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OUR VIEW: Hatch looks unserious
The Standard Examiner ^ | 03/02/2011 | Editorial Board

Posted on 03/03/2011 5:44:02 AM PST by Utah Binger

No one should ever accuse Utah's senior U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, in office 34 years, of not being a hard worker. But lately, Hatch seems to be expending much of his soon-to-be 77-year-old body and intellect toward a desperate effort to convince a small portion of Utah Republicans that he is Tea Party-approved.

As a result, the distinguished-looking senator is beginning to look very unserious. He's reversed a longstanding tradition of being a conservative statesman with the political skills to work with Democrats to reach compromise. Common-sense positions Hatch once espoused on issues such as immigration and health care reform have been ditched for from-the-larnyx "no's" to stances from the administration. Attempts at compromise that come from the administration are often greeted with derision by Hatch.

Sometimes, the senator sounds more like a "Baghdad Bob"-type shill than a member of the U.S. Senate. He jumped the shark earlier this week when he let loose with a profanity at Utah State University when describing President Barack Obama's health care reform law. You can watch the video here It was embarrassing to watch Hatch use such desperate efforts.

The senator's desperation is due to Utah's nominating procedure, which allows state delegates to winnow candidates down to one or two during convention. The delegates tend to be quite a bit more conservative than the mainstream. Hatch's past efforts at bipartisanship have soured his popularity with many delegates. The senator, mindful that his former colleague, the respected conservative Robert Bennett, was swapped at convention for Tea Party idealogue Mike Lee, is trying to drink the Utah tea as hot and fast as he can.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bennett; hatch; teaparty
Small town paper that still doesn't really get it.

Although I am really getting tired of all the email blasts from Hatch lately as he pretends to be a conservative.

1 posted on 03/03/2011 5:44:05 AM PST by Utah Binger
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To: Utah Binger

“the respected conservative Robert Bennett”

This has got to be satire, right?


2 posted on 03/03/2011 5:56:50 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Utah Binger

He should have the sense to retire. He could practice law, teach, write, any number of things.


3 posted on 03/03/2011 6:05:09 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Same thing with Dick Lugar here in Indiana.
Give it up guys, let some new blood in.
(I’m retired myself)


4 posted on 03/03/2011 6:06:17 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: SharpRightTurn; T Minus Four; colorcountry

That is the reason this was posted in as much as even a newspaper in the most conservative small town in Northern Utah is very unclear on the concept of conservatism.

I only take the paper to read the obituaries every morning. Sometimes their editorials are doozies. Often it seems like one is reading the High School Gazette.


5 posted on 03/03/2011 6:07:53 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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To: SharpRightTurn
The senator, mindful that his former colleague, the respected conservative Robert Bennett, was swapped at convention for Tea Party idealogue Mike Lee, is trying to drink the Utah tea as hot and fast as he can.

So respected that he came in third place in a vote held among respected conservatives.
6 posted on 03/03/2011 6:12:21 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: iowamark

I just hope he doesn’t show up down here on July 23 and butt in to our picnic. Only thing that would be worse is that if the MittBot showed up.


7 posted on 03/03/2011 6:12:21 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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To: Utah Binger
...uninterested.
8 posted on 03/03/2011 6:20:28 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Utah Binger

9 posted on 03/03/2011 6:23:29 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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To: Utah Binger
all the email blasts from Hatch lately as he pretends to be a conservative.

Has Hatch reached a final decision as to whom he will support for the republican ticket? The last I read at F.R. it was between Romney and Huntsman.

10 posted on 03/03/2011 6:30:03 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Utah Binger
You should see the letters Hatch has sent his constituents about Obama’s eligibility. They are straight from the DNC and DOJ talking points. DISGUSTING!

With these letters alone he should be fired. Obviously he:

** thinks Utah citizens are stupid.
** has gonads the size of a dust mite.
** has a brain the size of dust mite.

11 posted on 03/03/2011 6:41:25 AM PST by wintertime
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To: Graybeard58
The last I read at F.R. it was between Romney and Huntsman.

Maybe he'll let me know this week in his tiresome email messages. I will say this on his behalf. Ten years ago we were stalled in getting approval for our 501(c)3. I went to Hatch and explained how important it was for Utah to establish this small museum along Highway 89. We also let him know that he would already have helped if were an LDS project.

Needless to say the approvals went through quickly. I just hope he doesn't show up for the picnic on July 23.

12 posted on 03/03/2011 6:44:12 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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To: wintertime

Correct on all counts. I used to cringe at the way he was always kissing Teddy Boy’s ass.


13 posted on 03/03/2011 6:46:11 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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To: Utah Binger

Sorry Utahians, but Hatch is all RINO all the time. Anyone else remember his behavior during the Clinton impeachment?


14 posted on 03/03/2011 7:02:15 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: Utah Binger

Maybe he should retire and serve an oh so humble mission with his eternal helpmeet.


15 posted on 03/03/2011 7:03:14 AM PST by colorcountry (Comforting lies are not your friends. Painful truths are not your enemies.)
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To: colorcountry

Morning cousin!

No, Hatch will run for GA.


16 posted on 03/03/2011 7:07:59 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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To: Utah Binger
How much skill does it take to cave in? the political skills to work with Democrats to reach compromise.
17 posted on 03/03/2011 7:15:43 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA
How much skill does it take to cave in?

I think things were very different back in the olden days for brother Hatch. We need to rid ourselves of every RINO if we expect to get our country back. JFK was more conservative than Hatch.

And yes Hatch will cave. He will even cave on his "Dumb Ass" remarks if he hasn't already. Mark my words.

18 posted on 03/03/2011 7:40:35 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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To: Utah Binger
I remember how Hatch always wanted to kiss the degenerate Ted Kennedy's @ss--always prissily talking about "comity" as if it was the daily new vocabulary word.

What was it about that repulsive, evil man who always attracted a certain type of mealy-mouthed conservative in DC? Look how Bush was always trying to get an invite to Hyannis Port.

I can't tell you how glad I am to be living in the post-Camelot era.

Maybe it was Laura who wanted to hang out with the Kennedy...she's proving to have been kind of a silent hypocrite during her years as FL, as are her margarita-swilling daughters.

19 posted on 03/03/2011 8:12:03 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Hatch is a wannabe and panderer. There is something in Mormonism genes that causes a type of inferiority complex when they get around the “big boys”.(embarrassment)

Having grown up with it myself, I recognize the symptoms.
I figured it out when I realized in 1968 as a young Xerox salesman in San Francisco that I could break away and excel against all the Harvard and Stanford types. I also saw through the cult control that was trying to hold me back. That is when I left Mormonism.


20 posted on 03/03/2011 8:28:49 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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To: Utah Binger

I have a few friends in Utah.

They are not supporting Hatch in any more elections.

They don’t believe him anymore.

Hatch is waaaaay too old.
I want an age limit on Congress critters & state critters in the legislatures.


21 posted on 03/03/2011 8:37:03 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

You may be partially right if you think age causes stupidity.

My opinion is that Hatch has always been a go along to get along guy that never learned how to be a statesman. Also he has used the “Good Mormon” RINO thing to his advantage.

We need to dismiss him in the primaries and nominate a grownup
that understands what is really happening to us. Now in my seventieth year, I for one am not running but I know my age has not made me stupid.....yet. LOL


22 posted on 03/03/2011 9:20:10 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the Inman FReepers Meet July 23)
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