Deseret News
Senator Orrin G. Hatch speaks during the investiture ceremony for the new U.S. Attorney, David B. Barlow, at the Frank E. Moss Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

The far right is espousing a "throw the bums out" mentality in reference to Sen. Orrin Hatch. This is an act of cutting one's nose off to spite the face and is inappropriate in the case of Hatch.

He is one of the most conservative senators and has served Utah well. If he goes out, so does Hill Air Force Base. A new senator could not save it. In spite of the dislike of most conservatives, seniority is the rule of the U.S. Senate. Hatch has done many great things for Utah in spite of being in the minority most of his tenure.

Republicans have a chance to take over the Senate in 2013 and Hatch will be the chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. As such he can really cut the size of government. No new senator will have much influence on cutting anything. Let us all get involved in the caucus selection process that is coming up, and keep Hatch in Washington.

John Amadio