Without a doubt, Bennett is a nice enough person. But that what bothered most
principled conservatives about him was that he felt he was entitled to a
"career" as a Senator. Public servants who don't have enough humility
to understand their position isn't one of entitlement aren't really serving the
public.Dime-a-dozen politicians like Bennett "get things
done" in Washington, to excess to justify their existences. True statesmen
show restraint by doing the right things and recognize that the Federal
government doesn't have all the solutions and becomes less effective the larger
it gets. Bennett, with all his deal-pushing and backscratching and
entitlement spreading, earned his ouster.
After his vote for the DREAM act, Bennett's departure can't come soon enough.
May you take care..senator BennettAs well as one of those wonderful
retirement plans.As leaving behind papers and a Office with much to focus
about our America~you need a Break!
I did not agree with him all the time, but we need moderates like Bob Bennett.
When I think about who will be replacing him, I shutter the thought. Mike Lee
is a Libertarian in GOP clothing who will do more harm then good, if he does any
good that is!Sorry to see you go Senator Bennett, you deserved
better. Utah and the US deserves better! Dark days ahead...
After 18 years his still doesn't get it. At last he is now free to join the
Democrats. Too bad we are still going to have to pay his retirement.
Mr. Bennett's vote on immigration, especially the dream act, cost him his job.
He lost the trust of Utahns with "ability" to reach across the isle to
Bennett didn't see it comming because he lost touch with the people of Utah,
The people he was supposed to reperesent and vote for. He became a TOOL for the
inside the beltway crowd. His votes for liberal anti constitutional policies
and programs cost him his job. And so it will be for any Utah senator (Hatch !
are you listening!) or representative that goes to washington and turns a deaf
ear to the people of Utah..
Too bad ALL of the elected officials in Washington D. C. who were at the reins
of power while our country went down the financial commode aren't voted out.
Let's see. Bennett was first elected in 1992. The national debt was $4.2
trillion. Eighteen years later, the national debt sits at $13.2 trillion. I
would say it is time to stop compromising.
Senator Bennett is still clueless, and I'm offended at the tone of this article;
praising him for all the pork he brought to Utah, pretending that compromising
oneself into a valueless drone is somehow admirable, and ignoring the fact that
many of his votes were so awfully wrong. Something ugly happens when someone is
in office too long, they believe they are invincible, that their votes don't
matter, that they can compromise with the devil and be forgiven for it. Bennett
made so many bizarre votes, it's difficult to list them all, he never looked to
the constitution for guidance in his voting, and he committed the unpardonable
sin, he distanced himself from the voters in Utah and ignored them. I will not
miss him, and I look forward to a new generation of constitutional senators.
Bennett's loss is not merely because he crossed the aisle to compromise and
negotiate. His loss is not solely due to a perception in Utah that he is not
conservative enough. There is a strong feeling among many Utahns
that you only heard from Senator Bennett around election time. When contacting
him via email, phone messages, letters, or other means, you never heard back
from him and often you never heard back from anyone in his office.He
seemed distant and not listening to Utahns. I think his age played
a factor as well. How long should one continue serving as a Senator. Is 18
years not enough? Bennett used the same logic to oust the Senator he beat out
when he first won election. Now he is offended that this same argument is used
against him?Due to the internet and other forms of information,
people are more informed today. They are also more involved. You cannot simply
vote in the Senate and not make effort to reach out to constituents and explain
your reasons for voting the way you did. Bennett was behind the times.
It's time for a change after 18 years. Bennett is a fine man. Mike Lee is another fine man who can do the job. Why can't
fine men voluntarily leave after 18?
We traded Bennett for Mike Lee? Oh, what has Utah done?
Our friend and brother also voted to repeal DADT. It is right for him to
retire.... time to enjoy the grandkids and do no more damage to this great
nation. Glad I could help.
It's no secret I opposed Senator Bennett's earmark politics, but as a man he's
as thoroughly good as a man can be. And now, let the Mike Lee era begin.
Thank you Senator Bennett for your service.
Where are term limits? Anybody listening?
I want to say thank you to Senator Bennett for serving his community but let's
make it clear; he lost his job because he was out of touch. Yes, he did play on
a team and yes he played the game, but he was out of touch with his
constituents. I can't think of one piece of legislation that he can take credit
for, legitimately. I know he piggy backed a lot of legislation, brought a lot
of pork, stayed in office longer than he should. Enjoy your retirement Senator.
"For years, Bennett brought billions of dollars to his home state through
federal funds..."Hello!!! Earmarks, earmarks, earmarks...maybe
now he gets the message.
12 years are enough for anyone....18 are far too many. Bennett is one of the few
senators who deserve the term "The Honorable" but he did not fight for
smaller government or the end of earmarks. It is nice he still supports his
vote; we the voters also support our votes to retire him.
What is a "moderate" Republican? I guess by the descriptions in this
article, it is a big spending big government politician with an "R" by
his name.Stop the spending. Cut spending first. Why can't these guys
figure that out?
Two comments, We don't want or expect our polititians to make a career out of
going to Washington and quit spending us into the poor house.Not
seeing his demise coming only a few months ago tells me that even though he's a
nice man, he's like the rest of our polititians, he just doesn't get it.....
I do not think this was against Bennett as much as it is against and tired of
the "good ole boys" and Hatch I hope is next. If Lee doesn't do the
job, it will be easier to bump him out. I wish Bennett the best.
Bob Bennett has been a rather rare breed in Washington: Honest, principled,
intelligent, insightful, and not given to hysteria. And totally loyal to his
State. Unfortunately, this is not what a majority of the Utah Tea Party
activists wanted in a Senator. Utah -- and more importantly, perhaps, the
country -- has lost one of the great statesmen of our time.
Thank you, Bob, for your years of service. It has been very appreciated, and I
wish you well in the future. Too many people fail to realize that the Senate
was not your career, but a vehicle for you to serve after you had an extremely
successful business career. To those who continue to attack this
good man as he leaves public service, I hope that you will show respect and
appreciation towards a man who did what he thought was best for Utah and the
country, and made many personal sacrifices to do so. You may not agree with him
completely, but he has earned and deserves our respect and thanks. The election
is over. Stop the criticism and personal attacks. Show some grace and class --
Senator Bennett has earned at least that!
It's stunning to me that so many people are eager to kick this good man on his
way out. He was an outstanding senator, and I wish him all the best. As for "earmarks, earmarks, earmarks," those who complain about such
would rather have President Obama decide how federal money is spent instead of
their own representatives. Earmarks are simply Congress exercising its
constitutional authority to direct federal funds. Eliminating them doesn't lower
the budget by a single dime. And now that Orrin Hatch is trying to pretend he's
a tea partier, it will be very interesting to see where all you people are in
two years as Mike Lee and Tea Party Orrin deliberately abandon the state's
I'm not sure that "bringing billions of dollars" of federal money back
to his home state is something that should be lauded.It's actually
part of the problem.
A nice tribute to a Senator whose depature is a significant loss to Utah and to
the nation. The comment above the he was in the "dime a dozen" crowd
reflects an ignorance about DC that is almost as frightening as the anger of the
radical right (no, not "principled Republicans"). Bennett was a rare
leader who simply got things done without seeking the camera (i.e., Hatch).
History will look back and attribute his loss to a populist movement that like
most populist movements had good intentions, but whose extremist elements
eventually will exasperate the good sense of the majority. The sorry part,
however, is that at a time when one of the Nation's most important institutions
- the U.S. Senate - needs good, sound people like Bennett, it will instead be
poisoned by agitators and self-inflated egoists like Mike Lee. At least it will
be good theatre, but at what cost?
@KMTerm limits are called a ballot box. What happens
when the beloved Tea Partier Mike Lee hits 12 years - will you also be calling
for term limits?
Never met a more arrogant, self absorbed man in my life. He would not talk to
you if you were not politically important to him. He is an was a political
elitist and one we can say goodbye to with no regret.
I was there when Bob Bennett promised the people of Utah, that he would serve
only 2 terms (12 years). He got 3 terms (18) years and wanted 6 more.I was there when he stated on Larry King, during the Clinton Impeachment
hearings, that Andrew Jackson was Impeached and he is now on the 20 dollar
bill.Memo to Bob;That was Andrew Johnson who was
impeached and he is not on the 20 dollar bill.I was there to witness
Bob Bennett single handedly kill the Constitutional Amendment to protect the
flag. His yea, would have sent it to the States.And we all witnessed
Mr. Bennet's temper tantrum when the people of Utah decided that they wanted a
"True Conservative", representing them and not another RINO.Good riddance Bob, enjoy your multi-million dollar retirement funded by the
taxpayers and never forget, that you were sent to serve the people of Utah and
not the other way around.On deck and next to be sent packing.....Orrin Hatch.Move over, it's the Next Generations turn, as
the Founding Fathers intended.
From the article:"Over the course of his career, Bennett's even
temper and willingness to work with "the other side" earned him
senior-level positions on influential Senate committees and respect from the top
leaders of the country but it also cost him the re-election."============What a shame.
You serve, do the best you can, then leave. Politics should be considered a
public service, and an act of a statesmen, not a career.
Bennet is the best senator I've had in the 25 years I've been living in Utah.
Of course, that's out of a field of three.
@Bluto - His "temper tantrum?" You mean when, handed a tremendous
defeat, he instantly and graciously vowed to support the Republican nominee and
broke down in tears as he thanked his family and his staff? Were we at the same
convention?His "multi-million dollar retirement," which is
exactly the same federal retirement plan earned by all federal employees,
including those at Hill Air Force Base? He will have to live several more
decades to collect "multi-millions" from it. It seems you're more
interested in nasty rhetoric than facts. @Helooo, I have met the
good senator on several occasions and would classify myself as completely and
totally "politically unimportant." Yes, he spoke to me, was kind to
me, and was equally kind to all those around him. Please remember
that this is a decent and good human being you're vilifying based solely on the
political fashions of the day.
Excuse me, but Bennett's comment about D.C. being filled with politicians who
are dedicated to doing the right thing is ludicrous. Washington is a cesspool
of liars and hypocrits who are there for self-serving purposes, and not for the
general good of the people or this nation, with only a few exceptions.
Mr. Bennett's attitude with those who disagreed with him was one of an elitist.
His supporters feel the same way. They believe you have to compromise principle
and morality, and commitment to your constituency to be a successful Senator.
Pork should be fought not sought... something this 'class' has
forgotten in their drunken stupor for Federal dollars. Those calling
for comments to 'Show some class', need to remember that many of Bennett's
supporters backed a Democrat in November. Very classy....Thank GOD
some of us have started to demand accountability from those who are meant to
Term limits exist...we vote them out when we no longer agree with their voting.
We don't need a law to prevent people from serving if they're doing a good job;
he wasn't, he's gone. Next it will be HATCH (hopefully). Hatch has betrayed what
he once stood for. As Deseret News reported a few monhts ago, Hatch said of
repealing health care, "It's harder than you think" as if to say
"Why try." When asked why elected officials aren't forced to live
under the laws they pass, he said "That might cause more harm than
good." Yup, time for Hatch and Bennett to become fishing buddies.
@JerseyGirlWhere have you been?Graciously supported Lee?
Are you kidding?He spent weeks deciding whether or not he would run
as an Independent!He is still currently bashing the Tea Party
movement and their ideals!This guy was raised as a Senator's Son.
Most of his early and teenage years were spent in Washington DC.In
touch with Utah? Not! When Jake Garn retired with his 5 Million
Dollar "Campaign Fund Nestegg" (now illegal), he promtly moved to his
multi-million dollar Park City home.Then Bob Bennett was literally
"Appointed" to fill his shoes.You have alot to learn about
Public Service. If you think a Senator's Pension is equal to my
Father-in-Law's, who spent 20 years in the military and 28 more at Hill Air
force Base, as a civilian, you're naive.It will take Bennett just 4
years to receive his first million from the taxpayers.Bennett's
retirement package is 4-5 times what a Federal employee receives.Congressmen have to serve only 2 terms to receive 90% of their last salary,
for their lifetime!Good man yes.... also a very Out Of Touch
Senator Bennett is a casualty of the ever blurring lines between bureaucracy and
corpocracy, not to mention the hazards of breaking Constitutional law for the
sake of the corporation of the UNITED STATES. He fell because he was incapable
of serving two masters. Enough Utahns have finally decided to
decipher what is causing the downfall of our beautiful country and we have
apparently learned the truth before Mr. Bennett. And we are now intelligently
taking action to stop this ridiculous mess that we are in. The sleeping giant is
awake. I implore Senator Hatch to quickly get up to speed with your constituency
before you too become a hiss and a byword. Remember Sir, this a
country for, by and of the People, not the private property of the Corporation
of the UNITED STATES located in Washington DC.
It was way past time for Bennett to step down and Hatch is next. The time has
come to hold the thieves and robbers in Washington accountable for the sea of
red ink we and future generations are now burdened with.
Jersey GirlOur nation is being overrun with illegal aliens, whether
you realize it or not, it is having a devastating effect on the country. This is
not "immigration" it is a wholesale invasion and will destroy this
country. Financially we are almost bankrupt thanks to TARP and an out
of control administration. Your "good man" Bennett voted for TARP and
was about to vote for the omnibus spending bill that would have been an even
greater disaster. Senators take an oath to defend our borders and our
nation. Your "good man" has done everything he could to pass rewards
for those who are invading the U.S. Thankfully his own party decided to boot him
out before he could do any more damage. He has never represented the people of
Utah, he has always represented corporate interests and his fellow Senators all
know it. They have said for years that he is the big business Senator.
If they can see that why can't you? Bennett is a sell out RINO and he can't go
soon enough for most of us.
I stand corrected...It was Senator Hatch that argued his predecessor had been in
too long and it was time for a change. Was that nearly 30 years ago?
CJ:It's impossible for TARP to have bankrupted us, because the money
has been almost entirely paid back, and it's looking likely that, in the end,
the government will make money on the deal. That and the fact that we avoided an
international financial meltdown as a result is kind of nice, too. Shelving the Omnibus Bill hasn't saved the government any money, either. All
it's done is postpone spending, not cut or eliminate it. The Omnibus Bill was
reflective of the budget ceiling demanded by Republicans over the summer, which
is why Senator McConnell and the GOP leadership backed the bill until they
decided to play politics with it. The rest of your accusations are
silly. He's "done everything he could to pass rewards for those who are
invading the U.S?" Nonsense. "He has never represented the people of
Utah?" Hooey. And saying his fellow Senators don't respect him is provably
untrue.You can hate him all you want, but you can't get away with
making stuff up.
We need more moderates?! UG!I think everyone knows the debt, its
approaching $14 trillion. Have you considered non-discretionary spending? This
is called America's obligation. It is what we "have to pay" regardless
of whether or not we can afford it. If you count all of the promises made by the
great moderates like Bob Bennett the debt and obligation screams upwards to over
$100 trillion! That is with a "T", not a mistype.We have
'moderated' ourselves into insolvencey. Economists are now talking about the
Federal Reserve being insolvent. They are debating what happens if/when America
defaults on our national debt. Many insist that it will happen, not a matter of
if but simply when. By 2020 the interest on our national debt will run over $1
trillion a year, that is just interest!Disagreeing with Bennett on
what is spent is one debate. On how much is another. For Bennett and the many
great moderates like him, debt does not matter. Oh vey!
Bennett served his time...he is done, thank you very much. He seems to forget
that he was all for "term limits" when he was running for office, but
the voters in Utah did not forget that. It might of taken us awhile, but finally
we let him retire!
I'm extremely happy he is gone. He was absolutely part of the problem. Hatch is
also part of the problem and he is next and I for one will keep trying to
identify those that are the problem and get rid of them as well.
For such a privileged elitist, Sen. Bennett's exit has been wholly lacking in
class. It's always difficult to watch a spoiled person, convinced of their own
righteous entitlement, flail about as they realize that, finally, the answer
will be "No."
I am still in favor of term limits for senators and representatives, because
even if they do a good job after years in office, they can so easily let power
go to their heads and not represent their districts.That said,
though, I do admire Bennett's ability to work together with others, something
that is going away with the extremism of tea partiers who thrive on feel-good
rhetoric without logical solutions to the nation's problems. I'd rather have
Bennett in than Chaffetz ANY DAY.
So, Bob goes from being a paid off corporate lobbyist puppet to becoming a
lobbyist himself.All career politicians become too embedded.Seeya Bob, fresh blood awaits.
It seems to me the pro-Bennett post on this article are from the east and west
coast liberal states. Bennett spent recklessly and ignored sound constitutional
policy. He moved this country ever closer to socialistic slavery and economic
bondage. He became a mamber of the "power elite", and betrayed the
trust of his constituants. He consistantly voted for big government socialistic
programs and expendatures. If this country decends into bondage and slavery to
the government, Bennett and his ilk will be mostly responsible....
Thank you for your service.
I am proud of Utah for having the good sense not to reelect Sen. Bennett. There
is no doubt he has done good in his career, but Washington has gotten to him and
it is time for him to move on, for his good and the good of the state. If he thinks that this election is the end of the world, then that
proves that he was in there too long. He may be interested to learn that people
have satisfying and highly productive lives that don't involve politics. Perhaps he could spend time doing things that matter more, oh, like
going on a mission. I like to think that after all these years in Washington
that he still has a testimony left in there. How about it Senator?
When politicians like Bennett pander more to illegals from mexico than to their
own constituents, then they truly have lost touch with the people of Utah and
it's definitely time for them to RETIRE. Are you getting the
message yet, Orrin Hatch, Mark Shurtleff, Ralph Becker, Chris Burbank?
Bob Bennett did a commendable job as Senator for the State of Utah and I'm
grateful for the service which he gave to our State and our Country.I'm very troubled with the direction my Republican party is headed. I
identify with Ronald Reagan so I struggle to find common ground with the new
brand of conservatives (libertarians). I'm going to try and explain
this as simply as I can. When the Federal Government invested billions of
dollars in projects like Utah's Central Utah Water Project or UDOT's overhaul of
I15 through Salt Lake County, it was doing something that quite frankly, the
state could not afford at the time. The state grew in proportion to those
projects, people payed their taxes and the projects paid for themselves
(growth). You need powerful senators (especially when you only have
a small number of congressmen) to make this federal funding happen and Senators
only become powerful it they have a spot in committees and have several terms
under their belts.Utah is now one of the fastest growing economic
states in the Union. Thank you Senator Bennett.