Tom Smart, Tom Smart, Deseret News
Orrin Hatch

Since Bob Bennett's ouster, Sen. Orrin Hatch has been on his best behavior, fighting to convince the electorate that he's a true conservative. The people of Utah have had him on a short leash, which has been a remarkable display of the power that "we the people" still retain over our elected officials.

Some numbers: Hatch has been proudly touting his recent 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union. In 2009, however, his rating was only 89 percent and in 2008 he scored only 80 percent. Clearly, 2010 was a turning point for Hatch, and he has lately become a very dedicated conservative.

Thank goodness he was up for re-election. Hatch has stated that, if we send him back for one more term, it will be his last. Folks, shouldn't we be worried about that? The leash which has kept Hatch so active in conservative causes of late would effectively disappear. The prospect must be attractive to him — 6 years in office without the leash. Six years wherein he can operate without concern for the scrutiny of an energized constituency.

Indeed, his intent to make this his last term in office should be one of the strongest cases against him. We must keep our politicians on a leash.

Nelson Barss