Robert Bennett: 'You never really know what's going to happen in politics'

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  • Interloper Portland, OR
    July 3, 2014 2:06 a.m.

    At this point, Chris McDaniel's refusal to admit he lost the election is mainly about raising money from his followers. He has no legal grounds for challenging Sen. Thad Cochran's reelection. The Democrats who voted in the run-off are people who did not vote in the Democratic primary. There were at least 450,000 of them eligible. Their votes are completely valid.

    McDaniel and his followers do the GOP a disservice by claiming black voters were "bought." The minority Democrats who voted for Cochran preferred him to McDaniel, who has a reputation as a neo-Confederate. (He addressed Southern secessionist groups as recently as last year.) The tea party candidate's word and actions confirm that impression.

  • Sandy Citizen50 SANDY, UT
    July 1, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    I agree with a few of the previous comments, why should taxpayers money fund party primary elections and what about the idea of direct primary voting? If a party wants a particular candidate on the ballot, have them poney up the cash and required level of signatures to place the individuals name on the ballot. Then may the top candidates move on to the November election for the final. I consider myself a good Republican, but I am frustrated with the power system that our state and other states continue to wield, that keeps the power mongers perpetually in office. I am also strongly in favor of term-limits. If it is good enough for the President, it should also be good enough for Congress, the Governor and our own State Legislature.

  • Concerned2014 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Again, former Senator Bennett gets it wrong.

    It isn't that Cochran won that is so upsetting, it is HOW he did it. He disgustingly played the race card, hiring democratic operatives to falsely claim the Tea Party was trying to keep African Americans from voting. Additionally, in stirring up the 35K Democratic votes, he stated that McDaniel was out to stop Obama (so, we are to assume Cochran is NOT wanting to stop Obama?)

    Set aside the voting irregularities that have since been uncovered for the moment. What will Cochran do to regain the votes from people he threw under the bus? His scorched earth approach will cost him. The 35,000 Democrat votes will NOT be his in November. So how many of the 186K McDaniel voters will come back after being spat upon? My guess is not enough. We need someone to stand firm against Obama, and Cochran committed in his campaign indirectly pledged not to do that. Cochran's value is only to the GOP elite. No one else wants him.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 30, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Political parties were not envisioned in the Constitution and have never been productive. I think the direct primary system does the best job of reflecting the will of the people.

  • rawlshea1 salt lake city, UT
    June 30, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    Too bad the wisdom and experience of Sen. Bennett is not in U.S. Senate these days. Instead, the hollow wind of ideologues intent on simply raising money and getting themselves re-elected.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 30, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    Bob, it's not that Demo/independents have no "motivation" to vote in the Republican primary--they haven't been allowed to! Most Utahns are unable to vote in the Republicans' private election, even though we all pay for it with our taxes. If Utah Republicans want to have a private election, why don't they go to their clubhouse and pay for it themselves?

  • ShaunMcC La Verkin, UT
    June 30, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    Mr Bennett is showing his bias here and a taste of sour grapes. It is his right to do so since this is presumably an opinion piece, but to say "They rejected the idea of saddling Republicans with the man who would be the weaker candidate; instead, they voted for the man who would be the better senator." just because the challenger was supported by those associated with the tea party. I am not a tea party "member" and have not been endorsed by them, but I find most of those who identify themselves as such are informed and thoughtful as well as involved in finding and supporting candidates who want to reduce government spending and increase personal freedom. To me, that indicates the challenger might very well have been the "better senator".

  • Old Enough To Know Better WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    June 30, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    Mr Bennett your not paying attention:

    Volunteers working for tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi say they have already found 20 percent of the invalid double-votes they need to cancel Sen. Thad Cochran’s business-funded runoff victory.

    “We’re finished with Hinds County, and we’re up to 1,500” invalid votes, said Noel Fritsch, Daniel’s press aide.