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March 26, 2010

WHEN EVEN A HACK MANAGES TO EMBARRASS HIMSELF.... Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah has been nearly as shameless as anyone in making ridiculous and demonstrably false claims about health care policy. But last night, he may have reached a new low. I knew he was a partisan hack, but this one managed to surprise me.

After hearing Hatch complain about the individual mandate, CNN's Campbell Brown noted that he endorsed the identical idea in 1993. "Well," Hatch replied, "in 1993, we were trying to kill Hillary-care, and I didn't pay any attention to that, because that was part of a bill that I just hadn't centered on."

In other words, Hatch endorsed a policy he didn't understand, simply to kill a piece of legislation he also didn't understand. The senator, who's been on the Hill for more than a generation, admitted, on national television, that he promoted an idea that he didn't "pay any attention to," simply as part of a larger ploy.

Mark Halperin, who isn't exactly known for taking a hard line against Republicans, characterized Hatch's on-air remarks as "breathtaking cynicism." It is, indeed.

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If Mark Halperin calls a Republican on anything it is a big effin deal. Hatch told the truth to Campbell Brown. That is something a Republican should never do.

Posted by: Ron Byers on March 26, 2010 at 9:27 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe in a few years, or days, he'll claim he was lying in this TV appearance, too.

Posted by: Elvis Elvisberg on March 26, 2010 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

I try to put myself in the shoes of these Republicans to understand their acting out infantilism and anger, and I think the key is this: HCR has now demonstrated that there is really no further use for the Republican Party, which is now just a useless artifact. You'd be mad, too.

Posted by: bob h on March 26, 2010 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

I don't see how that's any more cynical than his admission a few weeks ago that, during the Bush administration, it was accepted practice to pass things like Medicare Part D without even attempting to pay for them.

Asked his reason for voting Part D, Hatch mumbled some BS about how it helps millions of seniors. It made no sense.

And don't forget that this was the guy who said of Bush's eavesdropping activities that the President was breaking the law so it was Congress' responsibility to change the law. So, you know, the President would be legal now.

IOW, Hatch has a history. I'm beyond being surprised by anything the man says.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on March 26, 2010 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

Hatch's "breathtaking cynicism" is matched only by Halperin's breathtaking naivete.

Posted by: dang on March 26, 2010 at 9:42 AM | PERMALINK

Steve

The phenomenon at work here seems to be that constitutional issues become real or visible to a conservative viewer only in the presence of a Democrat.

Quantum Conservatism.

Posted by: Bernie Latham on March 26, 2010 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

"Kill Hillary-care"? "Kill the bill". Driehaus is a "dead man" politically. "Death panels". "Kill gramdma". I'm sure there's more. What's with the thugs and all this talk of death and killing?

Posted by: Dave on March 26, 2010 at 9:52 AM | PERMALINK

Here I thought the GOP's plummet off the right-wing cliff was part of a devious ploy to trick the Dems into passing their '90s version of HCR. Turns out, they didn't care about it then, either.

Posted by: Grumpy on March 26, 2010 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

What indication is there that he is embarrassed?

Posted by: martin on March 26, 2010 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

"Dan, honey, I think you'd be really swell Senator, and I try to be a supportive wife, but. . . well. . . its just that such a big part of my job these days if calling out Republican hypocrisy. And its really pretty fun, and easy work for the pay. So. . . given the potential conflict of interest, and I really don't want to give this up; maybe you shouldn't run for the Republican nomination for Senate this time? I'll make it up to you. . ."

Posted by: zeitgeist on March 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

if you've watched hatch off and on for a generation, nothing is breath-taking about what a evil, unjust, both puritanical and corrupt piece of shit he is.

Posted by: neill on March 26, 2010 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

speaking of cynicism...

Do you think that the GOP believes if it can get something to the Supreme Court it will win there because this court is practically an extension of their party? Do you think this court would make a legal or political decision?

Posted by: tomb on March 26, 2010 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

Does this mean she gets a teabagger death threat?

Wow...
Campbell Brown actually read some history...
And used it in her questioning...

Very impressive.

Posted by: koreyel on March 26, 2010 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

This is only one example of the whores who call themselves 'congresscritters' WHORES! all! Dims, DINOS, Hilly the AIPAC warwhore, Rahmie, ditto, bro Zeke ditto, way, way way, too many dual citzenSHIT people in gov. Way, way, way, too many. Proprotionately, not even close to 'reprsentation' Not even close........................ 'Why do they hate US?

Posted by: rose hunter on March 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

An official statement from CNN:

Mistakes do happen, dispite our efforts to avoid them.

It is with regret that we must acknowledge that one of our political shows exposed some truth. It was not our intent to expose any hypocrisy or lie from a republican senator.

In keeping with our corporate philosophy of emulating Fox News, we would never intentionally expose a republican to ridicule and for that we are sincerely sorry.

CNN - the most trusted name in propaganda...

Posted by: CNNspeaks on March 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, the sack cloth and ashes, as Hatch, Grassley, Kit Bond as well as one other current sitting RepuG, bemoan how Senator John Chaffee of Rhode Island misled them into co-sponsoring, along with 16 other RepuG Senators into supporting something so blatently "Unconstitutional".

Of course, I can see why they would want to distance themselves from Chaffee, as he was one of the last Republican politicos who, actually, served this country in battle. Chaffee fought at Guadalcanal, Okinawa and North Korea as a US Marine. This must have been at a time when Hatch was selecting his first pair of nylon panties.

Posted by: berttheclock on March 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

Well, you do have to give him credit for being honest.

Just kidding. No, you don't.

Posted by: Basilisc on March 26, 2010 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

Shorter Hatch: We don't care if it's good for you (the American people), we only care if it's good for us (the GOP).

Posted by: Marko on March 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

"...in 1993, we were trying to kill Hillary-care, and I didn't pay any attention to that, because that was part of a bill that I just hadn't centered on."

I have a follow-up question! I have a follow-up question!!! Oooo! Oooooooo! Me! Me! Me! Me!

Yes, Senator Hatch. Is it not just as likely that, in an effort to kill the current Health Care Reform Law, you're talking out of your ass now?

Posted by: chrenson on March 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't Orrin Hatch the senator some people insanely believed would actually cast a vote for health care reform out of loyalty to his friend Ted Kennedy? What a joke. That was just never ever ever going to happen. Not in this or any other bizarro parallel universe.

Posted by: Moonlight on March 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

chrenson, that's an excellent question.

Posted by: Grumpy on March 26, 2010 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

This is what happens when Republicans make their kool-aid by using "the pristine waters" of the Potomac. Keep drinking it up, Orrin; the rapture (read: flying saucer hiding behind Saturn's moon) should arrive any day now!

Posted by: S. Waybright on March 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

Party before country!

Posted by: John D'oh on March 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

An official statement from CNN:

Mistakes do happen, dispite our efforts to avoid them.

It is with regret that we must acknowledge that one of our political shows exposed some truth. It was not our intent to expose any hypocrisy or lie from a republican senator.

In keeping with our corporate philosophy of emulating Fox News, we would never intentionally expose a republican to ridicule and for that we are sincerely sorry.

CNN - the most trusted name in propaganda...
Posted by: CNNspeaks on March 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

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"And we also want to deny the vicious rumor that we will be requiring Wolf "I am not a corporate cum slut" Blizter to wear his 'blue stained dress' during every broadcast that he is part of. We just can't do that eventhough it would be the most honest thing to do".

Posted by: CNNpr department on March 26, 2010 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

"Why yes, chrenson, when my lips move I'm talking out of my ass. Next!"

Posted by: Orrin Hatch on March 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

This senate battle of the titans is getting exhausting. The combatants keep upping their game. As of right now, I'm going to have go with Hatch as the biggest hack asshole who falsely preens as a sensible man of principle. But we haven't heard from Judd Gregg yet today.

Posted by: danimal on March 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Not just overwhelming cynicism. But he used that cynicism to attempt to justify the rank hypocrisy in which he was caught. That's the really fun part.

Posted by: Rb on March 26, 2010 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Hey! That's my principled, stand for your rights except when it is better for my party hack senator, folks! IF you think this was good, read this, from a utah newspaper last week:

He added, "Even those gimmicks can't get the costs down. In other words, what they're doing is what Democrats love to do and that is pushing all of these programs into the federal government. They want a single payer system, and that means socialized medicine. And by doing that, they think they can control the whole economy and the whole health care system in this country."

You see! Here it is!! Democrats want to control the entire economy!!! run for your lives! The socialists are coming! Send me money to get reelected so I can scare you more!

Posted by: bigutah on March 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

That certainly describes nearly every one of the Republican's amendments yesterday on HCR. The amendments which actually made sense, like lowering Pell grant interest rates, were still an attempt to kill HCR. Others were good ideas that were not paid for. However, most every one required the bill to be sent to committee for revision, instead of a direct amendment.

Basically: slow down or stop HCR, nothing substantial or serious.

Fortunately, Dems turned every vote for/against an amendment into a vote to table (kill) the amendment prior to a vote, or to challenge on the need to waive Budget Act requirements (requiring 60 votes).

Posted by: tomj on March 26, 2010 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK

So according to that clip, Hatch feels that anything major ought to require 75 or 80 votes minimum in the Senate. Like the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, no doubt. I'd call him a shameless hypocrite, but that would be far too kind.

Posted by: N.Wells on March 26, 2010 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, no government should ever demand any citizen pay more than a 10 percent tithe and one weekend a month in the local cannery or Bishop'
s Storehouse.

Posted by: berttheclock on March 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

I caught that clip in the locker room at my gym, and was actually impressed with Campbell Brown. She didn't pull her punches at all.

I might tune into the news again if there were more interviews like this.

Posted by: Greg VA on March 26, 2010 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

"Quantum Conservatism."
Posted by: Bernie Latham on March 26, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Brilliance, absolute brilliance.

Posted by: smartalek on March 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK
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