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Published: Friday, May 23 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

It would be interesting to see a year by year breakdown. I would bet his yearly "average" has declined sharply during the last 6 years.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

Perhaps the article could highlight some of the many laws that Senator Hatch has had a hand in being enacted.

Just being part of the federal law making cabal may not be such a feather in one's cap if we review tho law(s) and impact upon our lives.

IMO the senior senator has stayed way beyond his time and is part of what some would consider the problem with Washington. Ego, entitlement and establishment seem to come to mind when I picture him.

Has the senator ever supported or voted to rescind any legislation that clutters the books? Just curious.

VST
Bountiful, UT

You may not like his politics. But he has been effective.

Freedom Seeker
Riverton, UT

For many years I supported Orrin Hatch and thought he was a great conservative representative of the people of Utah. It was for that reason I voted for him in the most recent election. I am saddened to learn I made a big mistake in voting for him this time. Nearly every vote he has cast this term has been contrary to my conservative values. I guess when you reach your last term you feel comfortable uncovering your true nature you have been hiding all these years.

Sorry to see a great man fizzle in the end.

ECR
Burke, VA

Excellent essay. And Congratulations to Senator Hatch for this distinction. A former neighbor of mine has worked for Senator Hatch for most of the past 25 years and I asked him once - when the Democrats had control of the House and the Senate - how it was that Senator Hatch and Senator Ted Kennedy got along so well and co-sponsored some significant bills together. He said that Senator Hatch, and I suppose Senator Kennedy as well, saw the wisdom in working together, rather than fighting each other, and that way most of what each of them wanted would be included in the bill. A partial victory is better that no victory at all.

Certainly both sides of the aisle and the White House should take heed to this approach because it reflects a time when things got done in Congress. The extreme voices that exist there today have brought progress in the Congress to a grinding halt. In the past, presidents from both parties have benefited from the spirit of compromise. But the last 6 years have provided an illustration of the opposite approach. Heaven help us.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Today's GOP is largely ignorant of how our government was designed to function. The virtues the Founders sought to foster – minimizing factions & partisan rancor, seeing others points of view, willing to compromise, not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, etc. – have been tossed aside in favor of other “virtues.” Things like…

Believing that unless a law is 100% what you want, it is bad.

Believing the other side is evil and secretly wants to destroy the republic
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Believing there is no other legitimate point of view.

Compromise = capitulation

Combine all this with lots of angry “all or nothing” rhetoric along with a generous dose of religious fervor about how we are “losing our way” and the country is “in deep trouble” and you get what we have today… a movement wholly incapable of governing a modern diverse society.

However these traits all work wonderfully in a small tribe where you are king and especially if you can get the religious leaders to tell everyone that your views are “divinely inspired.”

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

He needs to be a tea party one hundred percent naysayer all the time and try to get on FOX news to get any credit in Utah.

Esquire
Springville, UT

The hard core right wingers take the position that compromise is a bad thing and is capitulation. That is ridiculous and ludicrous. Without compromise, we would not have the Constitution, and it goes from there. Hatch has been at his best when he legislates instead of postures to appease his right wing supporters. It astounds me that some would rather see nothing come from Congress rather than incremental or even bold action to address the multitude of issues we face as a nation. The far right would rather see the nation fall as long as they get their way. And then they wave the flag and get all weepy about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. This is incredulous! Don't they bother to think things through, or are they only driven by emotion (especially hate)?

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Lost in DC tells us "The virtues the Founders sought to foster – minimizing factions & partisan rancor, seeing others’ points of view, be willing to compromise, not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, etc. – have been tossed aside in favor of absolute control"

What Disney version of history did you gist this from? Have we forgotten the Burr–Hamilton duel? The duel was the result of "a long conflict between Democratic-Republicans and Federalists. The conflict began in 1791 when Burr captured a United States Senate seat from Philip Schuyler, Hamilton's father-in-law, who would have supported Federalist policies."

The constitutional congress was hardly free of "factions & partisan rancor". Adams had to flee Philadelphia as president for fear of being tarred and feathered... he recounts the experience in a letter to Jefferson.

I am not sure what the source of this utopian version of history, but they disagreed, argued, fought, and even dueled.

Hatch has been successful because unlike some he isn't keeping score in some mythical game between Democrats and Republicans. You can disagree on politics and policy, and still work toward mutually agreeable solutions. This fictionalized history is the problem.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Isn't passing more laws a bad things for someone who believes in less government?

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

So Reagan said the "person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor?"

And that's supposed to be a wise saying?

Reagan was wrong at least 80% of the time, especially on important issues. If Orrin Hatch agreed with Reagan 80% of time, that would make him wrong at least 64% of the time.

Hmmm, that seems like a lot. If we extrapolate from that and assume Hatch has been wrong about everything for at least 64% of the time, then that at least 474 of the bills he made into law are bad laws.

That's not good, is it?

Well, at least he seems to be trying. I don't think he is knowingly trying to harm America (by proving just how bad government can be) like his government-hating Tea Party colleagues.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Everything is relative,and if the alternative is Mike Lee he looks fantastic. Utahns have seen what the alternative is if we let a small handful of radicals take control. %80 of us prefer another Senator Hatch to the disaster that has been the Lee experiment.

Makimb2
Slc, UT

Great he passed 754 bills most of which we probably didn't need. Don't judge a rep on how many bills he has passed but on his voting record. 90% of the bills they pass are worthless or damaging.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Wow...

Great commendation from a leading regional newspaper...

The information contained in this piece should help Orrin continue to get re-elected...

Again and again and again...

Of course as long as he has the R next to his name...

His chances of getting re-elected are almost 100%.

So...Orrin...don't make this term your last rodeo...

Even if you've indicated it is...

Vote for Hatch...

A true non-partisan.

Z
South Jordan, UT

I cannot fault Senator Hatch for his ability to reach across the aisle; it is a trait sadly lacking in today's Congress. But the sheer volume of sponsored bills speaks to a point I have been trying to make for years: Senator Hatch is remarkably un-selective about what he attaches his name and reputation to.

Yes, over the years there have been some good pieces of legislation passed. But there is a shockingly large set of bad bills with Senator Hatch's name attached to them, and we the willing Republican voters of Utah kept giving him a pass on all those bad choices every six years.

Orrin has said that he is retiring. Let us all hope that he keeps his word.

BU52
Provo, ut

I can't understand why the D-news is running articles about Hatch, he isn't up for re-election for 4 more years?

bill in af
American Fork, UT

Senator Hatch understands how our government process should work. Our founding fathers established our Constitution on the principle of fair compromise. That does not mean they expected to get their way on every issue, but were willing to listen to both sides of an argument and make the best decision for the common good. That is something that is lost today in Congress with the influence of the tea party and especially our junior senator Mike Lee.

Xplor
Mesquite, NV

Does quantity equate to quality?

BB
Santaquin, UT

Just because you pass a law does not make it a good law...

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Hatch co-sponsored many bills with Ted Kennedy. Enough said.

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