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The Bennett lesson: All incumbents beware
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Posted on 05/09/2010 6:02:57 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

The Bennett lesson: All incumbents beware By: David Catanese May 9, 2010 07:28 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY — It's on. The first incumbent of the 2010 election year crashed and burned Saturday, and there's ample cause for alarm for officeholders everywhere.

There was no personal scandal, no whiff of corruption, no silver bullet here.

Republican Sen. Robert Bennett was one of the most powerful and likable members of the Senate, he diligently protected Utah’s interests from his post in GOP leadership and he funneled millions of dollars back to his state as an appropriator.

But Utah Republicans didn't care. In fact, that's exactly why they tossed him out in a humbling second ballot vote at the state party convention.

The circumstances surrounding his downfall were unique to Utah with its state convention process, yet there was an unmistakable message to incumbents on both sides of the aisle: This is no ordinary year, and the ordinary, time-honored methods of winning votes may not be enough.

For Republicans who are measuring the drapes in anticipation of reclaiming power, Bennett’s loss should be sobering. If the anti-Washington and tea party winds keep blowing this strong, some of them could be measuring their own political graves.

To one degree or another, all the national polls reflect the deep-seated unrest. The congressional job disapproval rating registered 72 percent when Gallup measured it last month. In a late April Washington Post/ABC News poll, 57 percent said they were “inclined to look around for someone else to vote for,” compared to just 32 percent who said they were inclined to re-elect their representative. Those results are slightly worse than on the eve of the 1994 election, when the same poll found 56 percent would look around and 37 percent would vote to re-elect.

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KEYWORDS: bennett; getemout; mccain; saynotorinos
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1 posted on 05/09/2010 6:02:57 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Tea Party Victory...We no longer want ‘Compassionate Conservatives’ what a joke they are. They only grow big governments at a slightly slower speed than the Socialist Democrats. I want a real choice. Even if they lose. The Socialists will eventually be exposed. Give me a real choice between Communism and Capitalism.


2 posted on 05/09/2010 6:06:34 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: screaminsunshine

I hhope they get the Message we Dont send you to Washington to get along with Socialists and Communists,there is no Bipartisanship with the Devil.

We send you to Washington to Protect and defend the Constitution.DO IT ,then go home and give someone else a Chance it is not a Lifetime Career.
THROW ALL THE BUMS OUT ,Im sick of the all the Crap ,the Lies ,the Half Truths and Corruption ENOUGH!!!!!!


3 posted on 05/09/2010 6:11:44 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Sub-Driver

I think this is crazy and stupid. It reminds me of the French Revolution where anyone who ever wore a wig was guillotined, even scholars and great French thinkers.

The Tea Partyers hated Bennett; they hate Rick Santorum; they hate Gov. Perry; they hate Carly Fiorina (God only knows why); now they even hate Sarah Palin.

I have been to four Tea Parties and supported them strongly.

But I will have to re-think my support - they’re becoming as vicious as Democrats. Their actions will only lead to Democrat victories.


4 posted on 05/09/2010 6:12:52 AM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Republican incumbants beware, Dems are happy w/their commie reps.


5 posted on 05/09/2010 6:14:17 AM PDT by bray (Keep the communism, I want Freedom!)
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To: ballplayer

Well said. I think Americans are waking up.


6 posted on 05/09/2010 6:15:13 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: ballplayer

Wonder if Lindsay Getalong or John McNasty will be able to read these Tea Leaves?


7 posted on 05/09/2010 6:16:21 AM PDT by pointsal
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To: Sub-Driver

I think I read somewhere that Bennett would have been 83 after this term.

Why do these people think they shopuld be allowed to die in office. Mr. Bennett needs to get along and get a life as a retired person. We have too many old time ,life time, politicians in office now. Especially old time RINO’s


8 posted on 05/09/2010 6:16:35 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: eCSMaster

I don’t hate Bennett or Santorum. Fiorina and Perry are dorks.


9 posted on 05/09/2010 6:17:34 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Like I said earlier, it was a fair, direct, and serious “shot over the bow” to Orrin Hatch.

Whom, while often good on issues, has been wobbly on others, like amnesty and the DREAM Act, among other RINO things.

I went to Walmart today. I’m not a Walmart fan, because I hate big stores. But it’s the only place you can get Italian bread. I was in the store for a grand total of 30 minutes. In that time, I interacted with at least 40 amigas. Spoke not one word of English, pushing carts that had a bare minimum of two toddlers in them. And every single one of them was pregnant. I don’t know if they all used EBT cards because I didn’t follow them, yet I have my suspicions.

The people of Utah are mad. I’m in S. Utah, about 5-6 miles from the AZ border and less than 2 hrs from Las Vegas’ toxic economy.

Make no mistake. This move wasn’t intended to get Bob Bennett’s attention: It is intended to get Orrin Hatch’s attention.


10 posted on 05/09/2010 6:19:03 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Venturer

Bennett, who is 76, broke a promise he made during his initial campaign to only serve two terms


11 posted on 05/09/2010 6:19:24 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: eCSMaster

Well, you’re wrong about this particular contest at least. There’s no way Utahans will elect a Dem to this seat. Whoever gets the nod from the Republican convention will win.


12 posted on 05/09/2010 6:20:07 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: pointsal
McCain has already read the Tea leaves along time ago. That is way he asked for Palin’s help, got tough on border security, disowned the term maverick etc.

Graham thinks he is safe since he has 5 years to go before reelection yet even he is beginning to understand the deep currents that are shifting.

13 posted on 05/09/2010 6:21:15 AM PDT by unseen1
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To: ballplayer

OK, despite the horrific syntax and grammar abuse......I strongly applaud your post. Agree completely.


14 posted on 05/09/2010 6:22:12 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: screaminsunshine
It is time the hierarchy come to grips with what is going on. Mitch McConnel needs to be the next to go.He ran Jim Bunning out because he was not his lackey. The problem with Congress is the leadership and it is time to take a stand against this arm twisting especially when it is not good for the country and only a show of power. McConnell is no different than Reid and Pelosi.
15 posted on 05/09/2010 6:22:53 AM PDT by RocketRoland
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To: eCSMaster
I don't hate Santorum. I see why Bennett had to go. I see why Perry was opposed. I don't like fake conservatives so I don't care for Fiorina. And I don't hate Sarah Palin.

You paint with too broad a brush.

16 posted on 05/09/2010 6:23:59 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (No apologies.)
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To: Sub-Driver

De-mint would be the best choice to replace that old RINO.


17 posted on 05/09/2010 6:24:22 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: screaminsunshine

Peaceful revolution is in the air. The powers to be in the Republican Party ignore us at their peril. We need to hold them accountable for the mess we are in because of the candidates they put forward and the incumbents they support. Unfortunately, the Republicans on Long Island are not getting this message and seem ready to throw their support behind a RINO, John Gomez, with a famous friend. Mr Gomez only recently registered as a Republican and has no chance of beating Congressman Steve Israel. In addition, his recent conversion to the Republican Party makes him ineligible to run in a primary. The RINOs on Long Island are usurping the rights of we the people in Congressional District 2 to vote for the candidate of our choice. Steve Labate is a true patriot who will work to stop this communist takeover of our country. American’s need to wake up and realize that the enemy within is destroying our country. Lt Col Labate has served in the military for 18 years and has served his country in Iraq. He has been an active member of the Conservative Society for Action, who helped elect the first tea party candidate, Dean Murray. Steve Labate’s campaign has raised more money from far more donors than John Gomez. Supporting candidates like Mr Gomez is exactly why these liberal, radicals keep getting elected in New York.We need to defeat Congressman Steve Israel who has marched in lock step with this administration’s radical agenda. When the Republicans and Conservatives put up RINOs and CINOs for candidates, the only one who benefits is the Democratic candidate. Voters see no difference between the two parties and therefore, continue with the status quo. We the people are fed up with politics as usual. We want principled candidates with proven track records of supporting the ideals of the US Constitution. John Gomez is just another empty suit whose candidacy will assure the re-election of the Steve Israel. If you’re interested in reading more about the RINO and CINO shenanigan’s, you can visit my blog: http://longislandpatriot.wordpress.com/.


18 posted on 05/09/2010 6:24:46 AM PDT by swimmom22
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To: eCSMaster

You can’t let a few good apples save a whole rotten barrel.


19 posted on 05/09/2010 6:25:16 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: saganite

Maybe we will get the first Tea Party Senator.


20 posted on 05/09/2010 6:25:56 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: eCSMaster
It's not all Tea partiers that hate Gov Perry, or Santorum or Palin.

Mostly Ron Paul supporters and others like Mitt supporters that are simply fanning the flames of anti-Palin rethoric.

the fact is that Bennett made his own bed by agreeing with the most hated socialist policies to come out of DC in a generation.

Perry, Palin, Santorum and others are if not a fav of most Tea Partiers then at least people that Tea partiers can/will support when faced with the other choices.

21 posted on 05/09/2010 6:26:02 AM PDT by unseen1
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To: Sub-Driver
For others, their vote was primarily about adherence to orthodoxy on fiscal issues, a unifying cause of the tea party movement. It didn't matter to them that Bennett favors gun rights, tougher immigration laws and even voted against President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.

Tougher immigration laws? Oh really. The reporting on this Bennett story has been strange. They always mention that his vote for TARP was unpopular, but I have read several articles a not one mentions that he voted for amnesty.

Utah threw out Chris Cannon because of his pro-amnesty stances. It's as if the MSM does not want to attribute any of Bennett's downfall to his pro-amnesty votes.

22 posted on 05/09/2010 6:26:04 AM PDT by Will88
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To: bray

Support for the dems is lukewarm at most, except for the paid off unions. Bennett had his good conservative points, but he supported the bailouts and compromised with the progressives.

People still do not get the gist of the Tea Party movement: conservatives want the Constitution upheld and Western civilization preserved. COMPROMISE OF PRINCIPLE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. That is why they are waivng Bennett’s scalp, why Rand Paul is going to win the Republican Primary in KY, and why Mitch McConnell is going to be replaced in 2014.


23 posted on 05/09/2010 6:26:42 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: Sub-Driver

The libs have pushed this fight.
They went over board with their socialist push and the pendulum is about to swing back hard the other way.
“moderate” pubbies and libs everywhere should beware cause like Bennett many are about to lose their “career”.
Oh yeah and about that white guilt vote that got obammy elected, well that guilt b.s. is over.


24 posted on 05/09/2010 6:26:46 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (Just say NO to RINOs. (FUBO))
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25 posted on 05/09/2010 6:26:56 AM PDT by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: Sub-Driver
Republican Sen. Robert Bennett was one of the most powerful and likable members of the Senate, he diligently protected Utah’s interests from his post in GOP leadership and he funneled millions of dollars back to his state as an appropriator.

Yeah and who pays for that pork? Bennett also supported amnesty and large guest worker programs. He had a 64 ACU rating in 2008. Throw the bastards out.

26 posted on 05/09/2010 6:29:04 AM PDT by kabar
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To: eCSMaster
“But I will have to re-think my support - they’re becoming as vicious as Democrats.”

I've seen no evidence of that. What “viciousness” there has been has been SEIU plants. As far as “tea party support” for against any particular candidate, as I see it, the “tea party” isn't about promoting specific candidates, it's about awakening voters to the real tragedy that the government has become.

I, for one, am sick and tired of republicans that won't stand up against the nonsense. If they are going to jump on the bandwagon echoing the liberal medias talking point “du jour”, we don't need them. Where are the Republicans exposing the lies about “cap and trade”? Where are the Republicans standing firm with Arizona and denouncing the media scum's lies?

The media is playing us like a fiddle, and they need taken down. The Obama regime is busy working to get the FCC to take over the only free source of information left.

There will be a revolution. The only question is will the communists be left standing or be driven into the dustbins of history?

27 posted on 05/09/2010 6:32:47 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: Sub-Driver

I will not vote for ANY politician who is now in office. Get rid of every one. At the very least, it will cost the people who have bought and paid for our current crop of traitors a lot of money.


28 posted on 05/09/2010 6:41:19 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: eCSMaster

If there is an incumbent who actually fights for the conservative cause instead of resting on their laurels and being content with a little pork for their constituents, then vote them back in. But if they are living large on the government teat and doing nothing but protecting their jobs and taking care of special interests then they need to go.

Too many of our politicians lose their fire, they get fat and lazy, they get too chummy with the enemy and the special interests. We have voted the moderates in time and time again, assuring ourselves that they are better than the blazing liberals, only to find out that they’re not.


29 posted on 05/09/2010 6:44:36 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Sub-Driver

btt


30 posted on 05/09/2010 7:03:03 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: unseen1
Correct, the paulistas continue to fan the embers against Palin and any other Conservative who they think stands between them and ronpaul becoming emperor.

Some of Paul's ideas are good, its just he has an undying tendency to go nutty WAY TOO OFTEN and his paulistas may be worse.

The Tea Parties we've been to in Texas have very few kookes (mostly internet radio nutz), but by far the most part are common sense good folks against this dem/lib socialism junk. Have not seen one anti-Perry or anti-Palin!

31 posted on 05/09/2010 7:04:22 AM PDT by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: tiki
Too many of our politicians lose their fire, they get fat and lazy, they get too chummy with the enemy and the special interests.




32 posted on 05/09/2010 7:05:03 AM PDT by cbkaty (Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy---W Churchill)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes!!! This is exactly what needs to happen. Kick these rino country club republicans asses out in the primaries!


33 posted on 05/09/2010 7:05:06 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: ballplayer

Correct.

Alligators, sharks and snakes do not negotiate in good faith. They don’t negotiate at all, even if politicians want to think they do.


34 posted on 05/09/2010 7:05:57 AM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: eCSMaster

Pragmatic politics of the past led to incremental socialism. Keeping old pols in place simply because they are slightly better than Democrats keeps that process in place. It has led to national bankruptcies around the world. We’re on track to match.

People will recognize a real conservative when he courageously stands up and says “I promise to cut this, this, this, and this.” Name me more than one or two present prominent Republicans who have. Instead, like Bennett, they cower in the face of negative press attacks, cave, and then play the earmark game. Sorry, I’ve had enough.


35 posted on 05/09/2010 7:08:36 AM PDT by qwertypie
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To: pointsal
Wonder if Lindsay Getalong or John McNasty will be able to read these Tea Leaves?

They are darn sure trying too. Have you seen and heard their 180's lately? They've had their time to prove themselves, and FAILED miserably.

KICK THE RINOS OUT!

36 posted on 05/09/2010 7:11:05 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: cbkaty

37 posted on 05/09/2010 7:13:51 AM PDT by cbkaty (Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy---W Churchill)
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To: dusttoyou

Re: Perry, I saw and have talked to plenty of TEA Partiers who don’t particularly care for Perry. However, they voted for him because they didn’t want a Washington insider, KBH, in his place. And they’ll vote for him in the governor’s race vs Dem White.

Re: Palin, I’ve met a few TEA Partiers who have bought into the LSM’s “unelectable” bilge, but they are coming around. Have met a few more who are getting upset at some of Palin’s endorsements. However, Palin went a long way reassuring them with her tweet (!!!) about Fiorina. The (!!!) is there because Palin reached more people with a simple tweet than most politicans could reach with a prime time presser!


38 posted on 05/09/2010 7:20:57 AM PDT by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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To: Sub-Driver
For Republicans who are measuring the drapes in anticipation of reclaiming power, Bennett’s loss should be sobering. If the anti-Washington and tea party winds keep blowing this strong, some of them could be measuring their own political graves.

The Republicans in greatest danger are the so-called "moderates" for whom "bipartisanship" means supporting the Reid-Pelosi ultra-left agenda. They are in greater danger in their primaries than they are in the general election.

Two kinds of Democrats are in trouble: Democrats of any stripe in Republican strongholds and Democrats in Democrat strongholds who haven't been sufficiently Marxist in their orientation.

What this means is, Democrats are going to get SHELLACKED across the board in November, and the new Congress will be more hardcore. That is, the remaining Democrats overall will be ideologically harder-left and ascendant Republicans overall will be ideologically harder-right.

39 posted on 05/09/2010 7:21:22 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: qwertypie
Pragmatic politics of the past led to incremental socialism. Keeping old pols in place simply because they are slightly better than Democrats keeps that process in place.

Excellent point!! What I think we missed is thinking moderates/rinos were "slightly" better than the dems, but what we failed to realize is the enemy within is much more harmful than the enemy outside in this day and age. The John McCain's brought this country Obama, the socialist because he told the country we didn't have to FEAR Obama. That was the huge rinoistic assholical statement right there, which definitely lost him the Presidency.

40 posted on 05/09/2010 7:22:36 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: eCSMaster
even scholars and great French thinkers.

A) Bennett isn't a great scholar or thinker, and B) Lee and Bridgewater are eminently qualified. Don't let the door hit you on the ass.

41 posted on 05/09/2010 7:25:11 AM PDT by InternetTuffGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

fry them all...


42 posted on 05/09/2010 7:29:20 AM PDT by phockthis
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To: piytar

Can not argue with what you say.

Gov. Goodhair sure ain’t the perfect one, but he’s the best we had between KBH and dem white. Texas was lucky medina showed her paulistas nuttiness in time for conservatives to see the real debra (THANK YOU, Glenn Beck!!!).

Sarah, had some obligation to juan mclame and that (thankfully) has come and gone.


43 posted on 05/09/2010 7:29:21 AM PDT by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: Sub-Driver
I would love to see a congress that passed no laws!

Hell I would like to see one that removed stupid laws and regulations...........but I live in a fantasy world.

I really hate it when a elected official says " I passed this law"

Indiana, used to have a republican attorney general who ran for re-election on one topic..............I passed the no call phone list..

That was in his opinion his greatest accomplishment.

44 posted on 05/09/2010 7:38:28 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m in a dilemma over the Montana House of Representatives incumbent Denny Rehberg, he is a conservative, I like him BUT he voted “yes” to exclude the anointed ones to be excluded from the health care we will have forced on us. It really, really bothers me. There is a man, Mark French, that is setting up to run against him for the Republican seat. He’s a “Constitutional Republican” with conservative values I can support. Question is, is Rehberg’s yes vote on exclusion from participation in the forced government health care a reason to vote out a consistently conservative representative? I did write to Rehberg about this, he always answers letters, no answer on this one though. Anyone have thoughts on this?


45 posted on 05/09/2010 7:51:21 AM PDT by MontanaBeth (Miles to go...)
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To: tiki
"If there is an incumbent who actually fights for the conservative cause instead of resting on their laurels and being content with a little pork for their constituents, then vote them back in."

James Inhofe comes to mind. He has been relentless in his opposition to the enviromentalist whacko crowd and the cynical opportunists like Algore, et.al., who use them to advance their money-making schemes on the backs of taxpayers.

46 posted on 05/09/2010 7:52:34 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Jim Wallis speaks for Christians the same way that Jesse Jackson speaks for all blacks.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It is good to see Bob Bennett go. Bennett was your typical “George W.Bush” Republican. We need those like we need a hole in the head.


47 posted on 05/09/2010 7:56:40 AM PDT by AlanD
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To: MontanaBeth

Sorry obviously made a posting error on punctuation, hope you can understand my post.


48 posted on 05/09/2010 8:00:21 AM PDT by MontanaBeth (Miles to go...)
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To: Sub-Driver
re: There was no personal scandal, no whiff of corruption, no silver bullet here.

_____________

RIGHT. Just an old CON-MAN politician who needed to go graze in the grass.

Bennett was/is an old-time bum.

49 posted on 05/09/2010 8:09:58 AM PDT by ICAB9USA (I cut off part of my middle finger .......... it almost rendered me mute. -- Rahm Emanuel)
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To: sirchtruth
"The John McCain's brought this country Obama, the socialist because he told the country we didn't have to FEAR Obama..."

That was only one of the infuriating statements that McCain made during his campaign. He is merely a panderer and has proven over and over again that he lacks discernment and wisdom. He isn't a leader.

50 posted on 05/09/2010 8:10:03 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obama: Let's Pursue Reparations Through Legislation Rather Than the Courts)
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