UTAH: Leading Newspaper Calls On GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch To Retire Over His “Utter Lack Of Integrity”

From the editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune:

The selection of Sen. Orrin G. Hatch as the 2017 Utahn of the Year has little to do with the fact that, after 42 years, he is the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, that he has been a senator from Utah longer than three-fifths of the state’s population has been alive.

It has everything to do with recognizing: Hatch’s part in the dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, his role as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in passing a major overhaul of the nation’s tax code, and his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.

It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career. If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.

Common is the repetition of the catchphrase that Hatch successfully used to push aside three-term Sen. Frank Moss in this first election in, egad, 1976. “What do you call a senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.”

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  • BlackGayVeganAtheist

    The paper is right.

    He needs to retire.

    There needs to be new ways of thinking needed now; however I do not think Mitt is that new way of thinking.

    Also him staying is a way to block Mitt plain and simple and it appears that Trump has convinced him to do so

    Orrin Hatch: “I WAS POOR ONCE, GOSH DANGIT, LIKE 55 YEARS AGO!!” as he argues that we don’t have the money to give healthcare to children, right before he gives trillions of dollars to the wealthy and bribes a few senators with shady pass through provisions.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Utah is probably not ready for a progressive Democrat. So let’s get Evan McMullin in that seat!

      • Joseph Miceli

        Everybody says that, but Salt Lake is the usual urban oasis of progressive thought and the rest of the state at least has a strong pride in preserving their beautiful wilderness areas and parks. That alone could be a foot in the door.

        • gaycuckhubby

          True. I hear great things about Salt Lake City

          • Scott Carpenter

            Live there before you decide. Salt Lake is slightly closer to reality than anywhere else in Utah – that doesn’t make it great, just less truly fucking strange.

      • BlackGayVeganAtheist

        The scary thing is at 41 he is half of Orrin’s age…

      • lymis

        Utah is probably not ready to send a progressive Democrat to Washington. But they’re certainly ready for at least some progressive Democrats in their own state legislature.

        • gaycuckhubby

          For sure! That is for the hard work begins.
          Doesn’t SLC have a lesbian mayor and a majority queer City Council?

          • Ninja0980

            They do.
            And if not for gerrymander that splits Salt Lake into four of the different districts, they’d have a Democrat in Congress too.

    • Dale Snyder

      You nailed it, my friend.

    • olandp

      He is not poor now is he! I once dated a Republican, fondly remembered as “what’s his name”, who talked about going into politics. When I asked him “Why?” He replied, “Have you ever heard of a poor politician?”

      I don’t believe he ever did, which is a mercy.

    • Michael White

      I reading more and more that Putin also hacked the RNC and is blackmailing many of the GOP. Is this why moderates have crawled up the orange ass?

      • BlackGayVeganAtheist

        When the media got Reince Priebus fully on record as saying that the RNC or any of its info was never hacked, that the stories would immediately start coming out how it was hacked.

        The RNC had a near identical software package as the DNC had when it was hacked, along with several other federal government agencies in the same event. That was talked about extensively at the time. Whether the hackers chose to use info gathered from the RNC or not is another important story….but give the people some credit.

        Of course if the hackers saw an easy opportunity for control they were going to take it at the same time.

      • Uncle Mark

        Let’s not forget how many millions got funneled into the GOP coffers via Russian oligarchs. Investigations into Trump will very likely spill over into investigating the GOP-Russian links, and may also provide sufficient proof to overturn the Citizens United ruling, since it clearly allows foreign gov’ts to have undue influence in our election process.

      • wmforr

        Speculation, but whatever the reason, there must be some motivation for all the Republicans who obsequiously praise the Trumpster and desperately try to tear down the institutions that are attempting to protect us from a foreign takeover of our elections. No, I don’t think “treason” is too strong a word at this point. Can you imagine if this were the Democrats?

    • Reality.Bites

      Strap him to the roof of the car, Mitt.

  • greenmanTN

    If we instituted mandatory cognitive testing to weed out those with dementia and/or mental health issues half of them would be on their way to the glue factory right now. And that goes double for Trump!

    • William

      Congress should be required to have regular drug tests.

    • Librarykid

      You could probably eliminate the costly testing and just look at donation records of right wing religious organizations.

  • safari

    Happy Boxing Day

  • Tomcat

    He looks like he is on deaths doorstep anyway.

    • olandp

      Only the good die young. God won’t have him and the devil doesn’t want the competition.

  • margaretpoa

    Hatch and the rest of the GOP know they’re in trouble electorally but they aren’t going to go quietly. 2018 will be a banner year for cruel legislation and for voter suppression. Will it be a banner year for resistance? If laws in this country continue to change on their current trajectory, we’ll be living in an American version of Turkey by this time next year.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Yeah, the next 11 months it will be pretty scary

    • lymis

      Part of me wonders whether this tax thing was not just a shameless money grab (it’s that, of course), but also something that they intentionally made as vile as they could, expecting a midterm blood-bath, with the consequent ability to run in 2020 on “Democrats want to raise your taxes!” platform, especially among their gazillionaire donors.

  • Tomcat

    Don’t get too excited, we have very little chance of picking up his seat.

    • Tread

      Not really. We run a Democrat on the issues, like Danica Roem. We won’t win if we don’t run someone. Utah needs someone who will fight for the working man. Mitt Romney is the epitome of rich 1%.

      • Cackalaquiano

        But Utah is Morman, and that faith has a strong prosperity dogma strain in it, so I’d expect Romney to do quite well.

  • Tomcat

    This is truly insane, the people keep electing the very people that keep passing tax cuts for the rich over and over again. That IS insane action.

  • Tomcat

    Utah is pushing for Romney to get the position.

  • Xaca

    Reform the Senate and House. Mandatory retirement age of 75 (perhaps with some provision that would allow for completion of a term, with the President and congressional leadership’s endorsement); 18-year term limits for both senators and congresspeople. Move up, or move out. No lobbying for 10 years after leaving.

    Capital offenses: accepting bribes, and/or illegal campaign contributions; sexually harassing staff.

    • Reality.Bites

      Or maybe, just once, accept the fact that other countries have already figured most of these things out and look to see what they did?

      Because let’s face it – your country simply does NOT have any kind of track record for getting things right.

      • Xaca

        Your obsession with me is cute, but your perspective is irrelevant.

        I’m none too pleased with the leadership of the U.S., especially the current illegitimate officeholder-in-chief; but on the other hand, the country did manage to elect Obama, TWICE, so there’s that as a track record, and a recent one at that.

        Of course your bleatings come without specifying WHICH other countries the U.S. should look to, which countries have effected term limits and age restrictions for representatives in a bi-camaral legistlature, and how such measures have or have not been effective in avoiding legislative gridlock, stagnation, calcification, fossilization, and abject corruption. So basically, your ‘observation’, such as it is, is meaningless and worthless.

        In other words, it’s perfectly fine with me if you stop stalking my every post, and instead just go fuck to hell off.

        • David L. Caster

          Ignoring for the moment your spat with RB, do recall that even though Obama served two full terms his party only enjoyed full control of his very first congress. When Obama was elected to his second term the House had already been under control of Republicans for two years and the Senate would be taken by Republicans in Obama’s remaining two years in office. That strongly suggests that the electorate seems to have trouble connecting the dots of their well-being to the choices they make for their lawmakers. I could go on but I don’t want to give the appearance of choosing sides in this little flap.

    • Friday

      I’m not actually particularly for term limits. Sure, you get these entrenched right-wing fossils with electoral advantages, but the fact is that for their side, one right-wing sloganeer is easily replaceable with another, whereas we only get so many really impressive Democratic *statesmen.*

  • Gustav2

    Orrin won’t worry until the Deseret News does the same.

  • jeffg166

    Government pleads with Prince Harry not to invite Barack Obama to his wedding. Cause you know who isn’t getting invited and his feels are going to be bery, bery hurt.


    • Bj Lincoln

      The comments are wide and varied. Seems there are about as many who hate Obama as hate Drumpf. I think the Obamas should be invited as the friends they seem to be. Screw Drumpf!

      • jeffg166

        One has to remember the paid Russian trolls when dealing with negative comments.

      • Librarykid

        It would be neat if Prince Harry would ask President Obama to be his best man; sort of the equivalent of Edward G. Robinson smashing the grapefruit in the lady’s face, but more subtle.

    • Poppy Graham

      Lol, then by all means…invite him. It will be a fucking hoot!

    • ColdCountry

      Dump is going to be pissy no matter what, so I say invite who you want to your wedding. It is YOUR wedding, Harry, even if you are a Prince and important, and all that. Surround yourself with friends and loved ones.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Why the hell should Obama be punished because of the shit someone else is going to do? Man, am I tired of whiny tantrum babies getting their way.

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    • jeffg166

      Drain the swamp.

      • William

        That was a Putin campaign slogan long before Trump ran for the presidency.

      • anne marie in philly

        drain the swamp of EVERY GOPrick!

  • GayOldLady

    After Hatch’s major PUBLIC suck up to Trump over the Tax debacle that funnels money to the richest, I suppose the Salt Lake Tribune decided it was time to speak up about their Senator. The man is like the expired baloney in the grocery store, you can buy it but it will make you sick.

  • Bj Lincoln

    At least he earned his lifetime healthcare and pay unlike those one term people were voted out because they sucked. I do wish we could stop that. In the beginning there was no pay or special anything because it was to be an honor to serve. Now its a way of life even for the worst person, see current President. I did see the proposed 28th amendment email going around and was skeptical. “Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States “.” It is a grassroots thing now but is a good idea.

  • William

    Congressman and Senator were not meant to be lifetime careers.

  • Mike

    “You call him home?” That sounds like a murder threat, in church lingo.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Three-fifths? That’s kinda ironic.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Well, there’s a hell of a lot of Mormons in high places in multi-national corporations. Giving them even more wealth means even bigger tithes heading to an ever more heavily corporatized church.

    “Aug 6, 2014 · Sociologist Ryan Cragun and Reuters used data from Canada to estimate the Church receives more than $6 billion annually from tithing in America. Throughout the world, the Church is estimated to make $7 billion annually through tithes and other donations.”


    Maybe Orin’s legacy to his church outweighed funding CHIP. A program he co-authored with Ted Kennedy. Maybe he sees the mormons in competition with Evangelical missions in third world countries…..needing a funding boost to head them off.

    Or maybe he’s just a nasty bitter old fuck.

  • Gustav2


    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was duped by his home state newspaper.

    In a scathing Christmas morning editorial, the newspaper named Hatch its “Utahn of the Year” – a designation that recognizes a person who has had a large impact on the state, “for good or for ill.” The newspaper then called on Hatch to step aside.

    But Hatch (or his staff) seemed to have missed the point of the piece, tweeting the editorial Monday afternoon and saying he was “grateful for this great Christmas honor.”


    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Commenters are dragging him for obviously not reading.

    • Friday

      His lack of reading comprehension disturbs me.

      • Gustav2

        That is a staff mistake. I doubt he does his own tweets.

  • Hank

    The CHIP program was something Hatch helped bring to fruition. Now it seems he could not care less about it and is willing to see it die. For this alone, he should be taken out of the Senate!!!!

  • Shadowman777

    If that were to happen, it would mean there’s no one left in the republican party. Or in the current administration. Including the press briefings official, what’shername.

  • Charles Nelson

    And they are surprised? After all…he IS a Republican!

  • Bubba in TX

    Isn’t Hatch the one who won a contest by getting his tongue farther up Trump’s ass than any other Republican at the tax bill celebration on the WH lawn?

    Of course, Pence proved that he practically lives up Trump’s ass with his ode to the Dear Leader at the cabinet meeting around the same time….

  • SilasMarner

    At 83 he should just commit suicide and save us all from any future harm he might have committed.

  • leastyebejudged

    Morons keep electing him !

  • JWC

    and so he should for basically two reasons 1) i am a firm believer of ab age restriction for governmeny as there is a retirement age for most and 2) the major mistake the GOP made in voting for this tax debacle was that they did it as an elitist group They did NOT listen to their constituants. a GRAVE mistake. Who put them there Who do they serve

    • Ann Kah

      “Who put them there” and “Who do they serve” are two separate questions with two separate answers.

      • JWC

        true and neither answerd

  • Jerry Kott

    They have all gotten their Pound of Fat. Happily Ever After financially is a given, they have nothing to lose , so why be honorable? The shit he was saying about T45, defied sanity.

  • BeaverTales

    His boss is Dump, not the people of Utah.

    • JWC

      his voting base is the people of UTAH He answers to them not Trump A gross mistake that he and fellow GOP have made

  • JCF