PajamasMedia and Hot Air both have the story about the “tragic” inability of the GOP incumbent, Senator Bob Bennett – a progressive “compassionate” conservative who supported the TARP bailouts – to even make it through Utah’s GOP convention to receive the party’s nomination for the general election.
Instead, GOPers will choose between attorney Mike Lee (R) and business consultant Tim Bridgewater (R), who will advance to a third ballot. If neither candidate receives 60% of the vote, they will face off in a June 22 primary. … Bennett, the 3-term incumbent with a largely conservative record, is the first victim of an angry GOP primary electorate, which is upset with his votes over TARP legislation and his work with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) to try and forge a health care consensus. He had been targeted by the conservative Club for Growth, which did not back a specific rival but urged delegates to vote against the incumbent.
I do not get excited, although some do, about Democratic incumbents losing primaries and/or declining to run for re-election. I want to see them try to run on their records and lose. Badly. By dropping out of their races, they allow Democratic “fresh blood” to run for their seats; Democrats who can claim to be “outsiders” and aren’t automatically tainted by their association with Obama and his Obaminations. By dropping out of their races, the incumbent Democrats are increasing the likelihood that their seats will remain Democratic after the 2010 elections.
On the other hand, when GOP Senators have spent too much time in DC, “gone native”, and no longer reflect their roots or their constituents, I am quite pleased to see them replaced by newcomers who are more likely to hold GOP seats (and more likely to defeat socialist Democrat incumbents). In many cases, there’s very little difference between some current Republicans in Congress and the Democrats they’re supposed to oppose. The Tea Party protesters, voters, and candidates are sending messages to members of both parties. Whereas the American Democratic Party has abandoned all pretense to supporting America or Democracy, and have for decades been the party of large, intrusive government, the GOP is supposed to be the party of smaller government and fiscal responsibility. However, even those Republicans who start off their careers espousing such aims usually “grow in office” after a few terms and become poster boys for term limits. It’s always a good idea to replace incumbents (of either party) who’ve outstayed their welcome; in this election it’s particularly important to remove Obama’s control over the Congress from a party which has abandoned all pretenses at moderation and accountability – but it’s also important to replace them with politicians who will represent the nation’s best interests.
Replacing the incumbent Democratic socialists with younger and more energetic socialists is not in the country’s best interest – but neither will it do us any good to turn over the Congress to a bunch of “me-too” Republican mavericks who are anxious to “reach across the aisle” in order to get nice things said about them in The Washington Post and The New York Times. A lot of current office holders need to go, and they don’t all have “(D)” after their names.