Seniority. In the U.S. Senate, it's the measurement that matters. With it you can move mountains. Without it, you and the state you represent are largely irrelevant. That is the first big reason why Utah voters should return Orrin Hatch to the U.S. Senate, and why Republicans should choose him as their nominee in the June 26 primary.
If the Republicans gain control of the Senate in November's election, Hatch could become the second most-powerful leader in the chamber. That power is of inestimable value to the Beehive State's interests.
But power is only valuable if you know how to use it constructively. The second reason to vote for Hatch is that he has a proven record not only as a principled conservative who ably reflects the values of his state, but also as a statesman who is willing to work with the opposing party when the good of the nation demands it. That important quality is getting short shrift in the current campaign, where ideological purity and doctrinaire positions are the marching orders of the day. But in a divided government, partisan purity has paralyzed the Congress. The unfortunate outcome is a gridlocked government that does not serve any American's interests well.