On eve of GOP primary, Politico asks: 'Can Sen. Orrin Hatch beat the tea party?'

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  • Mark Reece
    June 26, 2012 1:13 p.m.

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  • Wyomex Burlington, WY
    June 25, 2012 11:04 p.m.

    During the Revolutionary War, there were Tories and Patriots.

    Tories sided with the ruling party - the Crown. Patriots opposed.
    Tories compromised. Patriots fought.
    Tories were generally older. Patriots younger.
    Tories were cautious. Patriots bold.
    Tories were called "Loyalists." Patriots were "Revolutionaries" or "Rebels."
    Tories made money because of relations with the Crown. Patriots lost money.
    Tories were about 20% of the population. Patriots the balance.

    The actors are different, but the play is the same.

    "Tories" are now the majority. Patriots are hard to find.

  • homers Provo, UT
    June 25, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    sg - before you post you should do a little homework. Hatch opposed both Kagen and Sotomayor. He has consistantly opposed cap and trade. If the facts are so incorrect it makes your opinion useless. The fact that you are from out of state makes it even worse.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    He just needs to say what they want to hear so he can wheel and deal for the big corporations.

  • c'villegirl CENTERVILLE, UT
    June 25, 2012 8:19 p.m.

    Swede 1952....that is my point exactly!!! Dan RESIGNED to run for another office, without finishing the commitment he had made when people voted for him to serve in the State Legislature!! My concern is the implication of using his elected position as a stepping stone to Washington, rather than finishing the job he was elected to do!! That sounds too much like a man who just wanted to take a Step Up, rather than serve where he was elected to serve. I feel a little "used" after supporting him in his state election and won't make that mistake again.

  • Vaughn J Kearns, UT
    June 25, 2012 8:18 p.m.

    swede1952: Congratulations on an intelligent post rather than a cut and paste. It has been obvious that you like Liljenquist from all of your participation. Now it is obvious that you have a personal connection with his family and that is the main reason you support him.

    You also finally see what happens if someone only points to one side of the issue rather than presenting both sides.

  • Vaughn J Kearns, UT
    June 25, 2012 8:14 p.m.

    sg your information is inaccurate. Hatch did not vote or support Kagan because she did not have any judicial experience.

    And why should your opinions matter to Utahn's when you live in California?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 25, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    Re: sg newhall, CA
    "Thanks Frank Moss...er I mean Hatch, the man out of touch with Utahns."

    Hatch will win the primary tomorrow and the senate race on November 6th. Sounds like he's in touch to me.

  • sg newhall, CA
    June 25, 2012 7:42 p.m.

    Remember folks, Hatch approved the nomination of Kagan and Sotomyer. He approved every hike. He was for cap and trade. This is a man who has become the establishment. I haven't seen him fight against the oppression of Obama and his cronies. To give this career politician one last 6 year term is ridiculous. Why are we to believe that he can do better during his 'last' term? He can't. Now we have to continue to watch him chose people that have no business being chosen. Thanks Frank Moss...er I mean Hatch, the man out of touch with Utahns.

  • homers Provo, UT
    June 25, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    @swede1952 I don't doubt your description of Dan Liljenquist. Orrin Hatch is everything you described in Dan - I have known Orrin Hatch for almost 20 years. He is a man of integrity, wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove. An encyclopedia of information. A compassionate and caring individual with a great posterity of wonderful children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and his wife, Elaine, is a joy. He grew up in abject poverty and worked his way through school, law school and was elected to the US Senate by simply outworking everyone else. He continues to work 14-16 hour days, six days a week and has the energy and capacity of a much younger man. He has one thing that Dan doesn't have - 36 years of institutional knowledge and will be the most senior Republican in the US Senate, possibly chairman of the Finance Committee and President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Everything else being equal, Hatch is the right choice. As for your second post - it is not against the law for an active legislator to run for higher office. They simply cannot solicit donations while the legislature is in session.

  • swede1952 Smithfield, UT
    June 25, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    Dan resigned his Utah Senate seat because an "active" legislator cannot run for a potential elected office. This is normal protocol. Dan didn't "jump ship" as some believe. He or anybody according to Utah law cannot run for office, if they are an "active politician". Let's tell the whole story in the closing hours of this election. VOTE DAN on June 26th!

  • swede1952 Smithfield, UT
    June 25, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    My last comments on this year's Senate race. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Dan Liljenquist and his campaign workers over the last 9 weeks. Dan is a wonderful man and a terrific candidate for the US Senate. I have been impressed with his personal integrity, his humor, his good nature, and his vast knowledge. To me, Dan's life was spared from that tragic airplane crash in 2008 because he has more contributions to make in life.

    Brooke, his wife, is a delightful and gracious lady. Their six children are adorable. You can tell a lot about a man from how he treats his wife and children. Dan is exemplary in these relationships. His kindness and genuine compassion shine through. Being one of 15 children, Dan knows the "value of a dollar" and he learned from an early age how to work hard. He is a credit to his family, community, and state.

    Tomorrow 9 weeks of hard work will be put to the test. Dan's schedule has been exhaustive. But then, Dan would NOT have done it any other way. Dan is a once-in-a-generation candidate. LILJENQUIST for a better future!

  • c'villegirl CENTERVILLE, UT
    June 25, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    I'm not usually in favor of several terms for any office holder, but this year is an exception for me!! I will definitely vote for Orrin Hatch and am actually grateful he is running again. Utah needs the experience and respect Mr. Hatch has achieved, especially with our other Senator still being in his first term. Some people don't recognize the importance of this for our state, but it is extremely so at this time! One of the most deciding points for me is that Mr. Lilenquist jumped ship as soon as he saw an opportunity to move to Washington, and failed to continue to serve the people who elected him. And, I refuse to be controlled or pressured by the Tea Party!!!

  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    June 25, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    Hatch will wiin because he is "the lesser of two evils" but to you Mr. Hatch I say you are a liar, you promised you would never run more than twice and you have now put this state in a bad position. You should have walked away long ago. You are definitely part of the problem that we as Americans find ourselves in today.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 25, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    My 2 bits - for what it's worth.

    1. Hatch will win the nomination.
    2. All Liljenquist supporters - who for MONTHS have said they will never vote for Hatch -- will all quietly, slither away and secretly vote Hatch, becasue Party Loyalty is more important than personal integrity.
    3. Hatch will go onto win a 7th straight term - for 42 years in the U.S. Senate and will be the poster child as the insider, establishment, career politician.
    4. The whining and complaining about him being in there for so long will continue.


  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    June 25, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    Bad as Hatch may be, Liljenquist is worse. This is an election to pick the least worst candidate. Unfortunately I will be casting a vote against Liljenquist (and for the United States and Utah) by pulling the lever by Hatch's name. I have no idea what I will be doing to vote against Hatch for the general election.