My colleague Matt Corley flagged this remarkable exchange between longtime Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and talk radio host Laura Ingraham, during which the guy who’s been a Senator longer than I’ve been alive tries to somehow deny being part of Washington:
HATCH: Yeah, I do. And I’ll tell you why because I listen to these folks, I don’t disagree with them. They’re angry for good reasons. I mean, my gosh, these people in Washington are running this country right into the ground. And I think people are dog-gone angry about it.
INGRAHAM: But aren’t you part of Washington?
HATCH: Hell no. I’ve never been. I’ve never considered this a job. I’ve had, people have asked me, they said, “say Senator Hatch, don’t you just love being a U.S. senator?” My constant answer is this. No, I don’t love it at all, but I’m good at it. And I’m here for a reason. And all I can say is I’ve never changed my reason. Now, I am fair. I’ve got a reputation for being fair and honest and decent. But the fact of the matter is, if you get Orrin Hatch on your side and he really gets, he really gets his back up, watch out. It’s just that simple and I’ve done it time after time after time.
Hatch was first elected to the United States Senate in 1976. From 1981 to 1987 he served as Chairman of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. Then from 1995 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2005 he was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Orrin son, Scott Hatch, is a Washington lobbyist last seen doing work for pharmaceutical companies. He’s a long-serving veteran legislator with a record you can defend or attack. But he’s definitely part of Washington.