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Seven-term former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah died last weekend, and accolades came pouring in from both sides of the political spectrum. This is not any kind of testament to his character or ability to “bring both sides together.” It’s really just proof that the toxic Washington Swamp is run by a uniparty of entrenched elites and their corrupt coterie of oligarch donors.

I’ve said it for more than two decades, and I’ll say it again because no one else will: The unvarnished truth is that Orrin Hatch was an open-borders globalist who served Big Tech oligarchs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce traitors and USS government careerists while stabbing American workers and citizens in the back for his entire public life. He was a prototypical wheeler-dealer driven by self-preservation, not by principle. His political wisdom was of the wet-finger-in-the-wind variety, claiming a Reagan conservative mantle during election cycles and then throwing constitutional conservatives under the bus once comfortably back in his well-worn Senate committee seats.

Hatch preached “civility” for all his liberal Democrat Senate buddies but attacked grassroots Tea Party conservatives as “nuts.” Collegiality only applies to the wealthy and powerful.

To wit: Hillary Clinton paid tribute to Hatch by praising his “willingness to find common ground.” She reminisced about how “When I was first lady, he worked with me and Ted Kennedy to get SCHIP done; as a fellow Senate colleague, he reached across the aisle to serve Utah and the country.” As I’ve long documented, Hatch became the alcoholic Chappaquiddick swimmer’s best Beltway barnacle pal during his 42-year tenure in Washington. Their State Children’s Health Insurance Program monstrosity was a health care Trojan Horse for Obamacare that is now a \$20 billion-a-year entitlement.

Twenty years ago, Hatch and Kennedy were also original open-borders co-sponsors of the illegal alien amnesty for millions of border-crossing invaders known as the “DREAM Act.” Hatch and Kennedy then teamed up to create the \$6 billion national service GIVE/SERVE boondoggle in 2009, which quickly evolved into a slush fund for endless progressive social justice pet projects and Obama pals. In the name of “bipartisanship,” Hatch backed the nominations of Obama tax-cheat Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and scandal-plagued, Constitution-sabotaging Attorney General Eric Holder.

“I like Obama,” Hatch declared, “I think he’s a clever, articulate, handsome guy with a tremendous smile, and I think he’s intelligent, and I want him to be a success.”

Speaking of Obama pals and other left-wing malefactors, encrusted Beltway operative Robert Reich eulogized Hatch as a “principled conservative and a friend.” Doddering President Joe Biden issued a White House statement mourning Hatch as “a leader of deep faith who looked out for the people who often didn’t have a voice in our laws.”

Whose voices are these oozing stooges talking about, you ask?


Answer: As I reminded amnesia-plagued “conservatives” when he finally retired in 2018, Hatch crusaded for “fiscal conservatism” while voting for massive Wall Street bailouts, 16 debt ceiling increases totaling \$7.5 trillion, and scores of earmarks totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for porky projects — including \$20 million for his own Solyndra-style green energy failure, a bankrupt environmental firm known as Raser Technologies.

Hatch raked in millions from Big Pharma, pocketed generous Microsoft donations (after originally crusading against Bill Gates’ monopoly), and ended his four-decade reign as the Senate’s top recipient of lobbyist cash. He spent his retirement years spearheading a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, squeezing donations from corporate donors and health care and tech lobbyists to subsidize a “Hatch Foundation” and “Hatch Center” to commemorate the Hatch record of back-scratching, elbow-rubbing, pay-for-play business as usual.

Is that what the globalist Beltway hacks at National Review have in mind when they hailed Hatch’s “towering” conservative record this week? Is this what all of the other Washington creatures in both parties are thinking of when they extol Hatch’s “statesmanship”?

The “civility” mob in Washington and online raps my knuckles and tells me to shush when their Swamp “heroes” finally meet their maker (just Google my name and the phrase “the ghost of John McCain”). Same with Hatch. “Let the man rest in peace,” one of his defenders lectured me this week. “Not OK to say this today,” another clucked.

Go ahead and protect the America Last traitors, fools. Just don’t come crying to me when these Beltway barnacles screw over your kids, sell out our country and kick you to the curb after you give them your votes and your money again, again, again, again, again, again and again.

Reap. Sow.

Michelle Malkin’s email address is [email protected]

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  1. Ms Malkin should be honest. Hatch reflected the interest of his Mormon constituents. Mitt Romney is just like Hatch. As much as they pretend otherwise, Mormons are not Christians. Mormons also are very “in group” clannish. As much as Ms Malkin likes to attack the “woke.” Perhaps she needs to set her sights on non-Christian groups and their malevolence toward American society.

    • Replies: @beafrank
  2. Biff says:

    Orrin Hatch once said when asked about drug dealers: “locke’em up and throw away the key”(in a drunken stupor). THEN, his son gets busted smuggling hash on an airliner in Europe. A double standard was immediately applied.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  3. Emslander says:

    As Mayor Daley of Chicago once said about all of his sons getting high gummint jobs, “A man has to look out for his family, right?”

  4. Thank you so much for this column, Mrs. Malkin! I could not recall very much that Senator Hatch had been involved with over the many years and no longer cared. I just remembered that he was one of the normal Uni-Party members of the Red Squad, as I would clearly remember the very few principled men who fight.

    I saw a yahoo headline (can’t help it, after logging out of legacy email account) about “Longest serving Republican Senator… blah, blah …” “Dead? Good.” was my first thought. Then “serving?” Really? Serving whom?

    I noticed that even VDare had an R.I.P. post. OK, fine, he was just an old guy gone from Washington, FS for the last 3 years. I wouldn’t wish him ill. That is as opposed to another worthless, well more than worthless, actually evil, bastard like Juan McAmnesty, as we called him. Peak Stupidity explained in “Juan McAmnesty – Rot In Place”, it’d be different if he had been long retired. However, like U-Boat commander Ted Kennedy, if the only way for him to be gone from the Senate was to die, yes, I was glad he died!

    I appreciate the details you give here, Michelle, on the worthless Orrin Hatch. You are one of the few real fighters for our country. We all need to know that civility and reaching across the aisle will not work with the ctrl-left of today. Unfortunately, other than I and a few VDare guys, none dare call them Commies.

  5. bj0311 says:

    Hatch wrote a delusional book entitled An American a Mormon and a Christian My Basic Beliefs. You can be an American and one of the other two but you cannot be both Mormon and Christian. Always good news to hear that another swamp creature has died.

  6. Realist says:

    Seven-term former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah died last weekend, and accolades came pouring in from both sides of the political spectrum. This is not any kind of testament to his character or ability to “bring both sides together.” It’s really just proof that the toxic Washington Swamp is run by a uniparty of entrenched elites and their corrupt coterie of oligarch donors.

    Quite true. Democracy does not work…and we now live under a Plutocratic Oligarchy.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  7. “Hatch preached “civility” for all his liberal Democrat Senate buddies but attacked grassroots Tea Party conservatives as “nuts.”
    The T. P people may have thought they were “grass roots” but my understanding was they were ultimately
    “astro turf “.
    Not that I disagree with your general sentiments — this guy sounds like the common “house & gardens” variety D. C scumbag. They matter in the way of fecal matter.

  8. In Washington, DC, the honor one receives in death is directly proportional to the treason one committed in life.

  9. Thanks Michelle for telling some hard truths. Orrin Hatch in fact often compromised with evil – which is the same as supporting it, just not in a full-blown enthusiastic manner.

    I haven’t forgotten that the saying was born for many good reasons, having to do with his political behavior on which side he would come down on: “Don’t count your Hatches before they chicken”…

  10. nobs says:

    Thank you Michelle for sparking a few of my fading memories of the man who would be king.
    (If only he could have thrown the entire Tea Party under his over sized ego-nomic bus.)
    His brand of American Aristocracy has far too long plagued our Republic and is still dealing
    3-card monte to a populist of the ignorant being force fed information from the American Pravda networks.

  11. @Realist

    The truth is Congress just punts to the other two branches. It’s also the same size it was 73 years and 200 million people ago.

    • Replies: @Realist
  12. EH says: • Website

    Back in 1991 I was talking with a couple of gray-bunned Quaker activist ladies of that type that appear to somehow pop into existence aged 50 — conservative-looking, but somewhere to the left of Rosa Luxemburg. They were bragging (in that modest way of theirs) about having bearded Orrin Hatch in his lair, and “niced” him into supporting war tax protestors.

    Not sure where I was going with this story, but there must be a reason everyone talks about the Jews, but nobody talks about the Quakers. (Barclay’s Bank anyone? Pennsylvania? “…or affirm” in the Constitution? The “Haverford Mafia”? The Quakers were patient zero in the epidemic of progressivism, as I remarked to the Federal Reserve economist head of my local Quaker meeting back c. 2014. shush… I mean, “play Quaker meeting”.)

  13. Realist says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    It’s also the same size it was 73 years and 200 million people ago.

    It’s true…but size doesn’t matter…quality does. And the quality is for crap. Democracies always end this way.

  14. Big government. The UT delegation is always 100% RINO.

  15. beafrank says:
    @harry huntington

    Very true. Mormons do not have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are their foundations.

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