Video: Mia Love makes the economic case

posted at 12:45 pm on March 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How many Congressional candidates can quote Bastiat while mostly parrying a question on the Republican nomination?  Mia Love talks economics, politics, and the Tea Party with Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds for PJTV on the eve of the Utah caucuses today. Glenn put this up on YouTube so that Utah Republicans planning on attending today’s GOP caucus meetings in the state get one last look at a rising Tea Party star:

Tina interviewed Love at CPAC, so be sure to watch that again, too.  We need grassroots candidates like Love competing for House seats, as well as state-legislature races, in order to get real change in Washington DC.  Speaking of which, while tonight’s caucuses won’t be definitive for Orrin Hatch, he’s taking them seriously nonetheless:

Seeking one last term, Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch is facing what may prove to be the toughest re-election of his 36-year tenure in Thursday’s Utah Republican caucus against two popular younger Tea Party-backed candidates.

Conservative and heavily Republican Utah last elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate more than four decades ago, so the Republican nominee is usually considered the presumptive winner of the general election in November.

For a senior stalwart of the Republican mainstream like Hatch, the ranking Republican on the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, the Senate seat has long been regarded as his to lose. He was first elected in 1976 and turns 78 next week.

But former state Senator Dan Liljenquist, 37, and state Representative Chris Herrod, 46, are running this year against Hatch, saying now is the time for change.

Hatch could cinch the nomination with 60% of the vote in April’s state caucus, and so could his challengers, although that’s even less likely.   The process begins tonight as voters choose delegates to the state meeting in April, and that means doing a lot of politicking on the ground to keep the Tea Party from coalescing behind one candidate and getting enough delegates to turn out Hatch the way the Tea Party did with Bob Bennett.  Hatch may have to hope that no one hits 60% in April, because if that happens, then the two highest vote getters have to compete in a runoff primary — and that would probably benefit Hatch more than a Tea Party candidate.

Keep an eye on both contests tonight from the Utah caucuses.  There won’t be a definitive answer in either case, but it will be the start of an interesting narrative.


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I still dig her.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Of course I’m sure I’ll be called a racist for that.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Hope she wins.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

As long as she understands the arena she is entering.

When you check for the NCAA games,, you get a commercial claiming how the present economic and oil supply plans are working.

That is today’s economics. Just brainwash in the pop culture.

IlikedAUH2O on March 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Mia! Me love.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I really, REALLY hope this woman wins, and wins BIG!

ToddPA on March 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Hatch, I could stand to see go. I never used to believe in term limits. I am moving away from that position.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

IlikedAUH2O on March 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

… and stopping the Keystone Pipeline but releasing the strategic oil reserves will get you a second term.

Seven Percent Solution on March 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

He was first elected in 1976 and turns 78 next week.

Too damn long, I don’t care what party you represent, this is ridiculous.

Bishop on March 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Hatch has gone way passed his “use by” date.

Time to send him packing.

Gunlock Bill on March 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

All Tea Party, all the time for a few years would just okay dokey by me. Go Mia!

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Too damn long, I don’t care what party you represent, this is ridiculous.

Bishop on March 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Especially when you know that he first won the seat on a “throw the old geezer out” platform.

Gunlock Bill on March 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Too damn long, I don’t care what party you represent, this is ridiculous.

Bishop on March 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I’m thinking yep. Time for limits. Perhaps over due. It seems once they are in for a while even the good ones become toxic liabilities.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Too damn long, I don’t care what party you represent, this is ridiculous.

Bishop on March 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Hatch is the poster boy for all the chickensh*t gutless
wonders we’ve had in the Senate for a generation.
On Hannity, “Sean, these Democrats have been horrible on our
Supreme Court nominees”!! Very next statement
“of course. we’ve always given their nominees a fair shake”

yeah, Senator, you’re right, that IS called being Bipartisan!

What an Azzwipe!

ToddPA on March 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Especially when you know that he first won the seat on a “throw the old geezer out” platform.

Gunlock Bill on March 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Sounds like the campaign commercials write themselves.

Like here in NC. The past Dem. Gov. was convicted of fraud and the current Dem. Gov. is being investigated for fraud. If it wasn’t for the straight party voting, she wouldn’t have won in the first place.

LoganSix on March 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Herman Cain produced a bimbo eruption. Allen West voted for Pigford. Some African-American politicians on my side of the barricade may be a good thing to have but pardon me for setting my expectations to “low”.

Archivarix on March 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Love is not in my district, but support her nonetheless. As for Hatch, 36 years is enough. Herrod seems to be a good candidtate.

Free Constitution on March 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

So Hatch would be 84 in his last year? Come on, when you have to wheel these dudes into chambers on a gurney along with a little oxygen cart then maybe it’s time for them to go.

Bishop on March 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I love Mia!
If we had term limits nationwide, the rest of the nation would not have to suffer from all these out of touch (senile) fools! WE NEED TERM LIMITS EVERYWHERE!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

New GOP Political Blood,……most Excellent!!!!

canopfor on March 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

So Hatch would be 84 in his last year? Come on, when you have to wheel these dudes into chambers on a gurney along with a little oxygen cart then maybe it’s time for them to go.

Bishop on March 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

…Robert Byrd! Now, they keep them till they die!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

term limits sound good for geezers, but what it would mean is incumbency would rise as the impetus to make the person earn the seat every 2 or 6 years would be muted.

But it does seem like a lot of Senators are in the mid-70′s or more, and that seems like it’s time to spend more time with your family – what’s left of it, anyway.

Yet at 78 and 36 years in Congress, Hatch wants another 6 ???

williampeck1958 on March 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Love me some Mia Love. Sent her a contribution early on, and got back a handwritten thank you note, a first from a candidate I never met or had a friendship with. You go, girl!!!

TXUS on March 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM

So Hatch would be 84 in his last year? Come on, when you have to wheel these dudes into chambers on a gurney along with a little oxygen cart then maybe it’s time for them to go.

Bishop on March 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Bishop:But…..but….but…Bishop,as long as they vote the
right way it don’t matter,er wait,I don’t think I worded
that right,ah h*ll,never mind!(sarc):)

canopfor on March 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

2012 Purgation,of GOP “Expiration Date’rs”!!!!!!!!!!!!
(snark)

canopfor on March 15, 2012 at 1:20 PM

An attractive Republican woman WITH brains. Very un-Palin.

rickyricardo on March 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Love me some Mia Love. Sent her a contribution early on, and got back a handwritten thank you note, a first from a candidate I never met or had a friendship with. You go, girl!!!

TXUS on March 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Very cool. I love her even more.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

rickyricardo on March 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Maybe term limits on that narrative?

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 1:32 PM

You go Mia, these are the kind of ppl we need to throw the (old) trash out!

angrymike on March 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM

An attractive Republican woman WITH brains. Very un-Palin.

rickyricardo on March 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

With this statement, you have proven who has no brains . . .look in the mirror.

Pragmatic on March 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Bmore
term limits should have been put into the constitution, but at that time they really didn’t expect ppl to make a career out of politics. Then no one wanted to be politicians , they got out as soon as possible. Now its a cushy job. Throw the bums out after two terms, just like the president.

angrymike on March 15, 2012 at 1:40 PM

An attractive Republican woman WITH brains. Very un-Palin.

rickyricardo on March 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Yup, right on schedule….an anti Palin rant,

I’ll stick with Palin, a woman WITH brains who can
ride on a Harley and kick your teeth in.

(you’re actually a tad early, Ken in Conn. wanted to compare
Palin hate screeds with you, but he’s not here yet)

ToddPA on March 15, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Pragmatic
you took the words out of my mouth! ;-)

angrymike on March 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Going to the Caucus tonight for the first time. It should be an interesting process.

Kristamatic on March 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

angrymike on March 15, 2012 at 1:40 PM

A good ole fashion tar and feather would suit some of em.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Going to the Caucus tonight for the first time. It should be an interesting process.

Kristamatic on March 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Very cool. Would love to hear back from you on it.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Thanks for posting this Ed, It’s definitely time to Focus on Congressional and House elections.

Egfrow on March 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM

And speaking of great new GOP candidates, check out the bio of an outstanding guy, running for Congress in CA53. Long-ish, but exceptionally well done (by a couple of the true conservatives in Hollywood). full disclosure: Nick is a close friend. http://youtu.be/lJpcp9Ixxrg We need to keep sprinkling D.C. with great people Like Mia and Nick, sooner or later the seeds grow.

JusDreamin on March 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Mia,get ready for the media-left hive to do a unique combination Cain/Palin sliming on your A$$.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

As one of Utah’s outgoing state delegates, I will be attending tonight’s Caucus along with the rest of my family. Our sole intent is to elect a new delegate that does NOT support Senator Hatch. The noise on the ground here leans toward another ouster but it’s still going to be a tough fight. The Tea Party took ‘em by surprise last time around and Hatch has been doing his best impression of a conservative from the moment Bennett got the boot.

trish333 on March 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Too damn long, I don’t care what party you represent, this is ridiculous.

Bishop on March 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I’d have to go back and check to be sure but I’m fairly certain Hatch won his first election to the Senate by campaigning against another long termer and promised to self limit himself if elected. Senate membership does strange things to people.

a capella on March 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I will take Mia Love. Obama can have Reggie Love.

Grunt on March 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Guess who is in her prospective district? Me. What up! I’m gonna vote for her I think.

reagant on March 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM