Skip to comments.His tea party threat defused, one-time Kennedy partner Hatch wants to again play dealmaker
Posted on 08/07/2012 5:26:59 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Rare is the Tea Party-tested Republican senator who hangs an image of the Kennedys' Hyannisport home over his desk and shows off the painter's personal inscription.
"Orrin," reads the note, scribbled below a cobalt-blue sea. "We'll leave the light on at the compound for you anytime. Ted Kennedy, '91."
The beacon of bipartisanship that defined their odd-couple relationship still guides Utah's Orrin Hatch. He didn't advertise it as he wooed and won over the tea partiers who, two years ago, toppled fellow conservative Robert Bennett from his Senate perch.
But now, with his state's Senate GOP nomination in hand and re-election to a seventh term all but assured, Hatch, 78, can think about his legacy.
He's very clear about what he wants: As the senior Republican in the Senate, his party's top voice on the tax-writing Finance Committee, Hatch wants a deal that restructures the tax code while also slowing and even stopping the government's accumulation of debt. To get it, he says he'll practice the art of compromise over the take-my-marbles-and-leave mentality that has tied up Congress in recent years.
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I really like Mark Levin. However, it appears Levin may have made a mistake in supporting Hatch. Should have realized these GOPe hacks are INCAPABLE of changing their DC ways.
The only solution this cycle is to send more conservatives
to the senate with Mourdock, Cruz and some others to counter-balance these old GOPe’s willingness to deal on anything.
The reality is, these old guard GOPe’s only know how to make deals. They are incapable of anything else. It’s all they know. And that is why this country needs a new, younger generation of conservative senators.
The problem is, the “take-my-marbles-and-leave mentality” resides exclusively in the party he’ll be negotiating with.
What is it with the Southwest? mccain and Hatch re-elected. They get what they deserve.
Good point, and the people of UT are fully uninformed about their “hatch” after all these years. They will never learn.