Washington • Reeling from the budget compromise that dinged Republicans, Sen. Orrin Hatch slammed the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, accusing the advocacy group of dancing with the extreme wing of the political spectrum to its own detriment.
"Heritage used to be the conservative organization helping Republicans, and helping conservatives and helping us to be able to have the best intellectual conservative ideas," Hatch, R-Utah, said on MSNBC's Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd. "There's a real question in the minds of many Republicans now, and I'm not just speaking for myself but for a lot of people: Is Heritage going to go so political that it really doesn't amount to anything anymore?"
Heritage, and it's political arm Heritage Action for America, has taken more of a right turn in recent years. It is now headed by former Sen. Jim DeMint, known as one of the fathers of the tea party movement.