GOP Senator Orrin Hatch has been around Washington a long time. 40 years to be exact. He seems like a nice enough guy but he’s the literal definition of GOP establishment. We all know how the American people feel about career politicians lately and at age 83 it’s clearly time to hang it up.
Sen. Hatch agrees. He has told his family and friends he will retire.
From Fox13 Now:
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told his friends he plans to retire, according to a report by The Atlantic, which cites five sources familiar with the situation.
Now, the conversation shifts to figuring out who will replace him?
Apparently, a big name is ready to jump in.
From The Atlantic:
Senator Orrin Hatch has privately told allies in Utah that he is planning to retire at the end of his term next year, and if he does, Mitt Romney intends to run for his seat, according to five sources familiar with the situation.
Mitt Romey back in the building!
Mitt is a polarizing figure in Trump land. On one hand, Mitt isn’t exactly a winner. He failed miserably running for president twice. He also went to absurd lengths to make sure Trump lost.
However, Trump appeared to have forgiven Romney went he entertained him as a secretary of state candidate. If Trump forgave him, you’d think Trump supporters would? Maybe. Maybe not.
One thing is for sure. Conservatives should be happy to get Hatch out of there.
From Conservative Review:
Senator Hatch’s retirement would be welcome by conservatives. In 2012, he promised that this would be his last term in the United States Senate. His voting record in this last term has been disastrous, having voted to fund Obamacare, to give amnesty to illegal aliens in the Gang of 8 bill, and to raise the debt ceiling repeatedly as Congress spends the country into oblivion.
Romney would be an upgrade from Hatch. No question.
The problem is we can’t trust that Romney will carry out Trump’s agenda.
He’s a wild card. I could definitely envision him grandstanding in some Senate speech about how he’s the principled guy and Trump isn’t.
It seems like it would be a better idea to nominate someone more aligned with Trump’s plan.
Romney would win by a landslide. No doubt about it.
Just not sure he’s the right guy.
We will have to wait and see how Trump plays it.