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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Robert F. Bennett
Rare is the tea party-tested Republican senator who hangs an image of the Kennedys' Hyannisport home over his desk and shows off the painter's personal inscription.
Orrin Hatch has served Utah for many years — maybe too many. The political mood among Republican voters favors fresh faces with tea party connections, and while the 76-year-old Mr. Hatch may be a veritable political institution in his state, he's not exactly fresh.
A political novice outlasted a three-term U.S. senator and the winner of the GOP state convention to become Utah Republicans' Senate nominee and the heavy favorite to win the general election.
The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to preserve the full charitable-giving deduction in the tax code, rejecting yet another key part of President Obama's strategy for paying for the ambitious spending programs in his 2010 budget.
"I just feel a little closer personally to Bridgewater," Mr. Bennett said on Doug Wright's radio show on KSL-AM in Salt Lake City. "He, like me, is a businessman ... it helps to have someone who knows how jobs are created."
Mr. Bennett said Mr. Bridgewater met with him personally after the convention, while Mr. Lee reached out through surrogates but did not call the senator himself.