reSmith9294: I believe you are applying your own narrow interpretation of the
word career to Senator Bennett. I believe your argument would be better served
if you stick to your disagreement with his actions/votes during his service
rather than attacking the term he used to describe it. I don't believe it
matters so much if our "Founders" would use the term "career" to describe their
service as to the type of service they gave. Is that what you're asking, to
compare the service that Senator Bennett rendered while in office to the service
our Founders rendered while in office? That seems a much better question than
asking if other elected officials referred to their service in the same
Bennett claims the recent convention race was the nastiest in the history of the
state, as if his campaign was sweet and postive. Bridgewater and Lee were
certainly not nasty to Bennett. Neither of them ran negative ads against
Bennett. In fact, Lee didn't run any electronic ads leading up the convention.
The Club of Growth was very critical of Bennett. Lest we forgot,
it was Senator Bennett who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on print and
electronic media attacking Mike Lee for his stance on Afghanistan. To imply--as
Bennett does and much of the coverage in the Trib does--that Mike Lee was the
source of the nasty campaign is simply ludicrous. Lee defended himself in the
face of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of attack ads, and now he is the
bad and nasty guy? This is truly Alice in Wonderland stuff. It's
just another example of a double standard of a politician who thinks he is
entitled to a seat and that anything he does to protect that seat is nice and
anything anyone says that is critical of him is nasty.
I didn't like Bennett but he is/was a heck of a lot better than these two idiots
who want his job.On the Dems side Granato wouldn't be my first
choice either. Utah had better wake up and join the 21st Century quickly or we
will be left in the dust and , our kids won't be able to compete, our
environment will be destroyed, our public lands will be sold off and our water
will be sold off to the highest bidder. I do not want Utah looking
like the West or East Coasts, Denver or Vegas. The Christian Fundamentalists are
taking over the midwest and need I remind the readers of this paper what they
did to Utah's founding father Joseph Smith and his flock. Jon
Huntsman was the best leader we've had in a long time but he answered our
Nations call to duty and is now serving under a great president that is being
challenged daily by the republican obstructionalists who represent big business
and the plutocrates. What did Brigham Young say back in '47? "No One
Shall Own the Water."
We don't need entitlement reforms, we need to cut entitlements completely.
Where are social security, medicaid, and medicare guaranteed in the
I hope that he will go on a mission, such a better place to be than in
Washington. Just don't serve there.
mt_cicero,"Career" is synonymous with profession, something that you
do to advance your own state in life, which is what Bennett has done. Why would
you avoid the question by attempting to get into a battle of meaning? He used
it, and a close look at the results of his "career" show a leaning towards self
rather than the public. I'm still waiting for someone (maybe you
can help me) to show me where our Founders and the others I mentioned refer to
their public service as a career.And no, I don't expect our public
officials to treat their time as a hobby; I'm not sure where you got that from.
Perhaps, you misread. I expect them to serve for the sake of service and not
promotion of self. Bennett's use of the word career is apropos; a
family company that started with his father and heavily involved his son, the
great retirement package he'll receive, and the great salary he received. Again, please show me how this, what Bennett calls his "career" matches
the public service of our Founders and others like them.
Smart move Bob, you could not have won anyway. But I've kind of lost respect for
Bennett, calling this race "the nastiest in the history of the GOP in Utah." In
fact, this race was completely tame and civil--except for his side. He was the
only "nasty" one in the race, Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater were both as tame as
sunday school teachers. Bennett, however, went hostile, spent a fortune,
attacked Lee and Bridgewater relentless; of which, Lee and Bridgewater never
reciprocated. I think the party made the perfect decision on May 8th, to send
Bennett on a different mission.
reSmith9294: "Career" generally refers to an individual’s work and life
roles. Perhaps you assign some other meaning to the word? I suspect that you
don't intend to mean that our elected officials should only pursue their public
trusts as a "hobby." Personally, I think it is to an elected official's credit
if they're dedicated to their public service while in office, which in my
lexicon warrants the term "career" regardless of how long they are in office.
The use of Bob's word "career" to describe what has ended accurately describes
how he approached his political life. Rather than public service, it was a
self-serving career, one that he was not ready to retire from. I
would love for some pro-Bennett supporter to show me where George Washington,
Abe Lincoln, or Ronald Reagan, referred to their life in public office as a
"career". As one of the delegates who voted for to oust Bennett at
the convention, I'm happy to say that I don't regret my vote at all and if Lee
or Bridgewater view their time in office as a "career", it will be time kick
them out too.
Thank you for your service, Senator Bennett.Much as I didn't want
the Senator in office, I want the two competing for the Republican slot on the
general election ballot even less. Senator Bennett, at least, worked for what
he believed to be the best for the United States and Utah. Lee and Bridgewater
will be working for what is best for the Republican Party, and to heck with
what's best for the country and state and people. We don't need Lee
and Bridgewater infinitely more than we didn't need Bennett. I see no
indication that either would reach the level of mediocre, much less any higher
level. They would work for the benefit of the tea party or Energy Solutions or
the Republican Party, and not the people they are supposed to represent. The
people of this state and country deserve better.
Having stated the facts about entitlement programs being the only place to get
the size of government and the deficit under control, it is also very
interesting to me that many conservatives including those on the far right are
completely unwilling to consider entitlement reforms.Any you think
politicians are the problem? They are just listening to the American people, who
say do not touch my social security check and medicare reimbursement. The same
people who are complaining about Obamacare don't realize that already, 50% of
medical costs in this country are controlled by the federal government under
medicare and medicaid and we are all forced to buy it.Anyone who is
really sincere, informed and serious about reducing the size of the deficit,
needs to support reforming these entitlement programs.Mark my words,
we will never reduce the size of government until we are willing to take one for
the team on big government entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid and now Obamacare.Being willing to sacrifice earmarks for
our state, cut military spending or any other federal program other than
entitlements just won't get it done.
JMT,Again, I'll challenge the ungrounded nonsense posted on these
threads.Isn't it interesting that the one thing that would make a
lasting difference on not only reducing the deficit but also the size of
government would be to truly deal with entitlement programs like social
security, medicare, medicaid and now Obamacare. All these were passed under a
Democratic Congress. The first three with a Democratic majority in both the
house and Senate that existed almost un-interrupted during this period for 52
years.At the beginning of Bush II's term projections were for annual
balanced budgets and a balanced budget overall within a few years. What
happened? Massive new Republican spending programs, or new social programs? Not!
Fiscal policy are not the only factors affecting tax revenue and the deficit.
There is also an independent Fed affecting monetary policy, and the economic
cycles themselves.In 2002 we had a little event called 911. Then we
had accounting scandals, bankruptcies and a recession.Now without a
60 seat filibuster proof majority the Republicans had a hard time addressing the
big issues, but there were significant attempts to simplify tax policy and take
As a write in, he wouldn't have received more than 5% of the vote, so . . good
decision there Bob."Anyone but Bob" is better than Bob, because a
new guy isn't connected well enough to the establishment to be able to spend
nearly as much as Bennett was spending.The question is whether you
think this is a good thing or a bad thing. Obviously, I think it is an
improvement to NOT spend more.The whole bit about a possible Bennett
endorsement for Granato was hilarious. See, those Dems DO have a sense of
Senator Bennett is a very intelligent man who has been able to seek and find
compromise and has represented Utah with dignity.Unfortunately, that
dignity seems to have been lost during this campaign as Senator Bennett spent so
much of his time doing negative campaigning against the other candidates,
especially Mike Lee. The campaign was "toxic" in large part because he made it
that way.We need someone who will be an uncompromising voice for a
smaller government, and end to entitlements, personal responsibility, and a
return to fiscal responsibility.That's why I'm voting for Mike
2 bits, thats funny!The touchy feely life you share must rock you to sleep at
night with tears of joy. Bob has added tens of trillions of debt and
obligation to our lives. The harm he added...What is soooooo ironic
about my leftist, marxist buddies across America is they have spent years
attacking Bush and his policies of invading the world, massive debt, etc and now
they cry as his henchmen are removed from office. Make up your mind. Did you
love or hate the Bush years, multiple Bush doctrines, etc. Which is it?????I for one thought the Bush years were horrible in many different ways.
They have brought us to where we are at now. As part of this, I want his cronies
gone with or without the graceful exit. This means Bob thrown out on his ear.
No, he was fired. I am not going to romanticize it. He was fired for
supporting almost every single hair brained big government, Washington scheme
even half thought of.Sorry you can't make your mind.
I think it is high time that senators and representatives realized that when
they win office it doesn't mean they will stay in office for life. The seat
doesn't have their name permanently written on it. Edward Kennedy was
replacable--even by a Republican. These congressional people need to start
listening to their constuency and stop doing only what they want to do. I hope
most of the incumbents get beaten.
Right choice.Thanks for your service.Hope we will see
you supporting the Republican nominee after the primary.Now, even
though you are a lame duck, you still have the power to slow down or stop much
of Obama's agenda. You don't need to worry about ticking off Harry Reid or
other senators, or the news media.Do what you know needs to be done,
even if it is violates the chummy traditions. We must stop the destruction of
our country by Obama and his pals. Object to every single "unanimous consent"
request, if nothing else. Maybe if you had been fighting harder you would have
won more delegates.
Pity. Spoil sport.
After reading all of the ill-informed, bigoted, nonsensical, hate-monger
comments against Sentator Bennett, I'm trying to remember why I moved back to
Utah.Funning thing, though. In the Northwest I was considered a John
Bircher. Here in my home state I am regarded as a communist.Guess I
must be just about right.
Bob, if you had not lost touch with want Utahns want you would be returing to
Washington to finish your carrer. You just would not listen to what your state
citizens were telling you.
Bob's "write in" vote campaign would have fallen short anyway. I regret taking
the time to listen to his "speech" on KSL today. Nice of Bob to point out how
his potential earnings are significantly larger in the private sector. Just
don't forget Bob, who put you in the public sector so you could reap those
I'm sure he's a good man.Unfortunately, he's forgotten the oath he
took to uphold the Constitution. He's voted for a lot of stuff that should
never have passed, and ought to be thrown out by the SCOTUS (yeah, I know, good
luck with that...). Just because he's in good company with the 99% of the other
Congressmen who ALSO don't uphold the Constitution, and he's a leader among them
for his seniority, is no reason to send him back again. The longer any of them
are there, the worse they all get, no matter how principled or good they were to
begin with.If we can't get term limits in the Constitution, by all
means let's get it in at the ballot box.Enjoy your retirement, sir.
You'll probably get appointed to something anyway.
JMT | 4:10 p.m. just sharin' the often-touted
liberal-love-tolerance-and-compassion, right?That's what I call
Dang, wanted to beat him twice in one year.
Johnny Triumph | 10:54 a.m.What if you write him in... he wins...
and he won't go?What if he decides he LIKES the idea of retiremnt?
I agree Bennett has served well. I applaud him for moving on with dignity.If I were him I'd see this as a blessing in disguise. I can't think of
ANYTHING I'd like less than being his age and having to run another tiring and
contentious campaign. Dealing with the media, rabid partisans, bickering
matches with opponents, the TOXIC atmosphere in Washington, etc.Maybe now he can retire and enjoy the rest of his life and look back on his
accomplishments.Nobody should have to be a politician their WHOLE
Bob, your recent vote AGAINST auditing the fed just confirms how out-of-touch
you are. You care more about the banksters than the people you supposedly
represent. Enjoy retirement. It's good to see you go.
To all you nasty people on here...I hope you're proud of yourselves for kicking
someone when he's down.Senator Bennett is an excellent Senator and a
very good man. I will be supporting whoever wins the nomination and either one
will be excellent.Let's keep fighting for our country against the
administration in Washington that's trying to bring us down. We
have just begun to fight.
“TRANSPARENTLY”, the following is [not] endorsed by Sen. Bennett or
the Deseret News; "I alone accept full responsibility"……Considering [THE OBAMA, REID, PELOSI APOLOGIST'S] Mr. Lee, Mr. Bridgewater nor
Mr. Chaffetz denounced (rather graciously accepted) the outside LIES and vitriol
levied at Sen. Bennett and using that as the standard of [their] level of
integrity to the state of Utah, I have no other choice then to denounce those
who are hell-bent on increasing Utah's unemployment and economic downward spiral
to bankruptcy, by using my Constitutional guaranteed right to Write-In Sen.
Bennett.America ‘HAS ALWAYS’ set her sails [against] the
winds of oppression and tyranny (UNTIL REID, PELOSI, OBAMA), and I will stand up
to those who float on the winds of “HOPE AND CHANGE” who are
uncompromisingly [using] Mr. Chaffetz and are going to uncompromisingly [use]
Mr. Lee or Mr. Bridgewater to further the downward degeneration of Utah and THE
UNITED STATES of America.Look at where the winds of "HOPE AND
CHANGE" have gotten us….. (China ‘spending’ America’s
future prosperity) Quit being tossed to and fro by the deceptive wind devils of
the [OBAMA, REID, PELOSI] "REGIME"!
This is simpleTo Senator Bennett sad to see you go!To
those of the far right wing of the republican party, your not getting me to vote
for choice for senate...I will still write in Bob Bennett as my
choice.....because it is the right thing to do for our state.
Mike in Sandy: show some class for once in your life. Nobody likes to see
someone get kicked when they are down - it is one of the basest attributes of
human nature. You appear to be the kind of guy who would beat someone and then
make fun of them. Classless, classless.
I am glad for the good he did for the state of Utah, that being said he should
have simply kept his word when he said he would only run for two terms and all
this humiliation and embarrasment for him and his family could have been
avoided. I am so tired of politicans who will not keep their word which seems to
be quite a few these days. I would suggest if he wants to serve people that he
pack his bags and go on a mission for his church, it will get him out of the
public eye and allow time for us to forget about him and get his tail out from
between his legs.
So sorry. i liked him. I'll write him in in November, just to make my point.
@sid 6.71) You're assuming something that's not true about my
political affiliation.2) If one of these guys gets in 20 years to
where Bennett is now, it'll be time to kick him out, too.
I'd have made the same decision given that he is 75 years old, I would want to
take life easy.The one take away from all this is we should change
the electoral process so that a minority of conservative (or liberal) Utahns
never again get thier way over the wished of the majority.
Meh. I'll probably write him in anyway.
Good. No more voting for a pay increase!!!
Ahhh ultra-conservative Tea Party fear mongers. You guys have really stepped
into it this time. Did you seriously just kick this guy out? Do any of you
realize what your misguided anger and haste have done not only to the citizens
of this state but to your own party as well? You sent a much respected and very
well connected Senator packing? And for what? One of two guys that it will
take the next 20 years to get where the guy you just kicked out was, if
they’re that good that is.It's going to be awesome watching
you guys implode of the next couple of years.
Good. Save yourself the embarrassment. Go plant a garden. Go fishing. Go away.
Thanks to Senator Bennett for eighteen years of dedicated service to Utahns.
The only sad part is that he could have exited gracefully of his own accord.
That said, he's a good man and we're all better for his contribution.
A wise move.Sadly, from his comments I still don't think he
understands that he was a contributor to the toxic political environment...the
GOP has failed miserably to follow through on their promises and principles.
sad that modeates are being trashed so we can go to another swing instead of
doing what is right by our people.
Thanks Senator,I really am sorry to see you go, and truly wish that
more people would have had a direct say in the matter since your candidacy did
have direct consequences on our lives. You've represented the state well, and
have been fine example of a Conservative individual not driven by ideology.I only hope the others can do the same and put the good of the country
over the whims of these interest groups that have too much nomination power.
Thanks Bob!Get ready for that presedential bid in 2012!
A decision madeLate can nevertheless beA good decision.
re: i am hank,Writing him in June 22nd wouldn't do any good.He can't
and won't get the GOP nominee.If you really want Bennett, write or
type him in November 2nd.
Enter commentThank you, Senator Bennett, for your years of dedicated
service to Utah and to the nation. While I wish you would run, I respect and
understand your decision not to. It demonstrates to me that you are truly a
statesman who can see the bigger picture. I wish you the best in whatever you
choose to do in the future.As a sign of respect and gratitude for
your service, I will still be writing your name in on June 22.
Thanks to Senator Bennett for his 18 years of exceptional service to the people
of Utah and the nation. You have accomplished much on a variety of issues and in
defending Utah interests including important Utah/federal land use issues. In
the last two years, you made politically courageous decisions in supporting the
Bush TARP and in offering a free market and state regulated alternative to
Obamacare. I agree with both those decisions. You still have much to fight for
before leaving office.There is still much to be done. The next
senator from Utah needs to be a quick learner. There are many important issues
at stake. Let's show up at the polls and may the best candidate win.
If Utah the Republican party didn't have such a fear hold on people, I would
love to see Bennett run as an Independent. But, the political system (which
encourgaes people to vote only along political lines) and the ignorance of many
people (thinking they should vote for a party, instead of a person and their
credentials and beliefs) doesn't seem to work, here. It is both frightening and
Senator Bennett, I'd vote for. Not his replacement.
Bennett may finally be coming around to an understanding of why he was defeated
to begin with.Thanks for your service, Senator.
Doesn't mean we can't write him in. We need experienced voices in Washington
that won't get walked all over like newbies will.
Good move, Bob. Hopefully the other incumbents who are voted out will follow
your wise example.