Thursday, October 15, 2009

Orrin Hatch Is Undone By Small Demonstration

Hey "scurrilous" folks,

So, we knew the fight would be hard and long... but it's begun to really heat up now...

On MSNBC this afternoon, Andrea Mitchell asked Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) about a MoveOn-organized protest outside his Salt Lake City office, where protesters criticized Hatch for allegedly being beholden to the insurance industry because it donated a lot of money to his past campaigns.

"I'm supported by people all over the health care system," Hatch said, "including doctors, including hospitals, including insurers, including
liberal people, conservative people and moderate people. Everybody knows how much money you have to raise to run for the Senate."

Then Hatch turned his fury to MoveOn and George Soros.

" is a scurrilous organization," he said. "It's funded by George Soros. He's about as left wing as you can find in this country. And they're
up to just one thing, and that is to smear good people. And frankly, they're
not gonna smear me without getting kicked in the teeth by me."

(This from the Deseret News.) executive director Justin Ruben responded that when Utah members of his group questioned the money Hatch took from insurance interests, "What did he do? Go on national TV and threaten to kick them in the teeth. Apparently this was easier than defending his ties to the insurance companies."

He added, "Hopefully whoever Sen. Hatch kicks in the teeth is independently wealthy, in case their claim is denied by one of the insurance companies who've been funding his campaign."


Here's what the media advisory will say about tomorrow's event:

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR October 16th, 2009
CONTACT: Richard Lafon, (801) 815-3870

Event Begins at Senator Hatch’s Office at 12:00 PM, October 16th, 2009

MoveOn Members Protest Sen. Hatch’s Threat To “Kick Them In The Teeth” Event Held in Response to Hatch’s Threatening Remarks Made Towards On National Television

On Friday, October 16th, members will gather outside of Senator Hatch’s office to protest his threat, made on the national cable television
station MSNBC, to kick in the teeth. The threat was made in response to a question about a rally held on Wednesday, where MoveOn members
criticized Hatch for taking $913,614 from HMO and health insurance interests and being opposed to a public health insurance option. Insurance companies
and HMOS are spending nearly $5 million per week fighting against health care
reform, and one of their top targets is the public health insurance option—the heart of real reform crucial to lowering rising health care costs and expanding high-quality, affordable coverage to more Americans.

There are nearly 23,000 members in Utah.

Senator Hatch’s remarks can be viewed at (1:30 mark):

WHAT: Rally Outside of Senator Hatch’s Office
WHO: MoveOn members
WHERE: Federal Building, 125 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT
WHEN: 12:00 PM, Friday, October 16th, 2009

*** VISUALS: Participants will be holding sets of chattering teeth***
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million progressive Americans. We believe in the power of small donors and grassroots action to elect progressive leaders to office and to advance a progressive agenda. We do not accept any donations over $5,000, and the average donation to Political Action is under $100.


Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

And according to Market Watch/ABC News, the Democrats have surpassed the Republicans in terms of greed money from Wall Street. The bottom-line here? Yeah, I think it's now safe to conclude that both parties are dirty.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Hatch gets offended when he gets a boner while watching 'Murder She Wrote.'

BBC said...

How many monkeys that ruined their health do you think a system can keep alive? Just wondering. I sure as hell don't expect others to help keep me alive for the stupid things I did.

But I have figured out how to make you happy, I'll delete my bookmark to you and not visit again, happy paths.


Beach Bum said...

I think it's now safe to conclude that both parties are dirty.

You know Will that’s what scares me. I’m working third shift right now and I don’t have the specifics handy but the Supremes recently heard a case that could overturn all restriction on campaign money. This even includes allowing unfettered corporate donations to candidates. Hell, Congress had already long since sold their brains and spines to keep the trappings of power and prestige now their souls will be even more up for grabs.

MRMacrum said...

As soon as Soros sends me that check for $25, I'll be sure to forward it to MoveOn. What really angers me about the pols we elect to run things is they are more intelligent than the rhetoric they spew. Unfounded claims fall out of their mouths like drool from a baby. Everyone talks about "intelligent debate". Well it should start at the top.

okjimm said...

One of my son's friends is in Salt Lake... she sent me mail... her and her husband have been doing some protesting... a Cheesehead in Mormon country could be trouble.

Utah Savage said...

The only bum I don't want to throw out of office right now is Allen Grayson.

Okjimm, I wonder if your relatives and I have been demonstrating at the same demonstrations. I'd love to meet them. I'm pretty savage, but not so savage as to offend a cheesehead.

PENolan said...

Utah - you're an inspiration

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I've changed my mind on publicly financing elections. I used to be against it. Not any more.

Suzan said...


Come on, Utah.

You wouldn't kick Dennis or Russ out would you?


The only bum I don't want to throw out of office right now is Allen Grayson.

Comrade Kevin said...

I wish we could undo all of them.

Fran said...

Well ain't THAT a kick in the teeth???

Love the chattering teeth prop idea-- any pictures of the event?

Utah Savage said...

I do have pictures of the event. I haven't looked at them yet.