Skip to comments.I oppose Orrin Hatch’s re-election
Posted on 08/19/2011 8:56:32 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
As faithful readers of this blog know, I was reporting on the Tea Party movement long before it was even called the Tea Party movement and long before a legion of Johnny-come-latelys in Washington had grabbed their fiscal conservative costumes and joined the parade. I can remember not being able to get mainstream media coverage on the day of one of the first taxpayer protests in Denver in February 2009. Weve come a long way, baby. From day one, I emphasized that the grass-roots activists leading the Tea Party charge have been as opposed to Big Government Republicans as they have to Big Government Democrats. They and I have not forgotten that bailout-mania began under the Bush administration, which pre-socialized the economy and handed it on a silver platter to Barack Obama.
Which brings me to GOP Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.
The other day, he had the unfathomable audacity to proclaim himself a Tea Party person.
Look, I think the tea party people deserve a lot of credit, he said in response to a question about Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden reportedly calling freshman GOP members of Congress terrorists.
We wouldnt be where we are without them. The fact of the matter is Ive been a tea party person I think since before the tea party came into existence."
Are you freaking kidding me?
Orrin Hatch is the antithesis of the Tea Party spirit. He is a mascot for big-spending Beltway entrenched incumbency who has consistently joined hands with destructive Democrats.
He slobbered over corruptocrat Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd.
He co-sponsored the $6 billion national service boondoggle and dedicated it to his good friend Teddy Kennedy, with whom he also joined hands to create the ever-expanding SCHIP entitlement.
He supported tax cheat Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner from day one, lavished praise on Joe Bidens balls, and embraced and defended Attorney General Eric Holders nomination because, he said, I like Barack Obama and I want to help him if I can.
He was an original sponsor of the open-borders DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout and voted for the massive TARP bailout.
How do real Tea Party people feel about Tea Party pretender Orrin Hatch?
The same way they feel about his former big-spending entrenched incumbent in Utah former Sen. Bob Bennett who got the boot in May.
As I noted back in April 2009:
If only the condescending cable TV anchors at CNN and MSNBC had paused from wallowing in gutter puns about tea bags, they might have reported an even more significant phenomenon: Tea Party protesters were as vocal in their criticism of Republicans as they were of Democrats. In Salt Lake City, Utah, a crowd of 2,000 repeatedly booed GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett, who both supported the $700 billion TARP bailout, and protested GOP Gov. Jon Huntsmans decision to accept $1.6 billion in porky stimulus funds.
Refresh your memories of how Utah Tea Party activists booed Hatch, Bennett, and McCain 2.0 presidential candidate and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman (at 1:24 in the video):
Now, the six-term Hatch first elected in 1976 on an anti-entrenched incumbent platform (Hatchs campaign line then against his opponent Frank Moss: What do you call a Senator whos served in office for 18 years? You call him home) wants to stay in Washington yet another term after FOUR DECADES in government. He has been lining up some big conservative names. And now there is some sort of pro-Hatch, anti-Freedomworks website using my words to support Hatch.
I dont know what the beef is between Dick Armey and Orrin Hatch. But I will tell you this: While Armeys pro-amnesty stance bothers me, bailout Swamp Creature Orrin Hatchs desperate bid to cling to power by morphing himself into a Tea Party cheerleader aggravates me far more.
I will do whatever I can to support Hatchs challenger likely the staunch conservative GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is a fiscal warrior, tough on illegal immigration, and has a terrific record taking down the GOP establishment.
Forty-two Thirty-six continuous years and untold trillions of dollars in expanded government is enough 42 is too much.
Its time for Orrin Hatch to go.
Jesse Helms was the only U.S. Senator in my lifetime who got better with age.
“Its time for Orrin Hatch to go.”
Long past time.
Mark Levin endorsed him and made a solid case for this guy one night. It made sense to me at the time. If you are into ACU scores, he is a perfect 100. Why can’t the right have a cantankerous old man on our side like the left did in the last dead Kennedy? At least Hatch is still alive.
When I knew him 40 years ago he was a solid conservative but he’s morphed into a liberal socialist!
Orrin “Booby” Hatch a Tea-Partier??? Not in a blue-skied universe.
Booby Hatch is as liberal as Juan McAmnesty. Retire!
I don’t like what he has become politically. But this time around with the senate at stake I would vote for him. Why ? Because if he is good enough for Sarah Palin he is good enough for me.
As a rule, I only hate RINOS. Democrats on the other hand . . .
Vote them all out of office. Republicans, and Democrats. The problem in Washington is the people in Washington.
Its time for Orrin Hatch to go.
“Long past time.”
OK. Go find another Mike Lee to run. Because Jason Chaffetz ain’t it.
Wipe the F-ing Kool aid off your mouth....
Hatch is no Bob Bennett and Chaffetz is no Mike Lee.
Hatch will be endorsed by all the Presidential Candidates. They need him on the judiciary committee if they win.
Hatch may be a loose cannon, but on the judiciary committee he is a solid rock. Thomas, Roberts & Alito were all ushered into the Supreme Court by Hatch. They wouldn’t be there if not for Hatch.
...and Chaffetz is no Mike Lee.
That what I said.
Don’t worry about it Michelle, he won’t even place 2nd in his own primary. Just ask Bob Bennett.
I'm sure there is another Mike Lee out there for Utah - Utah has a lot of solid, liberty-loving patriots.
Hatch will get re-elected. He’s not perfect, but he has a perfect conservative voting record. 100% from the American Conservative Union. That’s probably better than the senator from your state.
Chaffetz got a 69%.
Hatch’s voting record is a lot more conservative than his challenger.
People like Hatch are masters at the kind of manipulations of legislation that allow him to simultaneously improve his ACU score while betraying conservatives. They are several steps ahead in this game, skills gained after decades in office.
As a general rule, if someone's been in political office longer than a dozen years, they are extremely likely to be part of the problem, not the solution.
I agree. Time for Hatch to enjoy his retirement.
I only scan Michelle Malkin’s page for facts...I don’t even read her punditry anymore. She used to be spot on, now she wants to tell you what to think.
She ran this grand rant telling us we should all be ashamed and stop bringing up the ‘birther’ issue. She did it right there for me, that was one insult. And then she went on to rant that made us all look like ‘extemists’ and ‘fringlike’ and we should STOP talking about it. Three strikes, you’re out.
I responded on her page what a God-awful article to wake up to in the morning with my coffee and it made me spit coffee on my screen. I am insulted by your rant and your description. I don’t need you to tell me what think, how to act, and I don’t appreciate being told to shut up! It ain’t happening. The millions of us asking this question have a right to some answers from the man sitting in our White House. All I expect from you is just to give the facts, give me the proof of your facts, and you can even tell me your opinion, but just don’t take it that my opinion is going to necessarily agree with yours. I don’t give a spit whether I look extremist or fringlike to the idiots in Washington DC or the dumb and dumber supporting Obama. Pandering to their little sensitivities is not a requirement in my life. I’ll just give you site a thanks, but no thanks from here on out.
Her reparte is no longer funny and she’s gone over to the dark side of somewhere. We all know that establishment republicans need to be voted out. And apparently she doesn’t like Sarah Palin, we get that, and like some other conservative women I’ve talked to, she has her panties in a wad over whatever and seems to have bought the propaganda that she can’t get elected. And she evidently doesn’t think Palin knows what she’s doing.
But Palin is smarter than Malkin. Much smarter and she knows what she’s doing. Her strategy is right up there with brilliant. It’s as plain as wart on Malkin’s nose to me that Sarah is marginalizing the old coots with a teeny twinkle of not support, but minimizing her rhetoric. Palin knows that placing a bet on getting rid of them has high odds. The old coots think they’re using her and haven’t a clue that if she twinkles that support, they can’t come back and say she’s wacko crazy or incompetent. Sarah is smart like a fox. Malkin’s just an opinionated word smith.
Well Hannity is shilling for Hatch, so he’s gotta be great, right?
Personally I want Hatch to stick around just long enough to usher a couple of Sarah Palin’s Supreme Court nominees through the Senate.
Then he can retire a conservative hero.
He ain’t perfect, but he’s an expert in the one thing we will need in 2013.
Which tells everyone what they need to know about the ACU rating system
“Mark Levin endorsed him and made a solid case for this guy one night.”
Proof that Mark Levin isn’t infallible.
I appreciate one thing Hatch has done...for years the AMA and special interest groups have been trying to find ways to limit people’s access to bulk vitamins, herbal supplements and even make it more difficult to obtain quite ordinary OneADay/Centrum type daily vitamins...there’s a substantive agenda against people seeking anything therapeutic or alternative health that bypasses the medical establishment. Orrin Hatch was the front man that kept the doctors from making criminals out of us for taking care of our health, and I hope that after him others will take up the slack.
Chaffetz got 100% from the ACU.
Hatch, like McCain and Lindsy Graham have jerked conservatives around at will for decades. If Malkin says Chavitz is the man
it’s bankable that he’s the man to give this Rino the boot. Van Sustern’s husband was/is a Palin consultant in some capacity (maybe guessing legal counsel). So what is behind Greta and Sarah propping up Hatch over the young conservative, Chavitz.? I sense a political favor in the works and suspect McCain figures in somewhere. That’s the second Rino Palin has now supported. McCain & Hatch are pals? What’s up with that? I’m not sold entirely on the judiciary aspect.
He has no skills worth the inevitable betrayal at the worst possible moment, in the manner of the "Gang of 14".
Cut this one loose - he is the enemy within.
Michelle malkin is the fiercest attack dog I’ve ever seen and usually I like her style.
She does not convince me on this one, I think the effort to replace Hatch is a stab in the back to a reliably conservative senator. I’ve never seen him to be other than a pasionate conservative.
I don’t find that particularly impressive. Joe Biden gets his ass kicked by non-qualifiers from the Special Olympics.
Oh so he is endorsed by Palin AND Levin he single handedly fought Clarence Thomas onto the Supreme Court ...
Yet some have decided to make this sincere conservative man their target.
I won’t waste one cent on troublig Orrin Hatch when Barack Obama is THE enemy and THE priority.
Do you believe there is a definitive answer to this question:
Can a person who has contempt for the national sovereignty of the United States of America be called a conservative?
FOX has gone evening grey themselves if you want to swallow the “dark side”. We all are perfectly capable of identifying Hatch and McCain as
Rino’s who are habitually in the way of conservative advances. For the Fox yakkers to prop up Hatch is a real breach of reason. Greta,
Hannity and Sarah have contributed.
Yes here is your answer: There is no contempt for the sovereignty of the United States in any LEGAL solution. You and I might prefer an all or nothing method of dealing with illegal immigrants. Orrn Hatch tried to solve the problem and you know what, it needs to be solved. He is a conservative and we don’t have a conservative, including the great Ronald Reagan, who has not done something not truly conservative.
By your yardstick, Ronald Reagan clearly had contempt for the sovereignty of this nation, and betrayed it. And that my friend, is absurd.
Orrin Hatch is a conservative and a rather heroic one.
Didn’t Hatch help Justice Thomas become Justice Thomas? After that; somehow I think he got lost.
Show me a clip of a republican in the last 10 years in the senate that has comparable fire.
I have no idea what Orrin is about. I don’t live in UT. I use the console of others sometimes in inconsequential elections to steer my opinion. My main focus is to see Bob Casey live in a little box under a bridge with Obummer after this election. I feel comfortable getting that done this cycle.
If I was anything less than clear, you do know that the great Ronald Reagan granted amnesty. And that is how a conservative, even a great one, can make a decision on this issue which you and I consider wrong.
It’s hard to tell in politics; there is so much crookedness.
Chaffetz (100) has a higher lifetime rating than Hatch (89). Hatch has the same lifetime rating as Lindsey Graham.
He didnt just help Clarence Thomas. Do ou know how hard it was to stand up to a charge of sexual misconduct made by a professional black woman under oath? Orrin Hatch took that fight to the mat and did it on national tv and wild hearings that went into the night, and he won!
I agree with you.
Reagan's amnesty was also supposed to be a one-shot deal and we were supposed to get actual enforcement in exchange.
For someone to propose essentially the same deal 25 years later means they're treating you like a sucker. Those 25 years of experience with the policy make a world of difference.
A true conservative who honored Reagan's legacy would demand first and foremost that the commitment made to the American people be fulfilled.
Obviously they're just RINOs and Malkin is a true conservative.
I remember how sickening it was. Bite Me as Rush likes to refer to Biden was heavily involved in the crucification of Thomas. It was and remains one of the best examples of how truly depraved politicians and the worms who hide behind them can be. My stomach still turns at the memory of it.
Hatch was good 20 years ago... but that was 20 years ago. After the DREAM Act stunt he needs to go.