You can’t really get any more “Washington Insider” than Orrin Hatch. The guy has been in the Senate so long that when he joined Congress, the Seattle Mariners had yet to ever play a game of baseball*. Congressional approval ratings are hovering in the single digits—with a general disdain for long-standing members—and for the first time in decades, Hatch isn’t an absolute lock for reelection.
In other words, right now probably isn’t the best time to hang your hat on the benefits of partnering with a member of Congress.
So of course, that’s exactly what Mitt Romney decides to do.
In an attempt to shore up the two or three geriatric Mormons who haven’t already pledged their unwavering support for the former Massachusetts governor, Mittens Romney announced that Orrin Hatch is now a “special adviser on policy” for Mitt’s Presidential campaign.
Assuming this is more than just politicking—a lonely, yet potentially effective, two-man circlejerk—I’m wondering what kind of policy advising Hatch will be doing.
Will Hatch be suggesting an individual mandate, only later oppose it?
Will he recommend praising and then criticizing a demographic and then later criticizing then praising that same(ish) demographic?
Will he tell Romney to support term limits for members of Congress and then to never leave?
It shouldn’t be any surprise that Hatch and Romney aren’t too different. They’ll say whatever they need to say to get elected, and they’ll change their mind on a whim for political convenience. It’s a match made in heaven—one that, if it works out for them, will continue to put the country through hell.
*Although, some would argue they still haven’t (zing!)