Sen. Orrin Hatch survived the Utah primary run-off against Tea Party challenger Dan Liljenquist Tuesday and is likely to cling to his seat for a seventh term.

But despite Hatch’s shameful and shameless attacks on his opponent, there are Liljenquist supporters who see a possible silver lining in the Beltway barnacle’s victory. Throughout the campaign season, Hatch laughably styled himself as a Tea Party candidate, and some conservative Twitterers are hopeful he’ll actually start walking the walk.

Wishful thinking?

Others will believe it when they see it.

Here’s a reminder of the absurdity of Hatch’s claim that he was a Tea Party guy ” since before the tea party came into existence.”

Orrin Hatch is the antithesis of the Tea Party spirit. He is a mascot for big-spending Beltway entrenched incumbency who has consistently joined hands with destructive Democrats.

He slobbered over corruptocrat Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd.

He co-sponsored the $6 billion national service boondoggle and dedicated it to his good friend Teddy Kennedy, with whom he also joined hands to create the ever-expanding SCHIP entitlement.

He supported tax cheat Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner from day one, lavished praise on Joe Biden’s balls, and embraced and defended Attorney General Eric Holder’s nomination because, he said, “I like Barack Obama and I want to help him if I can.”

He was an original sponsor of the open-borders DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout and voted for the massive TARP bailout.

Will Hatch’s courtship of the Tea Party last into his seventh term in office? Forgive us for not holding our breath on that one.

  • carla5731

    Walk the talk.

  • Chance Boudreaux

    Hatch was also part of the Government harassment of Microsoft. He needed to go, bad call Utah.


    Hatch should have been Hatched. I don’t know what’s wrong with folks who will vote for that wimp.

  • SuperstionQueen

    Hatch is a progressive sporting an R behind his name, therefore you have to wonder if that is what Utah wants, a destructive progressive.

  • John_Frank

    Dan Liljenquist, a TEA party person? Please. Among other things:

    – He labelled himself a Bain Capital Romney Republican

    – In an interview with Talking Point Memo, among other things his campaign manager said the candidate never called himself a TEA party candidate, and that he was not a radical (inferring that TEA parties were).

    As to Senator Hatch:

    – the website scored him as a hard core conservative.

    Some people may find that score hard to believe, but there it is, in black and white. FYI – the score is not based on statements the Senator made within the last year or so.

    In any event the primary is over. Hopefully folks will follow the lead of Dan Liljenquist, and Senator Lee, both of whom have now endorsed Senator Hatch, come together and support the Senator in his bid for re-election.

  • digitalPimple

    This was pointless and stupid in this case. Made no sense at all. The funny thing is; the same people who bitch about Hatch so much are some of the most avid supporters of Sweater-vest for pres who has a similar not so spectacular “tea” career.

    Some of us told you you would lose this one. Pay a little more attention and don’t just blindly follow that turn-coat dick army everywhere he marches.

  • Flop21

    Dan distanced himself from tea party. Utah earns a McCain like *Barf*