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How Hatch Wooed Palin, and the Right
National Review ^ | 5/24/2012 | Robert Costa

Posted on 05/24/2012 10:32:26 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross

The two people least surprised by Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Senator Orrin Hatch this week are Palin and Hatch. In the Twitter and Facebook era, they became political allies the old-fashioned way: through handwritten letters and personal phone calls.

It’s an unlikely, politics-fueled friendship that’s fit for a Robert Caro book. Hatch, a soft-spoken grandfather, is one of Palin’s top outside mentors. He encourages her and cheers her. They share family stories, they discuss history, and they talk about legislation.

“It’s true,” Palin tells National Review Online. “He’s a warrior.” She respects his record, especially his work on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Hatch has frequently been an influential figure during contentious Supreme Court confirmations.

Even though she is 30 years his junior, Palin has grown to appreciate Hatch’s historical perspective on Congress, the presidency, and the conservative movement. “I respect public servants who benefited from and grew under the tutelage of Ronald Reagan,” she says.

The warmth is mutual. “She and her husband are the handsomest couple that I’ve ever met,” Hatch says, smiling, as we chat in his spacious Senate office. “They’re both top-flight people and I got angry with the mainstream media constantly running her down.”

Hatch openly acknowledges that he has long and doggedly sought Palin’s support. For him, strong personal relationships are an elemental part of politics. They do not trump his principles, he says, but they have enabled him to become a force on Capitol Hill.

Strategic relationships may also be the reason Hatch keeps his seat. Beyond Palin, the 78-year-old senator has assiduously wooed tea-party activists and conservatives over the past two years, keenly aware of the challenge he faces in Utah’s upcoming primary.

Dan Liljenquist, a conservative former state senator, has mounted a tea-party insurgency against Hatch, but he failed to topple Hatch at the state GOP’s nominating convention. Liljenquist remains the underdog as primary day, June 26, approaches. But his campaign team maintains that Palin’s endorsement isn’t a factor.

“Sarah Palin can do whatever she wants, but this doesn’t affect our race,” says Holly Richardson, Liljenquist’s campaign manager. “Endorsing Orrin Hatch is the antithesis of what she says she represents — breaking up the old guard and bringing change to Washington. But I guess they’re friends.”

Hatch’s quiet courtship of Palin is a microcosm of how he has managed to stay ahead, unlike some of his fellow incumbents, such as Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana, who lost a similar primary race earlier this month. Hatch has gone out of his way to make friends.

Two years ago, Hatch’s former Senate GOP colleague, Bob Bennett, was ambushed at the state convention and lost his reelection bid. Hatch vowed to not let that happen to him. He would respond to the potshots; he would not let his detractors define him.

The plan was simple, Hatch says. Instead of merely reasserting his conservatism from the Senate floor, he would huddle with conservatives at tea-party rallies and conferences. He would overwhelm them with his liveliness and his commitment.

“I saw this movement coming before Senator Bennett did,” Hatch recalls. “A year before the Bennett race, I invited David Kirkham, a Utah tea-party leader and an outstanding man, to come meet with me in my office. I spent two and a half hours with him.”

Since then, Hatch has hosted similar meetings with countless Utah conservatives. He didn’t agree with everyone who stopped by his office, but he tended to ease concerns. He is encyclopedic about his record and takes care to contextualize the troublesome votes.

“From time to time, I have been criticized by some in the conservative movement,” Hatch says. “When they are right, I’m going to follow what they say. But most of the time, I have been able to explain why I voted a certain way or did certain things.”

Palin was another tea-party leader who gave Hatch an opportunity to review his Senate experiences, from the Clarence Thomas hearing to his near-victorious battle to pass a balanced-budget amendment. Hatch also says he learned from her. “She is the prime reason the conservative base really played a factor in the last presidential election,” he says. He keeps tabs on her speeches and appearances.

“She’s sharp as a tack,” Hatch says. “I like the way she defends herself and our conservative values.” When she was attacked in the press, he’d defend her in conversations with reporters, during talk-radio interviews, and on cable television.

Sources close to the Alaskan say Palin noticed Hatch’s consistent and vocal support. It drew them closer as friends and deepened their growing political ties. Palin didn’t mind having a Senate legend in her corner; Hatch liked having a tea-party star in his.

When Palin went on Fox News on Tuesday night to signal her support for Hatch ahead of the primary, it was a pleasant surprise to the senator, but not entirely unexpected.

Early Wednesday, the pair spoke on the phone. “I told her that I love her and her husband,” Hatch chuckles. “She said, ‘We love you, too,’ and that she’s here to help.”

“Look, it was a nice conversation,” Hatch says. “I can’t claim that I’ve been a major influence for Sarah, other than what she may have observed from all the fights around here. But I must say, I’ve watched her very carefully and I think the world of her.”

They may be from different generations, but it’s a fighter’s instinct that, in Hatch’s telling, binds them. “She’s had more than her fair share of barbs but she keeps coming back,” Hatch says. “I never give up, either.” In this race, oddly enough, that may mean killing off a conservative challenge.


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FWIW. Interesting reading.
1 posted on 05/24/2012 10:32:31 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Bigtigermike; backwoods-engineer; Al B.; sarah fan UK; ansel12

Of interest...


2 posted on 05/24/2012 10:36:02 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Sarah,

Hatch is an irascible old fart and it's time for him to go.
NO ONE is irreplaceable

That so-called “warrior” leaked HIGHLY classified information during the GWB invasion of Iraq.

Some of us remember.

Nice try but you are on the wrong side of real change again. Just like with McQueeg

3 posted on 05/24/2012 10:39:00 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Servant of the Cross
And Sarah is not alone among conservatives on this ...

Mark Levin’s full explanation of why he supports Orrin Hatch for US Senate

Clearly, Senator Hatch is light years better than deposed Sen. Dick lugar ...

4 posted on 05/24/2012 10:39:31 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats …)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Oh this really sounds like Tea Party values, Sarah is supporting the RINO POS that wrote and sang songs and idolized the traitor Fat Teddy Kennedy.

But WTH, she’s never going to run for elective office again, bet the rent.


5 posted on 05/24/2012 10:40:39 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: mkjessup

read the post above ya...HATCH will save the judge issues


6 posted on 05/24/2012 10:43:43 AM PDT by advertising guy ( Slo Joe Biden " I promise you the President has a big stick, but Michelle's is bigger ")
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To: Servant of the Cross; All
Clearly, Senator Hatch is light years better than deposed Sen. Dick lugar ...

This has nothing to do with Lugar. It has everything to do with a fake conservative like Hatch and his long association with the antithesis of everything conservative (aka the DFT, 'Dead Fat Teddy'), but hey: don't take my word for it, listen for yourselves:

"Tribute to the Life of Ted Kennedy" by Orrin Hatch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr5oyEDGYkw/
7 posted on 05/24/2012 10:45:31 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: mkjessup

your tagline says it all ...


8 posted on 05/24/2012 10:46:22 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats ...)
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To: advertising guy
HATCH will save the judge issues

Uh huh. No matter who wins the election in November we can look forward to liberals being nominated to the SCOTUS and to other federal judiciary positions, because we KNOW that 0bama is going to do that, and in case you didn't get the memo, Mitt-Witt's record so far as appointing judges while Governor of Massachusetts is damn near as disgusting as 0bama. So save that 'judge' talking point, because that dog won't hunt.
9 posted on 05/24/2012 10:48:12 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: mkjessup

How about a fake conservative like Dan Lillywhoever?

It matters who we replace people with.

Dan is not better than Hatch.

Change for change’s sake is not always wise.

Anyone remember hope and change?


10 posted on 05/24/2012 10:51:21 AM PDT by hrh40
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To: mkjessup

sadly, you have a terminal case of dumbass

we’ll pray


11 posted on 05/24/2012 10:52:50 AM PDT by advertising guy ( Slo Joe Biden " I promise you the President has a big stick, but Michelle's is bigger ")
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To: mkjessup
a couple of other youtube videos to view ... but don't take my word for it ...

Clarence Thomas hearings - Part I

Clarence Thomas hearings - Part II

12 posted on 05/24/2012 10:53:29 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats ...)
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To: Servant of the Cross

So, with Sarah being wounded and brutalized by the media Left, without a powerful mentor anywhere in sight, and Hatch being a both ways kind of guy who has cost conservatives dearly, done nothing conservative by himself or single handed, but play the influence peddler, the old boy knows who he can play now. Scared out of his beejeebies, early and often by the Tea Party, set for a loss to a solid conservative, Hatch knows how to run a reverse play and goes straight for the top, with charm balm.

It worked. Again.

It’s a good match, politically, and both get a lot from the other at no political cost.


13 posted on 05/24/2012 10:55:00 AM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: hrh40

Hatch is part of the problem, and that is why Hatch needs to go. If Dan Liljenquist (note how to spell his name for future reference) fails to measure up, then he can be subjected to a primary challenge as well.

The career politicians spending their whole damn life in the House or Senate are one of the many reasons why America is in the mess it’s in. We need to clean the worst offenders out.


14 posted on 05/24/2012 10:57:31 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: RitaOK

Palin is the toughest warrior on the right.

I am amazed at the effect she has on people and how she has managed to move the country right since her debut in 2008.


15 posted on 05/24/2012 10:59:56 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Yeah!!! Graybeard58 and wife, and their new kids!!!!!)
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To: RitaOK
and Hatch has ... done nothing conservative by himself ...

See post #4. Mark Levin disagrees with you, with concrete evidence.

... both get a lot from the other at no political cost ...

As one who has accurately portrayed Gov. Perry getting unfair criticism, you readily dish it on his friend Gov. Palin?

16 posted on 05/24/2012 11:00:41 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats ...)
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To: advertising guy
sadly, you have a terminal case of dumbass

Sadly, you are obviously unable to recognize reality when it comes to the judge nominating history of Mitt-Witt, but you go ahead and pray.

Are you praying to the real God, or to that fictitious Mormon joker?
17 posted on 05/24/2012 11:00:59 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Orin Hatch pushed the conformation of Ruth B. Ginsberg for the Supreme Court. She admittedly has abject disdain for our constitution. What the hell is Sarah Palin thinking by endorsing this RINO POS? Sadly, Sarah now dwells in the realm of no confidence with regards to her post pro constitutional patriotism.


18 posted on 05/24/2012 11:02:59 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: silverleaf
To Sarah Palin
Sarah,

Who cares about Hatch. Just run and save us, America that is, would you?

thanks :-)

P.S.
It seems like many on here would vote for Obama over Sarah Palin. Many are doing the big mainstream media's work here.

19 posted on 05/24/2012 11:06:44 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: RitaOK

Rita, you’re casting your pearls before swine. Sarah could have had the GOP nomination for the asking, but she chose the path of media celebrity instead, and she HAS given her support to conservative candidates for which I (and every conservative) appreciate. However Orrin Hatch is just one more RINO in a pack of career political hacks and he has long outlived his usefulness so far as true conservative values.

It doesn’t matter what he may or may not have done 20 or more years ago, it’s what he’s done lately and that ain’t much.

He needs to retire. Or BE retired, doesn’t matter which one.


20 posted on 05/24/2012 11:07:02 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: drypowder; All
Orrin Hatch pushed the conformation of Ruth B. Ginsberg for the Supreme Court. She admittedly has abject disdain for our constitution. What the hell is Sarah Palin thinking by endorsing this RINO POS?

Now now, don't muddy the waters with the truth.
21 posted on 05/24/2012 11:08:40 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
You know what to do.


22 posted on 05/24/2012 11:12:55 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: mkjessup
Pretty picky aren't you people about a SINGLE act. Guess none of you every made a mistake in your life. Well because of this single act then you'll agree with the liberal media and say that Sarah is no good. Compare Sarah Palin to your messiah democrat Obama who is a marxist monster worse than Chavez,or the dictators of South Africa or Zimbawe.
23 posted on 05/24/2012 11:13:37 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Thank you for the reference to the hour long audio.

Do you realize how long it has been since Hatch performed all these miracles?

I am certainly no authority on The Chronicles of Hatch, but for the increasing number of times he broke our heart and the bond with conservative voters.

The voters were unified, deliberate and hopeful that this time they could give him a run for the money, perhaps another calling card to attribute to the TEA PARTY.

He is cunning and knew whom, if anyone, could be helpful in pulling his fat out of the fire. All I am saying is it worked, and it’s a good match.

She saves him, and he can be a fine mentor for her.

Mark Levine, btw, has folded, for the presumed nominee, and is not all that rebellious or resistant to the GOPE, obviously.


24 posted on 05/24/2012 11:15:42 AM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: RitaOK

I see Palin as the mentor to the conservative movement and to other politicians like Perry who I think she emboldened back in 2009 and encouraged him to speak out more strongly like DeMint started doing after seeing Palin surviving and fighting, when has she ever needed or had a mentor, she is the mentor and the example.


25 posted on 05/24/2012 11:22:13 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Yeah!!! Graybeard58 and wife, and their new kids!!!!!)
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To: ansel12

Yes, she certainly has been all that.


26 posted on 05/24/2012 11:23:11 AM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
“Sarah Palin can do whatever she wants, but this doesn’t affect our race,” says Holly Richardson, Liljenquist’s campaign manager.

Now if Holly were a much better campaign manager, she might have said something like "Yes we would have loved to have received Sarah Palin's endorsement but we didn't. If Dan Liljenquist is nominated, we hope she will campaign hard for us."
27 posted on 05/24/2012 11:23:31 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: hrh40
Dan is not better than Hatch.

Can you prove it?
28 posted on 05/24/2012 11:24:47 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: rurgan

Ain’t it the truth.


29 posted on 05/24/2012 11:28:49 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: ansel12

I am amazed at the effect she has on people and how she has managed to move the country right since her debut in 2008.

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Not being a smart ass - but the US in 2012 is further to the right than it was in 2008? Before Obamacare? Before the repeal of DADT? Defense of Marriage act?

I’m just puzzled I guess.


30 posted on 05/24/2012 11:30:08 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Servant of the Cross
“I saw this movement coming before Senator Bennett did,” Hatch recalls. “A year before the Bennett race, I invited David Kirkham, a Utah tea-party leader and an outstanding man, to come meet with me in my office. I spent two and a half hours with him.” Since then, Hatch has hosted similar meetings with countless Utah conservatives.

So Hatch had to change his stripes & host conservatives. Wonder where he was all of those other yrs.

31 posted on 05/24/2012 11:46:24 AM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: dmz

In November and December of 2008 it looked like conservatism was dead, and that Obama was a start of a new future of Democratic dominance with little influence left from the old dead GOP and especially from conservatism, it looked as though the predictions and demographics had finally come together and that we had finally broken with the past and had entered into the future as long foreseen by the political left and the media.

Palin was fighting instantly in November of 2008, endorsing and taking it to the media, the right has been conquering and growing stronger ever since, we immediately started with little victories, and then made history in 2010, we are having victories and even taking on the public unions which seemed impossible in 2008.

We are stronger today and have a tea party, and a movement and influence and power that we didn’t have in 2008. We have weight to throw around today, we didn’t have that in 2008.


32 posted on 05/24/2012 11:46:54 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Yeah!!! Graybeard58 and wife, and their new kids!!!!!)
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To: ansel12
We are stronger today and have a tea party, and a movement and influence and power that we didn’t have in 2008.

Good post. And a vivid illustration of your point is the following ....

In November and December of 2008 it looked like conservatism was dead, and that Obama was a start of a new future of Democratic dominance ...

Palin was fighting instantly in November of 2008 ... and then made history in 2010, we are having victories and even taking on the public unions ... and the future looked like this:


33 posted on 05/24/2012 11:59:50 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats ...)
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To: ansel12

Print it. Mail it.


34 posted on 05/24/2012 12:10:54 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: mkjessup

“What the hell is Sarah Palin thinking by endorsing this RINO POS?”

Seen it before with McCain’s 2010 Primary challenge against JD Hayworth. Of course, that time she supposedly “had to”. Maybe she “loves” McCain too. There’s a lot I like about Sarah but these are 2 instances where I really question her discernment.


35 posted on 05/24/2012 12:16:34 PM PDT by Bizhvywt
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To: Servant of the Cross

I donated to Lilenquist.


36 posted on 05/24/2012 12:16:57 PM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: Bizhvywt

This old post of mine addresses that McCain endorsement, and the 2008 ticket turning on itself.

If the vice presidential candidate for John McCain and the the biggest GOP superstar since Reagan had not supported McCain for reelection for his Senate seat, then it would have meant the destruction of her image, and of the GOP image and it would have been the non stop political story of 2009 and 2010, the division between the ticket of the previous year would have made the Republicans appear broken and shattered and would even have led to a widespread reevaluation of the importance of a Democrat victory in 2008, because it would make the GOP ticket look like it had been a sham, it would have damaged and have prevented this incredible change in public opinion towards the entire republican brand that Palin has helped reshape during the last 17 months.

Palin would have looked cheap and shallow to the general public for turning on the man that 59,000,000 of them voted for, she would easily be painted as a radical and unstable person and a bitter, small timer to the general public.

There is a lot more going on with the national image of the republican/conservative movement here than what we McCain haters see in the Arizona Senate race, the general public does not share all of our perceptions and in depth view of the race between McCain and Hayworth. They would see the Presidential and the vice Presidential candidates of the Republican party at each others throats, clearly signaling that Obama and the Democrats represented stability and calm.

Palin’s image would have never survived, and the entire national, conservative movement would be weaker in reality and in the public’s eye.


37 posted on 05/24/2012 12:30:26 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Yeah!!! Graybeard58 and wife, and their new kids!!!!!)
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To: ansel12

Once again, you hit outta the park.


38 posted on 05/24/2012 12:40:28 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Servant of the Cross
I have to say this really surprised me, but knowing how incredibly solid both Sarah and Mark Levin are, I knew they had good reasons to support Hatch. He was such a hero during the Clarence Thomas hearings, he won a huge place in my heart.

Risking Hatch's safe seat would have been a huge factor too.

39 posted on 05/24/2012 12:45:39 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: mkjessup

Hatch went up against Kennedy many times, most notably during the Clarence Thomas hearings. They remained friends in spite of their differences and I attribute that to Hatch’s ability to be true gentleman.


40 posted on 05/24/2012 12:49:23 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: mkjessup; All

From a purely strategic perspective, one can make a good argument that Palin’s endorsement is actualy a GOOD thing for Dan. Hatch had it in his pocket...he hoped that he could come out of the Utah GOP convention WITHOUT having to go through a primary...and I suspect Palin made him promise NOT to use it..the fact that it comes out now would suggest that Hatch is worried..have there been any polls lately?


41 posted on 05/24/2012 1:25:04 PM PDT by ken5050 (FRACK Obama!!!)
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To: Servant of the Cross
...where Hatch has frequently been an influential figure during contentious Supreme Court confirmations.

As fast as the last two breezed through confirmation was Hatch even there?

42 posted on 05/24/2012 1:51:24 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Freddd

It’s still the greatest nation!


43 posted on 05/24/2012 1:58:21 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: rurgan
Pretty picky aren't you people about a SINGLE act.

It ain't a "SINGLE" act Sparky.

See 'McCain, T' (T for Traitor), Arizona - Sarah Palin not only proclaimed that her vision for America was the same as John McCain's, she actually said that he was the 'Tea Party candidate' and turned her back on a REAL conservative, J.D. Hayworth. This isn't the first time Sarah lined up with a RINO, and it won't be the last.
44 posted on 05/24/2012 2:18:04 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: Deb
Hatch went up against Kennedy many times, most notably during the Clarence Thomas hearings. They remained friends in spite of their differences and I attribute that to Hatch’s ability to be true gentleman.

Yeah, a true gentleman who supported and voted for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Now THAT's conservatism in action (snort).
45 posted on 05/24/2012 2:20:26 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: mkjessup
There was a time when Senators believed president's should have the nominees they chose. If Hatch has a fault its that he served during the 40 years of the filibuster-proof, Democrat-controlled Congress when Republicans had no power and lost every fight. Those old timers still think presidents should have their choices.

You'd have more credibility if you didn't support such a HUGE loon for President (snort).

46 posted on 05/24/2012 2:38:05 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

“There’s no evidence whatsoever that the states are not investigating, prosecuting and punishing crimes triggered by bias and prejudice.

Even Attorney General Eric Holder has lauded the states’ efforts to punish hate crimes.” ~ Orrin Hatch

Sorry folks, but Orrin Hatch not only a pigfaced liar, he’s GOP-E+ and an ultra-RINO.

It’s way past high time for term limits on senators.

That’s what ANY discussion about Orrin Hatch should be about.

Bad move on Palin’s part, no matter how bendy, twisty, flaccid “TV” people try to spin it.


47 posted on 05/24/2012 2:38:17 PM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: Deb; EternalVigilance
There was a time when Senators believed president's should have the nominees they chose. If Hatch has a fault its that he served during the 40 years of the filibuster-proof, Democrat-controlled Congress when Republicans had no power and lost every fight. Those old timers still think presidents should have their choices.

All the more reason to get that dead wood outta there.

You'd have more credibility if you didn't support such a HUGE loon for President (snort).

Tom Hoefling is a God fearing, America loving, Christian patriot and you ought to know better. So who are YOU supporting Deb?
48 posted on 05/24/2012 3:01:10 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: hattend
As fast as the last two breezed through confirmation was Hatch even there?

Of course he was. Unfortunately, so were Collins, Snowe, Gregg, Voinovich, Martinez, Lugar, Bond, Graham and Alexander.

49 posted on 05/24/2012 3:08:05 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats ...)
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To: Servant of the Cross
You make an effort to reach out to people that can help you win, treat them decently, stick up for them, build relationships with them, and they support you. In short, astute politician is astute. Gee. Imagine that.

This in particular really irritates me:

“Sarah Palin can do whatever she wants, but this doesn’t affect our race,” says Holly Richardson, Liljenquist’s campaign manager. “Endorsing Orrin Hatch is the antithesis of what she says she represents — breaking up the old guard and bringing change to Washington. But I guess they’re friends.”

First, Holly, I don’t believe for a second that that endorsement didn’t affect your campaign. If Palin had endorsed your boy instead of Hatch, that sure as hell would have affected your campaign. You guys would have been unable to shut up about it. And rightly so. Of course it affected your campaign when she went the other way. Lying in the first sentence of the statement does not really endear me to you or your candidate.

Second, what irritates me only slightly less than the lie, if not just as much, is your being a graceless, petulant c...ampaign drone about the endorsement. Just once, I’d like to see a campaign, when Palin endorses their opponent, say something like “Naturally, we’re disappointed. We think our guy, as the Tea Party guy, was the better choice for Sarah, but we understand our opponent has built a good relationship with her. And that’s okay. We hope to work with her in the future, but for now, we’re going to move forward with this campaign.” Which says a lot of the same stuff as you said without making you sound like a sore loser. I’m not a professional politico, I’ve honestly never even volunteered on a campaign, but I get this. And it drives me absolutely nuts that so many of the folks who draw paychecks for this do not. At least not when it comes to Palin.

Say what you like, Orrin Hatch is not stupid. He saw Bennett get beat for the nomination, he didn’t want that to happen to him, and he took steps to make sure it didn’t. He cultivated the Tea Party guys, he cultivated conservatives, and he cultivated Palin. And his supporting her and her family during the ugliness...considering how so much of the rest of the establishment has behaved toward her, that’s especially like water in the desert.

50 posted on 05/24/2012 3:10:15 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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