Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 9, 2010

`      The big political news today is that the Tea Party won one.  They knocked off an incumbent.  The odd part is that the incumbent they knocked off is a conservative, GOP Senator Robert Bennett of Utah.      Conservative?  Oh yes.  Opposes abortion.  Voted against benefits for dependents of gay and lesbian federal employees.  For the flat tax.  I could go on, but you get the idea.      Bennett finished third in the second round of balloting at the GOP state convention in Salt Lake City.  Men named Tim Bridgewater and Mike Lee--a Tea Party favorite, stories say--will meet in a June primary to decide the nomination.  Politics Daily reports that when the vote was announced, delegates shouted, "He's gone! He's gone!" and waved "Don't Tread on Me" flags--a Tea Party symbol.      Utah, of course, is a very conservative state and the Senate seat will probably stay Republican.  But this won't work nationally, Partiers.  If the conservative beats the moderate in Republican primaries in, say, Illinois or Ohio or Pennsylvania, that's good news for the Democrats.  Maybe they'll throw a party then...with tea.
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