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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sleep...no wait, after years in the Senate, he's become quite wealthy.
Public service pays very well.
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.
We may regret getting rid of the supposedly worn out vessel for the possible
empty vessel we are getting
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
I still think his support of Illegals over out of work Americans was a big part
in his defeat!
Didn't figure I'd miss Bennett when he left, until Lee won. I am really starting
to miss him already.
Sooo..you 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).
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.
Thank you for your many years of service.
As they say, a little rest is good for the constitution.