Comments about ‘'Anger is not an agenda': Sen. Mike Lee plays GOP peacemaker in D.C. speech (+video)’

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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29 2013 5:55 p.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber 2

Senator Lee is right, all conservatives do need to work together.

Therefore, I hope that self-proclaimed "conservative" Orrin Hatch will throw his full support and touted clout and seniority behind Lee's conservative efforts to change things in Washington.

For too long, complacent and compliant Republicans have quietly talked about being conservatives, but quickly surrendered and were co-conspirators with the big spending Democrats in running up the debt, expanding the government reach into all aspects of our lives, and compromising everything while Democrats compromise nothing.

Brave Senator Lee for trying to change things in Washington that are broken, and have been broken for a decade or more. (And Hatch has been there for 36 years!)

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Well, that's just it. DN 2 is asking Hatch to "throw his full support" to Lee. How likely is that when Hatch has, as DN2 points out, been in the Senate since about the time Lee learned to read? I'm thinking, it's hard to be both destroyer wannabe AND Peacemaker.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Hilarious. Mike Lee asking Republicans to move away from the "cronyism of the wealthy" is like asking them to give up a kidney. Without the self-obsession of the wealthy, there would be no Republican party.

Syracuse, UT

If you look at history over the last 20 years, whenever a republican was in the whitehouse spending increased as did the national debt, no so much with a democrat. It is history, look it up.

Saint George, UT

This is not about Lee, it is about standing up for the right principles, something that many democratic and Republican Party members lost along the way of becoming a socialist country. it is not about changing Lee or Obama. it is about changing ourselves and returning this country to its roots. if Citizens begin to be more responsible, political parties will cease to exist and government will be limited to its constitutional limits and powers, something most politicians abhor, including our current president and most of our representatives. I'm just the messenger.

American Fork, UT

He attempted. But that ship has sailed, and he wasn't on it.

Bob K
porland, OR

I can't believe that a highly educated State had such a lapse, to elect Sen. Lee. Although he is making a show of peacemaking now, he was part of the group that spent all of the Congress' time on trying to destroy ONE piece of legislation, rather than taking a pause on that and passing the budget, immigration law, and (heaven forbid, it would help Obama) a jobs bill.

I believe most DN readers consider themselves Christians, and many are lds members.
How can it be Christian to hold the country hostage to an agenda of discrediting the President, ahead of doing one's job and helping America's problems?

If Obamacare is so bad -- then do your jobs to make the country strong, and let it have its problems, or even fail. Or (heaven forbid, because it might help the President), work with it to make it succeed.

The majority of America believes that the republicans in Congress and the Senate are more interested in obstruction than in improving the lot of everyday Americans.
Do you wonder why?

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

After throwing his temper tantrum and shutting down the government in the process, Lee now wants people to like him. I will not forget what Lee did, how he did it, and the results. I will vote for anyone running against him, pulse or no.

Salt Lake City, Utah

The remaking of Mike Lee, sounds like a sequel to another movie called the remaking of Mitt Romney. Mr. Lee is trying to make a splash on the national stage but he will fail in the same way Mitt Romney did because at the end of the day people will be asking "will the real Mike Lee stand up'?

I have an idea, rather than make speeches how about do the peoples work. How about coming up with an alternative to the ACA that you think is horrible. Anyone can Monday morning quarterback, but it takes real leadership to create and then pass a better plan.

Baton Rouge, LA

Yes, unity is crucial...as long as it involves everyone supporting Lee's agenda, right?

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Too late. He divided the party publicly and now the tea party is on it's own.

Roosevelt, UT

Mr. Lee is at it still, any press is better than no press.

He ran and gained recognition as a tea party member now is saying not to use that name. Maybe because he soiled it as bad as it could be.

Mr. Lee is a bad an example as Washington has of people who have their own agenda and they go to Washington to promote it. Now he wants to be a peacemaker and make amends, something he refused to do when the countries credit worthiness was on the line.

Mr. Lee is unwilling to compromise which works in a perfect world but has thus far been a failed experiment in Washington.

I am certain he will continue to garner attention from media as that seems to be his specialty until the next election when the people from Utah who got short sheeted will return him to the ranks of a fulltime Utah resident.

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

Lee's already trying to 'rebuild' his image. To quote Roger Daultry (sp?) of the Who... I won't be fooled again!

Provo, UT

Amen to most of the above. I and the five voters in my family as well as numerous friends will not forget how Mike Lee divided the Republican Party at a crucial time. He has good principles but used poor political skills. Anyone but Mike Lee in 2016. How can a Senator be impeached? Could we end this sooner?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Things didn't quite play out the way he planned so now he reinvents himself. Meet Mike the peacemaker. That's called being a politician.

Springville, UT

Lee's rationalizations speak of a Senator who lost, who can't get his way, and is not taking it very well. He is without question the most ineffective Senator Utah has ever had. He does not understand the legislative process, let alone the concept of a legislative body. For the sake of the nation, Lee, along with his cohorts Cruz and Rubio, should be retired by the voters. In all my years, I have never seen such a train wreck in the Senate.

Ogden, UT

Yep Sen. Lee is a bad guy. He was in favor of defunding the biggest lie thats been told in modern history. All you who are bad mouting Lee must not be paying attention to whats happening right now. Seems to me Lee and Cruz were on a pretty noble mission. Seems as though they smelled a giant rat.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT


clearfield, UT

Ironic that Mike Lee and Ted Cruz might end up being the heros of all this by next election. Reminds me of how so many Republicans were so opposed to Rush Limbaugh saying that he wanted Obama to fail. Now we see why. If only Obama had failed in getting the ACA passed, we would not be in this mess. Hang in there Mike. People thought Reagan was a right wing nut case too. Even members of his own party.

Salt Lake City, UT

So many low information voters comments on here........it's time to throw out the old regime of McCain/hatch and embrace Cruz/Lee! Obama has failed at every corner and the tea party is now at 50% approval ratings and climbing!

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