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Published: Monday, Oct. 14 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The latest polls show the Republican Party with an approval rating of 24%, with many self-described Republicans even disapproving of their party. Keep up the good work, we Democrats can just sit back and watch you guys win the next election cycle for us.


There are many issues Repubs could be using to politically pummel Obama presently: The disastrous Obamacare rollout, deepening Obamacare unpopularity, amateurish foreign policy destroying respect for the US in the Middle East, Iran emboldened to pursue nuclear weapons by wishy washy American resolve, the list goes on. Instead of racking up political points to be used in upcoming elections to gain the majority that would give them power to really do something about Obamacare, they have manufactured one of the few issues that is a loser for them (The government shutdown), created a crisis that has sucked up all the political oxygen, completely distracted attention from the very real shortcomings of the Obamacare rollout, and discredited themselves in the eyes of much of the electorate as grown-up players who can be trusted to govern. Far from hurting Obama politically, they have completely bailed him out! Sen Lee has been among the worst offenders. We need representation in Washington that advocates for Conservative ideals in an intelligent way. What we've been getting these past weeks is the diametric opposite. We deserve better.

Salt Lake City, UT

"Robert Bennett: Republicans shoot themselves in the foot"

Shooting themselves in the foot I could live with, but it's much worse than that. They've handed machine guns to a handful of petulant rubes and are now tut-tutting the body count and looking desperately for a way to blame someone else.

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

Shot themselves in the foot? More like jumped on a landmine that they threw right in front of themselves.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Senator Bennett,

You called this one before it happened.

Blue and Unreconstructed Bob,

Too funny.

Far East USA, SC

"Robert Bennett: Republicans shoot themselves in the foot"

No, they are shooting us all in the foot. Just ask world leaders and business leaders and a whole host of Republicans.

And over what? Because they don't want to pay the bills that our congress voted on.

Look, I agree that we spend too much. We have a large deficit. But, this is not the way to fix that problem.

Provo, UT

I can't wait until this next election!

That Tea Party dun gonna take it on the chin!!!

The Tea Party is going the way of the dodo bird. Thank heavens!

Highland, UT

bennett we all remember your doomsday Y2K predictions and what a laugh that turned out to be. We also all remember how you consistently sold out conservative values to the dems in the senate and capitulated to their every desire. Your track record of being right is laughably bad so I take absolutely zero worry from your dire predictions.

American Fork, UT

Normally I'd be jumping for joy at a headline like this, but their stupidity doing our nation a lot of harm.

West Valley, UT

I could see the tea party splitting off from the republicans in the short future. But this will just make the democrats more powerful. Hopefully it will allow my Libertarian party to grow bigger.

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

Bailout Bob is celebrating too early. The tea party lost a battle in order to win the war. People will remember years from now that we tried our best to stop Obamacare before it harmed the country. They will also remember that the Democrats were willing to shut down the government in order to preserve this disastrous law.

The inevitable is that Obamacare will fail, and the Democrats now own it lock, stock, and barrel.

Durham, NC

@Duckhunter - do you remember all the work that was put into making sure Y2K issues didn't happen? If you are thinking the problems didn't come up because they were fake, you are ill served. Your statement shows a fundamental lack of knowledge of what the Y2K problem was, and how it was resolved... via lots of hard work.

That said... Y2K was easy compared to this. It was Binary. It was definable, trackable, and resolvable. The stubborn hard headiness that is creating this problem is none of the above. Its all about emotion at this point... because solving the problem, gaining compromise is not as hard as these people are making it.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Obamacare will need adjustments as any new system does. Bennett-Wyden would have been subject to the same complications at first, so Sen. Bennett shouldn't be too catty about the problems with Obamacare.

Provo, UT

Do you all really think it's just one political party making all this mess and "shooting themselves in the foot". Both political parties, at least significant numbers and major players, are creating this debacle. For all we know, they are planning this division and steamrolling the entire country. They are in cahoots and are all relishing the game they are playing with business and personal lives. None (few) have any real care for us. They'll destroy the gov't before they'll let us prosper.

The Hammer
lehi, utah

Obamacare is based on a failed model that will continue to fail while Bennett-Wyden would have changed the market back into what insurance should have been. Obamacare needs to be scrapped and a new plan that has both sides working together (not just Democrats, Not just republicans) to bring about a plan that works.

Farmington, UT

The way for a Republican to shoot himself in the foot is to start voting for tax increases, spending increases, new entitlements, new and bigger federal programs and to vote to confirm liberal extremists to court and other positions. Which is exactly what Bennett did and why he is now sitting on the sidelines, where he has the easy job of criticizing those who are finally trying to trim the size and scope of our federal government, stop the implementation of the worst economy-busting entitlement we have ever seen, reduce the size of our deficits, including the gigantic $70+ trillion unfunded liability that Bennett and his ilk left to us, our children and our grandchildren. I,for one,welcome the likes of Chaffetz, Lee and Cruz, who are actually standing for something.

Phoenix, AZ

I guess what you're saying to us, Uncle Bob, is that the Republicans should-a caved in... in order to avoid an cave-in.

Republicans opposed Obamacare and other big government spending to save the country from destruction rather than to get reelected. Democrats are merely trying to get reelected so they can control all of government again. They got giddy when they controlled all three branches and pushed Obamacare through. They're rubbing their (filthy) hands with glee looking for a repeat.

Miss Piggie
Phoenix, AZ

@T. Party:
"The inevitable is that Obamacare will fail, and the Democrats now own it lock, stock, and barrel."

Obamacare will (and should) fail... but the failure will not rise to the status of being a national disaster. Why? Because the liberal media will see to it that the failure is kept quiet. And if it does rise to the level of a national concern the liberal media will make sure that Republicans are to blame.

Durham, NC

@WRZ... when Rand Paul starts saying things like they have gone to far, things just might have gone too far with the Cruz and Lee crowd.

"Republicans opposed Obamacare and other big government spending to save the country from destruction rather than to get reelected"

Oh please - give me a break. Both sides say what they think their base wants to hear. Pretending otherwise is just being ill informed, or delusional. Pretending one demonic side is only saying stuff to get votes, while the saintly other side is just trying to save this nation of our children is reticulated.

@oldschool... Lee and company may be standing for something... but they are achieving nothing... not because of their cause, but because of their tactics. No one wants to pay higher taxes.. no one.

Lets stop the "I know you are but what am I" tactics... and act like adults and fix this problem.

The Authority
Richfield, UT

The Republicans are fighting a fight they already lost. Trying to defund it was never going to work, and now they're paying a price for shutting down the government.
The sad thing is Obama is going to come out of this smelling like a rose, and be stronger than ever. Yeah, everyone hates Obamacare. So what? What's the alternative?
The Republicans seem to think that doing nothing is the alternative, let the free market sort it out. The problem is the free market has exploited people's need for healthcare to the point that it's completely unaffordable for the majority of the country. So yeah, Obamacare has problems, but what's the alternative for fixing a broken system? It needs to be fixed, and playing these games of obstruction are making conservatives look terrible, and losing future votes.
Come on Republican Party, you're better than this!

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