Orrin Hatch Tells Friends He Plans to Retire

McKay Coppins – 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.

As Republicans go these days, I’d call this a minor upgrade, like trading in a car for a newer version of the same model. Hatch wasn’t a whack job, Romney isn’t either. Hatch was able to moderate his views on stem cell research when a family member stood to benefit. Romney, well, maybe he’ll come up with something better than “makers and takers.” He seems a decent man.

We need better descriptive labels for right-of-center politicians. Time was, we could call them Republicans and be correct. That labels has gotten tight at the seams and frayed at the edges. It’s fit to bust wide open.

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