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  1. #1 'Tea party' clout: What was learned from Sen. Robert Bennett loss 
    'Tea party' clout: What was learned from Sen. Robert Bennett loss

    The 'tea party' can claim a major victory with the ouster of Utah's three-term incumbent Sen. Robert Bennett. But Utah's primary rules are odd, meaning the truer test may come May 18 in Kentucky.

    Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah left the stage of the Utah Republican Convention Saturday after making it through the first round of voting. He was eliminated in the next round, which has been seen as sign of 'tea party' power.

    By Mark Sappenfield, Staff writer / May 9, 2010

    The circumstances of ouster of three-term Sen. Robert Bennett in a Utah Republican primary Saturday suggest that any claims of a "tea party" revolution in the works for the 2010 midterm elections are, perhaps, still premature.

    To be sure, the elimination of incumbent Senator Bennett in the race for the Republican nomination is the most concrete political accomplishment yet of the tea party movement, which opposed him. Moreover, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's flight from the Republican Party – when faced with a near-certain primary defeat at the hands of the tea-party-backed Marco Rubio – shows that Republicans ignore the tea party at their peril.

    But Utah, in particular, is a peculiar political proving ground. Primaries are decided, not by voters registered with each party, but by a convention of delegates. The 3,400 delegates who convened in Salt Lake City this weekend represented the purest of the pure, ideologically speaking – the leading conservatives of arguably the Union's most conservative state.

    In other words, they are the Utahns most likely to be swayed by the tea party's call for strict fiscal conservatism and smaller government.

    Bennett's missteps

    It was Bennett's support for the federal Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and his attempt to work out a bipartisan compromise on health-care reform that doomed him in such an assembly. By contrast, winner Mike Lee, who will face off with the second-place finisher in a June 22 primary, has pledged to dismantle the Department of Education.

    For these reasons, the lessons of Utah are not easily applied in other states. Indeed, a local poll by Dan Jones & Associates suggested that if all Utah's registered Republicans are taken into account – as is the case in most state primaries – Bennett comes in first with 27 percent support.

    The truer test will come May 18, when Kentucky Republicans will choose their candidate for an open Senate seat. The race is between Trey Grayson, a candidate backed by the full might of the Washington establishment, and Rand Paul, who is backed by Sarah Palin, the tea parties, and is the son of Ron Paul, the former presidential candidate and darling of many of America's most conservative voters.

    The clearest way for the tea party movement to have an effect on national politics would be to push their favored candidates through Republican primaries in Republican-leaning states and congressional districts. Utah certainly qualifies, as would Kentucky.
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    There is an anti-incumbency, anti-government establishment movement that will only get stronger. The Tea Party is a force to be dealt with. RINO's have not figured this out yet. People are pissed at these critters in Congress. I look for the Repubs to pick up between 50 to 100 House seats.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    I look for the Repubs to pick up between 50 to 100 House seats.
    Well...Sen. Bennett is a republican right?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjas77 View Post
    Well...Sen. Bennett is a republican right?
    Yes but he's made some not so conservative decisions in his career.
    The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjas77 View Post
    Well...Sen. Bennett is a republican right?
    After Nov 2, he will be an ex. Repub congress critter like a number of others.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    After Nov 2, he will be an ex. Repub congress critter like a number of others.
    Former senator Arlen Spector . . . . Gog I LOVE the sound of that!! Can't wait til next tuesday!
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    Former senator Arlen Spector . . . . Gog I LOVE the sound of that!! Can't wait til next tuesday!
    He's not even going to win the Democratic primary.
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    This is how we do it folks. We kick out the RINOS in the PRIMARIES not the General election.



    This is how we conservatives take back the Republican party. The Tea Party can positively impact the Republicans at the grass root level and then in the Primaries.

    We don't need a separate party, we just need to take over this one.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Constitutionally Speaking View Post
    This is how we do it folks. We kick out the RINOS in the PRIMARIES not the General election.

    This is how we conservatives take back the Republican party. The Tea Party can positively impact the Republicans at the grass root level and then in the Primaries.

    We don't need a separate party, we just need to take over this one.
    We really tried in Indiana, but the carpetbagger Dan Coats was elected in the primary anyway.

    The Tea Party candidate ran an incredible campaign, though, and the newspapers consider him a 'rising star' in politics, so maybe next time.

    In the meantime, I'll go with 'successive approximation' and vote for Coats, just to hold the seat for a true conservative next cycle.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milly View Post
    We really tried in Indiana, but the carpetbagger Dan Coats was elected in the primary anyway.

    The Tea Party candidate ran an incredible campaign, though, and the newspapers consider him a 'rising star' in politics, so maybe next time.

    In the meantime, I'll go with 'successive approximation' and vote for Coats, just to hold the seat for a true conservative next cycle.
    lol of course.

    I called it...
     

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