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It's interesting to speculate on events had Republicans not ousted Sen. Bob Bennett and elected Mike Lee. Probably:
• The moderate, pragmatic Bennett would have joined with similarly minded Republicans in discussing meaningful compromise legislation and worked with Democratic counterparts in passing it,
• Important national services would have remained open and their employees spared financial hardship and uncertainty,
• The nation would have been spared a disgraceful spectacle of congressional ineptitude, and
• The public confidence in Congress would not have dropped to a record low.
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