Some time back I wrote a post about Senator Bob Bennett and his involvement in what many have called decidedly non-conservative votes from someone who is supposed to be a conservative senator from a very conservative state. In that post I mentioned some of what I felt were the ills of voting for someone in office simply because they were a mormon. I know that I received some flack from some Bennett supporters, and I even remember thinking that perhaps I was might have been a bit harsh on the man.
Then comes the republican primaries in Utah. Three time senator and high ranking committee member Bob Bennett didn't even make it out of the starting gate. He was voted out of office in the primaries! Wow, who would have thought it? Well apparently enough of his constituents because he didn't even garner a third of votes between the three candidates.
So what does this all mean? Many in the media have had to swallow their tongues as they have in the past dismissed the tea party movement as one that is a small bunch of radicals. I would ask Bob Bennett if he feels they are a small group? Regardless of their numbers, their influence is spreading. It would seem that many, at least in Utah, are fed up with the status quo and want it gone. Florida's governor decided to leave his bid for re-election knowing that his fate was the same as that of Bob Bennett.
So, what now America? Democrats aren't going to have an easy time either. Because the tea party movement is flexing its muscle towards both parties, and since tea party folk tend to lean to the fiscally conservative side, what does that hold for the future of this country and is it a good thing?
From my perspective I do feel that the removal of Bob Bennett is in order. Regardless of policy the man is old and has served his time. The country is where it is today in part because of his efforts. And if we want a better place, then we need a better senator. Lets hope his replacements can fill that void.