Hatch, Bennett get not-so-warm welcome

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  • Dana
    July 16, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    Don't vote for Shurtleff he is more of the same. He is a socialist with all the globalist ideas. Get out and study the constitution. Lets find someone who can uphold constitutional principles. YOu have to read them to know them or to paraphrase President Jefferson. "Any people who think that they can keep a free country without educating themselves on the principles of freedom wants something that never was and never will be.

  • RINO Hunter
    June 23, 2009 2:18 p.m.

    Join "Sick & Tired of Bennett and Hatch" on Facebook today.

  • Skippy
    June 18, 2009 6:11 p.m.


  • Thanks, DesNews...
    June 18, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    ... for reminding me why I decided years ago NEVER to join the Republican Party. Anyone who tries to listen to reason, vote their conscience instead of the party line, and actually work with those "liberals from Hell" to get RESULTS isn't good enough for the GOP.

    Who are today's GOP? Sheep who believe every word out of Rush Limbaugh's mouth, think every single "liberal" out there has an evil plan to destroy America (news flash: it's BS), and let the party leaders rather than good common sense do their thinking for them.

    My sympathies to Hatch, Bennett, and Huntsman, who had the audacity to use their brains to vote what they thought was right, even though King Rush and his cronies disagreed.

    And before the poison-pen John Birchers fire off those angry e-mails accusing me of all sorts of "liberal" evils and/or trying to somehow destroy America: I'm not a Democrat or a liberal, either. Sorry. Just a common-sense independent. And America's the best country in the world precisely BECAUSE we're all free to speak and vote our minds. Shame on the modern GOP for disagreeing.

  • @ Felipe
    June 18, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    Too funny.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    re:A moderate | 4:39 p.m. June 16, 2009

    //I'm a moderate Republican and proud of it. What happened to Ronald Reagan's "big tent?"//

    The Evangelical Right burned it down.

  • BBC
    June 18, 2009 11:14 a.m.

    It some poeple see it as the party of NO, I see it as the party of hate and self rightiousnees. That is why I think we need a two party system in this state.

  • Please tell me...
    June 17, 2009 8:10 p.m.

    What exactly do "moderate" republicans support? and what exactly do they oppose?

    What I see is a bunch of Rinos and democrats using this article to target conservative values, accusing us of suicide, or extremism.

    Please tell me oh wise and all powerful moderate, on what specifcally has the "party" moved to the extreme right as y'all put it? Family values, nope always been there. Fiscal conservatism? I don't think so. (really those in office have moved to the left and the left have moved to Socialism) Wanting judges to use the constitution and the law as their guide, not their jumping off point? That was a founding father thing.

    So again I ask you have the elected officials moved left (yes) has the voting base moved right? (no) We are the same as ever, the only change is that now the media and the left (and the RINOS) are so heck-bent on taking us to Socialism that they have to attack the core values that this country was founded on, calling us outdated, suicidal, in array.

    The ones who are out of touch are Bennett and Hatch.

  • Recent history lesson
    June 17, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    Senator Robert Bennett was eager to go on NPR and other news media outlets last fall, advocating passionately for swift passage of the $700 billion TARP legislation. He predicted very serious economic consequences unless Congress approved the $700 billion forthwith. How serious? Bennett suggested that the Dow would fall by twenty to thirty percent by Monday if the bailout were not passed by then, adding: If we say, no, we want to take the time to do this right, we want to put this provision in, and that provision in, and lets debate it for another week, and thus send the signal that were not serious, I think the markets are going to fall off the cliff.

    Bennett, incidentally, serves on the Senate Banking Committee and its easy to see why he was in such a hurry. The top industries that have funded his political career are (according to Opensecrets.org) Securities & Investment ($484,236), Commercial Banks ($377,074) and Insurance ($284,855).

    Bennetts six leading individual PAC donors are, in order, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup, Fannie Mae, Bank of America, and the American Bankers Association.

    Now Bennett has selective memory loss. Amazing.

  • JH
    June 17, 2009 9:29 a.m.

    Orrin & Bob were leading America's decline and their leadership and policies have destroyed our economy, decimated our military, political, economic and moral power in the world.

    They were leading voices in the policies that have crippled this great nation in the 8 years under Bush.

    What ever happened to "personal responsibility"- it's just an empty slogan.

    Orrin & Bob say "not us"! Think what that says about their moral character.

    They need to stand up like men not cower like politicians.

    Real men would take responsibility for their actions-real men would have stopped the Bush nonsense. Real men wouldn't have gone along with it in the first place.

    On civil unions.

    Until Utah arrests and prosecutes ALL the polygamists, instead of meeting with them and supporting them, how can we comment on ANYTHING marriage related?

    WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT UTAH? ISN'T POLYGAMY AN ASSAULT ON TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE? The State Government and AG Shurtleff is supporting them and the practice!

    Civil unions are getting booed! You better hope people don't hold Utah to the same standard as Utah holds others.

    If Utah can't protect marriage IN Utah we should shut up!

  • A moderate
    June 16, 2009 4:39 p.m.

    I'm a moderate Republican and proud of it. What happened to Ronald Reagan's "big tent?"

  • BBC
    June 16, 2009 10:40 a.m.

    I was a Delegate but I am so disappointed by the party of Chris Butter, Dick Chaney and Rush Limbaugh that I accepted that I am a RINO and decided to become an honest man and resisted as a democrat.

  • Re: California LDS
    June 16, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    A solid majority of Americans support both traditional marriage and balanced budgets. If advocating these two positions is suicide in your opinion then let me ask you. "Who is really out of touch?"

  • California LDS
    June 16, 2009 12:35 a.m.

    I am delighted to see the Republican party so busy with its own suicide. Republicans have lost the moderate middle, which is the vast majority of America. The GOP has been taken over by gay-obsessed Rush Limbaugh spouting radicals, a guaranteed recipe for national failure.

    Keep up the good work, Utah.

  • Even Joseph Smith Is against you
    June 15, 2009 4:24 p.m.

    Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, said every representative in Washington should serve only a single term in order to preserve our freedoms, and keep representative from becomming part of the estatlishment.

    One and done. That's what every republican should run on. Do your stint, come home to the real world and get a job with the rest of us. No more professional politicians.

    Out with old. In the with a ONE TERM new guy or gal.

  • KansasGirl
    June 15, 2009 3:24 p.m.

    To UtahGOP, you are exactly what is wrong with this party. Conservative is a word you don't even want to hear. Cross over please.

  • So Long!
    June 15, 2009 1:30 p.m.

    Adios dirtbags! Time to get some real conservatives representing Utah. If these two hacks rertired tomorrow it wouldn't be soon enough for me!

  • delquattro
    June 15, 2009 1:27 p.m.

    I can't believe that Utahns have returned Kennedy's good friend, Orrin Hatch to the senate so many times. There isn't a government program Hatch won't vote against as long as it gets its seed money by taxing cigarettes.

    Bennett, besides also being a big governmemt neo-con, was a front man for the illegal alien invasion.

    At least, they got rid of that fat-ass traitor, Chris Cannon.

    With Utah following Montana's lead on reasserting the tenth amendment, it's time for Utah's neo-con leadership to be sent out to pasture.

  • Voted Yes Before No
    June 15, 2009 1:25 p.m.

    I was a delegate at the convention. Bennett had about 5 or 10 badly missed canned applause lines. Less than 200 delegates applauding and in the end standing of the thousands attending. Maybe tens not associated with his campaign.

    The biggest repeated and badly missed applause line was "I vote No" on various spending bills.

    Problem is Senator "Kerry" Bennett voted Yes before he voted No. Yes on Fannie/Freddie, TARP etc before he voted No.

    Anyone wonder why the Banking Lobbyist at the convention was wearing a Bennett sticker?

    Thus on the attempted applause lines, aside from his son and campaign manager Jim Bennett and staff most delegates in the hall sat on their hands. Delegates are not stupid.

    Bennett's problem is with his record it no longer an advantage to attack any opponent. This is a new problem for a campaign that thrives on spreading false rumors, smear and spin.

    Opponents are not the problem. The problem is Bennett's record.


    He voted Yes before he voted No.

    Cleaver speech applause lines and staff standing and applauding will not help.

    Smearing opponents doesn't work in this case.

  • slappy of the wasatch
    June 15, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    re: Same Old BS | 4:17 p.m. June 13, 2009

    //They both need to retire and get some new Blood in Washington to represent the state.//

    If Chaffetz is an example of new blood; I'll stick w/ Orrin and Bob.

  • Naruto
    June 15, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    You see, the main problem with the GOP is that they criticize everything and everyone, including their own members. Maybe that's why people are turning away from them, because they have nothing positive to say and no solutions to any problems. Anyone ever had an over critical parent or other person in their life? Did it make you respect them more or less?

  • Problems with Shurtliffe
    June 15, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    As AG Shurtliff supported prosecution of parents who felt that chemotherapy was not in the best interest of their child. They fled the state. Today that child is a normal teen with no evidence of cancer. But the larger issue is the state-sponsored nanny-ism, that intrudes on private family medical decisions. It is about forcing doctors to report patients so DCFS can oversee our decisions. It is about knowing where to draw the line. Shurtliff does not know where to draw it.

    Politics is the art of compromise. Bennett and Hatch understand the process. Shurtliff does not.

    TARP stinks, but without it the financial system would have melted down. It was right to vote for it. Bennett and Hatch understand compromise, building coalitions and getting things done. Unless someone better comes along (and Mr. Shurtliffe fails to qualify), we should re-elect them both.

  • Linda Jones
    June 15, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    Our elected officials (Republicans & Democrats) need a dose of reality. It's evident they don't intend to do what needs to be done to get our Country working again. They are too worried about getting re-elected. The people need to wake up also as they keep electing these officials.Aren't you tired of name calling and hate spewing from both sides.Roll up your sleeves and get to work with each party. This is what average Americans do...

  • Paul
    June 15, 2009 8:28 a.m.

    Bob, thank you for all you have done for Utah and all you will continue to do for Utah, especially outside of the Wasatch Front. You have my vote.

  • coliwabl
    June 15, 2009 8:00 a.m.

    These guys, in fact, were part of the problem but no less so than the entire Reublican party that expected the same from every elected Republican. It is the ultra conservative approach that brought the party down. If that does not change, there will be no light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Anonymous
    June 15, 2009 7:39 a.m.

    The party is going further and further to the extreme right. The big tent is now a pup tent. There is no room for differences of opinion or approach to issues. No wonder the GOP is a joke any more.

  • Fred Barnes
    June 15, 2009 6:42 a.m.

    The Republicans ruined every financial instrument in the country. And it didn't happen overnight. It happened through eight years of deliberate, uncontrolled spending and borrowing while lowering taxes on the rich. But the payback was sudden and brutal. And trying to blame the Democrats for this nightmare is not going to work, because it's so blatantly untrue. So they need to stop this nonsense and get to work on actual policies, instead of trying to find that perfect soundbite that will bring them back to power.

  • re: funny @ 5:21
    June 15, 2009 6:12 a.m.

    You are = you're

    You're ignorant too.

  • Kirk Tofte
    June 15, 2009 5:40 a.m.

    The unwillingness of EITHER party to enforce immigration laws shows how corrupt our political system is. Many Republican constituents want the cheap labor pool and Democrats want the future voting bloc. The Democrats are winning this battle--big time--with Republican "leaders" looking the other way. The answer is simple--enforce existing laws. Period.

  • gman
    June 15, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    many of these delegates should be in Iran...that is just how extreme and deluded they are. Wrap yourselves in the "flag" and "constitution" and boo moderates. Make fun of polygamists, discriminate against gays, and listen go Beck, Rush and Hannity all afternoon. Pathetic.....

  • joman
    June 15, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    Sad...so sad! Seems that many of these delegates are Glenn Beck, Michael Savage listening "Republicans." Full of hate, ignorance, and extremism. As a former Utah resident and moderate Republican I hope they stay in office. I'm not optimistic, however, with the election of Chaffetz and other extremists of the month.

  • Rheinhart M.
    June 14, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    When we had control of Congress and of the White House for six.... there wasn't enough time to be fiscally conservative... or wasn't the timing right??

    We had the chance and those in Congress during that time need to be ousted from the Party.

  • How lame is that?
    June 14, 2009 6:06 p.m.

    So Governor Huntsman decided to stay away from the convention....interesting....I guess he didn't want to face the wrath of those who elected him and then let down. It's fitting that he joins the Obama Administration....goodbye...solong...farewell...
    don't come back.

  • JSG
    June 14, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    I hope the Goopers get used to their future as a regional fringe party. They've sold their soul on so many issues, they no longer have any credibility nationally.

    Karl Rove vowed to create a "Permanent One Party Majority". Looks like he did that... but it isn't HIS party with the permanent majority.

  • To the Democrats...
    June 14, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    OF COURSE you want us to be Democrat lite (ie moderate)bedcause you want us to be like you so there will be no choice for conservatives. And what you call extreme right are those true conservative values that haven't changed or gone out of style. Fiscal responsibility, constitutional based judiciary, strong national defense and legislation that respects morality and the sanctity of life. We want limited government as outlined by our forefathers and we want the gov't off our backs and out of pockets. That is conservatism and that is NOT what the Republican party of late has been about.

    I am a delegate and it was a beautiful SWEET moment when Mr. Hatch tried to push the blame for inaction during the 6 years of R-held congress and R-held whitehouse on 5-6 moderate Republicans, because the delegates let him know in no uncertain terms that the BS we don't believe was the stuff coming out of his mouth. Beautiful. I was glad to be part of that!!!

  • Cherilyn Eagar
    June 14, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    I like all the candidates. The one that I think will do the best is Cherilyn Eagar.

    She has a good basic message, one that most people agree with, and isn't telling two different stories to both sides of her supporters, like some people that run do.

    She doesn't need to spend thousands of dollars, or tens, or $$ hundreds of thousands advertising that she is conservative. She is without the ads.

    Ronald Reagan ran on a basic message.

  • Shurtleff supports earmarks
    June 14, 2009 3:30 p.m.

    Shurtleff is a two-faced liar. He says he opposes earmarks but then he actually put in requests for earmarks! Look at this taken from istock analysts:

    Jun. 14--In a Web video explaining his reasons for challenging Sen. Bob Bennett, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says it is time to take back America "from those who trade earmark for earmark and favor for favor."

    But just two weeks before he announced his campaign, Shurtleff asked his political foe for a little earmark love himself.

    On May 5, Shurtleff sent Bennett a form requesting a $421,000 earmark to help fund the Utah Meth Cops Project, a pilot program in his office that seeks to treat police officers who may have been exposed to harmful chemicals during drug raids. Shurtleff sent a similar request to Sen. Orrin Hatch and Reps. Jim Matheson and Rob Bishop.

    Bennett, a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, has felt some heat from conservative Utah Republicans for his unwavering support of the earmarking process. But true to form, Bennett has forwarded Shurtleff's request to the appropriations committee.

    What a joke! There is only one word for Shurtleff- CORRUPT!

  • MadasHelinVA
    June 14, 2009 2:59 p.m.

    CJ | 6:34 p.m. June 13, 2009
    We need Bennett out and we need him out NOW!! We can't afford illegal alien amnesty at a time with millions of Americans out of work and local governments going broke, they (illegals)are a large part of the reason and Bennett is bending over backward to reward them at every turn. . . .

    I can't believe what you said about can't afford illegal immigrants because that they are taking jobs from Americans who are out of work. You must be out of your mind since Americans DO NOT WANT THE TYPE WORK illegal immigrants take and for which your state would not function well if they didn't do the work!

    Furthermore, you aren't living in reality since you seem to think that Democrats aren't doing good work despite having to clean up the toxic mess your god, Bush and his Gangster Regime left for Obama. Start reading everything rather than just GOP talking points so you can actually learn about this country.

  • Re: State Delegate @ 12:34
    June 14, 2009 1:00 p.m.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We need to change the face of the Republican party. I am sick of the extreme right labeling the moderates RINOs. This is just as much our party as it is theirs. In fact, Lincoln would be disgusted with their extremism. I choose to follow the party that Lincoln founded not the party that the extreme right has formed, which has alienated the majority of Americans.

    I am a delegate as well, and I am sick of the extreme right thinking they hold all the power! It's time to take back America from the extremists.

  • State Delegate
    June 14, 2009 12:34 p.m.

    As a moderate state delegate and former US Senate employee, I am shocked by the brazen attitude by the conservative branch of our state party. Unfortunately, the state party is dominated by this version of Republican. Therefore, we get to deal with idealistic ultra-conservatives who get nothing done in Washington, DC and pass VERY bad policy here at home.

    The Utah state GOP needs to get real. We need less right-wingers and more moderates. If you're disgusted with what the GOP is doing to your state, run for state delegate and change the face of the Republican party in Utah.

  • Cherilyn Eagar..
    June 14, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    was impressive at the convention. She was amazing. I believe she has a better chance than the others running against Bennett.

  • American Citizen
    June 14, 2009 8:15 a.m.

    I witnessed at a previous Republican state convention the ultra conservatives boo Mike Leavitt, a respected and popular governor. His offense? He didnt want loaded concealed handguns in state office buildings.

    Ive watched the most republican district in the nation self destruct with in fighting and loose the congressional election to a moderate democrat year after year.

    The Republican ultra conservatives loved George Bush and John McCain and now we have a Democratic president.

    Utah is a small state with less than 1% of the national population but we have senior senators who are nationally respected. However, the ultra conservatives in the Republican party want to replace them with newbies.

    The ultra conservatives in the Utah Republican party are the Democrats best friends.

  • gosh, this is fun
    June 14, 2009 7:43 a.m.

    reading all the griping among the GOPers... did eagar srsly have a t-shirt with her mug on front, that read: Beauty vs the Beast. ugh.

    a good thing huntsman stayed away. he knows when to avoid a bunch of rabid pitchforders.

    i personally can't wait for Them Socialists (oh my) to take over the country ---- for a better country we'd be.

    come all ye faithful and join us and rejoice the for the lord ain't king!

  • Changing government
    June 14, 2009 6:42 a.m.

    To change government we must also change those in government to get rid of that which has become stale and set in their lives of comfort. Seasoned elected officials have put america in a crisis and their efforts misguided by bribes and unreasonable actions. America has lost in its prospect of controlling the world in finances, money, and government policy.

    What better way to change government than get rid of who is running government. None of Utah's representatives believe in america or its constitution and the people.

    June 14, 2009 5:16 a.m.


  • Highlander
    June 14, 2009 12:32 a.m.

    Anyone but Bennett. The people's power comes from getting those they don't like out of office. We delude ourselves into thinking that the guy we know and has seniority is better than the other guy. At this point, I want them all out. If Shurtleff (or whomever) gets in, knowing that he will be held accountable after 6 years, we have a better chance of getting what we want. With Bennett, he can continue to do whatever he wants. The people don't have any power if 98% of Congress gets re-elected. Throw them all out!

  • You know you're desperate
    June 14, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    ...when you have to accuse another candidate's supporters of being on that particular candidate's staff. Perhaps this is more a self reflection rather than an accusation.

  • Felipe
    June 14, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    We can't afford to have seasoned conservatives with seniority and influence representing us in the Senate. We need to get rid of Bennett and elect some freshman senator with no established reputation among his colleagues, no experience with Washington politics, and an uncompromising, hardline right-wing ideology. Then maybe we'll start to get real results in a Democrat-controlled Congress!

  • BS?
    June 13, 2009 11:28 p.m.

    Nay, I say!
    Boo! Boo!

  • Hatch Words
    June 13, 2009 10:52 p.m.

    Did Orrin really say B.S.? Just the letters? Or the real thing? Oh man.

  • Bennet staff working late
    June 13, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    Bailout Bob must be giving his staff overtime pay to stay up late trying to convince people that his seniority and great acceptance by his liberal peers should count more than his actual votes and actions.

    Bailout Bob should NOT be reelected!

    Bailout Bob did virtually nothing on the banking committee, the appropriations committee or on the floor to slow or stop the trainwreck of event leading to the mortgage mess, the banking failures or the incredible debt load heaped on our kids and grandchildren by TARP, PORKULUS and Obama's unimaginable spending schemes. Maybe all his experience has taught him how to stop the liberals, but he sure has not done it!

    And I am sure that next month he will ignore the numerous problems with Judge Sotomayor and vote to confirm her promotion to the SCOTUS.

    The man is gutless and has done very little except issue self-congratulatory press releases until he finally realized that he would not automatically be reelected. Now he is talking conservative, but he has not been conservative in the Senate, so why should we believe him now?

  • Re: Stewart
    June 13, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    Stewart writes, "In my opinion there is no such thing as a 'Moderate' Democrat."

    The Utah Democratic Party has an abundance of moderate Democrats, not the least of whom was Bill Orton. The problem for people like Stewart is one of perception; they are so far to the right that from their vantage point, the center of the political spectrum is quite far to the left.

  • "triple Threat"
    June 13, 2009 9:41 p.m.

    Last time I saw Shurtleff as convention telling us who we needed to vote for, it was an arrogant neophyte under-educated state legislator who wanted to be state treasurer because powerful people told hm that's what he wanted to be. Shurtleff's endorsement of and $10,000 given to Mark Walker didn't turn out so well for him.

    The problem for Shurtleff with me as a delegate is that I trust his judgement in his pick for Utah Senator this year (meaning himself) as much as I did his pick for State Treasurer last year.

    Shurtleff's speech announcing his candidacy was the single worst piece of shameless self promotion I have ever heard. I wish he would just listen to his wife and not run. In fact, in any other state, that would be a big deal. But we Utah Republicans seem to love our patriarchal order.

    Good grief!

  • LaserDoc
    June 13, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    Look at whether they really believe in liberty. Ask Shurtleff about religious liberty - why does he persecute unpopular religions? Ask Hatch about academic liberty - why does he join with Hollywood in trying to stop the free interchange of information? These two are certainly against liberty on these two points.

    Secondly, conservatives complain about over-regulation, government interfering in the marketplace, and stupid bureaucrats making bad decisions. However, they somehow feel they should restrict the liberty of foreigners who come looking for a job. Further, they use an article of faith of the LDS church to justify their stand when the Church has taken the side of the immigrants, and the anti-immigrant stand greatly hampers the mission of the church. If you are truly conservative, why don't you apply the same logic to the immigration department? It is two-faced, and goes against the counsel of the church you claim to believe in.

  • Another Delegate for Shurtleff -
    June 13, 2009 9:23 p.m.

    I'm voting for Shurtleff. I love the guy. He's a great communicator, a good person, a loud voice, a fiscal conservative and has done more to influence things for good in this state than anyone I can think of.

    GO MARK!!

  • MarkT
    June 13, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    The problem we have in this country with our politicians is they are all in office too long and then they get addicted to the power and serve themselves and special interests with the money.

    Vote them out, we have too many 80+ year old senators already!

    Tim Bridgewater is running too isn't he?

  • Shurtleff's no conservative
    June 13, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    It's hilarious that Shurtleff is trying to position himself as a conservative to run against Bennett. Bennett's no conservative, but it would be hard to find a Republican in Utah who is less conservative than Shurtleff. If he beats Bennett in the convention my suspicions will be confirmed that Utah has the most clueless GOP in the country. If there's a primary election you can bet that the people will be smarter than to elect an AG who has distinguished himself as fluff and puff.

  • Out with the old ???
    June 13, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    Sure, "Out with the old!" and in 18 to 20 years when our new senators have any seniority and start to have some influence and respect, you will say the same thing.

    Radicals do not prosper in the long run because real solutions require more than one-line recitations of dogma--as seen from the far-right in Utah.

  • Dazed and Confused
    June 13, 2009 8:43 p.m.

    It is hard to imagine any three Republicans who have more effectively represented their party and the state than Hatch, Bennett, and Cannon.

    Imagine the excitement of having more people like Mr. Chaffetz represent the state.

    Throw reason to the wind and release the inmates from the asylum. Make certain the state is a pariah with absolutely no voice and no respect on the national stage.

    I can't wait until the next press-release that announces Mr. Chaffetz makes certain to have Mr. Bishop affix a clown's nose to his face just before he votes.

    A pretty great state.

    June 13, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    Senator Bennett is pragmatic and effective, while still remembering our core values of small government and strong families.

    These ultra-conservatives from the fringe will never achieve anything on the national level in today's complex issues.

  • Bennett, NOT SHURTLEFF!!
    June 13, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    I can't believe your Shurtleff people. He's an embarassment. He has not a clue about Washington politics. SOme of you rednecks will say, "that's right" as if that's a virtue. Meanwhile, Utah will get marginalized by sending "burning in the bosom" rock-ribbed bomb throwers to Washington. Bennett has the seniority and respect of his peers to be able to influence them to work in Utah's best interests. he is also Utah's ONLY appropriations committee member. Some of you don't know what that even means but they're the ones who actually control the federal purse strings. Yea, I get irritated at him sometimes, but if you have a racehorse who wins 8 out of 10 races for you, you don't shoot them over the 2 that they don't. Bennett is a great senator who works hard for Utah. He's principled and has done a great job, even if he doesn't get out there and "tweet" or toot his own horn. Utah is very lucky to have one like him in there.

  • Stewart
    June 13, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    It is still early and more candidates may come forward other than Shutluff and Bennett. For example, Cheryln Egar just announced yesterday, not that she has much of a chance.

    As for Bennett it is time for him to go, even though Mark Shurtluff isn't much of a choice. No matter who is chosen it will be an uphill battle for any liberal Utah democrat in the general election. In my opinion there is no such thing as a "Moderate" Democrat.

    Senator Bennett's main problems have been:
    1. Voted for the Immigration Reform Bill of 2007, commonly referred to as the "Amnesty" Bill.
    2. He has been on the Senate Banking Committee since 1993 and through the years when Republicans controlled both the Congress and Presidency. He was supposed to be looking out for us. Instead he went along with the democrats and bankers.
    3. He voted for the TARP last fall.

  • Action
    June 13, 2009 8:11 p.m.

    Accepting tobacco money while belonging to a faith that doctrine says to avoid tobacco.... do to conspiring men in these days.

  • Shurtleff, NOT BENNETT!
    June 13, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    Bennett is a nice guy who will listen and tell you what you want to hear. And when he gets back to DC he will ignore all the conservative talking he did and vote to go along to get along with the rest of the liberals there. To quote Orrin Hatch: "What do you call a senator who has been there for 18 years? You call him home!" Time for Bennett to go home. We cannot afford him mortgage more of our kids' future with more bailouts.

    Shurtleff is not perfect on every issue, but he is consistent and fights for what he believes in. I respect that, and I respect him. He is a conservative on most issues, and I will be voting for him (hopefully as a delegate).

    As for what's her name, the Cleon Skousen fan, we don't need people like that. We need people who have proven time in public office who we can count on to do as they say they will do.


  • RE: "Re:Re: Shurtleff"
    June 13, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    I wouldn't say that Shurtleff isn't intelligent. That's a little too harsh for my blood. They guy is an attorney and Utah's AG, he's smart. Let's be accurate and not accusing. He's a savvy guy that's going after a seat he has a very good chance of winning. Bennett's time is up. Eagar doesn't, and she'll tell you, know the issues.

    Shurtleff has my support.

  • Ponzi schemes rule.
    June 13, 2009 7:43 p.m.

    Shurtleff is the most arrogant politician in Utah. He will be indicted before the campaign is over. Check out his record and you will see bad judgement, lies, corruption, and donations from companies under investigation.

  • Re:Re: Shurtleff
    June 13, 2009 7:34 p.m.

    Shurtleff knows the talk. But he is a simpleton. He is not intelligent, nor historic. Be patient and wait for someone better to come along in this election cycle. I hope someone will.

  • Remove Hatch
    June 13, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    How sad that the delegates didn't have the courage to boo the senators who have voted for EVERY BAILOUT, EVERY bloated spending bill, EVERY power grab by the federal "government," (hatch helped write the satanic "patriot" act) and on and on. Hatch and bennett are part of the D.C./NY establishment and they DON'T represent us at all.

    To top it off, hatch and bennett are ready to become rubber stamps for a racist, sexist, far left activist, nominee for the supreme court. Sotomeyor rules based on her feelings and believes that she can make up law from the bench to SUIT those feelings. Hatch and Bennett don't seem to have a problem with her.

  • Chris
    June 13, 2009 7:27 p.m.

    Why aren't we incensed because Sen. Bennett was a leading member of the banking committee and voted for deregulation of the banks that has lead to economic chaos in our country? Why aren't his constituents furious that he voted AGAINST better regulating the credit card industry? Why aren't voters outraged that Sen. Bennett and Sen. Hatch has driven our country into a major economic recession???

  • Hatch & Bennett
    June 13, 2009 7:00 p.m.

    Both of these guys need to go!

    Hatch campaigned against Moss is 1976 using Moss' 18 years of service as a negative ... & now Hatch has 33 years ... he has lost more contact with his state!

    Bennett is just starting his kissing-up to Utahns, but I will do everything to remind the people what he has done with wasting taxpayer money!

  • Re: "Shurtleff?"
    June 13, 2009 6:58 p.m.

    I'll tell you why I'm excited about Shurtleff - as the previous poster said, he's consistent. You may disagree with him on some issues but when the dust settles, he says how he feels and can tell you why he's done something.

    I was at the convention today and heard Eagar say, "Issues don't matter. Principles are all that matter." Are you serious? The only people who say this are ones who don't know anything about issues. She's more interested in selling books than running. She used the convention as a marketing tool. Did you see her campaign material and shirts? Her shirts had a picture of herself on the front and under it you read, "Only beauty..." and the back read, "...can tame the savage beast."

    She thinks that much of herself to put her face on the front of the shirts - gag.

  • @ @ Bennett for Senate
    June 13, 2009 6:52 p.m.

    I love how that's your counter argument. No I am not a staffer or anything else. I am a delegate and was at the Convention today. Something you probably couldn't get off your computer to come participate in.

  • Shurtleff?
    June 13, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    Why are Republicans cheering strongly for Shurtleff? Is it because they will take any Republican to replace Bennett? Is it because Shurtleff happens to have some name recognition after having served an unremarkable term as State AG?

    Shurtleff is not the intelligent, true conservative that can communicate and fight for what Utah values. Look at his statements. Study his record, comments and work in office! You will find someone very much like Huntsman...a RINO.

    There are many Republicans currently in office in Utah that will talk the conservative talk, but walk a very different path. Don't look to replace Bennett and Hatch with someone who "talks" conservative but doesn't truly behave or vote as a conservative. Shurtleff is not our man.

    Be patient and study the other candidates that are present or will arise.

  • After two or three
    June 13, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    terms as a senator or congressman, I think they ALL forget what they are even doing there. Whatever motivated them to run in the first place is history, and a new sinister motivation is what guides them now. Term limits for these guys (congress and senate) would do and enormous amount of good for this country.

  • CJ
    June 13, 2009 6:34 p.m.

    We need Bennett out and we need him out NOW!! We can't afford illegal alien amnesty at a time with millions of Americans out of work and local governments going broke, they (illegals)are a large part of the reason and Bennett is bending over backward to reward them at every turn. He needs to go, he is not a Republican, he is a Democrat and I for one will vote for a real Democrat rather than an imitation one like Bennett or Shurtleff. Enforcement is the solution, illgeals will go when you take away jobs and free services, you don't need to deport them, neither one of these two hacks are going to do anything about it.

  • Utah GOP..
    June 13, 2009 6:34 p.m.

    You just lost one of your best people to China.

    The extreme right wing just doesn't cut it anymore.

    The world has changed around you and you don't know it. Look at the demographics, angry white men are a minority now.

  • Informed Delegate
    June 13, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    I was at the convention as a delegate and was very impressed with Shurtleff. He's articulate, consistent, and focused on exactly what he wants to accomplish.

    I was disappointed in Sen Bennett and his vote for TARP. He himself has said that he was the architect of the greatest government grab in history. I can't in my right mind support someone like that.

    I'm for Shurtleff!

  • @Bennett for Senate
    June 13, 2009 6:26 p.m.

    Is that you Bob or one of your staff?

  • @Anonymous | 5:05 p.m
    June 13, 2009 6:15 p.m.


    By doing a lot for this state I'm assuming that you mean bringing home the bacon and putting it on the backs of our fellow Americans in other states. By doing a lot I assume you mean we are doing our part in contributing to the Mt Everest of debt that everybody is now complaining about.

    You apparently believe in Washington's old OPM (Other Peoples Money) mentality that they have adopted to justify there doing a lot for their states.

    No wonder the GOP has no identity. They forgot that we believed in being self sufficient, and not being dependent on government especially the federal government.


  • MarkS
    June 13, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    My ire is saved for Bernick. The convention meets to elect new leaders, and he spends the whole article trying to drum up every implication and innuendo that might support his 'angry conservative' meme, that he can't let go. And then finally in the last two paragraphs vaguely alludes to who beat their opponents.

    DNews, could you please assign an actual reporter to these events, and put Bernick in a pure political column, where he can't pretend he's about news?

  • @Opening for Democrats
    June 13, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    Are these your democrat talking points that you continue to copy and paste in every conservative political article that comes out in this newspaper?

    Are you being paid to repeat moderate, moderate, moderate, democrat, democrat, democrat, GOP meltdown, and GOP bickering, or are you simply clueless?

    So called moderates dominate congress on both sides, and you can see what they have done to this nation in the space of not many years.

    Democrats control congress not because of their moderate or liberal views, but because conservatives punished rinos. In other words they would prefer an honest fool to a lying 2 faced fool.

  • Bennett for Senate
    June 13, 2009 5:55 p.m.

    I was at the convention as a delegate and I was undecided about Shurtleff and Bennett, but now I am all for Bennett. I was impressed with his speech, his friendly volunteers, and his willingness to answer every question that was raised. I stood and watched him answer question after question- always taking the time to listen to everyone. I left realizing that we can't throw good people like him out! We need Bennett in the Senate!

  • funny
    June 13, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    ironic you say "your all clueless," while at the same time spelling "your're" wrong

  • Anonymous is Right
    June 13, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    We are much better off with senators with senority who are not as conservative on a few issues than with someone like Shurtleff who will have no senority and lacks the intellectual firepower to get anything done.

  • Anonymous
    June 13, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    Oh please! You elect a new Senator and he spends years just trying to learn what is going on in his state. As much as I dislike our 2 Good Old Boys, they do a lot for this state.
    Somethings never change and the people in Washington are the same. But who gets things done for the state, would that be Jason C? That knucklehead is so clueless. Well, come to think of it - your all clueless.

  • Tim
    June 13, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    Bailout Bob now claims he's a conservative. The only problem is that is only a small part of his problem. The bigger problem is that he's been in DC way too long. Everything has gotten worse on his watch. I will vote for anyone over him. And I mean anyone. So Bob, don't worry about attacking your opponents. It aint about them. It's about you.

  • rightascension
    June 13, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    Senator Hatch has been in office for way too long -- too many compromises -- to be very attractive at this stage. The friendship with Kennedy is the least of his issues. Both he and Bennett functioned as enablers for the excesses of the Bush II administration.

    Plenty of political talent in this state. No need for any senator to stay on longer than 18 years.

  • Is...
    June 13, 2009 4:44 p.m.

    this, "the turn of the tides?"


  • These Guys
    June 13, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    should of been thrown out long ago. They are just members of the Good Old Boys Club.

  • Opening for Democrats
    June 13, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    Looks like the Republican party is self-destructing. Booing each other for not being conservative enough. This is going to leave the door wide open for some Moderate Democrats to step right in and take over.
    Thanks GOP for your backbiting!

  • Hatch and Bennett are worthless
    June 13, 2009 4:23 p.m.

    They both increased their power and need to be voted out. They both turned their backs on us. Bennett collected favors galore and Hatch was Ted Kennedy's puppy dog. Vote them out!!! Lets ask them to never serve in public office again by having our voices heard. Lets get Bennett out this election by voting in Mark Shurtliff.

  • Same Old BS
    June 13, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    Things will never change with these Old Republicans, Hatch 33 years and Bennett 15. They both need to retire and get some new Blood in Washington to represent the state. They both look half dead and can't seem to stay away to get things done. Get someone new in there now and out with these old Farts

  • Easily fooled
    June 13, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    The delegates who cheered Shurtleff did so because they are desperate for an alternative to Bennett. But do they really think that the guy who endorsed McCain and headed up his campaign in Utah, while standing firm with illegal immigrants in this state, is going to be more conservative than the incumbent senator? All I can say is that they are as easily fooled by Shurtleff as they were when they nominated Huntsman as a conservative.

  • Doggie
    June 13, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    Bob Bennett promised to serve only two terms but is now asking for his FOURTH. He is a liar. He is an old, old man desperately clingly to power. He wants to buy votes, lecture constituents and champion earmarks for parking garages and butterfly studies. The country has gone downhill since Bennett was elected, and he deserves some of the blame. We need ANYONE but Bennett, Republican or Democrat.

  • At least the incumbent lost
    June 13, 2009 4:05 p.m.

    OUT WITH THE OLD! what will it take to get the message to the Republicans? At least there are NEW leaders now!