David DewCrist’s Health Care Problem
David DewCrist . . . er . . . Dewhurst is Texas’s Lieutenant Governor and is running for the United States Senate against RedState endorsed Ted Cruz. Lt. Gov. DewCrist has been making sure local news outlets in Texas understand he understands healthcare. He has studied healthcare. In fact, Dewhurst has joined up with a top expert to figure out how to save costs in | Read More »
The Utah Election
When Orrin Hatch ran for the United States Senate the first time, he campaigned against then Democratic Senator Frank Moss. Hatch traveled Utah asking and answering a simple question: “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years?” “You call him home,” he said. That was thirty-six years ago. Orrin Hatch beat Frank Moss and has been in the United States | Read More »
Pay Attention to Dan Liljenquist in Utah
There aren’t a whole lot of Senate races to get excited about this year. Adam Hasner in Florida, Josh Mandel in Ohio, Don Stenberg in Nebraska, Ted Cruz in Texas, and Jeff Flake in Arizona are about it for me right now. But I do want to beat Heather Wilson in New Mexico and Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin. One race where I’ve sat back a | Read More »
A note to you disenchanted tea party activists
I’m getting a lot of emails from tea party members rather upset with members of Congress today. The funniest story I’ve heard today from several people on the hill is that the House GOP held a budget “listening” session to learn how to message better for tea parties and independents. The House GOP leaders really thought that they had the policy right and just needed | Read More »
Back to the Future?
I sure hope the Tea Party Express backs away from perhaps the lamest comment uttered so far gearing up for 2012. Sal Russo, chief strategist for Tea Party Express, says TPE won’t go after Orrin Hatch in 2012 because 35 years ago Orrin Hatch supported Reagan over Ford. No, I’m not making that up. There are lots of reasons one may decide not to oppose | Read More »
John Thune Is Not Running For President. Orrin Hatch is Retiring.
[UPDATE:] John Thune’s office is denying the report and says Thune supports the earmarks moratorium. That’s good news, but then we’re left wondering why multiple Senators and the campaigns of two Senators-Elect would be under the distinct impression that John Thune was directly soliciting their opposition to the moratorium. It is a secret ballot after all. —————– Sources in the United States Senate tell me | Read More »
Orrin Hatch Embraces His Future as a Scalp Collected by the Tea Party Movement
The Senate Republicans are so upset with Lisa Murkowski for losing her primary then running as a write-in candidate that they have kept her on as ranking member of the Energy Committee. Yes, you read that right. Murkowski will now cause the GOP to spend resources in Alaska they otherwise would not have to and the Senate GOP is repaying her by leaving her as | Read More »
Is Orrin Hatch a Threat to Utah Jobs?
Just the other day Republican Senator Bob Bennett released a letter attacking Mike Lee for Lee’s opposition to earmarks in relation to ATK Thiokol, a major employer in Utah. According to Bennett, the only way to protect ATK Thiokol’s NASA contracts is through earmarks, and trying to scare delegates into believing that because Mike Lee supports earmark reform (and a one-year moratorium), he presents a | Read More »
As CPAC Convenes In Washington, Orrin Hatch Tells Tea Party Activists to Shove It
One of the stories coming out of CPAC this year is the embrace of the tea party movement not by the Republican Party, but by the conservative movement. The issues of spending and smaller government are shared across the board. But while conservatives are embracing the tea party movement, Republican Senators continue castigating tea party activists and hoping they shut up and go away. The | Read More »
Counting The Hatch Before He Chickens
Senator Orrin Hatch is up for re-election in 2010. Before the 2008 election, I spoke to him and he was in a combative mood. At the time he was unwilling to give the Democrats a free pass. Since then, Senator Hatch has expressed his love of Barack Obama and announced he would vote both for Eric Holder as Attorney General and Tim Geithner as Secretary | Read More »
Orrin Hatch is fighting mad. He is fired up. I spoke with him late yesterday afternoon. He’s been out on the campaign trail explaining to people what would happen if the Democrats got to sixty votes in the Senate. And he is throwing punches. He’d also kill me if I did not plug the NRSC’s website: http://www.nrsc.org Go there and be a part of what | Read More »