Robert Bennett: Republicans shoot themselves in the foot

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  • Andrew Stergiou Altoona, PA
    Oct. 20, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Honestly does the debate revolve around what the Republican and Democratic party determine or the systemic failures of what has become a country that is out of touch with 2/3 of the world who lives on less than $2 a day (aka the real world). The fact of the matter is what is called the fringe is actually the norm and the norm is actually the fringe in the contrived economics and politics of a world (crony capitalism) that has no real basis outside of the fictions of modern corporate capitalist law which undermines society every day it exists to pervert all it involves.

  • Warrior Parent Belle Glade, FL
    Oct. 16, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    Bennett is still just "sour grapes" for being primaried... Standing for decent principles will never be wrong. Compromising with evil... is always wrong

  • RepubPatriot Reston, VA
    Oct. 16, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    I couldn't agree more about Republicans shooting themselves in the foot. Shame on Republicans for letting the conservative/religious right dictate their position. I have been a Republican all my life and I am ashamed of them now. I live in Virginia and I will vote against the Republican candidate and against their religious right Lt. Governor candidate. Virginia’s Republicans will not get elected if they continue to be led by the religious right. Their passage of the gender humiliating, intrusive trans-vaginal ultrasound anti-abortion legislation, combined with the misdeeds of current Republican governor were the last straw.
    Republicans... move to the center and away from the religious right, or your members will cast their votes against you instead of for you, even if it means a democrat gets elected. That’s how off base you are now.

  • CB1957 Lexington, MA
    Oct. 15, 2013 7:05 p.m.

    The Republicans have their climate-skeptics, their evolution-skeptics, their birthers, and now they have their default-skeptics. Many of them are just not part of the "reality-based community". This is their problem: Not being "reality-based" can easily lead to disaster. Unfortunately, it can lead to disaster not just for the Republican Party, but for all of us, and even for the whole world.

    At least, if the default-skeptics get their will, we'll all know very quickly whether they were right, or whether they were horribly wrong. Looks like we have a good chance of seeing the answer to that one in the next few days or weeks. What were the American people thinking, to send so many people into Congress who are not "reality-based"? What we will likely see in the coming days or weeks is punishment for that idiocy.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 6:47 p.m.


    Just wait until the smoke clears and people truly see what Obamacare is and is not. And ask yourself this: If they knew it was going to be so popular, why didn't they phase it in state-by-state instead of letting the whole country try and sign up on the first day? (First week- Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado and Connecticut; Second week- Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa; etc.) For having he solutions, the Democrats have laid a real egg on implementation.

    The jury is out on Obamacare and I think it might sink on its own merits. We'll see. (Do you really expect it to be better than Immigration, Education, Energy, Social Security or any other program the feds have run?)

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 15, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    "Any competent medical provider can tell you that, 'just going to the emergency room' is probably the most expensive way to receive medical care."

    Why is the emergency room any more expensive than a doctor's office for those (poor etc.) who don't have health insurance?

    Why can't hospitals quickly analyse the situation when someone arrives at their door and provide a medical station for those who come in for hang nail treatment? Why does the emergency room have to treat every person who shows up at their door as if they are suffering from an acute heart attack and must be hooked up to a dozen monitors and have three specialist doctors and five nurses attending them? Why? Just send them to a medical tech in the building for eval and treatment and send them home with a prescription for a pain killer.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    We all remember your Bail Out, Bob.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    Hey Republicans, I'm noticing a trend. In my lifetime (1984-2013) we have had two Democrats as president Clinton and Obama. Both times the Republicans throw a fit and shut down the government. Is this just your MO, throw a fit when you don't get your way? I have a small child, I already am around too many fits that she throws when she doesn't get her way. I don't need you, grown men and women, pitching a fit when you don't get your way.

  • Unhappy Fairbanks, AK
    Oct. 15, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    Democrats are to blame for the government shutdown
    It's no surprise that the liberal media and The Sun blame the government shutdown — or slim down — on Republicans, the tea party and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
    But The Sun comes up short when it comes to facts about the shutdown. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted the money required to keep all government activities going with the exception of Obamacare.
    Harry Reid and President Obama refused to accept the money required to run the government because it left out the money they wanted. Withholding of money is legal (and not unprecedented) and is also a matter of fact. It's become painfully obvious that the government shutdown's sole purpose was to protect a sacred cow via the subrogation of the all important economy
    Michael Vance Ernest Sr., Catonsville Copyright The Baltimore Sun

  • snowyphile Jemez Springs, NM
    Oct. 15, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    I would ship the 535 to Gitmo and we'd be better off.

  • djc Stansbury Park, Ut
    Oct. 15, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    With all due respect, Mr Bennett, have you analyzed why The Affordable Health Care Act is disappoved of by "a majority of Americans." If you would stop to think, you would know and understand, why "Obamacare is so unpopular. The left hates it because it didn't go far enough and the right hates it because it went too far. It is at best a small step in the right direction toward some kind of universal health care for all citizens. The world's richest nation can't provide healthcare for the working poor. One politician recently claimed that the working poor have healthcare, "they can just go to the emergency room." Any competent medical provider can tell you that, "just going to the emergency room" is probably the most expensive way to receive medical care. That and the astronomical bills will take a lifetime to pay off. A minimum of preventative care could save millions if not billions. Some allowance for the government to buy medicine more economically would also save, but Utah's Republicans including you disallowed that action. So medicines for seniors are grossly overpriced in the USA.

  • Harold3H Dallas, TX
    Oct. 15, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    This is a reasonable article, but Obamacare is not going away of itself. There must be public pressure against it, and the Republicans are expressing the national sentiment. They are doing their job. Senator Bennett's comments reflect the weakness that led to his replacement by Mike Lee, who has been stalwart in opposition to this bad bill.

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    "Republicans shoot themselves in the foot"

    This coming from the scorned reject who can't get himself elected in the most Republican State in the nation.

    These career politicians, from both political sides, are the reason we have a disaster in D.C. and until people wise up and unite together to vote every single representative out every term until they start listening and are accountable you should expect more of the same.

    People think government is a solution. It is actually the source of the majority of problems we have in this country.

    Wake up people. Stop fighting with each other and instead fight these worthless corrupt politicians who are toying with our financial demise.

    You are being played!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 1:08 p.m.


    Rewind a few years back to the 2010 mid term elections guy. Do you recall WHY the GOP had a land slide victory in 2010? It was BECAUSE of the grass roots efforts of the so-called Tea Party and NOT because of establishment - Bob Bennett - Republicans who have a habit of LOSING elections because they stand for NOTHING!! Do you even know what the principles of the Tea Party are? Any idea at all? Let me educate you.

    1. Small-limited-government like our founders envisioned.
    2. More power to the states to govern themselves instead of being strong armed by an ever increasing socialist federal bureaucracy.
    3. Abandon wealth redistribution and recognize it for what it is - one of the foundational pieces of the Communist manifesto. Obamacare is built upon wealth redistribution.
    4. More power given to the private sector to create jobs by giving small business TAX CUTS and removing from ALL business (small to large) the job killing mandates and taxes of Obamacare.
    5. Believing in the private sector as the engine of job creation not the federal government. Being a friend of small business ...not an enemy.

  • Leftcoastrocky Los Angeles, CA
    Oct. 15, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    Bob Bennett says that the Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot; well, I think that they are shooting the economy in the head.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 12:25 p.m.


    You can follow your "liberal lite" John McCain into the ditch of irrelevance if you like. I will stand with Tea Party conservatives as they fight for what is left of a constitutional America. The GOP is in transition and I suspect there is going to be more and more Mike Lee and Ted Cruz type patriots elected in 2014 because thinking people who DO actually understand the issues and are literate about their government HATE the socialist wealth redistribution damage that Obamacare is and will continue to do to this country and its people.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    This is coming from a progressive. Bob, I'm so glad we voted you out of office.

  • Anti-Plutocrat South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Thank you again Deseret News for helping me understand more clearly just how people think and what kind of people they are. NO, I'm not talking about the articles or the opinion expressed by our former Senator, but the comments section. That I left the Republican party and the "Rush is right" crowd 15 years ago continues to be validated> Reading the words about the mindset of the black and white thinkers, the "we're right and they're evil" crowd... the views most expressed now as 'tea party' believers. "Filthy Hands" indeed! wzr, look up to see filthy hands, not sideways!

  • Altered States N. Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 15, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    Way back when, in 2009, when Obama was trying to create universal health care coverage for the entire nation, he tried to push through a "Single Payer System". In other words, Medicare for all! But, the health insurance companies, and the Republicans fought against it and defeated his efforts.

    Medicare For All, or the Public Option, or the Single Payer System (they are one in the same) would have been simpler, easier, and cheaper - by far. Now, as it is today, doctors spend about 25% of their time just filling out forms for reimbursement from health insurance companies. Each insurance company has their own forms, own coding system, and different co-pays. If we had Medicare for all, there would one form, one code, and one address. What we have instead is a "patchwork quilt" of confusion with about 30% waste. So, you can blame the insurance companies and the Republicans for the high cost, and confusion of today's system - and the shutdown and possible default.

  • MadSat Millington, TN
    Oct. 15, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Hmm, well DesertHiker, I guess I need to write some more letters to the House Republicans telling them to keep up the good work and hold fast. BTW, I'm a Democrat.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 9:57 a.m.


    You shot the Republican Party in the foot with your voting record and your desire to be "liked" rather than actually be a leader.

    Mike Lee is doing what you never showed the capacity to do and that is to lead!

  • Rockyrd Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 15, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Amen Bob Bennett! The Tea Party is imploding on itself.

  • mjm moerland grand haven, MI
    Oct. 15, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    The ACA is only unpopular due to the constant barrage of negative attacks by the gop. People who take the time to educate themselves find it more popular. Even among republicans, 14% support Obamacare, while 21% support the ACA! Disinformation and negative attacks taint the poll numbers.

  • pschles USA, ID
    Oct. 15, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    The military and its dependent families has good, reliable medical care, why can't we extend that system to cover Obamacare enrollees and be done with it?

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Oct. 15, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:38 p.m.

    It's their second amendment right.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:35 p.m.

    @10CC "...the big issues our country faced, and still faces."

    One of the biggest issues we face is that our children and grandchildren are being sold into slavery in the form of staggering, debilitating debt. Only a few leaders are facing it squarely. (The very same leaders you excoriate.) Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are doing exactly what they were sent to Washington to do, and showing remarkable courage. They are the rational ones. Anyone who thinks we can continue running up debt at the current rate is simply delusional.

    @thebig1 "Mr. Hatch, where are you?"

    He's sitting in the Senate clubhouse writing an email dispatch about how brave he is to take on Obama, while Senator Lee does all the heavy lifting.

  • Miss Piggie Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:35 p.m.

    I wanted posters to know earlier today I received my 'Obamacare enrollment packet' from the White House. It contained:

    An aspirin and a Band-Aid.
    An 'Obama Hope & Change' bumper sticker
    A 'Bush's Fault' yard sign
    A 'Blame Republicans first, then anybody and everybody' poster
    A 'Tax the Rich' banner
    An application for unemployment and a free cellphone
    An application for food stamps
    A prayer rug
    A letter assigning my debt to my grandchildren

    Everything was made in 'China' and all directions were in Spanish. Keep an eye out. Yours should be arriving soon.

    Oct. 14, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    I find it curious that the Democrats' strategy of using this impasse as an opportunity to inflict the maximum possible pain on the citizens whom they "serve" doesn't raise more anger directed toward Democrats, especially when the reason for the shutdown is an attempt to flush a disastrous mistake of a bill that will arguably cause even more pain and suffering over the years than a prolonged shutdown. They have demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt how much they despise the common folk. But apparently the general public isn't bright enough to figure that out. I guess we'll end up with the government we deserve.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    I agree with Blue. When I was younger, and more liberal, I could engage in stimulating, thoughtful exchanges of ideas with conservative friends about the big issues our country faced, and still faces.

    Where are the thoughtful conservatives today? My sense is they're hiding, waiting for this tsunami of low wattage tea-party anger - and frankly, mindlessness - to pass, to fade back into the ignorance where it orginated.

    If you look at how badly the Tea-Partiers have handled this political situation, you get a good idea of how well they could manage something far, far more complex and sophisticated: the US economy.

    The parade of tea-partiers who are - let's face it - an insult to the conservative pedigree is astounding and show no signs of abating. We had Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann (who had no idea what a default would do to the economy), and now we have a large number of fools on the right in the House, cheered and led by Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

    I'm not in search of some liberal utopia. I want balanced governance.

    When will rational Republicans reappear?

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 6:44 p.m.

    As far as I'm concerned, we should burn the whole thing down. The government is paying guards to keep us out of our parks and memorials, instead of paying people to clean them up? Obama and his cronies won't be part of Obama care, but I am forced by law to accept it? The media is so busy giving air time to their favorite talking heads on both sides of the aisle that they never actually ask the REAL questions, but instead ask leading questions designed to get a sound bite?

    What we really need to do is outlaw parties entirely, so we can get back to politicians that represent the people, instead of the party line. Then maybe they can keep the useless overbearing money wasting 80% of the federal government closed down, as it should be.

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    Blue: Republicans are "petty, vindictive, doctrinaire and belligerently ignorant as they appear to be?" Really? Yellowstone Park, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the turnout on the highway to look at the Tetons, Veteran's Benefits, etc. Petty? I think that POTUS is the King of those adjectives. And "King" is much more literal than anyone would care to admit. Sure, the PR dept of the Dems is alive and well - declaring the death of conservatism. Mike Lee is a patriot and a hero - without any pettiness or vindictiveness. If you cared about knowing the truth, you would sit with him for just a moment and know that your accusations are unfounded. The mirror must be a scary place for you to look. As it is for the author of this op-ed piece.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    Balderdash - Bennett is a sore loser because Mike Lee ousted him from congress. The people of Utah wanted a conservative and not a purple fence sitter like Bennett. Bennett was cozy with Harry Reid and his other buddies in the senate and stood for nothing. Mike is doing what we sent him to do. Also this ridiculous notion that some have that if ONLY the GOP would have just signed everything that Harry and Barack wanted - put no fuss up about about Obamacare - suddenly out of the blue people would love them in November 2014 and vote for them. Really?? Come on people. The people who are going to vote democrat do so to get hand outs and that's about it. To suggest that if the GOP just plays nice with Harry and Barack people will then love them and vote for them is beyond naive. It's stupid and false. The GOP did themselves no harm by standing up to Barack and Harry but they did show people - the people who are TRUE conservatives - that indeed they will do what they said they would. It was the Tea Party that won in 2010 people - REMEMBER??

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    I have the taste of sour grapes in my mouth. Thank you Mike Lee for you fire, grit and determination. Something the author had none of, and Mr Hatch where are you?

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    Someone please explain to me how obama/reid have compromised during this pseudo crisis. Give me some facts and not MSNBC talking points. The answer is 0, zip, nada. The only mistake the GOP made is not hiring Putin to negotiate, cause we all know how those work out with our fearless leader.

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:38 p.m.


    You are right except substitute the Democrat party. The tragically sad truth is, they're exactly as petty, vindictive, doctrinaire and belligerently ignorant as they appear to be. Sounds like obama/reid/pelosi to me. I could say other things but the moderator would shoot me down.

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    I'm so glad we got rid of this useless senator. If only we would have had the brains to get rid of hatch as well. I blame Chaffetz for that one.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    Both feet.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    The humor is watching the Republicans and the Democrats feud here about this, or any number of topics, as if there is any substantive difference between the parties. How naive can you be!

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    The Authority: "Come on Republican Party, you're better than this!"

    Oh how I wish that were true. A generation ago I had many strongly conservative friends with whom I could and frequently did have stimulating, passionate, thought-provoking and productive conversations about public policy. Objectivity and honesty ruled, even when we disagreed about how to interpret the evidence. When one side lost an argument, both sides understood why and celebrated the "teachable moment" gained from the exercise. And that was when I was significantly more liberal than I am now!

    But today? I'm still liberal, but not remotely like I was in my 20's. Look around and pay close attention to conservatives today. Listen carefully to the people shaping today's GOP. The tragically sad truth is, they're exactly as petty, vindictive, doctrinaire and belligerently ignorant as they appear to be.

    I take no joy in observing the orgy of self-destruction that is now destroying a once-respected political party.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    What former Senator Bennett didn't want to admit is that when the Republicans shot themselves in the foot, it was with a blank supplied by a Democrat. Neither one of these parties knows how to solve problems, which is why I support Senator Lee. If this had been O.K. by Republican standards, I would have known that Mike Lee was not the man do do the job of Senator. He's up against a uni-party system that is so bereft of common sense, and so full of corruption, we would be better off with a default so as to reboot the entire system. Whether Mike Lee is right or wrong, if anyone actually thinks that the Republicans have a better plan, other than to sit idly back and retain their power the next election, you are naive. If you don't think the Democrats ought to be booted out of existence, then you have been fooled twice. This whole thing was probably set up as a ruse by both parties to cleanse anyone against the party line, Lee and Cruz being just one flank of the Republican party.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Oct. 14, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    "Robert Bennett: Republicans shoot themselves in the foot"


    and head,
    and mouth,

  • The Authority Richfield, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    The Republicans are fighting a fight they already lost. Trying to defund it was never going to work, and now they're paying a price for shutting down the government.
    The sad thing is Obama is going to come out of this smelling like a rose, and be stronger than ever. Yeah, everyone hates Obamacare. So what? What's the alternative?
    The Republicans seem to think that doing nothing is the alternative, let the free market sort it out. The problem is the free market has exploited people's need for healthcare to the point that it's completely unaffordable for the majority of the country. So yeah, Obamacare has problems, but what's the alternative for fixing a broken system? It needs to be fixed, and playing these games of obstruction are making conservatives look terrible, and losing future votes.
    Come on Republican Party, you're better than this!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    @WRZ... when Rand Paul starts saying things like they have gone to far, things just might have gone too far with the Cruz and Lee crowd.

    "Republicans opposed Obamacare and other big government spending to save the country from destruction rather than to get reelected"

    Oh please - give me a break. Both sides say what they think their base wants to hear. Pretending otherwise is just being ill informed, or delusional. Pretending one demonic side is only saying stuff to get votes, while the saintly other side is just trying to save this nation of our children is reticulated.

    @oldschool... Lee and company may be standing for something... but they are achieving nothing... not because of their cause, but because of their tactics. No one wants to pay higher taxes.. no one.

    Lets stop the "I know you are but what am I" tactics... and act like adults and fix this problem.

  • Miss Piggie Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    @T. Party:
    "The inevitable is that Obamacare will fail, and the Democrats now own it lock, stock, and barrel."

    Obamacare will (and should) fail... but the failure will not rise to the status of being a national disaster. Why? Because the liberal media will see to it that the failure is kept quiet. And if it does rise to the level of a national concern the liberal media will make sure that Republicans are to blame.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    I guess what you're saying to us, Uncle Bob, is that the Republicans should-a caved in... in order to avoid an cave-in.

    Republicans opposed Obamacare and other big government spending to save the country from destruction rather than to get reelected. Democrats are merely trying to get reelected so they can control all of government again. They got giddy when they controlled all three branches and pushed Obamacare through. They're rubbing their (filthy) hands with glee looking for a repeat.

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    The way for a Republican to shoot himself in the foot is to start voting for tax increases, spending increases, new entitlements, new and bigger federal programs and to vote to confirm liberal extremists to court and other positions. Which is exactly what Bennett did and why he is now sitting on the sidelines, where he has the easy job of criticizing those who are finally trying to trim the size and scope of our federal government, stop the implementation of the worst economy-busting entitlement we have ever seen, reduce the size of our deficits, including the gigantic $70+ trillion unfunded liability that Bennett and his ilk left to us, our children and our grandchildren. I,for one,welcome the likes of Chaffetz, Lee and Cruz, who are actually standing for something.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    Obamacare is based on a failed model that will continue to fail while Bennett-Wyden would have changed the market back into what insurance should have been. Obamacare needs to be scrapped and a new plan that has both sides working together (not just Democrats, Not just republicans) to bring about a plan that works.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Do you all really think it's just one political party making all this mess and "shooting themselves in the foot". Both political parties, at least significant numbers and major players, are creating this debacle. For all we know, they are planning this division and steamrolling the entire country. They are in cahoots and are all relishing the game they are playing with business and personal lives. None (few) have any real care for us. They'll destroy the gov't before they'll let us prosper.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    Obamacare will need adjustments as any new system does. Bennett-Wyden would have been subject to the same complications at first, so Sen. Bennett shouldn't be too catty about the problems with Obamacare.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    @Duckhunter - do you remember all the work that was put into making sure Y2K issues didn't happen? If you are thinking the problems didn't come up because they were fake, you are ill served. Your statement shows a fundamental lack of knowledge of what the Y2K problem was, and how it was resolved... via lots of hard work.

    That said... Y2K was easy compared to this. It was Binary. It was definable, trackable, and resolvable. The stubborn hard headiness that is creating this problem is none of the above. Its all about emotion at this point... because solving the problem, gaining compromise is not as hard as these people are making it.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Bailout Bob is celebrating too early. The tea party lost a battle in order to win the war. People will remember years from now that we tried our best to stop Obamacare before it harmed the country. They will also remember that the Democrats were willing to shut down the government in order to preserve this disastrous law.

    The inevitable is that Obamacare will fail, and the Democrats now own it lock, stock, and barrel.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    I could see the tea party splitting off from the republicans in the short future. But this will just make the democrats more powerful. Hopefully it will allow my Libertarian party to grow bigger.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    Normally I'd be jumping for joy at a headline like this, but their stupidity doing our nation a lot of harm.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    bennett we all remember your doomsday Y2K predictions and what a laugh that turned out to be. We also all remember how you consistently sold out conservative values to the dems in the senate and capitulated to their every desire. Your track record of being right is laughably bad so I take absolutely zero worry from your dire predictions.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    I can't wait until this next election!

    That Tea Party dun gonna take it on the chin!!!

    The Tea Party is going the way of the dodo bird. Thank heavens!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    "Robert Bennett: Republicans shoot themselves in the foot"

    No, they are shooting us all in the foot. Just ask world leaders and business leaders and a whole host of Republicans.

    And over what? Because they don't want to pay the bills that our congress voted on.

    Look, I agree that we spend too much. We have a large deficit. But, this is not the way to fix that problem.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    Senator Bennett,

    You called this one before it happened.

    Blue and Unreconstructed Bob,

    Too funny.

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    Oct. 14, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    Shot themselves in the foot? More like jumped on a landmine that they threw right in front of themselves.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 7:04 a.m.

    "Robert Bennett: Republicans shoot themselves in the foot"

    Shooting themselves in the foot I could live with, but it's much worse than that. They've handed machine guns to a handful of petulant rubes and are now tut-tutting the body count and looking desperately for a way to blame someone else.

  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:56 a.m.

    There are many issues Repubs could be using to politically pummel Obama presently: The disastrous Obamacare rollout, deepening Obamacare unpopularity, amateurish foreign policy destroying respect for the US in the Middle East, Iran emboldened to pursue nuclear weapons by wishy washy American resolve, the list goes on. Instead of racking up political points to be used in upcoming elections to gain the majority that would give them power to really do something about Obamacare, they have manufactured one of the few issues that is a loser for them (The government shutdown), created a crisis that has sucked up all the political oxygen, completely distracted attention from the very real shortcomings of the Obamacare rollout, and discredited themselves in the eyes of much of the electorate as grown-up players who can be trusted to govern. Far from hurting Obama politically, they have completely bailed him out! Sen Lee has been among the worst offenders. We need representation in Washington that advocates for Conservative ideals in an intelligent way. What we've been getting these past weeks is the diametric opposite. We deserve better.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 12:26 a.m.

    The latest polls show the Republican Party with an approval rating of 24%, with many self-described Republicans even disapproving of their party. Keep up the good work, we Democrats can just sit back and watch you guys win the next election cycle for us.