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The Wasatch Behind: The Bennett factor in play

Sun Advocate Columnist

"Holy cow," I exclaimed. "Whodathunk? Bob Bennett never even made it to the primary election. After serving 17 years as Utah's junior senator, he was dumped on his head at the Republican convention. Some people say he was the first casualty of a massive anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping the country."

"It's not an anti-incumbent sentiment," Uncle Spud corrected. "It's an anti-anti-American sentiment. Americans are fed up and they are taking their country back."

"Taking the country back from Bob Bennett?"

"That's right," he said. "Bennett is one of those politicians with two faces and two political agendas. Here in Utah, before the hometown crowd, he pretends to be a conservative. Back across the Potomac, in the land of liberalism, he votes with the 'moderates,' often doing a 90, or even a 180-degree turn from the way he talks to his constituents. We can't trust a guy like that."

"But that's not anti-American," I said.

"Sure it is," Spud insisted. "We have a representative form of government. The people we elect are supposed to represent us. When guys like Bennett vote against the will of the people and against constitutional principles, they are ruining our country. They hurt us: politically, socially, fiscally, and economically. They vote for insanity: trillion dollar bailouts, trillion dollar deficits, open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, millions of acres of manufactured wilderness, 40 years of dependency on foreign oil, the welfare state, socialized medicine and socialized government. That's not the America our constitution guarantees."

"Some say the constitution is just a guideline," I reminded him. "We are told it is a 'living document' that should be modified, adapted, or creatively interpreted to fit the modern world."

"The constitution is the supreme law of the land," Spud insisted. "Constitutional guarantees are not negotiable. Without that document we are at the mercy of politicians, law enforcement, magistrates, tycoons, tyrants and world government. Those who want to 'modify' the constitution, or ignore it, are a greater threat to this republic than any foreign enemy, in my humble opinion."

"So how will dumping a guy like Bennett help things out?"

"Bennett's demise is the beginning of a general house cleaning. Bennett is only the first. A recent survey shows that 51 percent of Utahns would not support Orrin Hatch if he were running this year. I don't think he stands a chance of reelection in 2012."

"Hatch is a Utah institution," I exclaimed. "He's been in the Senate since 1977."

"Yes, and as Utah's senior senator, he has presided over this mess as it has gotten progressively worse over the years. At best he is ineffective. At worse he is incompetent. I vote we give someone else a try. But of course, that's only one man's opinion. I'm sure senator Hatch would disagree."

"And then," he continued, "Most people missed the most significant thing that happened at the Utah Republican convention. Mitt Romney was booed when he introduced Bob Bennett and asked the delegates to vote for Bennett. Mitt Romney booed by Utah Republicans is like Sierra Club members throwing rotten vegetables at Al Gore. Who could have predicted it? Romney thought he had Utah in his pocket. Maybe not.

"Aspiring presidential contenders like Romney had better wake up. Conservatives have had enough of milquetoast representatives like Bob Bennett and John McCain, whom Romney is also actively supporting. If Romney expects to win the Republican nomination in 2012 he had better get off the tracks and get on the train. Or, like Bennett, he might get run over. This time we want real change we can believe in, not the crap that's been happening for the past 40 years."

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