Unless Sen. Bob Bennett’s political fortunes change dramatically in the next two weeks, he could become Utah’s first incumbent U.S. senator to lose his party’s nomination in seven decades.
A new Salt Lake Tribune poll of Republican delegates shows Bennett running in third, behind GOP challengers Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater.
Lee logged 37 percent support in the survey, while Bridgewater came in at 20 percent, and Bennett lagged at 16 percent.
The survey of 400 Republican delegates, with a 4.4 percent margin of error, was conducted April 22-25 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C. It comes less than two weeks before the May 8 state GOP convention.
Now Bob Bennett is not a bad guy. He has good views on the education system, and a strong faith-based lifestyle – not much in the way of scandal or immorality to speak of. So why is this basically upright man going to lose his job? Because he’s a RINO – plain and simple. And now it appears he’s going to reap what he hath sown. (For your Biblical types, see Gal 6:7)
Bennett’s biggest liability, Coker (of Mason Dixon Polling) said, is that delegates have a negative view of the senator: Just 28 percent see him favorably while 61 percent view him unfavorably.
Darren Park, a delegate from Riverton, is one of those. He hasn’t decided between backing Lee or Bridgewater, but says he won’t vote for Bennett because of the senator’s health care proposal, which would have required individuals to buy health care, and his support for the first round of bank bailouts during the Bush administration.
“It’s very much about Senator Bennett and not only what he has done and what he didn’t do,” Park said, in opposing congressional actions “that are incompatible, I believe, with the values and principles most Utahns share.”
So there’s the first of what is sure to many RINOs (Republicans in Name thrown Out) in this upcoming race. The template is created. The die is cast. We the people want Conservative values in government, not in name only – and not just in election years (you listening, Cousin McCain?). Let’s keep the pressure on those RINOs! I know John Doe will!