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Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords - Michelle Malkin - Page 1
"Lobbying tank" would be more accurate. The BPC's "senior fellows" include K Street influence peddlers such as liberal Republican Robert Bennett, the big-spending Utah senator-turned-lobbyist booted from office by tea party conservatives; former Democratic Agriculture Secretary and House member-turned-lobbyist Dan Glickman; and liberal Democrat Byron Dorgan, the former North Dakota senator who crusaded as an anti-D.C. lobbying populist before retiring from office to work as, you guessed it, a D.C. lobbyist.
bobbennett  commoncore 
march 2014 by cboyack
Robert Bennett: Is the world better off because of the Iraq War? | Deseret News
Now to the real issue, which is being ignored: Is Iraq — and the world — better off because of the war?

iraq  war  bobbennett 
march 2013 by cboyack
Bennett: Congress should raise federal debt ceiling -
A retired Republican senator from Utah is saying Congress should vote to raise the federal debt ceiling, echoing the sentiments of key Obama Administration Democrats.

Bob Bennett, Utah's former U.S. Senator, tells KSL's Doug Wright that failing to raise the debt ceiling will send a message to the rest of the world that the U.S. is unable to meet its obligations.

"It will mean that the United States for the first time in its history will have defaulted on its debt, when it has the capacity to borrow the money by selling new bonds to pay the debt," Bennett said.
bobbennett  debt  congress 
april 2011 by cboyack
Kennedy Pal Goes AWOL as Tea Party Cashes In: Margaret Carlson
Bennett could be the canary in Utah's mine. The state's senior senator, the spotlight-loving, organ-playing Orrin Hatch, 77, is one of the Tea Party's top targets in 2012. Polls show him losing to almost any challenger. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, among others, is mulling whether to take him on. The senator who beat Bennett, Mike Lee, hasn't endorsed Hatch. It's ugly out there.
bobbennett  orrinhatch 
april 2011 by cboyack
Bennett says he was ready to leave Senate life - The Daily Utah Chronicle - News
Even after representing Utah in the U.S. Senate for 18 years and then losing his seat in 2010 in the Republican primary to Tea Party-backed Mike Lee, Sen. Bob Bennett's career hasn't come to an end yet.  
Bennett has officially announced his new position as a senior fellow at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The institute, in partnership with KUER's "RadioWest," welcomed Bennett with a forum and open house, reflecting on the former senator's time in office and introducing him to the students he will be teaching.
Despite being a stout conservative, voting Republican 88 percent of the time, Bennett was ousted by a Tea Party group, said "RadioWest" host Doug Fabrizio, who interviewed Bennett.
Bennett said he had no hard feelings and has moved on from his job as a senator.
"After leaving the Senate floor for the last time, I had no emotion," he said.
february 2011 by cboyack
Shadowy temple mailer still a sore spot for Lee | The Salt Lake Tribune
A campaign mailer tying Mike Lee to the LDS Church and Bob Bennett to Washington has largely faded into political lore. But the so-called temple mailer is an ongoing source of frustration for Lee and his closest allies as he begins his service in the U.S. Senate.

The only man publicly linked to the Mormon-infused hit piece, Tim Stewart, recently opened a new lobbying shop with Bennett. Stewart, a former Bennett staffer, is also the subject of a Federal Elections Commission complaint.

“Does it give me, personally, pause? Yes, it does,” Lee’s new chief of staff, Spencer Stokes, said on the new Bennett-Stewart pairing. Most troubling: that Stewart has yet to identify his co-conspirators.

“It’s obvious to everyone that there were multiple people involved in this, and we don’t know who those people are,” Stokes said. “And so it becomes difficult to know which lobbyists you’re getting factual and true information from, versus somebody who in another part of their life was unwilling to give factual, correct information.”

Stewart’s not speaking, but Greg Hopkins, the spokesman for the new Bennett Consulting Group, defended his colleague’s integrity and said it’s time to move on.

“I think it is irrelevant who is behind it,” he said. “Tim has taken the rap on it. That should be enough.”
mikelee  bobbennett  timstewart 
january 2011 by cboyack
Ex-Sen. Bennett joins major lobbying firm | The Salt Lake Tribune
Sen. Bob Bennett didn’t wait long before transitioning to his career after political office. In fact, he didn’t wait at all.

Bennett’s Senate service ended on Jan. 3 and that very day he joined the mega-law firm Arent Fox, advising companies with business before Congress.

The firm unveiled that it hired Bennett and former Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., on Tuesday as senior policy advisers to its growing lobbying division.
january 2011 by cboyack
Bennett bids the U.S. Senate farewell | The Salt Lake Tribune
"I do not apologize for any of those activities because I think in every case, there’s been a significant benefit, not just to Utah, but to the federal treasury," Bennett says, arguing that in a cost-benefit analysis, those investments paid off. But there’s no arguing that those expenditures became a political liability for Bennett this year.
bobbennett  earmark  constitution  congress  utah 
january 2011 by cboyack
Leaving Washington: After 18 years in office, Bob Bennett looks to the future | Deseret News
Now, as Bennett's time in office wanes and America's political climate embraces a greater extreme in dividing party lines, the senator's removal represents more than just the end of one man's political career — in his absence, the days of the moderate statesman might also be numbered.
bobbennett  congress  senate 
december 2010 by cboyack
Bennett's Advice To Hatch - Hotline On Call
In a brief interview on Thursday, Bennett said it's too early to predict if Hatch will suffer the same fate but acknowledged overcoming a conservative challenge could be difficult.

"He will, I think, clearly face a challenge from within the party," Bennett said. "He always has, so that's nothing new."

Hatch's chances hinge on the political climate improving for moderates.

"If the climate doesn't change then he'll have a very tough convention, and he knows that," the outgoing senator said.
bobbennett  orrinhatch 
december 2010 by cboyack
Bennett says TARP vote one of Congress’ ‘finest moments’ | The Salt Lake Tribune
Sen. Bob Bennett, who earned the wrath of GOP delegates and a pink slip for supporting the so-called bank bailout, said Thursday that Congress should be heralded for its fast action to stem a worldwide financial meltdown.

“In a way, that was Congress’ finest moment,” Bennett said of the negotiations and vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, adding later, “In that room, when we crafted that deal, there was not a hint of partisanship because we were all focused on the challenge we faced.”
bobbennett  tarp  properroleofgovernment 
december 2010 by cboyack
RealClearPolitics - Video - Sen. Hatch: "I'm Going To Run Again And I Intend To Win"
"Well, he's -- we're different. I think [outgoing] Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) should have been re-elected. He's a fine man. On the other hand, I'm not Bob, and I'm a lot tougher and I'm actually more conservative, by quite a measure," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said on MSNBC.
orrinhatch  bobbennett 
november 2010 by cboyack
Sen. Bennett: Public has 'no understanding' of Congress - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
The public has "no understanding" of what Congress does and has unrealistic expectations of its members, outgoing GOP Sen. Bob Bennett (Utah) said recently.

In a wide-ranging interview with NBC News posted Monday, Bennett, whom Utah Republicans declined to renominate in May, knocked down the image of the Senate as the world's greatest debating body and said that most work is done in committee and behind closed doors. He also suggested that much of the business senators deal with is not of interest to them.

"They [members of the public] have no understanding of what we do. They expect that we spend most of our time on the Senate floor debating," he said. "The image of Webster and Calhoun and Clay changing the course of the republic with a brilliant speech is still in their minds. Particularly since the advent of television in the chamber, Senate speeches are more and more irrelevant."
bobbennett  mikelee  congress 
september 2010 by cboyack
Tea Party raids McConnell's kitchen cabinet | Washington Examiner
He will come to Washington seeing the whole town and its customs -- quite possibly including collegiality and tradition of the Senate -- as the enemy.

It's the same story in the Utah Senate seat.
bobbennett  mikelee  mitchmcconnell  senate  jimdemint  congress 
september 2010 by cboyack
Republican Party Faces Ideological Rifts Ahead of Election Season | PBS NewsHour | July 7, 2010 | PBS
And many of them who did come, they would hold up their copy of the Constitution, and they would say, if it's not in the Constitution, you shouldn't do it.

Well, I'm not quite ready to go that far in my conservative views.
bobbennett  constitution  congress 
july 2010 by cboyack
Mike Lee says he’ll stick to his guns | The Salt Lake Tribune
“I know there are those among Mike’s supporters who believe he will take the Senate floor, deliver a masterful speech on the Constitution and change the course of the republic. That is not going to happen,” Bennett said.

Bennett said he is not suggesting that Lee should compromise his principles to get things done, but he needs to recognize that the other senators have strong positions on major issues.
bobbennett  mikelee  constitution 
june 2010 by cboyack
Bob Bennett - What the Tea Party can learn from Jimmy Carter
There's a profound lesson in this for the Tea Party movement.

Like those who voted for Carter because they were fed up with Nixon, the Tea Party is made up of people who are fed up with Washington profligacy. The combination of the Obama stimulus package, a bloated budget, stubbornly high unemployment and an expensive new health-care entitlement program has fueled their anger, convincing them that the federal government is out of touch and not listening. To a large extent, they're right.

Their two strongest slogans are "Send a message to Washington" and "Take back America." I know both very well because they were the main tools used to defeat me in Utah's Republican convention two weeks ago.
bobbennett  teaparty 
may 2010 by cboyack
The Washington Monthly
There are a few interesting angles to this. The first, which Yglesias noted, is that it's pretty tough for Hatch to say he isn't part of Washington -- not only has he been in the Senate for 34 years, but his son is a highly-paid lobbyist in D.C., too.

But let's go a little further. It's also amusing because Hatch claims he shares common ground with the right-wing Tea Party crowd. What he neglected to mention is that he's been bashing these same activists for months. Apparently hoping that the right wing of his party doesn't have Google, Hatch argued in February that the Tea Partiers must do more to support moderate Republicans and stop being so dogmatic. More recently, Hatch said these activists too often "don't have an open mind and they won't listen."
orrinhatch  bobbennett  teaparty 
may 2010 by cboyack
Newt Gingrich tries to justify his support of Utah's Robert Bennett | Crooks and Liars
Gingrich has been trying to straddle the fence with the Tea Party crowd and his good old boys movement, but has found himself on the wrong end of it time and time again. He sang the praises of Dede Scozzafava which earned him much ridicule from the far right because he supported an establishment conservative. (Of course, Gingrich promptly turned tail and kissed the feet of Rush Limbaugh, so all was forgiven.

Then he supported Utah's Robert Bennett, who just got ousted. Chris Wallace, to his credit, called him out on it on Fox News Sunday and made him look foolish
newtgingrich  bobbennett 
may 2010 by cboyack

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