The fact of the matter is I’ve been a tea party person I think since before the tea party came into existence. I was one of the earliest supporters of Reagan. And all I can say is that, you know, it’s nice to throw that kind of language around, but the tea party people have helped bring about a change where they’re not going to increase taxes on this particular approach...
--Orrin Hatch on Fox News, 8/2/11
With all due respect to Mr. Hatch who seems like a very decent man, he doesn't quite seem to grasp what the Tea Party is about. Citing fond memories of President Reagan is hardly enough to earn him the Tea Party cred he so desperately needs to ward off a seriously challenge from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and a voting record that includes affirmative votes for both the Wall Street bailout and TARP all but bars him from the Tea Party for life.