If we are going to "drain the swamp" it is time to start by eliminating career politicians who are more in touch with their self interests than those of the voters. The Salt Lake Tribune makes a good case for Orrin Hatch "calling it quits" and leaving the Senate. It is time for him to go.
The Tribune writes:
"But perhaps the most significant move of Hatch’s career is the one that should, if there is any justice, end it.
The last time the senator was up for re-election, in 2012, he promised that it would be his last campaign. That was enough for many likely successors, of both parties, to stand down, to let the elder statesman have his victory tour and to prepare to run for an open seat in 2018.
Clearly, it was a lie. Over the years, Hatch stared down a generation or two of highly qualified political leaders who were fully qualified to take his place, Hatch is now moving to run for another term — it would be his eighth — in the Senate. Once again, Hatch has moved to freeze the field to make it nigh unto impossible for any number of would-be senators to so much as mount a credible challenge. That’s not only not fair to all of those who were passed over. It is basically a theft from the Utah electorate.
It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career. If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.
Common is the repetition of the catchphrase that Hatch successfully used to push aside three-term Sen. Frank Moss in this first election in, egad, 1976.
'What do you call a senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.'
Less well known is a bit of advice Hatch gave to Capitol Hill interns in 1983.
'You should not fall in love with D.C.' he admonished them. 'Elected politicians shouldn’t stay here too long.'
If only he had listened to his own advice."
We could not agree more...