Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Great RINO Hunt of 2010


It looks like, from these amateur eyes, the most endangered Republican incumbent may be Bob Bennett (Big Gov't - Utah), who may struggle to even get renominated by the activists in his own party. The 3-term Senator, who's about as exciting as peanut butter on white bread, is even struggling to keep notable Republicans in his own state awake long enough to carry him over the finish line for re-nomination. per The Salt Lake Tribune (For those in Gila Bend, it's the largest newspaper in the state of Utah, AZ's neighbor to the north):
Washington » Rep. Rob Bishop is backing Senate colleague Bob Bennett's re-election campaign, but it's not the most winning endorsement. "I told him I'd do that and he can count on my endorsement until I look him in the face and told him he no longer has it," Bishop said of Bennett. "I haven't done that yet."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, won't even go that far. "I'm going to keep my powder dry on this one," Chaffetz said, noting that he thinks Bennett has an incredibly tough fight ahead of him. While Bennett and his GOP opponents -- Tim Bridgewater, Merrill Cook, Cherilyn Eagar and Mike Lee --- are lining up politicians and groups behind their campaigns, several high-profile Republicans are holding out, or at most, giving tepid endorsements in a race that splits the Utah Republican Party. Bennett, who is seeking his fourth term, so far is touting some big names as supporters: former presidential candidate and Utah's adopted son, Mitt Romney, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Not to be outdone, former gubernatorial general counsel Mike Lee nabbed the endorsement of the FreedomWorks political action committee and its head, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

(Emphasis mine)

17 years in the U.S. Senate - and the leading lights of the Utah GOP flat-out don't give a damn about having you for another six years? Quite a reputation you've amassed over the years, Senator. At least they haven't (yet) said they hate your guts & to please go away.


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