Want an Ultra Radical Conservative
Two years ago a very conservative Utah Senator Robert F. Bennett lost the right to even engage in a primary contest for the nomination for the Senate seat he had held. In
Utah the Republicans hold
a convention and if a candidate gets 60% of the vote at the convention he or
she is the nominee. If a candidate gets
less than 60% and does not finish in the top two, that candidate is not even
allowed on a primary ballot. That is
what happened two years ago to the incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett, and he was ultimately
replaced by an extremely conservative Mike Lee.
The six-term Republican incumbent fell just short of the 60 percent threshold necessary to skirt a June 26 face-off. On the second ballot, Hatch notched 59 percent of the vote to Liljenquist’s 41 percent.
So in mid June Utah will hold a primary, and it will be a real indication of just how far right the Republican party in that state has moved. Sen. Hatch has shown rare hints of moderation while he has been in the Senate, (but not recently, he had to be 100% pure you know to get re-nomination) and the requirement that a Republican be completely pure on every issue will be up against the leadership position that Sen. Hatch would hold if Republicans take control of the Senate.
As for Senator Hatch, well, he has shown in the last two years that he will do anything to hold on to his Senate seat. Let’s see if that’s enough. The guess here at this point, it may not be.