Mitch McConnell isn’t taking any chances. Hedging his bets against a (likely) Democratic takeover of the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections, the veteran Senator seems to already be recruiting candidates for seats that may be vulnerable. What could be a safer bet than getting everyone’s old pal Mitt Romney to run in Utah?
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It all depends on whether the longest-serving Republican Senator in history, Orrin Hatch, decides to run again or not. Hatch, who has been Utah’s loudest voice in the Senate since 1977, is now 83 years old. Despite his age, he may yet decide to stay put in what has to be one of the safest seats in the nation, and McConnell’s statement to reporters today reflected that:
I’ve had some conversations with Mitt Romney. Obviously I’m an Orrin Hatch supporter. Orrin has to decide what he wants to do. If he wants to run again, I’m for him.
Romney would, of course, be a carpetbagger running in Utah, though his mother was a native. His entire political career thus far has been in Massachusetts. Despite the move it would require, all signs point to a Utah Romney candidacy being maybe the easiest race any Republican could dream of running. As The Atlantic reported yesterday, both fellow Republicans and many major donors are clamoring to see Romney fill a potential Hatch vacancy.
Since the former governor’s failed presidential bid in 2012, his only dip in the waters of public service came when he was humiliated by Trump while seeking to become Secretary of State as the Pineapple-Headed Plumber drained and re-stocked the Washington swamp.
I guess we’ll see if Orrin Hatch is ready to hang up his magic Senate underwear and make room for the next guy.