The Republican (and Democrat) strategy of redistricting to secure seats in the
house has contributed to this. This is one of the results of gerrymandering.
The other is the Republican Tea Party strategy of getting only the
extreme votes in 2010 and some in 2012 as well. Utah (via the LDS church)
showed how to defeat this with the Lillenquist - Hatch primary in 2012. Get the
mass of voters actually participating in the primary process and you get a more
moderate result. The ones standing against compromise because they
fear a primary could do well to see their way back into office by doing what
Utah did last year and positioning themselves to benefit by showing moderation.
No compromise - no democracy.
Republicans need to decide to be responsible stewards again before anyone will
be able to trust them. So much of our financial stability depends on other
countries' investors believing we are stable and responsible with our
money...yet somehow Congress has decided to run a Mack truck through that
credibility. Dems shouldn't need to make concessions just so that the Reps
will open the govt and pay for it. If the Reps want to accomplish
useful progress, they should spend time writing laws that they can convince both
houses of Congress and the President to sign. Otherwise they're just
wasting time shouting at the mirror.
Senator Lee speaks out in ways that are not as a statesman or diplomat for our
state even though he speaks as many Utah legislators do, not positive for our
government. He wants to be a Rambo and force his fellow Senator and persuade
Congress members to do what he wants, not by conscience but by forcing them.
The eternal principle of agency is missing in his formula. He has
sat on the sidelines for his term so far and then jumps in to get face time in
the national media on the shirttails of Senator Cruz. This is not a diplomatic
move nor with class.I have lived in countries where this type of
action happens but not by an elected official that is supposed to have a high
demeanor and act as a statesman. Senator Bennett was a Statesman just like his
father was. Did he do everything correct. Probably not or he would not have
lost to Mike Lee in the caucus with some undermining tactics in the precincts.
Congressman Stewart probably used similar tactics in the Convention for his
position with all the controversy and the State party leader not delving in deep
jwband your boy speaks as a statesman? really
Even though our Senator Lee is not a statesman, the President is far from using
diplomacy and being a statesman in his job for 5 years. We used to refer to
other nations as third world but we have slipped into 4th world as a country
with real diplomacy. To have a Secretary of State that did what he did in the
1970s go around the world as our ambassador is another embarrassment for our
country.I want good politics and we are not getting that from either
party. John Kerry leaves to give way to Mike Lee to surface is a one for one
I find it interesting that the people commenting seem to think compromise is
when the Republicans agree with the Democrats. Compromise is not always the
right thing to do and sometimes it takes a true Statesman to stand on principle
and act in the best interest of the people. Supports of Bennett need to get over
it, he lost because he didn't respect the wishes of the people. Hey
'migraine', you are giving me a headache!
There is no moderation in DC. It's either Obama's, Ried's,and
Pelosi's way or the highway. First of all, the US will not default because
there is more than enough money coming in to service the debt. But, just as
Obama has made every move to make the current "shutdown" as
unnecessarily painful as possible, he is likely to unlawfully order cessation of
payments to make his point. Few seem aware that Obama has broken Federal law by
closing monuments and national parks. Even fewer are aware that he has also
unlawfully blockaded and closed private resorts and historic sites that resemble
Federal facilities. Second, Obamacare is intended to, and will,
collapse both the US fiscal solvency and the health care system in our country.
The Left drinks the Koolaid and the Right is inept at using the full power of
their franchise under the Constitution. Lee and Cruz should be praised to high
heaven for bringing these destructive events into public light. If Obamacare
fully engages it will be so entwined in US society that Communist Russia or
Hitler's Germany, at their worst, will be thought of as relative nirvana.