as bigshots invest there for the extra 2 points they get from outsourcing. The Reagan (their hero) investment tax credit that forces investment here is nowhere found in the platform. In fact the 10 points of purity values have yet to have 1 bill proposed to come before congress. They are pretty bad at math too, thinking what they can do to the GOP with 20% of the electorate, they can do to the rest of the country. Looking at voting records they back a liberal Brown over a conservative Bennett.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 9, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Greendonut, Sandyday1 --

You guys simply don't know what you're talking about. We Tea Partiers didn't "get ours and now live in Fantasyland". By "get ours," are you talking about people like me, who put themselves through school, paid off graduate school loans in full, work 45-60 hours a week (and have for over 30 years), and who have managed to work their way up into the upper middle class? Who manage their finances and don't incur debt we can't afford? And because we protest a federal goverment that is spending this country into ruinous debt, you say we want to return to the 1950s? And protesting this debt and the expansion of the welfare / entitlement state is somehow something that only old white people feel strongly about, and it's somehow racist?

No, I submit that it is liberals like you who are stuck in the past. For you guys, it is forever 1968 or even 1861 with your obsession with race and constant references to the past. We Tea Partiers couldn't care less whether whites make up only 65% of the population or whatever it is, and no matter how hard you try to marginalize us, we aren't the Confederacy. What is "racist" or harkens back to the Civil War about not wanting to see federal debt reach such levels as to bring about a catastropic collapse? And yes -- we didn't like the debt under GWB, but Obama has lost no time in quadrupling it. And if you didn't like the debt under GWB, why are you and other libs silent in the face of Obama's uncontrolled spending sprees? If the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were so horrible to you under GWB, why are you and other libs so silent in the face of Obama ramping them up, or at least, maintaining them? Why are YOU not protesting daily about your Messiah's inability to close Gitmo as he promised, along with his promise to lower the seas and cool the air?

No, we Tea Partiers couldn't care less about race. In fact, we are mystified as to why you and others of all races are not equally disturbed over the trajectory of spending. Do you not see what's happening in Greece, England, Iceland, California, New York, New Jersey and have any desire to take meaningful action before it's too late for the U.S. as a whole?

I really wish you libs would drop your obsession with race so the people in this country can have an adult conversation about what we need to do to get our financial house in order. Living with libs and this government is like being married to someone who keeps racking up credit card bills each month that you share responsibility for and for which you're only able to pay interest each month. It's a nightmare.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | May 9, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

This isn't that big of a deal - in Utah, they could run Beelzebub or even a Catholic for Senate, and as long as he has an R after his name he's going to win (yes, I said "he" - we're talking Utah).

However, in more moderate states, or what I like to call the Real America, when the Tea Baggers primary or convention a sitting Republican and replace him or her with a far-Right candidate they're going to see Independents and even moderate Republicans abandon them by either voting Democratic or by not voting at all.

We've already seen this happen in New York. I have a feeling we're going to see it in Florida when Crist wins as an Independent.

These tactics might make them feel good about themselves, but ultimately it will most likely further marginalize the Republican party.

It's times like these when we are reminded that the AVERAGE IQ is 100.

Posted by: kemp13 | May 9, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

The opinion of Ruth Marcus is irrelevant here. Hopefully Bennett's removal is the beginning of the housecleaning so long overdue in Congress. Of course it is important to replace incumbents with moderate Americans who will take our nation back to the conditions that made it once great.

Posted by: JohnRice | May 9, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I am no particular supporter of Bob Bennett. But, I fail to see how the barring of Bob Bennett from even being considered by the people of Utah represents any sort of meaningful victory for the Tea Party. It seems to me the only way they can win is by this controlled method where the people of the state don't have a vote.

Make no mistake about it. Bennett was defeated by a handful of right wing extremists in Utah. This is how the Nazis came to power in Germany.

Posted by: jaxas70 | May 9, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

One blogger here mentioned that Ruth Marcus is irrelevant. May be. But so are the Tea Party activists. Why? Because after all of the bubble and fizz of this election year, no matter how it all turns out and who ends up in power, the same seemingly intractable problems are still going to be there and those problems cry out for a more activist government to take them on.

Now call me irresponsible, but it is undeniably true. The Tea Party activist gullibly imagines that he can simply reduce government down to little more than what it was during America's colonial beginnings and run government utilizing the simple, agrarian view of the Constitution that prevailed in the late 18th century. This is monumental silliness and why the Tea Party movement will ultimately be one of the biggest jokes in American political history.

The Tea Party activists have a huge letdown in store for them when they finally have to face a general electorate that is in no mood for romantic nostrums and bumper sticker hogwash.

Posted by: jaxas70 | May 9, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

One other point needs to be made here: This is nothing new. We went through this same sort of silly season in 1994 when Newt Gingrich and a previous batch of angry white men stormed into power thinking they were going to "houseclean". It did not take very long for them to realize that hot talk is easy and cheap but action is difficult.

Like the angry old white men and women in the Tea Party they too went into Congress in 1994 "on fire" to clean house and get rid of big government. It did not take very long for them to realize that the "mandate" they had had the constituency of flatulence in the wind. Their very first act--to eliminate the Department of Education and to shut down the government if they had to--went over like flatulence in church as it were. And Bill Clinton crushed their nonexistent mandate before it had a chance to get off the ground.

They were not the first to misinterpret the will of the American people. And they will not be the last.

Posted by: jaxas70 | May 9, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Jaxas70 --

No, we Tea Partiers do NOT want to reduce government down to "little more than what it was during America's colonial beginnings and run government utilizing the simple, agrarian view of the Constitution that prevailed in the late 18th century." For you to think that is monumental silliness on your part.

You can continue to try to charicature us all you like. But it would be a lot better for everyone if you would stop with the immature, ad hominem attacks and begin talking with some maturity about how we're going to get a handle on this outrageous level of debt. It appears to be you libs who live in Fantasyland, thinking this state of affairs can go on forever.

Biden said it's patriotic to pay taxes. I agree, and believe we should begin be requiring every adult American to pay income taxes, even if it's only $5. Funny how your outlook changes when you have a vested interest in something.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | May 9, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

It is always amusing to see what Ruthie, EJ, Eugene, et al. have to say about Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Partiers, etc. when the have no clue what it means to have real convictions and core values. I am sure that they are all sorry to see Bob Bennett go, not because they loved Bob Bennett, but because it means that they are losing influence. They think that we care about their liberal, one-sided opinions. The problem is that we have let these radical socialists influence us and it has lead to the almost destruction of the Republic. They are terrified of the resurgence of real free thinking people not willing to accept their skewed opinions.

Posted by: navarch | May 9, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party - taking the Republican Party from horrible to even worse.
Independents unite. Vote Democrat in November!

Bennett Voted NeoCon Republican, For Reagan (the Father of America's debt) to double the debt, for Bush to double the Debt, for Bush's lie of a war in Iraq, and for the destruction of the economy through de-regulation and no regulation. Vote all Republicans out of office in November. Tea Party, thanks for the help.

Posted by: chucky-el | May 9, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Let that be a lesson: if you won't wear a swastika, the GOP won't have you.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | May 9, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

This is my first post on this blog but what I have noticed is tea party members love to call anyone doesn't agree with them foul names or insults whats with that, we all have differant views as we should you think blue I think green that doesn't mean that you should call me a name or an insult.the lady that wrote this article didn't call anyone names, she tried to decipher causes and affects of this gop primary in utah. she may be a tea party member as some of you folks are but to call her names is childish andwrong

Posted by: mixpiklix | May 9, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious to see the crocodile tears shed by liberals for Bennett. Tea Party played the game by Obama rules, did to Bennett in Utah what Obama did to Hillary in states like Texas. 2012 can not come soon enough!

Posted by: JCM-51 | May 9, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

i truly wish that none of the banks would've been bailed out, so that these tea party fools could truly experience an economic collapse.

alas, their proclamations truly illustrate the depths of a high school education.

have fun smashing windows, you clowns.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | May 9, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

These Tea Baggers are full of it. The bailouts were needed to stop this country from going down the tank and it worked. The bailouts have been paid back and the taxpayers earned a profit. Why all the anger? It has nothing to do with substance and all to do with Obama. If Obama was a white president, Bennett would still have his job. I wish the media would call these fake people out and stop giving them the spotlight.

Posted by: laland69 | May 9, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Wingnut teabag takeover of the GOP best possible thing for Dems this fall. Go, Demagogues!

Posted by: jbh3 | May 9, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

No incumbents either party.

Posted by: dottydo | May 9, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

No incumbents either party.

Posted by: dottydo |

So a bunch of greenhorns is what you want?

Posted by: wd1214 | May 9, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I think it's pretty cool watching the socialists fly into a tizzy when their freaky Logan's Run future appears to be at risk.

To those not a Marx adherent who think government should control how many sheets of toilet paper we use, I pose a question: When was the last time your freedom was increased? We have been on this path a long time, with government corralling us into an ever-smaller pen.

I know enough progressives/socialists to know that they do not see this as a problem. They fall into two groups - those who feel inept at running their own affairs, thus it justifies their mediocrity..."I just can't make it because white people are evil and hold us down - give me someone else's property"; and those who want to tell everyone else how to live - because they're just so darned brilliant and enlightened. Both worldviews disgust me.

Have you people ever seen pictures of Soviet era Russia? Why do you want this? Oh, I know - collectivism just hasn't been done "right". Go experiment somewhere else. We like our Constitution just fine thank you.

Posted by: kungfoochimp | May 9, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

goodbye crook who,s up next !!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | May 9, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Ruth, the fact that the big government "conservatives" who took us into a pointless and costly war (Bush and Cheney) and spent like drunken sailors support Bennett and more of the status quo means nothing to me. I don't take much issue with Bennett's vote on TARP as it was something we had to do. What I take issue with is the fact that government caused the crisis to begin with and the fact that he wanted to create another government program which would result in more money taken from our pockets and distributed as they see fit.

The voters are smart - they know both parties were complicit in causing our financial meltdowns. They know the Democrats wanted to give houses away to people who couldn't afford them, and they also know Republicans found it politically expedient to appease the Democrats and neutralize a campaign issue using other people's (the taxpayers') money, and they also know both parties are plied with money from Wall Street.

We are tired of the culture wars. The GOP better get the message that they better get fiscally conservative quick, or they will be out of a job.

Posted by: dirtyharry667 | May 9, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhhh - we see!

But Utah doesn't.

The Teabaggers are violating the very constitution they hav wrapped themselves in...

The people of a given state don't get to elect their own choices... the elections are bought and paid for by Club for Growth, people who don't even live in the state...

Teabaggers will present themselves this November with dirty hands and forked tongues clammoring how they are reverting back to our Constitution...

They are paid shills.

Posted by: dutchess2 | May 10, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

RedderThanEver

yaddayaddayadda -

TELL US WHAT YOU'LL CUT!

So far, teabaggers will only admit they want Social Security eliminated...

Which, it turns out, is their primary source of income as it is.

Farm subsidies?

Tax cuts for Corporation?

Defense?

Foreign aid?

You gonna cut this stuff before you take granny's tobaccy and tv?

EVERYONE wants cuts in spending... no one wants their particular gold egg reduced...

so tell us what you'll cut.

BEFORE WE VOTE.

Posted by: dutchess2 | May 10, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

It's interesting that when the Republicans have a "family disagreement, or shakeup", you "lefties", "progressives", and otherwise "non-thinkers" are so quick to comment on Republican "family disputes or disagreements". The encouraging thing about your "unsolicited comments", is that usually when you disagree with the right, or when you say that the right is going to destroy themselves, WE WIN!

The "lefties", instead of sticking your noses into our business, should pay attention to the "amateur hour" and disregard for the public that's going on in your own party.

"WE THE PEOPLE" HAVE SLUMBERED AND STUMBLED FOR A LONG TIME, AND NOW WE'RE AWAKE, AND WE'RE GOING RE-CLAIM OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY, WHICH IS OUR INHERITANCE. TOO MANY OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE SHED THEIR BLOOD FOR THE FREEDOMS WHICH WE ENJOY, BECAUSE OF THEIR SACRIFICES. TO LET THE LEFT DESTROY AND TAKE AWAY OUR FREEDOMS, WOULD BE AN INSULT TO THEIR MEMORY.

"WE THE PEOPLE" WILL EXERCISE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND WE WILL BE VIGILANT AND INVOLVED IN THE ELECTION PROCESS. PERHAPS AFTER A NUMBER OF ELECTION CYCLES, WE MAY FINALLY HAVE "REPRESENTATIVES" WHO ACTUALLY "REPRESENT" US.

WE WORK TOO HARD FOR US TO JUST ALLOW THE POLITICIANS TO WASTE OUR MONEY. AND WE WILL SPEAK OUT AND BE HEARD WHERE THEY LISTEN TO US. WE WILL VOTE. AND WE WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | May 10, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

"I disagree with Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett on almost every major political issue.
I am truly sorry to see him defeated."

"....he helped to bring money to his state."

Typical liberal logic. Principles, ethics, actions, common good, doesn't matter, its how much Washington money, pork barrel money, taxpayer money that one "brings" back to his state.

Maybe we should be more impressed with someone who doesn't want to send it to Washington in the first place instead of those who are good at doling it out.

Posted by: flyover22 | May 10, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Dutchess,

For starters, I would repeal the recently-passed healthcare bill, which a majority of Americans opposed and even now support repeal.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | May 10, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Obviously, the endorsement of DC journalists such as Ruth Marcus underscores the reasons for Bennett's loss. Marcus is a Democrat, and it would be odd for Republicans to take the advice ('become more like us') offered by Democrats - Washington journalism's way of co-opting opponents.

Utah, and Texas, and Arizona, and other such states which have offended bi-coastal chattering class opinion are, by the way, running rings around the blue states in this recession, and have been out-performing them in population (i.e., job) growth and other measures for some decades, now. It's time for the coastal provincials to ask themselves if they are the ones becoming increasingly marginalized by the advance of time.

Posted by: markrichardc | May 10, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

The Reagan REvolution II is gaining strenthe. Bennet is just one more old hack who got it where it needed to be gotten. He was part of all that is wrong with DC that is we have left too many too lond. They are into their own little power games and not the peoples intereste.s John Mcain is next I hope. After Ron Pauls son wins in Kentucky.

Posted by: cdorbg | May 10, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The Reagan REvolution II is gaining strenthe. Bennet is just one more old hack who got it where it needed to be gotten. He was part of all that is wrong with DC that is we have left too many too lond. They are into their own little power games and not the peoples intereste.s John Mcain is next I hope. After Ron Pauls son wins in Kentucky.

Posted by: cdorbg | May 10, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The Reagan REvolution II is gaining strenthe. Bennet is just one more old hack who got it where it needed to be gotten. He was part of all that is wrong with DC that is we have left too many too lond. They are into their own little power games and not the peoples intereste.s John Mcain is next I hope. After Ron Pauls son wins in Kentucky.

Posted by: cdorbg | May 10, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully the baggers will force out every 'moderate'. Bennett's just another INCUMBENT who participated fully in the grid-lock and malaise that has allowed our country to diminish itself.
Nothing could be better than for the two parties to head for the extremes and allow a (real)third party to rise up.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | May 10, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse


"....he helped to bring money to his state."

I was at a 912 Project in which Republican Congresswoman Ginny Waite addressed a group of about 300 of her constiuents. She wasn't getting a lot of traction and so in answer to a question about a local group that had received some "money" or pork if you will. She responded that they do very good work and that if she hadn't gotten that money for them and her district it would have gone to some other state that didn't need it or deserve it!

The silence was deafening. There were no hurrays and shouts of yeah, you go girl. Just silence. I imagine everyone was thinking the same thing. This is a representative greedily grabbing Washington largesse whether it was the right thing to do or that it was productive over the long haul.

As you probably know she "decided" to not run for another term (due to health reasons she said). No doubt she can read tea leaves as well and knew that she was toast.

Please Ms. Marcus, if you don't get anything else, get this: people are tired of the same ole same ole in Washington. Elitists politicians making laws and policies that look out mainly for their reelection prospects and their lobbyist's that support them.

And we are really tired of elitist media telling us how things should be.

Posted by: jrealty | May 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the purging, GOPers. Once you're down to the 25% of the country that is conservative enough for you, us socialist commie Muslim atheist illegal alien gay libruls will be happy to drag the nation out of the mess your side left us. Perhaps if Bennett demanded to see Obama's birth certificate he would have survived!
Also, Bennett's loss says very little about the nation and everything about GOP delegates in Utah who probably would not consider Dick Cheney conservative enough.

Posted by: vfazio | May 10, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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