Skip to comments.Hatch: Tea Party movement threatening to tear GOP apart
Posted on 02/19/2010 8:55:39 AM PST by notaliberal
American Fork » Sen. Orrin Hatch has a message for the Tea Party movement: Work with the GOP or see conservatives lose more ground. "If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected," Hatch warned a crowd of 300 at a town meeting at American Fork Junior High School on Wednesday night, amid jeers from Tea Party supporters. Hatch blamed extreme conservatives for the 2008 defeat of Sen. Gordon Smith, a politically moderate but fiscally conservative Republican from Oregon. Hatch said if the Tea Party had not backed a constitutionalist candidate in that race, Smith wouldn't have lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley, whom Hatch described as "the most Photo Gallery Sen. Orrin Hatch town hall meeting liberal senator," by 45,000 votes. But Hatch's critics said he was not interested in listening to them. "I think you guys are as out of touch as you can get," said Sarah Beeson, of American Fork. Hatch, she said, appeared more interested in raising money for candidates than listening to what the people had to say.
Go away, Orin..let us do the work...
Not sure how the Tea Party is to blame, considering they did not come into being until 2009.
Time to retire, Booby ... you are way past your shelf-life date.
The original Tea Party was part of this country. We need to take it back.
Get out of the way Orin.
Nonsense. The ‘Right’ should have been doing this for years.
What has happened to Orin Hatch. I totally disagree with him!
Pretty much sums it up.
Orrin hates the TEA party because he’s part of the problem we are fighting.
Once again, the GOP could learn something from this situation or continue to remain ignorant and suffer for it. We see what Hatch wants to do.
The Tea Party movement is outside of the GOP. Hatchy Baby. If the GOP can’t find its balls, then let the men handle this.
THe GOP committed suicide on their own. not the Tea Party Folks.
As an Oregonian, I can tell you there was more wrong with Gordon Smith than his being a RINO. If I recall he had some “challenges” with hiring illegal aliens. Typical blue-blood. Come to think of it, “blue-blood” is an apt name for these republicans. They may have an R behind their name but flowing through their veins is blue-state blood.
Orrin is a nitwit. He’s not leading, he’s not following ....he needs to get out of the way.
An outstanding point that is lost on the spinator for sure.
He is more concerned about campaign money and federal action to dictate how the college football champion is determined. Gosh orrin, I had no idea that college football was in such a crisis...what will we do, WHAT WILL WE DO? You must save us all from this terrible situation, the country is hanging on your every word, our very lives, fortune and future of our children depends on you!
Buh, bye Orrin. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.
Hey Orin, it may be time to go “spend some time with da family”. You are long past your sell-by-date.
“Hatch blamed extreme conservatives for the 2008 defeat of Sen. Gordon Smith, “
BS. Oregonians finally got tired of Smith being a LIBERAL and got rid of him. It’s past time for Arizona to do the same with McCain and Utah could get rid of Hatch and be better for it.
What he is worried about is real conservatives getting elected especially in the Senate. Why do conservatives allow themselves to be marginalized? I don’t necessarily believe we should be absolute purists but those who we support should be at least on the same team. We should not be supporting individuals who never support the second ammendment for example or disregard the constitution. Call that a litmus if you want. I call it a requirement. We shouldn’t support people who get 100% ratings from NARAL either. I don’t expect someone to be radically pro-life but a 100% rating from NARAL means that one isn’t a very good person at all. Its just a matter of decency in that case.
We have a big opportunity in this next election and Hatch knows this. We have an opportunity to elect real mainstream government cutting conservatives like Jim DeMint to the Senate and House. Hatch who is generally conservative would rather have a Charlie Crist than a Marco Rubio. We will never cut back the size or scope of government electing lukewarm conservatives or big government types who praise Jesus and say pass the tax offerring plate.
Never count your Hatches before they chicken.
By God, I actually agree with Hatch on this statement.
He really is the most Photo Gallery Sen. Orrin Hatch Town Hall Meeting Liberal Senator.
Wrong Orrin, RINO’s are tearing the party apart.
Note to Hatch: Repent of your RINO ways, convert to the conservative principles of the Tea Party or be steamrolled with the rest of the spineless Demmie wanna-be’s into political oblivion. The choice is yours.
I remember when you were first elected. Do you remember how Ronald Reagan helped you? You were a firebrand on par with Jesse Helms. I remember when you even button-holded wavering Democrats like Fritz Hollings of South Carolina and James Exon of Nebraska to maintain a filibuster on a key piece of union legislation which would have made the Carter economy even worse. I liked that Orin Hatch a lot. What happened to him?
If the grassroots are threatening to tear the party apart, it is clear that the leadership isn’t leading in the right direction.
It’s call the Grand OLD Party for a reason.
“”Work with the GOP or see conservatives lose more ground.””
What a duh mass.
“Abandon your principles or you will lose more ground.”
Gee Orrin, give me a moment to figure that one out.
Get on board or get the hell out of the way. Not only will conservatives gain ground, but liberals who recognize the greatness of America will join with us.
In other words Orrin- the whole point of the movement is to tell nuetered pawns like yourself who facilitate the disintegration of our Constitution that you are no longer in charge.
You do not tell the people how to act. The people tell you. Get it or get gone.
“”Never count your Hatches before they chicken.””
Ooh. You get a gold star for that one.
This is why a third party is desperately needed. The Conservatives will form their own party. The liberal Republicans will then move to the Democrat party, where they belong. The Republican party will then be defunct. We will then be back to a two-party system. Only this time it will be the Liberals (Democrats) and the Conservatives.
Hey Orin, Shut Your Hatch!
Pray for America’s Freedom
Exactly. If hatch is scared of the tea party movement it is becasue he is part of the RINO problem.
Get Conservative or GTF out Hatch.
You are part of the problem.
Hey Orin, it is you old farts that need to go. You and your ilk have compromised the USA into the hands of Marxist destroyers. WE blame YOU and YOUR type for this nightmare.
Any man who would champion a POS like Ted Kennedy as his friend is no friend of ours.
Time to go old fool. Retire now.
Correct - RINOs and Vichy Reopublicans need to walk the plank.
Good one, Laz!!
Does Orrin know something we don't!
Translation: The GOP is happy to ride on a wave of energy created by the tea parties, and will work with the Tea Partiers, as long as they know their place
Bull. I blame the GOP for the incompetence which led to the liberals gaining control. I credit the tea party mentality for holding the line and shifting the momentum toward greater conservatism. I say that the GOP needs to adapt, not vice versa.
The Traditional GOP was for small businesses,small government,lower taxes and adhered to the US Constitution as written by our founding fathers...exactly what the Tea Party’s mission statement says.
The GOP went left while most of it’s supporters remained right of center.
It’s time Orin Hatch and other GOP leaders have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment.
This is the ‘old guard’ trying to retain power now that us Tea Partiers are showing up at Republican events. Don’t worry Orrin, the grown ups are going to be taking the reins.
LOL! WELL, IF THE PROGRESSIVE RNC WOULD JUST WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES, THEY COULD AVERT THE THREATENED DISASTER.
That’s right, Orrin, keep talking. Chris Cannon didn’t think he needed to listen to the conservatives either. Look where that got him. We’re going to take care of Bennett this year, and you’re next.
“Hatch said it was a fair question, but it is one that has been put to rest. Obama, he said, was born to a U.S. mother in Hawaii.”
I wonder what H’s screen name is here. On. Free. Republic.
Orin, your egg has hatched, now shut the hell up or get the hell out, “We the People” can rescue this nation. All you full time politicians are the reason we’re in such a mess.
Tea Party movement threatening to impair (some) politicians of the opulent life style they have enjoyed at the expense of the public.
No time for all this to work itself out.
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