Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Spirit of '76 (By Which I Mean 1976)

This is one of the greatest series of posts I have ever read. Great job Bob Aagard. If you're wondering about the significance of 1976, read on: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

10 Comments:

Blogger Reach Upward said...

Dang, history can be such a bummer. I guess the honorable Senator would say that he's 'grown' since his callow days prior to becoming steeped (and steeped, and steeped, ad infin.) in the grand ol' tradition of the Senate and the party.

5/18/2006 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh come on guys...lets not be so selective in picking and chosing our 'facts.' If you compare some of the same facts cited by Mr. Bob - Stock Market = 966.09 in 1976, to what it is today (11,201), I think most American's would argue that those ain't bad apples.

Now if we could just get the Senator to return the Jazz to their glory days...

5/18/2006 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

The series will pick back up again soon.

-Bob

5/18/2006 08:20:00 AM  
Blogger Stenar said...

Mr. Anonymous, the point of these historical pieces, if you could read, was that HATCH, the nutcake, said that Senator Moss had been in the Senate too long. Moss having served for 18 years. The Nutcake has been in the senate for 30 years now!
It's not just picking and choosing history to point out the foibles from our modern perspective, but to use the Nutcake's own criticisms against him. He criticized others and then he's gone and done the same things or worse.
He's been there far too long. It's time for a change.

5/18/2006 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just proves that policitians can say one thing and do another with litte consequence of negative backlash as long as they do some things that give the appearance of representation.

5/18/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the problems with his being there too long is that it is almost impossible for a serious Republican challenger to make any head way (i.e.,Huntsman endorsing Hatch before the convention - bad form!). The party machine has tried to insulate incumbents from serious challenge. So the most qualified don't even bother to get involved because they know they won't get the support they need. And up until now a Democrat challenger hasn't been considered a viable alternative. There has been no accountability because the average voter has never had a real choice within the party.

5/18/2006 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

That's what an incumbency protection racket will do for you.

5/18/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger theorris said...

Back in the day we could have had Wayne Owens as the Senator for Utah. I think Wayne actually was from Utah.

5/18/2006 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

Did anyone check out the Desnews this morning?

Look fellas...Hatch and Cannon will do more for Utah in the next two years than any GOP or Dem Freshman will do in the next 10 years. Truth be told the immigration question is going to be decided before the election anyways - but people don't seem to get that.

You guys are smart. You understand how Washington works. I'm a realist - not an idealist. Let's put away our unicorns and hobbits and be realistic...

WASHINGTON — A new analysis ranks Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch among the nation's 10 most powerful senators with Republican Sen. Bob Bennett right in the middle of the 100-member Senate, ranking 45th.

As for Utah's House members, Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, barely missed making the top 100, clocking in at 102 out of 438 state representatives and territorial delegates.

5/19/2006 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous jackjack said...

Bryan

On Hatch - Show me, SHOW ME, how all of Hatch's "power" helps people in Utah . I can see how it has helped the RIAA and MPAA and one pharmaceutical company after another. I can see how he has protected big tobacco, big oil, the President, and one international conglomerate after another, but show me how it helps the people of Utah. You know, with something like PFS, for example.

Everything that Hatch has promised to buy Utah with the currency of his power has fizzled out and we are left with the advice of Hatch and the Governor pleading that we do as Democrats and progressives have been doing all along: Desperately write as many letters as possible. Because, when you think about it, Hatch has not 5% of the “power” he claims to have.

Now, as we transition to your comments about Cannon I choked on this: Hatch and Cannon will do more for Utah in the next two years than any GOP or Dem Freshman will do in the next 10 years.

Really? Really? So they can “do more”? What if what they are doing is why they need to go? You seem to feel, along with Cannon, Hatch, Bennett and Bishop, that doing something as an incumbent is “OK” because of incumbency, no matter how asinine, damaging, or totally in opposition to the needs of the people to whom you have been elected to represent. That’s the problem!

You seem reasonably intelligent, you’ll figure it out, I hope. Sometimes, change is VERY, VERY good. This, all campaign season happy talk aside, is one of those times.

5/20/2006 07:07:00 AM  

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