Monday, April 23, 2012

Incumbent: A passion for Liberty is 'radical'

"These people are not conservatives. They're not Republicans. They're radical libertarians and I'm doggone offended by it."

"I despise these people, and I'm not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth."

(Six-term U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch in an NPR interview earlier this month, characterizing his Republican challengers and reacting to the prospect of breaking a political sweat for the first time in 30 years. At last weekend's Utah GOP convention, Sen. Hatch failed to garner enough votes to win his party's nomination outright, forcing a primary faceoff against former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist -- who, by the way, was born just before the incumbent's first term began -- in June.)