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How Far the Party Fell Into the Abyss: From Hatch to McCarthy

Jamie Stiehm on

WASHINGTON -- The Hon. Orrin Hatch, a staunchly conservative Republican senator from Utah, is no longer with us. He died in Salt Lake City at 88. Hatch's seven terms in the Senate are a record, and it's fair to say time changed him into a better man.

Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican Leader, is the perfect foil for Hatch. At 57, the vapid Californian struts through the House like it's a fraternity, with white male "bros."

McCarthy often whines about "Pelosi," belittling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat.

Insincere about all but his lust to become house speaker, McCarthy denied -- lied about -- his resolve to tell former President Donald Trump to resign after the Jan. 6, 2021, mob attack on the Capitol.

Remember the days when getting caught lying on tape was a problem? Now, contradicting oneself is a minor hiccup in a news cycle.

Contrasting Hatch and McCarthy shows us how far the Republican party fell in one political lifetime -- or generation.

 

On his way down into the ashpit, McCarthy makes Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., look steady in his stance against Trump.

From rookie reporting days, I have a personal memory of Hatch inviting me to listen to some country gospel songs he composed. His smile lit up the office. I had to revise my opinion of him upward.

As much as liberals disagreed with Hatch, we liked and respected his warm humanity and Mormon faith. He arrived in Washington, vowing to take on everything Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., championed. In the end, they became best of friends.

McCarthy is not an honorable man like Hatch.

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