GOP Civil War Heads to Utah

Three-term Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah is facing one of the toughest reelection campaigns next year, even though no political or personal scandal has sullied his reputation. Bennett is certainly no liberal—he’s a successful Salt Lake City businessman whose grandfather was president of the Mormon Church—but some fellow Republicans now find him not sufficiently conservative to reelect. In fact, it’s his long résumé that’s also hurting him at a time when the country is in an anti-incumbent mood: In a national Pew Research poll, only 52 percent of registered voters said they would like to see their representative reelected next year. Bennett laments, “There’s not a place on the ballot to mark, ‘I hate what’s going on Washington.’”