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My view: Sen. Orrin Hatch's filibuster loophole

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  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    March 21, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    It is/was shortsighted of Hatch to be against the fillabuster in the first place. Without that power in the Senate, all of the minority party in Congress at any given time might as well go play golf for 2 years as they have virtually no power. I didn't like it when Reed used the fillabuster against Bush, but I knew that the Republicans would also need it in the future. The future is here, and I think Hatch is caught in the middle with his aforementioned "short sightedness."

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    March 20, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Thank you for trying to hold Orrin Hatch to his own position on at least one topic. It's an uphill battle, but well worth the effort. I'd say Hatch out to resign, but chances are his replacement would be an extremist on par with Mike Lee. Perhaps Hatch might vote once or twice on principle rather than politics, now that he's (hopefully) not up for reelection. Hmm.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 20, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    This is an absolutely excellent article. I can think of many, many things to say about Orrin Hatch -- and none of them are good.

    The worst thing about it all, though, is the fact that this dishonest hypocrite is very representative of the party to which he belongs.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2013 2:08 a.m.

    He was one of the pioneers in disrupting government for political gain. Why did Utah get a hugely expensive new Federal Courthouse?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 20, 2013 12:51 a.m.

    Many Republican "principles" flew out the window the day that President Obama was first sworn in. But don't worry, Democratic "principles" will do the same on the day the next Republican president is sworn in.