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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Utah's Bob Bennett Runs Afoul of Tea Party Sentiments

Looks like the Tea Party activists have struck again.

Bob Bennett, the sitting Senator from Utah, failed to be nominated to run as a Republican candidate in the primary for his own Senate seat.

Among the pieces I read covering this was a very humorous one in the Wall Street Journal by James Taranto. Taranto cited many Democratic pundits and office-holders who registered shock that Bennett has been so unceremoniously retired.

They all claimed that Bennett was already very conservative, so the Tea Party was, again, pushing for fringe candidates. And lamented that the Republicans in Utah had furloughed such a long-serving, dependable Senator.

Kind of makes you think of Br'er Rabbit, doesn't it? I mean, if so many Democrats miss the guy, maybe he was already planning to join Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter in running across the aisle to become a Democrat, too.

I don't pretend to know the details of the Utah situation, but I respect Dick Armey. Armey has been leading the charge to dump Bennett and elect a more reliably conservative Senator in his stead.

It should be noted that Bennett voted for the TARP and backed health care insurance mandates.

It's not really so hard to see why those in Utah think they can do better from the Republican party, is it?

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