Bennett bids Senate colleagues farewell

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  • geewiz Logan, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    I take issue with the Dnews's headline and first graph saying Bennett was a "victim of anti-incumbency."

    "Victim" implies that he was wronged. While I'm sure there are those who feel that way, it is an opinion, not a fact.

    It would have been unbiase--and better journalism-- to write something like, "Bennett, who lost his re-election bid, ..." Let the reader draw their own conclusion.

  • i am hank Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    People, the election is over. Stop rehashing it. There is no reason to kick a good man on his way out the door. Whatever you think of his politics, the fact is that Bennett served Utah and the country for 18 years, putting the needs of the state and country ahead of his own (see homers comment above about the personal financial sacrifice he made). For that service, Bob, I say thank you. Good luck in the private sector. I wish you nothing but the best.

  • RShackleford Saint George, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:03 a.m.

    Years ago I would say that Bennett (and Hatch) are good men and I would trust them to watch my small children...but not my Wallet!

    My children are now in their mid-twenties and this tells me Mr. Bennett (and Hatch) have been in there way too long.

  • homers Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 7:00 a.m.

    Anonymous Infinity and others = 33 out of 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention were lawyers. The guy who was most responsible for writing the Constitution had more time in Washington than Senator Bennett. You probably would have hated all the founding fathers in their time for wanting to ruin state's rights and during the Civil War you would have been a confederate. Bennett and Hatch both made a lot more money in the private sector than they ever have working in the Senate. Hatch was one of the premier trial attorneys in the state and Bennett was a CEO at Franklin Quest. You think a class A litigator would settle for $174,000 a year. Go check Bennett's financial statements - his net worth went steadily down for 18 years while his blind trust was managed by others. Get the facts before you spout off. If Hatch and Bennett were in it for the money they would have never got in it in the first place.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    He was a good employee at first, but in the end we had to fire him. His acceptance of campaign contributions from employees of Fannie and Freddie was a big part of it, along with his political tricks to protect them from reform. His vote for TARP was nothing but egregious. That's when we really knew what all those years of compromise had done to him.

    In a couple of years we should hold another retirement party for Orrin Hatch.

  • johnjacobs99 Rocklin, CA
    Dec. 10, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    Senator Bennett served a long time. With that long service, he had seniority and could make a difference for Utah. It would be most unwise to vote Senator Hatch out of office for the same reason. Extremists are not the answer.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    Can't you blowhards (who I bet all voted for Senator Bennett all three times he ran) just say thank you for serving us for 18 years? If he was such a bad Senator, why didn't you all jump and run against him? At least he had the fortitude to get out there in front and put his life out there to be scrutinized by the public. You may not like him, you may not like his politics, but you have to like a person who is willing to get out there and truly try to make a difference and not hide behind a keyboard throwing darts and arrows.

  • Digbads South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    Your arrogance to my sister-in-law from last year will long be remembered in my family. When you started your spending explanation with a condescending "you people just don't understand" you started a firestorm in her, which led her to the tea party, then to the Utah State Republican convention as a delegate, who was sworn to defeat you. She inspired our extended family to work to get you out of office. You turned a sweet and pleasant lunch-lady grandmother into a political operative.

    Time to go home, Mr. Bennet. The Lunch Lady has spoken.

  • peterslu Midway, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    To the fickle chattering masses:

    I suggest you watch his farewell address in full by searching Youtube for "bennett bids farewell".

    You've retired a true statesman. Traded him in for a nut who loves to spout the sort of ahistorical constitutionalist rhetoric that you all love so dearly.

    Bennet is a man of conscience and ideas.

    All you people want is a parrot.

    And FYI, neither in the original design of our Senate or in the Roman Senate that it was patterned on was it ever believed that experience and seniority should count AGAINST a Senator. Quite the contrary. You Mike-Leeites might try reading a history book now and again.

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Re: We the People - We have term limits, it's called the election. The fact that Bennett is out proves that the people can toss an incumbent if they don't like them anymore. Term limits are the opiate of a lazy electorate who don't want to take the time to learn about the candidates and issues - they just want a clock to do their job for them. Take a look at California - they have term limits for their elected officials and it is an unmitigated disaster. The bureaucrats run the state and have no accountability for the budget. All they want is more - hence chronic deficits. Next year projected to be over $20 billion. Term limits make government worse, not better, because the voting public checks out and the elected officials feel no real accountabililty to the people - just the clock.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    Good bye and good riddance to the second best Democrat in the Senate next to Harry Reid. Your support for big spending, socialized medicine, illegal alien amnesty, and a whole bunch of other left wing issues are your legacy Senator. You didn't represent me or other Utahns at all. You are disgrace to the state. You can't leave soon enough for me, you sealed you own fate. Hopefully we have learned our lesson and will never ever elect someone like you again.

  • rawlshea Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    Utah Senator's have had a long and illustrious history. Some bad, some good, but always noteworthy. Having worked with at least four my personal view is Senator Bennett was the most distinguished and powerful for advocate Utah has had. He was trusted by both sides of the aisle. He is smart, capable of seeing necessary compromise and kept his eye on what was best for the Beehive State. His ability as an appropriator to protect Utah was severaly under appreciated. His eloquent, but pragmatic voice will be missed by all. May he continue to serve in whatever manner he chooses.
    Thanks Senator and Mrs. Bennet for your years of public service.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 9, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    May the same fate befall Senator Hatch. Once retired, he'll be able to devote the remainder of his life to promotion of his hero Ted Kennedy. I hope they let him speak at the Democrat convention next time. More songs about Ted...let's hope. Maybe he'll do some songs praising Michael Moore, and other famous leftists. Maybe there is a street corner where he could sing and a park where he could wait, after years in the Senate, he's become quite wealthy. Public service pays very well.

  • Chachi Charlottesville, VA
    Dec. 9, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    As one who's seen the Senate from the inside, I can say that there is no other member of that chamber who can compare to Sen. Bennett in terms of frankness and statesmanship. The problem is that Sen. Bennett is more like a pre-17th Amendment senator--he wasn't accustomed to pandering to his constituents in order to get re-elected. He seemed to think that committee hearings were for their stated purposes--review a bill or hold an investigation, for example. The reality is that they're opportunities for senators to grandstand and preach to their ideological base.

    He voted for TARP I because he believed it was absolutely necessary to avert an imminent catastrophe. He learned the hard way that senators must decide how to vote based on public opinion polls first and the merits second.

    For 18 years, Senator Bennett served Utah and the country with integrity and gained the unanimous respect of his colleagues, while most Utahns didn't even know his name until the last two or so years.

    Farewell to a statesman, Senator, and ignore the naysayers. Athens thought itself enlightened for what it did to Socrates.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    We may regret getting rid of the supposedly worn out vessel for the possible empty vessel we are getting

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    To: 42istheanswer:
    You must be a democrat. Lee hasn't even begun his term.

    Senator Bennett and others including Orrin Hatch (he's next for retirement), never learn that government service is not a lifetime scenario. Serve your ten years or so, and get out; I mean completely out; not join lobby groups, or become a party functionary at any level. Go home. If you have to continue to work at the age of 77, then start a business or do charity work. Come on. This is the problem in this country. People can't get this out of their blood, and want to reap the benefits of public office. And I mean "reap". What will be the retirement and other other benefits for Bennett and later Hatch, as they retire? I'm betting it is a huge number; totally unfunded is my other bet.

    The Founders did not anticipate this sort of largess going to politicans as they left office. They went back to their farms or whatever after a reasonable time.

    Public service is not a "career" track. That's why we need to close down some law schools.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    I still think his support of Illegals over out of work Americans was a big part in his defeat!

  • 42istheanswer SLC, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 1:12 p.m.

    Didn't figure I'd miss Bennett when he left, until Lee won. I am really starting to miss him already.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 12:57 p.m. believe in free markets? Then why not work in the free market? Why work for government?
    I know, I know, it is people who work in government who end up in the history books, that's why you work there---Mike Leavitt knew there is little fame in the free markets----- I have more respect for Bennett than other politicians in Utah who preach free markets all day long but have never worked in one; always getting a paycheck from the government---for Hatch and Bishop they are going on 40 years of receiving government paychecks (but oh how they believe in free markets for the rest of us).

  • We the People Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 12:39 p.m.

    Good riddance. Eighteen years is long enough. I have meet soon-to-be ex-Senator Bennett a few times and he seems like a good man, but am glad he is leaving office. Term limits are necessary.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    Thank you for your many years of service.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    As they say, a little rest is good for the constitution.