Skip to comments.Orrin Hatch wins Primary in Utah
Posted on 06/26/2012 8:56:45 PM PDT by Vigilanteman
With 43% of precincts reporting, veteran U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch is the projected winner over challenger Dan Liljenquist in a primary election held in tandem with the final presidential primary in the nation.
The 2-1 margin of victory was a surprise to some observers considering that Hatch's fellow former senator Bob Bennett was defeated at the convention even before the state primary vote in 2010.
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Well I guess we can’t nail all of their skins to the wall.....
That’s too bad. I hope the primary challenger put a scare into hatch though and he changes some of his ways.
OTOH, a big primary win like this could make him feel bullet-proof and he’ll still continue to be a pain in the butt.
Escape Hatch survives again.
The Palin effect strikes again?
Now many in Utah know how we in Arizona felt when our old RINO won the primary.
Look at it this way - prior to the rise of the Tea Party, Hatch facing a credible primary challenge would have been inconceivable. There’s a lot of work yet to be done, but the statists have been served notice.
Hatch was never as bad as McCain. He’s a genuinely nice guy who just lost his fire in the belly. Maybe the primary scare helped him rediscover it.
Yup! At least we tried.
Hatch was cooked until Palin stepped in like she did with McLoser. Hatch will screw Conservatives. Just watch.
Well, time for the old RINO to go back to his old ways, now that he bamboozled the Utah primary voters.
“Now many in Utah know how we in Arizona felt when our old RINO won the primary.”
Hatch isn’t great, but he’s definitly NO McCain. I know Levin was pushing Hatch. I think Hatch still has some “conservative” in his bones. Hatch is best when he’s pi$$ed.
Romney Republicanism buried the Tea Party in the Utah GOP in the interim. That's a fact.
It's an obvious harbinger of what is coming in the Republican Party everywhere henceforth. Take that to the bank.
It’s a great day to be liberal.
I guess we will continue to run trillion dollar deficits ad infinitum.
“Hatch isnt great, but hes definitly NO McCain. I know Levin was pushing Hatch. I think Hatch still has some conservative in his bones. Hatch is best when hes pi$$ed.”
I consider Santorum, with the help of people like Levin, the same kind of spoiler Huckabee was last time around. I hope I never see him in politics again. If I do, I’ll remind everyone that he endorsed Mittens twice in a row, and Specter for President, and Right to Work, and so on and so forth.
I’m gonna go with Mark Levin on this one as usual
Hatch ...imperfect ..has carried big water on SCOTUS nominees for GOP presidents
hence...I can live with him in the senate
likely his last term
humm. i’m no fan of hatch (levin’s endorsement notwithstanding), and would support any conservative sounding opponent against hatch the fossil (boy do we need term limits), but the size of liljenquist’s loss tells me he was probably a very weak candidate. he should have done much better against hatch.
i’ll cut my losses. if he shows up again (even against hatch) i won’t support him.
My observations: Hatch is ‘conservative’ when he’s worried about not remaining in office. He’s been drinking the D.C. water too long. We need Tea Party conservatives to replace these dead horses.
It disappoints me that Palin would endorse him.
My prediction is that Senator Hatch serves for one last term, and then, the GOP POTUS (whoever this is) ends up nominating Hatch for an opening on the SCOTUS. I’m not a fan of Senator Hatch, so I do hope that my prediction of him being picked for SCOTUS is wrong.
Hatch is 78, and will be 84 when his term ends, I don’t think he will be put on the Supreme Court.
Dan Liljenquist was a weak candidate with not as much money as Senator Hatch, and his claims to be a member of the TEA Party were, also, in question, with, as an example, his comments about having tax increases being possible solutions to some of the country’s economic problems. Still, I would of voted for Dan, despite all of these things, if I was a Utah voter, because Senator Hatch has been a U.S. Senator for way too long.
>> Im gonna go with Mark Levin on this one as usual
It’s not often I’m at odds with that relatively young curmudgeon.
Hatch has done a lot for Conservatism over the decades.
You maybe more right than you know. Rumors are Rube Buzzy Ginsberg may or may not jump ship if she sees Da-One is going down to defeat so he can name her replacement.
Having Hatch on Judiciary to be a voice of sanity with loons like Smuckee Chumer grilling SCOTUS nominees is not a bad thing during a potential Romney Administration.
But with that said, Orin's time has come and gone and is akin to legacy data and if you and I had our druthers, he'd be gone.
This paradigm of these old bulls in the Senate serving for 30+ years and dying on the job with a State Funeral must end.
Repealing of the 17th amendment and adding Term Limits to the House and Senate to it is the way to go IMHO....
Orrin Hatch..... the original supporter, and big-time promoter, of “The Dream Act” wins by a 2 to 1 margin. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.......... guess the Hispanic vote is more prolific than we thought.
I hope the primary challenger put a scare into hatch though and he changes some of his ways.
Yeah; Hatch won by a 2 to 1 margin. I’m sure he’s pissing on himself right now out of sheer fear. (/sarc.) Dude is a gazillion years old. This is his last 6 year term. He ain’t changin’ sh**.
Hatch will screw Conservatives.
Had a comment with re: to his age and Viagra but decided against posting it.
Its a great day to be liberal.
Tell that to the Obama White House and the DNC. They are, as my daddy used to say, “shared scitless”.
[Rumors are Rube Buzzy Ginsberg may or may not jump ship if she sees Da-One is going down to defeat so he can name her replacement.]
Not happening - we control enough Senate votes so that we can filibuster until after the election
we need “tea party” conservatives, but dan was no tea party conservative - that was the problem. Just because Hatch was not a perfect candidate, does not automatically mean his opponent is better.
Do you really think the Republicans would do that?
He won't be the one to run an insurgent primary campaign versus an incumbent Mittens in 2016; he'd have to wait until 2020, so I doubt it. He didn't like the money chase. I see book tour in this guy's future and not much else...although I wouldn't put past him maybe a Penn Gubernatorial try in 2014, IF Corbett gets picked up by Mitten's Cabinet.
Unless Mittens wanted to replace Ginsberg in 2013 with a similar short-termer on the Supreme Court -- which Hatch wants more than anything in this world, and isn't shy about it, either.
Agreed: Hatch was never as bad as McCain. I hope he goes on to be a great committee chairman in this next Senate session and others to come.
To keep Obama from rushing through an appointment at the last hour that would clearly be seen as political by a majority of the US public? OF COURSE THEY WOULD!!
Yup. I sure didn't see Liljenquist at the last Tea Party Express rally. I met Senator Hatch and Governor Herbert there though, and was impressed with their understanding and support of the movement. We'll hope that continues...
speaking of McCainis he doing anything to help Gov. Brewer with the illegal intrusions in any way?
I don’t recall any stories. Has he gone a complete rat butt-kisser?
That might actually have the makings of a reasonable political compromise. Ginsberg agrees to retire and do something productive in her remaining years like playing bingo in a retirement home. In return, the Romney administration agrees to nominate a short termer like O.G. Hatch.
Yes, he will return to his RINO self shortly.
I haven't heard much either, but I suspect that whatever he is doing, it is akin to aiding and abetting the pro-illegals.
“Dan Liljenquist was a weak candidate with not as much money as Senator Hatch, and his claims to be a member of the TEA Party were, also, in question, with, as an example, his comments about having tax increases being possible solutions to some of the countrys economic problems. Still, I would of voted for Dan, despite all of these things, if I was a Utah voter, because Senator Hatch has been a U.S. Senator for way too long.”
If Dan was for tax increases even before he lost the fire in his belly, just imagine what he’d be like in a few years.
Hatch also carried the water for Eric Holder’s confirmation as Attorney General. How’s that working out? I guess Republican voters just keep voting for what they don’t want. They said they didn’t want Obamacare, but voted to nominate Romneycare; they said they didn’t want amnesty, but nominated John McAmnesty in ‘08. Holder is in contempt of Congress; let’s vote his enabler back in.
This is why the country is in the shape it is in. Dumb bi-polar voters; both Reps. and Dems.
This is the singular event that would make his old pal Teddy happy in hell.