Skip to comments.Tea party threat defused, Hatch wants to do a deal
Posted on 07/23/2012 4:24:38 AM PDT by markomalley
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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He sure fooled a lot of people around here. I knew he is poison.
Thank you Palin!
DeMint thinks a brief moment and concludes, "I trust him."
O.K. Mark Levin and Sarah Palin, explain THIS!
“Don’t count your Hatches before they chicken.”
They fell, again, for that fear of losing a seat at the head of the table. The main problem was that Lind-whatever was no Mike Lee, period. So now all of those who were “skeered” into voting the Double-speaker Deluxe back to screw us again, Gee Thanks Buckos! All the so-called wisdom in the world that resides in your temples wasn’t enough to eject this charlatan when all the evidence was right there in front of your faces. Think about that at your next pizza party on the hill.
Costa Rica just keeps looking better all the time.
Just for once I would like “compromise” to be that when we propose ten government programs be eliminated that seven are gone and three are reduced rather than the usual result of all ten having their budgets increased and three new programs are started.
Next round he willbe 84 and they should go after him again. At least Dick Lugar is now done after the end of the year.
I read in his own words... that his challenger said the exact same thing. Can we not find any real Conservatives that actually know what Conservatism is?
Another Democrat vote in the Senate.
At 78 he’s already a Jurassic douchebag. Hatch is the poster boy for term limits. He’s been corrupted beyond redemption by decades in the DC cesspool.
Didn’t foolish Princess Sarah endorse this clown?
Ms. Authentic Card-Carrying Tea Party Diva herself?
Whassup with that?
I wasn’t one of them. Wonder how he got to Mark Levin and Sarah Palin?
Orrin Hatch is the most egotistical person I have ever met. And that includes Warren Beatty!
Too bad...this Hatch thing is a replay of McCain in 2010 and is uncalled for. I Like Palin and Levin, but somehow they get drunk once in a while and make mistakes.