On election night, I was astounded to hear newly re-elected Sen. Orrin Hatch tell a TV reporter that during his first term, President Barack Obama had been difficult and uncompromising in negotiations with Congress.
That was amazing because Republican members of Congress took pride in their unwavering obstructionism. As is well known, preventing Obama's re-election was the top priority of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Because of Republican obstructionism for its own sake, compromises became pitifully few and far between. To be told that the president was unyielding in negotiations was a joke. Revising history to suit the moment did not become the iconic Republican senior senator from Utah.