Michelle Malkin

Fact: Hatch co-sponsored the $6 billion national service boondoggle in 2009 and dedicated it to his good friend Teddy Kennedy. As predicted, the federal makework program has become a slush fund for endless progressive social justice pet projects and Obama pals.

Fact: Hatch joined hands with Kennedy again to create the ever-expanding, tax hike-funded SCHIP health care Trojan Horse for Obamacare. It's now an $8-billion-a-year entitlement and growing.

Fact: Hatch voted to raise the debt ceiling 16 times over the past 36 years -- totaling future liabilities of some $7.5 trillion imposed on our children and grandchildren.

Fact: Hatch was an original sponsor of the open-borders DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout and voted for the trillion-dollar TARP bank-turned-all-purpose bailout.

Fact: Hatch was the third-biggest earmarker on Capitol Hill in 2010 -- including $50 million for his own Solyndra-style green energy failure, a bankrupt environmental firm known as Raser Technologies.

Fact: In the costly spirit of "bipartisanship" and comity, Hatch backed the nominations of Obama tax-cheat Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and scandal-plagued Attorney General Eric Holder. "I like Barack Obama," Hatch said, "and I want to help him if I can."

Fact: Even after former corruptocrat Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., had shepherded the monstrously expensive and crony-friendly Dodd-Frank legislation through Congress and stepped down in disgrace over his Countrywide financial sweetheart deals, Hatch praised Dodd as "one of the better senators here."

Fact: Hatch attacked 15,000 grassroots activists who are members of the fiscal conservative organization Freedomworks. A petulant Hatch said "radical libertarians" challenging his entrenched incumbency deserved to be "punched in the mouth" for daring to oppose his bid for a seventh term.

Fact: Hatch "to this day defends his vote for Medicare Part D, which former comptroller general David Walker called 'the most fiscally irresponsible piece of legislation since the 1960s,'" according to Liljenquist's campaign manager, Holly Richardson (herself a former Utah GOP state legislator fighting for a fresh voice in D.C.).

Fact: Hatch has lied shamelessly about Liljenquist's pension reform record, ducked debates, and relied on crapweasel surrogates like turncoat former Pennsylvania Sen. and fellow D.C. fixture Arlen Specter, who likened Tea Party grassroots activists to "cannibals" on Tea Party-bashing network MSNBC.

Booting out Beltway barnacles closing in on four decades in power is not "cannibalization." It's healthy rejuvenation, restoration and rejection of the pernicious permanent political class our Founding Fathers so vehemently opposed.


Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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