It’s impossible to imagine the AZ Republic accusing John McCain of staying too long in the Senate
The Salt Lake Tribune has named Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch “Utahn of the Year.” But the Christmas Day editorial was not a worshipful paean to his time in office — over 40 years! It was a stinging rebuke of his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.” Hatch is even accused of “theft from the Utah electorate.”
After a recitation of a litany of his transgressions, the editorial running under the headline “Why Orrin Hatch is Utahn of the Year,” concluded:
“But perhaps the most significant move of Hatch’s career is the one that should, if there is any justice, end it.
The last time the senator was up for re-election, in 2012, he promised that it would be his last campaign. That was enough for many likely successors, of both parties, to stand down, to let the elder statesman have his victory tour and to prepare to run for an open seat in 2018.
Clearly, it was a lie. Over the years, Hatch stared down a generation or two of highly qualified political leaders who were fully qualified to take his place, Hatch is now moving to run for another term — it would be his eighth — in the Senate. Once again, Hatch has moved to freeze the field to make it nigh unto impossible for any number of would-be senators to so much as mount a credible challenge. That’s not only not fair to all of those who were passed over. It is basically a theft from the Utah electorate.
It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career. If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.
Common is the repetition of the catchphrase that Hatch successfully used to push aside three-term Sen. Frank Moss in this first election in, egad, 1976.
“What do you call a senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.”
Less well known is a bit of advice Hatch gave to Capitol Hill interns in 1983.
“You should not fall in love with D.C.” he admonished them. “Elected politicians shouldn’t stay here too long.”
If only he had listened to his own advice.”
Conversely, the Arizona Republic heaps praise on John McCain, doing so prior to his brain cancer diagnosis. The fact that he ran a vicious smear campaign against an able opponent, Dr. Kelli Ward, a family practice physician and two-term conservative state senator, deceitfully accusing her of aiding ISIS, was irrelevant to the liberals staffing the failing newspaper. At age 81 and seriously ill, he can’t bring himself to relinquish power any more than nearly 84-year-old Orrin Hatch. U.S. Senate terms are six years. You do the math.
Dr. Ward is running again —- for the senate seat soon to be open by virtue of Jeff Flake’s abysmal polling. In a face-saving move, he’s opted not to run for reelection, farcically blaming his decision on President Trump, whom he irrationally talks about challenging.
*Reported by the Phoenix New Times’ Ray Stern