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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Three reasons Hatch is retiring

Orrin Hatch has represented Utah well in the Senate for more than four decades. The experts are going on about how his decision not to seek another term will put Mitt Romney in the Senate to give President Trump a hard time.

That is unimportant for now.



What is important is that Hatch is leaving the Senate in good health and at the top of his game.

There are three reasons he is leaving: Byrd, Kennedy, and Cochran.

Hatch is a very smart man who upon completion of this term will have given the Senate 42 of his 84 years (he's 83 now). Without looking it up, tell me who swore him in as a senator.

Hatch has been there long enough.

He knows the Senate is a powerful place that consumes people who stay there too long.

Hatch saw Byrd deal with Parkinson's, his arms flapping uncontrollably like a panicked dove.

Instead of retiring honorably and enjoying his last few days, Byrd stayed.

He still had important work.

Why, without his vote, Gloria M. Navarro of Nevada would gave been confirmed as a U.S. District Judge 97-0 instead of 98-0.

Hatch saw Kennedy hang on with a baseball-sized tumor in his brain.

Hatch sees Cochran hang on as he deals with dementia.

Then there is McCain, who stubbornly refuses to resign.

They almost all do.

Not Hatch. He knows he can still do the job today, but doubts he can three or six years from now. There's a reason people of a certain age no longer buy green bananas.

To everything, there is a season.

A time to work, and a time to retire.

Hatch leaves on a very high note, having helped shape and shepherd the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Vice President Pence will a year to this day swear in Hatch's successor who will have a tough act to follow in oh, so many ways.

But it is the last act that will be toughest: leaving.

By the way, the answer was Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, who swore in Hatch on January 3, 1977.



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38 comments:

  1. "Hatch saw Byrd deal with Parkinson's, his arms flapping uncontrollably like a panicked dove."
    Real classy Surber.

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    1. I saw it. I described it. I will not be bullied by Marxists from telling the truth.
      And that was four years before his death.

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    2. "Bullied by Marxists?"
      Sounds like someone needs a diaper change and nap. Thank goodness so few read this blog.
      But, thanks to you, my stock in Depends and Preparation H is soaring.

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    3. You would have made better investments in a stock index fund.
      Kimberly-Clark (Depends) went up only 5% in the last year. Pfizer (Preparation H) went up 10%.
      My stock index fund went up 25%.

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    4. > "But, thanks to you, my stock in Depends and Preparation H is soaring."

      Speaking of real classy...

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    5. I knew the Surbots would come out of the woodworks on this one. Good research Don, it shows I am in your head ... and let me tell you, there is a lot of room in here.

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    6. No, I am in yours. I mentioned Byrd for the first time in weeks and suddenly you pop in here.

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    7. I dropped in only because it's lather-rinse-repeat anymore here. Trump is great; Dems and Hillary are evil; Fake News. Boooring. The Byrd quip merely is the next reason why the MSM had to put you down.

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    8. I'm quite well read, and have time to follow national politics each day. The Internet connects me to all writers and commentators in the USA (as well as the UK and Israel).

      Don is always my first read of the day, and I check in multiple times after. There are some great people I follow, but unfortunately, most of those fall into whatever "Narratives" are being pushed that day. Don stands back a bit and doesn't overreact as most do.

      As for the "Surbots" - the people here are not juvenile reactionaries as you appear to be. Take your trolling to Newsweeks' or NYTs' or WaPos' or even Breitbarts' articles where you'll find overgrown kids your age that think 2005 is "back in the day".

      -Ken

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    9. Yep Ken, "Your tears are sweet to us" is not juvenile reactionary. Good try. Still waiting for Tea Quack to chime in. Come on dude where are you?

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    10. You know Don is making waves on the Internet when some Soros troll comes up with "Surbots"! Keep it up, Don; at this rate you'll be an FNC contributor before the month is out!
      ---Fred

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    11. Big D, I thought you told us not to feed the trolls???

      Alright, I'll bite. To Mr. Chickenshit Anon: Ten million page views is a pretty strong number, asswipe. Go write five books and then get back with us. Loser.

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    12. Troll;

      Reread the article. Then reread your comments.

      Your comments are totally off base. Like the fake news media, you just hung yourself.

      Thanks for the laugh. And for validating Mr. Surber's article.

      - Ken

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    13. Hey, I kinda like Surbots! Kind of like Deplorables.
      I'll wear that name as a badge of honor and tell all my friends about Don's blog!
      JimNorCal

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    14. Trolls gotta troll. And on such a controversial point. Proud to be a Surbot.

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    15. 'Surber saw Anon deal with dribble,his mouth flapping uncontrollably like a panicked ventriloquist dummy"
      Real classy Anon
      Dennis

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    16. Run back to the fever swamps and enjoy what little time you have left, troll.

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    17. Nothing screams seriousness like faux indignation. Piss off, snowflake, they're waiting for you in your safe space.

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  2. I'm going to be very frank. Part of the reason I retired early was because for years I could see my own motor skills and stamina in the operating room deteriorate and I didn't want to be a threat to my own patients. I did what I had seen other surgeons I respect do. Limit what cases I performed and selected patients I expected to have fewer complications and better outcomes. Like your descriptions of senators that have hung on too long I have seen doctors stubbornly continue to go on, and, in my mind, commit murder by doing things they should have realized they shouldn't be doing. To be sure, I could have gone on for years making adjustments and dealing with age, in fact, I've been told that I'm aging gracefully. But I think part of that grace is making decisions like that, in seeing the world, and my own limitations, and dealing with reality in the most appropriate manner I can.

    By the way, this is a good article: https://amgreatness.com/2018/01/02/the-view-of-the-blinkered/?utm_term=TheDeplorables

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    1. Murder is a pretty serious word, Doc, but I haven't been where you were. Thanks for your service, and for having the balls to walk away when you knew you no were no longer at the top of your game. Nicklaus knew he had one more major in him, got it (Augusta 86), and then departed gracefully. Well played, both of you.

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  3. What about the bullet we dodged with Hillary? She had coughing fits, twitching spells, uncontrollable eye rolling, inappropriate and strange bouts of laughter, stumbling, making strange sounds, etc. Combine those with her predilection for lying and her total inability to admit an error or acknowledge reality and one has to wonder: Is she taking Thorazine or is she a walking, talking, gurgling poster child for the need for Thorazine? - Elric

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    1. She's a walking, talking, gurgling poster child for what happens when one's soul is corroded. At least Al Capone could blame syphilis; Killary can only blame her unbridled lust for power.
      ---Fred

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    2. Fred, you never know what hillary might have picked up from wjc.

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    3. Or picked up from Huma, to be honest.
      JimNorCal

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  4. A smart person knows his limits.

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  5. "A man's got to know his limitations." - Dirty Harry in Magnum Force

    It isn't always a matter of being smart, but of situational awareness and personal safety. - Elric

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  6. Comment of the day goes to Ken for this gem: "the people here are not juvenile reactionaries as you appear to be."
    Now keep this thought in mind as you read all the replies here. 20-plus comments for this post. You are welcome Don. I would conclude by making a comment about the debilitating diseases your pariahs Reagan and Heston were afflicted with in the same manner you did Sen. Byrd but why stoop down to your gutter level. BTW - is Steve Bannon cool or not at the moment?

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    1. What exactly do you think you should be welcome for? The number of comments isn't necessarily a reflection of the number of views on a post, since unlike you (and your beloved Kleagle), not all of us feel the need to flap our gums or our arms about everything.

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  7. Retiring at the top of your game takes a dose of courage and a lot of good sense. There's nothing so sad as watching a highly accomplished person struggle to stay past his "time" especially in professional sports where the very best ones retain their highly competitive nature long after their skills have declined. Bret Favre stayed too long, wouldn't you agree? And then there's Tom Brady of the NE Patriots having a great season at age 40. I'm sure all the other teams in the NFL would prefer Brady's arms were flapping in the breeze like a dove instead of flinging the football 40 yards downfield with consummate accuracy.

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  8. I hope for Mia Love for Senate, more than for Mitt. Black woman non-Trump supporting Rep vs Mr. Rich, White anti-Trump Rep. And both of them trying to show they're better on the issues rather than on the tribal hatred against the other ...

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  9. Perhaps Mr. Anonymous would like to enlighten us what simile Don should have used to describe Sheets Byrd's arms in his last years. Perhaps arms 'flapping like one of the Negro's he'd lynched in his past years as a KKK Grand Kleagle?'
    Would that be better?
    Love Don Surber and as others have said, he is now my 'go to' site to get an insight into current political events not enjoyed since Neal Bortz retired.

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  10. Don - You left out Strom Thurmond who was in worse shape than any of the other folks you mentioned. In his last days in the Senate I doubt if he even knew where he was. - GOC

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  11. https://twitter.com/consvtv0NTX/status/948588542007095296

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  12. Some athletes retire while they are still at the top of their game. Others hang around too long and become an embarrassment.

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  13. You know, why is it wrong to be a full hearted supporter of Trump?

    - TexasDude

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  14. It is useful to think of governance in terms of systems rather than personalities or political parties. The domestic system can then be compared to other historical or contemporary system. One quickly notices that the ruling elite,regardless of system make out quite well. it then become a question of how are those outside of the elite faring.

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