Matt Lewis

Sarah Palin: We shouldn’t be ‘shooing’ Orrin Hatch out of the tea party

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor

Appearing on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show Thursday night, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin praised conservative Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, saying: “He is doing good in terms of trying to get a balanced budget — and he has been for the last couple of decades.”

Palin added that, “We need to be agreeing and embracing [Hatch’s balanced budget amendment] idea — and working with him to make sure that that happens — instead of shooing him away and shooing him out of a tea party movement…”

While some tea party conservatives have been harshly critical of Hatch — some even threatening to help “primary” him — he has, thus far, earned the public support of some prominent conservatives, including Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin.

I guess we can add Palin to that list.

By the way, this is exactly how I thought things would play out. Back on March 15, I authored a blog post titled: “Orrin Hatch: 5 reasons he will be re-elected.”

Here’s what I wrote for number 4:

Hatch’s mixed voting record.  Sure, he worked across the aisle with Ted Kennedy and voted for the Wall Street bailout in 2008, but Hatch has also opposed Obamacare, voted against both Obama Supreme Court nominees, led the fight against Obama’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) nominee Dr. Don Berwick, and has been a stalwart support of the right to life.  Simply put, the waters are muddy.

Wisdom before it’s conventional…