Published: Saturday, March 30 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Mike Lee gets c time on Fox standing behind congressman Chaffetz and the Senator
from Texas trying to be the next Sarah Palin.
If most Republicans preferred that Bob Bennet had remained in the Senate, having
a closed primary would not have made a difference; the only change that made a
difference was lowering the threshold above which a primary is not allowed.
I won't donate to the Utah Republican Party until they allow direct voting
of our primary candidates. The same goes for the national party. The national
primary system is disgraceful and divisive; definitely not representative of all
The Republican Party does need to be "fixed."Any
veterinarian can do it.
When people start to understand that we live in a Republic and that in a
Republic, we choose delegates to represent us, they may get over the mob rule
that happens in direct elections.In Utah, under our primary system,
the vote of someone living in the smallest precinct in Utah is just as important
as the vote of the largest precinct, because each of those voters helps elect
someone who proportionately represents the precinct.We've seen
what happens when well-entrenched and well-funded candidates get to Washington.
They stay there, seemingly until they die. We don't have a "royal
class" in America and we shouldn't have an "open primary"
system that keeps "royalty" in office.
Here you have it folks! Great evidence of the disdain right wing fringe
Republicans have for the voting public."dwayne" from Provo
airs his views for us "lazy no for goods" to read. How dare we
"bums," who don't lift a finger except to vote, elevate ourselves
to his royal status as a political activist?And Mike Richards says
we live in a Republic (that's code for "kiss democracy good-bye").
And he thinks candidates elected by the majority are royalty?If you
want an inside look at this "royal Republican" hubris, check out the
March 23rd meeting of the Republican Central Committee on the subject of
reforming the caucus/primary system. You'll hear a few of the insiders,
fully aware that they are on camera, admit they don't really want broader
participation in the process. It's a long video, but after the first hour
you'll start to find snide comments scattered throughout about themselves
being the ones who "really care."
I like the 60/40, but would be willing to go to 2/3 and 1/3. It would make it
harder to boot out an incumbent at convention and but give someone new a little
better chance of making to a primary. I would rather go 65%/35%, but it is
harder to argue the 1-2/3%. Gov. Gary Herbert would have most likely faced
Morgan Philpot this year and Rep. Chris Stewart would have faced Dave Clark.
Moving it back to 70/30 makes it almost impossible to kick out an incumbent at
convention. That violates their 4th principle."Fair. A system
that provides inherent advantages to those who are incumbent, wealthy or famous
is not acceptable." I agree and their proposals up to now are rubbish and
don't follow their own goal.
In 2010 there were 3 other good candidates. Sen. Bennett was the 3rd choice out
of the convention. The first was Tim Bridgewater. The 2nd was Mike Lee. Sen.
Bennett in my opinion had been back in DC too long. He took ideas from voters
such as a substitute cap and trade bill like a dead fish. Bob Bennett is a good
man, but we shouldn't send them to Washington for a lifetime. I spent 90
min. in his conference room as a delegate with a handful of others for the
purpose of asking him questions. I only had a few that I brought and didn't
get to ask more than one or two. The delegates, who are just regular people
elected by their neighbors to vet the candidates could see through that. He
wasn't the best we had anymore. Spending $3 M wasn't going to cut
looking past you when you were shaking his hand, not answering your questions,
or knowing that there were better choices to help the country and not making
them so the GOP would win in 2 years. The system did what it was supposed to do.
Not protect the incumbent, wealthy or famous.
Opening the primary to other than Republicans will invite Democrats to
infiltrate (like a wolf in sheep's clothing) giving them an opportunity to
put forth a losing 'Republican' candidate so their Democrat candidate
will have a better chance.In other words, never let the enemy into
your camp where they can wreck havoc.
Senator Lee is "great"? That declaration is emblematic of what is
really wrong with the Republican Party in Utah.
Mike Lee is not great> He is a pompus ,,, .
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