Sep
22
2010

#rsrh Orrin Hatch reads the tea leaves…

…and decides that it’s never too early to start laying down markers.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) says Democrats and members of the press are going “overboard” in their criticism of Christine O’Donnell, Delaware’s GOP Senate nominee.

Which is pretty wise of him: he’s up for reelection in 2012, and now that the grassroots have worked out this ‘we don’t have to settle for purple Senators in red states’ thing two years suddenly doesn’t seem like a generous amount of time in which to mend fences (in this case, mostly immigration). If done right it’ll probably work, too: after all, it did with McCain.

I know that statement will bug people, but facts are facts: McCain demonstrated that you can withstand a grassroots challenger. All you have to do is make it abundantly clear that you got the point.

Moe Lane

UPDATE: Or maybe he’s more of a dumbass than I thought.

4 Comments

  • HeartbreakRidge says:

    Exactly. Mike Castle would be the next Senator from Delaware if he had done that at least in a plausible fashion.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    “McCain demonstrated that you can withstand a grassroots challenger. All you have to do is make it abundantly clear that you got the point.”

    Except he’s already made it clear he only had the point long enough to win the primary. We can bet he’ll be reaching around the aisle as always, once he’s back home in DC.

  • tarpon says:

    Times are changing, the people now know …

    Not much to do but walk the plank or join.

    It’s like watching a replay of the Whigs of the 1850s, as Lincoln organized his Republican party.

  • Metzger says:

    Heh. I was about to wail on that wisdom and saw you linked the update. That is one dam dinosaur that needs to go home and enjoy his unearned congressional pension.

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