BREAKING: Orrin Hatch To Retire From Senate

The New York Times reports:

Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Senate Republican, plans to announce on Tuesday he will retire at the end of the year, rebuffing the pleas of President Trump to seek an eighth term and paving the way for Mitt Romney to run for the seat. Mr. Hatch intends to announce his decision Tuesday afternoon via a video announcement, according to two Republican officials briefed on the plans.

Mr. Hatch, 83, was under heavy pressure from Mr. Trump to seek re-election and block Mr. Romney, who has been harshly critical of the president. But Mr. Hatch, who emerged as one of the president’s most avid loyalists in the Senate, decided to retire after discussing the matter with his family over the holidays. The veteran senator was also facing harsh poll numbers in Utah, where 75 percent of voters indicated in a survey last fall that they did not want him to run again.

Politico reports:

“Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching,” said the 83-year-old senator, who was first elected in 1976, in a video announcement. “That’s why after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term.”

  • AmeriCanadian

    Seems like Drumpf has the Midas touch with his political choices. /s

  • TampaDink

    Good. Goodbye and good riddance!

  • WHEE!!!

  • Deanosaur

    Not a Romney fan but he’s “better” than Hatch.

    • AmeriCanadian

      The enemy of my enemy…

      • MBear

        …is still an enemy

        • Lars Littlefield

          Especially when they are both mormons.

    • Ben in Oakland

      The way an amputated toe is better than an amputated foot.

      • Cipher

        A clean shot with bullet lodged as opposed to a blunt instrument stab wound.

    • greenmanTN

      So is syphillis but I’m not hoping it runs for office.

      • DaddyRay

        Syphilis is already in the White House

        • Todd20036

          I thought Schafly died.

      • Uncle Mark

        I thought Syphilis was in the Oval Office already

        • Uncle Mark

          Just saw DaddyRay’s comment. Is it “great minds” or “disturbed minds” that think alike?

          • Judas Peckerwood

            Great, disturbed minds maybe?

        • greenmanTN

          You’re right. Syphillis Schlafly died last year. As I recall maggots went on strike.

    • Uncle Mark

      I suspect Romney would be one of the few Republicans, who would enthusiastically vote to impeach Trump, especially after all the BS the shitgibbon put him through.

      • No More GOP.

        Nah. He’d suck it up if there was money and/or power in it for him.

        • robindaybird

          It depends on if his greed or his ego wins out, I’m leaning ego.

  • Tawreos

    I am sure by talked it over with the family he meant talked it over with the money guys.

  • Paula

    Retire from life already, asshole!

    • Gustav2

      Maybe he will live longer if he takes his vitamins:

      Stupid Pills
      The Politics of Fraudulent Dietary Supplements

      “To understand how we got here, you have to go back to 1994, when Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah midwifed through Congress a new industry protected from all but minimal regulation. It is also an industry that would make many of his closest associates and family members rich. In turn, they’ve rewarded him with sizable campaign contributions.

      Even though serious illnesses, and some deaths are on the rise from misuse of these supplements, Hatch is determined to keep regulators at bay. “I am committed to protect this industry and the integrity of its products,” he told a gathering of potency pill-pushers and the like in Utah last fall.

      In the past, Hatch has been remarkably blunt about helping his family and friends in the fake drug trade. “I do whatever they ask me to do many times because they’ve never asked me to do anything that is improper,” Hatch said in 2011. He was referring to the firm of his son, Scott Hatch, a longtime lobbyist for the supplement industry.”

      https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/06/opinion/the-politics-of-fraudulent-dietary-supplements.html

  • Ben in Oakland

    They may not have wanted to have him run again, but they would have voted for him anyway. I read the SLC Trib regularly.

  • watchthewingnuts

    Well how about that, 2018 is already looking up. We’re also assuming that his spite and bile supplies don’t run out, causing him to simply drop dead. He’s obviously been running on those for quite a while now.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I just learned that defibrillators can be implanted now and are automatically activated. Seems like they are very popular with the extremely old and white Republicans.

      • Bambino

        They can also be hack. Who knows Putin already has the control buttons.

      • lymis

        How about implanting those pain devices from the Star Trek Mirror Universe episodes, and just zap them whenever they step out of line?

  • greenmanTN

    Well, it’s not like houses haunt themselves…

  • Ninja0980

    Let’s be clear here, this man was a POS long before Trump, Cruz or anyone else showed up.
    Him being one of the first advisors to the far right Federalist Society, who is packing our courts with right wing hacks is proof of that.
    Good riddance to a vile hateful bastard.
    Just a shame he’ll be replaced with someone equally bad.

    • TampaDink

      All the more reason to celebrate his decision.

    • kaydenpat

      I hope Democrats contest his former seat though. You just never know.

      • MichaelJ

        Progressive democrats who can refrain from presenting themselves as Republican Lite should contest every congressional seat in every election, if only to challenge right-wing values and policies and to present an alternative. I just read that there are 20 House of Representatives Republicans with no declared Democratic opponent. While this is few less than in the past, it is not good enough.

        • The_Wretched

          You can’t win if you don’t even try. More importantly, even if you’re going to lose, find someone charismatic to carry the message in a shell campaign.

        • TCinBerkeley

          Which is why Obama’s (and his appointment to be DNC) decision to get rid of Dean’s 50 state GOTV program (which included trying to run Dems in every legislative race) made zero sense to me.

          I liked Obama, but he was too soft spoken in too many vital areas (same goes for Schumer, Pelosi and Reid).

          • kaydenpat

            I didn’t know that he did that. I thought that happened when Wasserman Schulz took over the DNC.

          • TCinBerkeley

            Couldn’t think of her name when I was typing this and too lazy to open a new tab and search (LOL), but Wasserman Schulz was Obama’s pick for the DNC head. Personally, I thought Dean did a great job and I would have left him there, but I think he needed to put someone in that that had worked on his campaign.

        • kaydenpat

          Arghhhh to Republicans running with no Democratic opponents.

      • Steven Lewis

        exactly, any republican could have a Roy Moore style past if we look hard enough!

      • JCF

        Or even cucky’s pretend bf, Eggan McMuffin?

        • gaycuckhubby

          Yes please!

    • JWC

      the Jesse Helms of his day even tho Helms and Hatch served together

    • ErikDC

      Who could have imagined a year ago that a Democrat would take Jeff Sessions senate seat in Alabama?

      The odds are long, but never say never.

    • CanuckDon

      And even clearer, he made a long living off the taxpayer dime by trampling on the rights of a majority of those taxpayers. I have no idea what special quality he had that duped many to vote for him but it sucks that so many are so easily fooled.

      • Rambie

        He’s a Mormon in Utah who carried water for his real overlords, LDS Inc and corporate campaign brib… err, “donations”. That’s how he kept getting reelected.

  • JWC

    And the fact that he got a piss pot full of money from the bogus tax bill

    • kaydenpat

      Which probably explains why he’s now retiring.

      • Reality.Bites

        Not much point in selling yourself and not getting out to enjoy your bribes.

        • Lori

          And of course he isn’t going to want to do the work required to deal with the mess he’s helped make. The GOPers know this tax bill is unpopular and will create problems that will be tough to fix. They’ll lay on their piles of money while the Dems do the work.

      • JWC

        As most will that and the fact their constituants will hand their asses to them

    • Bambino

      Which means his children and grandchildren will want him to drop dead ASAP.

  • Leo
    • TampaDink

      I wonder which of the neo-nazis this witness is.

    • Reality.Bites

      “The grand jury room looks like a Bernie Sanders rally,” the source told Johnson. “Maybe they found these jurors in central casting, or at a Black Lives Matter rally in Berkeley.”

      Can’t look like a Bernie rally and a Black Lives Matter rally.

      • Buford

        The whole quote is lame. The witness is apparently concerned because “…there was only one white male in the room, and he was a prosecutor.”

        Think abut that for sec. The witness is deeply concerned that the grand jurors will obviously be biased against Trump because of race, but he’s not concerned at all that the white prosecutor might be biased FOR Trump because of race. That says much.

      • olandp

        If this witness is so eager to talk about the composition of the Grand Jury, why doesn’t he/she tell us what questions were asked and what his/her answers were under oath?

    • Gustav2

      heh.

    • crewman

      People don’t plead guilty because the grand jury consistency wasn’t in their favor.

      • Gustav2

        To a Trumpster it means there were more than 3 Black persons on the grand jury….that’s called a gang of thugs, you know

        • TampaDink

          You mis-typed 1.

      • Reality.Bites

        And grand juries don’t determine guilt.

    • Joe in PA

      By that logic, the same thing could be said about THAT juror…how could this be a ‘fair’ jury if he says shit like that? SMH. ;(

    • Buford

      Dumb. The Grand Jury doesn’t determine guilt or innocence, so save those baseless and racist claims of bias for the inevitable trial and conviction.

    • Reality.Bites

      I imagine many don’t really know how a grand jury works. I don’t, but this little summary is interesting:

      Grand jury proceedings are secret. No judge is present; the proceedings are led by a prosecutor; and the defendant has no right to present his case or (in many instances) to be informed of the proceedings at all. While court reporters usually transcribe the proceedings, the records are sealed.

      The bar for indictment is quite low. Getting a “fair shake” or not really isn’t a thing when you can’t present a defence.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        In other words, white witless witness doesn’t know how grand juries work, and is probably racist.

        Bets?

  • DaddyRay

    I still firmly believe the theory that the DNC and RNC both got hacked.
    The DNC hacked material was used out of context to embarrass and divide the Dems.
    The RNC hacked material was uses as blackmail to block any Russian probe or impeachment.

    The republicans we are seeing retiring are taking the easy way out

    • kaydenpat

      Definitely true. This explains why Republicans are so enthralled to Putin’s Puppet. Some embarrassing stuff is hanging over their heads.

    • Niblet58

      You just know this is why s Lindsay has flipped from being a never trumper to being his golf course dick sucker.

  • R W C

    Vote for Trump Tax, decide not to run to avoid accountability, go out with a whimper.

  • Hank

    If Romney runs and wins, he will be NO BETTER, than any other Rethuglican!!!

    It will always be Party BEFORE Country!!!

    • Reality.Bites

      Certainly his voting record will be as bad.

      However I think he’s trying to take the party back from Trump and he’s somewhat uniquely positioned to do so, being an invincible candidate in a state that loves Republicans but hates Trump.

      Turning the Republic party decent is not in the cards. Turning it away from pro-Russia Nazism is enough for now.

  • Bambino

    Let’s hope he does not even make it to the end of the year.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I wonder if senator Mitt Romney will try to become Senate Majority Leader.
    Or Minority Leader depending on the other races.

    • Lazycrockett

      Its just gonna burn Drumpf daily knowing Mitt is there.

      • Xaca

        Maybe Dotard will challenge Mittens to a duel?

  • Gustav2
    • TampaDink

      While Mitt is easily compared to a rodent (apologies to all actual rodents) he definitely is neither mighty, heroic or in any other way a super hero.

  • kaydenpat

    Good.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • Ninja0980

    Let us also not forget that this SOB beat Frank Moss, the last Democratic Senator from Utah, by claiming that after serving three terms in D.C., Moss had lost touch with the people he was supposed to serve.
    Hypocritical much?

    • Lars Littlefield

      Frank Moss was one hell of a human being. He is sorely missed by those of us old enough to have known and voted for him.

    • lymis

      GOP much? The hypocrisy is a given.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Evan McMullin should run.

    • gaycuckhubby

      I don’t think he can beat Romney but I wish

    • Reality.Bites

      Should, but won’t waste his time going up against Romney, who he wouldn’t consider an enemy.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Agreed. And he wants to beat the Trump wing of the party, not the Romney wing

        • Ninja0980

          Yup.
          These guys/gals against Trump are still conservatives.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Well yeah. They self-describe that way. I always think it’s funny that people assume that anyone opposed to Trump should suddenly become a liberal Democrat.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Nevermind. I see he is supporting Romney.

      • MBear

        The dingleberry doesnt get too far from the asshole

  • Natty Enquirer

    Did someone finally read the rest of the editorial to him?

  • Jmdintpa

    dont let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya

  • Uncle Mark

    Selling out & despoiling your state’s own natural beauty does tend to piss off constituents. I suspect, like so many other Republicans, that he knows he is already being shown the door. Unfortunately, that’s not going to stop him from grabbing as much as he can before hitting the exit.

    • TCinBerkeley

      That is what that whole tax bill was about. Getting as much stuff for themselves before the whole party goes tits up and spends 40 years in the wilderness (mixing the metaphors in 2018!).

  • Rex

    All he’s done is crab about everything, so in reality, he’s been retired for years.

  • Henry Auvil

    “Every good rat knows when to abandon a sinking ship.” There. Fixed.

  • Ninja0980
    • Rambie

      It’s Jesus Jammies err, I mean “Garments”

  • Michael R

    Did you know :

    In 1993, Hatch recommended Ruth Bader Ginsburg to President Bill Clinton to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Clinton had not previously considered Ginsburg and Hatch, as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, assured him that a Ginsburg confirmation would go smoothly. Hatch knew Ginsburg and knew she was a political liberal

    • DaddyRay

      So that was his pre-corruption era

      • gaycuckhubby

        I dont know about corruption… more likely political polarization. I mean, what would we do if Gillibrand recommended a conservative Justice to Trump? We would crucify her

        • JackNasty

          Based on her recent actions in the Senate that ignore proportionality and due process, I’d be more concerned about Gillegrand promoting a sexual witch hunter to the high court.

        • JackNasty

          Based on her recent actions in the Senate that ignore proportionality and due process, I’d be more concerned about Gillegrand promoting a sexual witch hunter to the high court.

          test edit

    • That was back in the days when Republicans believed Dems were allowed to be considered legitimate elected leaders and once elected, to receive deference to their allotted Constitutional authority.

      By time we got to McConnell, that comity and cooperation was gone.

      • Ninja0980

        Not exactly.
        Once Republicans took control of the Senate after 94, many of the judges Clinton nominated were conservative judges, as it was the only way Hatch would allow some of Clinton’s more liberal nominees to get through.
        Other seats though(like ones on the D.C. Circuit) the 6th,3rd etc. Republicans wouldn’t let Clinton fill at all.
        What Republicans did with obstructing Obama so Trump would have empty judicial seats to fill with right wing hacks is exactly what they did with Bill Clinton.
        Not to mention Ginsburg and Breyer didn’t upset conservative control of SCOTUS the way Garland would have.
        Bottom line, starting in the 80’s, Republicans made it a priority to make sure young right wing hacks posing as judges got onto the courts.
        And Hatch was one of the ones leading the charge on that.
        IMO, what Republicans have done to the courts is one of the truly underreported stories of the past 30 years.

      • coram nobis

        The toxicity started when Newt became Speaker, although the Hastert Rule didn’t help. Certainly by 2000 the collegiality was gone.

  • Jay George
  • Hatch was one of the originators of blatant GOP hypocrisy, after running for Senate specifically by saying no one should serve there more than three terms.

    This began the normalization of lying and having no principles, just for the sake of having power.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup..and he also help pioneer the appear to be moderate and bi-partisan when you’re really a right wing hack trick that Susan Collins and others do so well.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      “Lying for the Lord” (in Hatch’s case Mammon) is acceptable to Mormons. Greater good, and all that stuff the suckers lap up.

  • Richard

    GOOD !!!

  • Lazycrockett

    Yeah Orin take your huge bags of $$ and go home.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    He can write his long planned for Great American novel ” How to starve Granny and still feel ok about it”.

    • Hank

      Also, how to give Children Health Care, and then take it away from them!!!

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        …with an introduction by Roy Moore discussing the finer points of consent.

  • 2patricius2

    Now that he has properly feathered his nest with the Republican tax scam, he can go home and count his money until the day when death comes for him, leaving him naked and penniless, and leaving all his possessions for others to covet and fight over.

    • Hank

      Not to mention his tithes to the Mormon Church!!!

  • gaycuckhubby

    I wanted Evan McMullin in that seat. But I don’t think that anyone can beat Romney in Utah.

    • djcoastermark

      Hoover promised ” A chicken in every pot” Romney’s campaign promises “Magic Underpants for Everyone”

    • DaddyRay

      Let’s see what Bannon does to split the GOP vote

      • Lars Littlefield

        Bannon has no power or influence here

        • DaddyRay

          That never stopped Bannon from thinking he does

  • BeaverTales

    If only Michelle Bachmann could run for his seat and split the GOP vote with Romney..

    • Bambino

      I doubt Michelle Bachmann has the kind of pull in Utah. Any splitting will still be her two eyes going in different directions.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Feel the Mitt-mentum!

  • Xaca

    Sex tapes at 11PM.

  • Tomcat

    He looks like death warmed over so the corpse needs to retire and go under ground.

    • Bambino

      Straight to the family burying plot. He has outlive his usefulness even for his family.

      • Xaca

        Hope he lives long enough to be prosecuted for corruption and treason. And not a second longer.

    • R W C

      He has Big Head / Small Neck Syndrome. Symptoms are the appearance his collar is too tight resulting in impeding the flow of blood to his brain.

  • BearEyes

    What was the deal made?

  • Professor Barnhardt
    • Tomorrow’s rage tweet: “The FAILING Mars Mass Media refused to thank me for keeping the sun rising every single day. How ungrateful! I should let the Venusians invade them! Sad!”

      • Friday’s_cat

        If there is anything Trump knows it’s the Venereal invaders.

        • UrsusArctos 🐻

          His personal Vietnam, bone spurs be damned!

      • djcoastermark

        Huh, I’m surprised Mars is still populated after their plight was announced in 1967. Maybe their ad campaign did work, ya’ know the one, “Mars Needs Women” ?

        • Lars Littlefield

          Tommy Kirk still has a clothing optional gay resort on Mars for “mature” gay men.

          • djcoastermark

            Actually, Mars is a gay campground in Venus , Florida. ( oh the irony) It’s really quite a nice place. I used to keep my camper there. Many fun times. ( and clothing optional mostly )

    • Daveed_WOW

      Kudos, me!

    • ChrisMorley

      Winning Tastes Good
      English ginger scruff hotness in lycra / spandex cycling shorts

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH4PtCbziE0

  • The_Wretched

    Oh hell, he specifically cited the “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993” as a good thing.

  • Friday’s_cat

    He got a bag of cash and a one way ticket to Moscow stashed in an airport locker?

  • Tomcat

    Seems like the swamp creatures past is coming back to haunt them, just saying.

  • William

    How about a candidate under 70, or –shock, under 60?

  • Tomcat

    The rats are deserting the sinking ship now that they got their tax cuts.

  • greenmanTN

    When your liver spots have liver spots it’s time to go.

    • djcoastermark

      And the family dog keeps attacking, thinking he’s a Liv-A-Snap.

  • RossPDX

    Stupid genie. I said I wanted Orangy to step down, not Orrin G.

  • David

    Some actual good New today.
    I wonder how much illicit money he has made in bribes, kicks-backs and outright theft during his decades in the Senate?
    My guess is hundreds of millions of dollars.
    No one stays in office that long without being mind-numbingly corrupt.

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    So wait? Which numbered wife did he ask?

  • coram nobis

    Translation: “I’m sick of dealing with Orangeade, I have crappy poll numbers as a result of being around him, and I’m tired of this shit. I’m leaving. Have fun with Mitt, losers.”

  • anne marie in philly

    well well well, can we turn that seat blue?!?!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I would even settle for Evan McMullin who I think would vote for impeachment with the Dems.

  • JackNasty

    Upon retirement, Orrin will be collecting funds for the decoration of his crypt, I mean new Senatorial library, from the many fraudsters he has enriched through deregulation.

    Has the cost of your medication increased by 1200% ? Thank Orrin!

  • Lars Littlefield

    It was obvious Orrin had to decline running for another six yeas. He’ just fucking feeble. He can’t find his Senate office without help.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    About 10 years too late.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      I’ll see your 10 years and raise you 32. He’s done damage since his first term.

  • Richard B

    so long you bigoted antigay asshole – what can you say about a guy who pushed to sell off our national parks and tax the middle and working classes and to pay off an unnecessary tax cut for the very rich.

    • paganguy

      How about “good riddance to bad rubbish”?

  • justme

    I guess Utah has come to the f*ck in the road….

  • Taylor Bixler
  • Treant

    Bye. Too bad the seat’s R regardless or I might even celebrate.

  • canoebum

    “Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.”

    As if Orrin Hatch has ever fought a good fight.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Karl Dubhe 2

    Hope the door hits him on his way out.

    I’m not feeling nice towards him, or his Repub buddies.

  • Boreal

    I hate Mittens but he and trump hate each other even more.

  • joe ho

    Mrs. Betty Bowers:
    People who think Mitt Romney will stand up to Trump forget that all Donald had to say was “Secretary of State is Open” and Mitt was on his knees like a cheap hooker. Ann Romney, on the other hand, is — by far — the nicest dancing horse owner I’ve ever met.

    • William

      Hatch will resign suddenly, due to health problems. The Utah governor will then appoint Romney. At that point, all the dirt on Trump/Pence/Ryan will be released and Mitt will ascend to the presidency.

      AKA The White Horse Prophecy.

  • JCF
  • Palmer

    Retire now, before we throw salt on you, you slug 🐌!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    And another one cashes out.

    Bye, Fffffffffffffucker.

  • madknits

    Christ almighty, he’s been in the Senate longer than my partner has been alive. Get the fuck out already, and maybe get some new thinking into the Senate (though I’m not sanguine about that coming from Utah).

  • Lumpy Gaga
  • netxtown

    oh FFS – save us the grande theater and just drop dead already. no one gives a shit about your ‘stepping down’, princess. snap a heel.

  • argeejay

    Hey Orrie…..take the Turtleman from Kain-tucky with you…..

  • Dayglo

    Senator, certainly there’s more damage left for you to do.

  • KevInPDX

    How good are Mittens chances?

    • JackNasty

      A rich, famous, Mormon Republican is running in Utah, arguably America’ reddest and most Mormon state, and you wonder what his chances are?

      In the 2012 Presidential race in Utah, Romney won 72.8% of the votes .

      • KevInPDX

        Sorry what I meant was no hand picked UT youngster (generally speaking) waiting in the wings for LDS/Salt lake support and to hold the seat 30 years? I assume whom ever the church endorses will get the win(?).

  • Buford

    Huck Fatch.

  • Robert Adams

    Even we atheists’ prayers are occasionally answered.

  • Longpole

    He has been there since 1976, way too long.
    Looks like a different person. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d780a2868fe6e81627cefcd566aaaee113e123fad8a8695892a045d61f3cc683.jpg

  • j.martindale

    Romney will run for this. I think he is a horse’s ass, but I doubt that he is a traitor. I also think he could be a thorn in the side of tRump. Maybe the crazy right will try to primary against him and a Dem will win the seat. We can hope.

    • kareemachan

      I think he would do anything he thought it would take to enrich/enpower himself.

      You give him WAY too much credit.

  • kareemachan

    They are bailing like the chickenshits they are.

    Cowards. Bakas. Teinousha. Twunts.

  • SDG

    And the likelihood of a Democrat winning… ? 0.0001%?

  • LovesIrony

    One of two people I remember my mother saying she “couldn’t stand”, the other was phyllis schafly