[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/08/art.bennett.jpg caption="GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah warned against Tea Party 'mischief' on Friday."](CNN) – A Republican Senator predicted Friday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is likely to retain his Senate seat despite a challenge from Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle.
Utah Sen. Bob Bennett made his prediction during an interview with the Associated Press, and added that the GOP may also falter in other competitive Senate races in Colorado and Kentucky.
"With the Tea Party creating the mischief that it is in Colorado, we may not win that seat. My sources in Nevada say with Sharron Angle there's no way Harry Reid loses in Nevada," Bennett told the Associated Press.
Earlier this year, Bennett failed to garner enough Republican support at the state convention to appear on the primary ballot, ending his bid for a fourth Senate term.
During his re-election campaign, Bennett was targeted by both national and local Tea Party groups; groups the Senator is now warning may be causing "mischief" that will contribute to victories for Democrats in November.
"That's my concern, that at the moment there is not a cohesive Republican strategy of this is what we're going to do. And certainly among the Tea Party types there's clearly no strategy of this is what we're going to do," Bennett told the AP.
But despite his concern about the Tea Party movement, Bennett did point to one race in which a candidate favored by the Tea Party groups is being brought into the fold by the larger GOP establishment.
"Rand Paul – that's a seat we could lose in Kentucky, but McConnell seems to be helping stabilize Rand Paul and pulling back from some of his more dangerous statements," Bennett said.
Friday's remarks are not the first time Bennett has been critical of the Republican Party. In June, after failing to secure his party's nomination, Bennett remarked that that he found "plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas."
Bennett expanded on that theme in Friday's interview, comparing the current political atmosphere to that of the Vietnam era.
"In those days they were willing to give up on America from the left, and in these days there are too many people willing to give up on America from the right," Bennett said. "I don't have that sense of despair, which worked against me in the campaign, because they said we want more passion out of you – passion being we want you standing there screaming about how horrible everybody is, along with the talk show hosts that are screaming how horrible it is."