Sen. Bob Bennett lost his party's nomination on Saturday as he runs for reelection to a fourth term in the Senate, and, after Republican delegates shot him down at the convention, the National Republican Senatorial Committee won't step in to support any write-in bid Bennett may launch, Hotline OnCall reports.


Here's part of a statement issued by NRSC Chairman John Cornyn:

"This has been an open and spirited process and I want to be clear that the NRSC will wholeheartedly support the Republican candidate that primary voters in Utah ultimately choose as their nominee. I am confident that this Senate seat remains in Republican control this November."

It's the only stance Cornyn can reasonably take, even if Bennett has been part of the Republican Senate caucus for 18 years. If Utah Republicans voice their preferences and select a candidate, Cornyn would infuriate them if he supported Bennett instead. It would send a message that Washington Republicans know better than Utah Republicans who should represent Utah in the Senate. And it would probably mean a full-on Tea Party revolt against the NRSC.