Bob Bennett gave a sore loser press conference in which he complained about outsiders influencing the Utah election.
I found the speech odd as Mr. Bennett's campaign was launched by Newt Gingrich ... who just happens to be a powerbroker from outside Utah.
I like Mr. Bennett as a person, but his campaigns always had little twists that negated his message. For example, I recall that, 18 years ago, Mr. Bennett ran on term limits.
Mr. Bennett also had a tendency to run as an outsider when he happens to be the son of a Senator in an aristocratic family. In other speeches he cited the funds his family paid in the clean up of the Bennett Paint.
To Mr. Bennett's favor, I disliked that his opponents kept used the label RINO, when Bennett is the quintessential statesman that the traditional Republican Party tends to favor.
I pointed out in an early post. The big problem of the Republican Party is that the traditional statesman committed to process of bi-partisan compromise have become a tool of the progressive left that treats compromise as steps on the progress to socialism.
The power of the Federal government grew at a rapid pace and personal liberty greatly diminished during the years that Bennett served as Senator and the people of Utah are angry.
It appears that Bennett's defeat was largely the result of Utahans who are upset that the Republicans failed to stem the growth of the Federal Government.
I went to both tea party rallies and the Republican Caucus. The people upset with Bennett appeared to be your standard, dyed-in-the-wool Utahans.
The only remorse I have about the Utah Senate race is that Senator Bennett has become so out of touch with his constituents during the last two decades in Washington that he failed to see the extent to which Republicans in the state want new leadership.
Because Bennett did not step down when his time was due, the candidate base for the Senate position was less than it would have been if he had stepped down.
I dislike the roles that incumbancy and seniority play in our elections and governance. My typical response to incumbancy is: When in doubt, vote them out. Yet I can't imagine anything worse than being considered the frontrunner in a race and to come in last.