Senator Hatch, the master magician

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  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 11:22 p.m.

    @Mike Richards:
    "He made promises and immediately broke those promises."

    That's what politicians do... they promise stuff then when elected they forget what they promised. This is Hatch's last term. Don't expect anything from him.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    Utah voters re-elected Senator Hatch once again believing he would look out for our best interests (seemingly without closely examining his voting record or listening carefully enough to his political rhetoric). I think Utahns got exactly what they voted for - again. At least he had the courage to stand up and support President Obama by voting in favor of the fiscal deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. For that Senator Hatch I am grateful.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 7:40 p.m.

    hatch has just not had enough time to do all the things he promised.

    Utah republicon voters should continue to re-elect hatch.

    He just needs more time...

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    I loved his campaign motto of:
    "Mitt Romney needs me back in Washington!" many fell for that old gag?

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    Lest we forget, this is what I said about Hatch during the election:

    "Hatch is making an argument that experience, clout, seniority, influence, and knowledge make a difference, that somehow we can't live without his expected rise to the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee. That ASSUMES Mitt Romney wins the White House (hate that word 'assume.') The simple truth is all his hypothetical political-speak shrouds the real reason: 'You must send me back so I can set a consecutive Senate service longevity record.' He absolutely believes in his heart of hearts he is a Utah treasure of inestimable worth and that he is irreplaceable and an unassailable icon of mythical proportions. Well, maybe. I don't think so. Instead of his usual one-hour nap during the day, he can stretch it to two hours without fear of recrimination. He will never face voters again, and if he wins he will never be accountable. Hatch will continue voting differently than the rest of Utah's delegation."

    I just hate it when I'm right.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    I can only HOPE that the Hon. Senator Hatch follows through on his word and retires at the end of this term. Utah has deserved better for a long time.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Jan. 9, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    Where are the Utahns who voted in Hatch on toothless promises? Perhaps they have disappeared just as the senator has.

    Selaina Broderick


    Mike Richards, RedShirt, Voice of Reason, PeanutGallery, wrz, ...
    Care to answer her?....

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    Yes, Sen. Hatch talked a good game during the election, but ...

    Sorry, folks, but it was all too predictable.

    Re: Kent C. DeForrest: The reason Matheson voted against the bad fiscal cliff bill is because his vote wasn't needed in order to pass it. So now he can pretend to be conservative, and continue to fool lots of voters. He's good at this game.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    Now that Hatch is on his last term (?), maybe we'll see who he really is. Generally, a public servant not running for reelection is more free to do what he really feels is right than one (like Matheson, for instance) who is always looking to the next election. Can't think of any other reason why Matheson would vote against the fiscal cliff fix and Hatch would vote for it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Was Hatch ever visible?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    This is the greatest summary, and most accurate reporting, of what Hatch has and has not done for Utah, and our country of anything I have seen or read in recent years.

    Some people "get it" and others are just great actors and chameleons.

    We should see Hatch on the floor of the Senate every single day demanding that Harry Reid bring up a budget for a vote, to fulfill the legal obligation for the Senate to pass a budget every year. Instead, we get Hatch carping about Utahn's who don't worship his moderateness.

    The Deseret News should hire Ms. Broderick as a political reporter so we get some accurate reporting!

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 9, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    Senator Hatch has proven again that he cares only for Orrin Hatch. He made promises and immediately broke those promises. Now he blames Utahns for not holding HIS values. He wasn't elected to promote HIS values; he was elected to represent the State of Utah.

    As usual, he proved that he can't be trusted to do anything except run for re-election.

    Leadership? He is no leader.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 4:29 a.m.

    "Utahns deserve results and real leadership during the pivotal new era of spending cuts that hurt Utah jobs and spending increases that yield no revenue."

    So spending cuts are bad, and spending increases are also bad?