Senator Orrin Hatch, at age 83, has served just over 40 years in the U.S. Senate.
Apparently, Hatch is now past the need to actually read anything about him beyond a headline, because he tweeted his thanks to his hometown newspaper after it slammed him for “his utter lack of integrity that arises from his unquenchable thirst for power,” and called on him not to run again next November as he is planning.
— Orrin Hatch (@OrrinHatch) December 25, 2017
In his tweet, Hatch was indicating that in the paper’s unscientific online poll, he actually voted as Utahn of the Year the Lt. Governor, Spencer Cox, and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz basketball team.
The newspaper said it chose to give Hatch the honor because the title is a “recognition of a newsmaker’s influence or impact – for good or ill – not necessarily an honor for laudatory achievements.”
When Hatch ran six years ago, he promised it would be his last term in Congress, which helped him stave off a number of competitors willing to let him have his finale.
Now President Trump has pressured Hatch, who heads the powerful Senate Finance Committee thanks to his seniority, to run again next November, but the paper makes clear it has had enough of him.
One tweeter wonders if Hatch failed to read the article about him, he also doesn’t read the legislation that passes through his committee and for which he votes in favor, most notably the nearly 500 page tax bill that was blasted through Congress giving lawmakers little time to comprehend all the terrible ways it takes from the middle class to give to the rich.
Seriously wondering if Sen. Hatch is capable of serving. If he can't read/understand this article, that casts substantial doubt on his cognitive skill.
— RESIST 45* (@schwanderer) December 26, 2017
Hatch, it would be expected, as one of the architects of the tax bill, should have read it more thoroughly, especially the long list of last-second additions from lobbyists who added juicy amendments to ensure their well-paying and wealthy corporate clients got more than their share.
Based on his inability to read an editorial that was quite literally about himself, that seems like a very good possibility.
The only hope is that this latest embarrassment will convince him it is time to step aside, as the paper asks, and let the next generation – who may actually read things before signing them – step up and take the leadership role.