Tea Party's First Victim Offers Advice to Tea Partiers
It takes compromise, not just slogans, to govern
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2010 5:15 PM CDT
U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, R-Utah, speaks at the 2010 Utah GOP Convention on May 8. It didn't help.   (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

(Newser) – The Tea Party loves its slogans, namely "Send a message to Washington" and "Take back America," writes soon-to-be-gone Senator Bob Bennett of Utah. "I know both very well because they were the main tools used to defeat me," he writes in the Washington Post. Such slogans "are more powerful than most pundits inside the Beltway realize," but if tea partiers want to be more than a fleeting political fad, they'll need more than catchy chants.

Raising the specter of Jimmy Carter, who rose to office on anti-Nixon sentiment but didn't back it up with "good government," Bennett urges them to imitate Ronald Reagan instead. "Will they stand firmly on partisan sidelines continuing to shout slogans? Or will they reach across the aisle in the interest of the country?" Our problems are solvable, so stop the "gloom talk," he writes. "We must not follow the siren song of those who are in a frenzy of despair."

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NukeItFromOrbit
May 23, 2010 10:59 PM CDT
But all it took to memorize the hordes of moronic Obama voters where chants of "hope and change" and cult-like adoration for their dear leader. If slogans can win the votes of these dim-witted voters, the Tea Party might as well use them. The Democrats will bury their heads in the sand right until they train-wreak their party by following a course of a mindless liberalism.
OWLWOMANXXXX
May 23, 2010 4:04 PM CDT
Ronald Reagan ran two time before he was elected to office.....he finally made it on his third try....he WAS persistant....but when he did become President..he developed alzhiemers....so what's so great? was it because he was disabled?
ronimaca
May 23, 2010 1:09 PM CDT
just means another victory for the DNC in Nov.