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Orrin Hatch

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Orrin Hatch was elected to the US Senate in 1976. An extremely hard-right conservative upon arrival in Washington, Hatch slightly mellowed over the years, even co-sponsoring AIDS legislation in 1988 with Edward M. Kennedy, whom he became somewhat friendly to. All that changed when George W. Bush took over the White House. As head of the Senate Judiciary Committee for most of Bush's first term, Hatch had to repeatedly push controversial legislation and nominees through the chamber, and stopped at nothing, including accusing Senate Dems of racism/sexism and staging an all-night session to try to break up a filibuster. However, the far-right wing of the Republican Party, angry that he has not been able to push more nominees through and upset at his offering a less sweeping, more passable version of the Federal Marriage Amendment and at his role in allowing some investigation of the GOP's culpability in the "Memogate" scandal of 2002-2003, have increasingly attacked him as liberal.

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This page was last modified 05:31, 28 October 2007 by Chad Lupkes. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Corncam, Allamakee Democrat, Lemuel, Lestatdelc, Bcarlson33, Kagro X, JamesB3 and Rorschach. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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