Glenn was in a bit of a mood this morning, making it a perfect time for Pat to bring up some news out of Utah that would turn his smoldering grumpiness into a full-on inferno. A local paper in Salt Lake City, Deseret News, decided to publish a thinly veiled and passive aggressive op-ed criticizing "strident partisans" and "ultra conservative special interest organizations" operating in Utah. Who were they really going after? Glenn explained on radio Monday.
"They are taking Mike Lee apart in Utah. And I'm sorry, I really don't understand how you can look at Mike Lee and say he's an extremist," Glenn said. "I don't know when it became radical, especially in places like Utah to stand for the Constitution of the United States, but if you don't stand with people like Mike Lee, who is decent, honorable, quiet, adjusted, willing to work with people -"
Pat and Glenn dissected the article, which was written as a point/counter-point between a Republican and Democrat centered on a recent study showing Utahans want Congress to work with President Obama.
"Both of them progressive," Glenn said.
The Republican, Frank Pignanelli, wrote:
Most Utahns are pleased that our congressional delegation occupies extremely powerful positions. But we are also a proud people … and hope our representatives do not upset this opportunity to solve some of the many problems with the federal government. As the Utah Policy poll demonstrates, we want solutions to immigration, national debt, Social Security and all the troubles plaguing the federal government. Sorry, guys — the pressure is on.
"Yes, we do. Yes, we do," Glenn said. "And progressives have not given us any solutions except pile -- by the way, the progressives have had control of the Congress pretty much without exception, since World War I. With the exception of the 1920s and Ronald Reagan. Can you think of any other time? Possibly, possibly JFK. Other than that, it's been an open runway. An open runway for progressive policies. How much debt have we had? How is that working out for us?"
Ultraconservative special-interest organizations — especially those from out-of-state — should read and heed this barometer of Utah emotions. We despise their ridiculous threats against our federal lawmakers to take positions and make statements contrary to how we conduct business. Further, stacks of analysis document how Utah conservatives are of a different flavor than right-wing purists in other states.
"Why don't they just send a message right to Matt Kibbe? It's MattKibbe@freedomworks.org. You don't have to make it so cryptic. Just send him a letter," Glenn said. "They're talking about Freedom Works."
Glenn also interpreted "right-wing purists in other states" as representatives in Texas.
But Glenn didn't just stand up for Mike Lee from the attacks from the press. He also criticized his good friend Jon Huntsman, who recently called Lee an "embarrassment".
"If you think [Lee's] an extremist and you keep going to -- and, yes, I'll say it, you keep going to people like Jon Huntsman. You're in dire trouble because that stuff won't work. We've had that now for a hundred years. That doesn't work. You have to reattach yourself to the Constitution of the United States. That's not radical," Glenn said.
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