Democratic candidate for Senate tells voters that Orrin Hatch might “die before his term is through”

posted at 1:21 pm on September 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s yet another test of Morrissey’s Axiom of Politics and Courtship: Desperation isn’t an aphrodisiac in either. In Utah, where Republican incumbent and nominee Orrin Hatch looks ready to sail to a sixth term in office, his Democratic opponent has decided to make Hatch’s age the central issue in the campaign. And as the local ABC affiliate reports, it’s not just Hatch’s age that Scott Howell argues that voters should keep in mind, it’s the sudden stop to the aging process that may or may not occur over the next six years:

In a blunt fundraising letter sent out Sunday, Democrat Scott Howell repeatedly attacks the senator’s age.

Howell begins his fundraising email, “I’m going to be frank.”

Howell continues, “Orrin Hatch is not a bad guy. But he is an old guy.” …

But the most explosive part of Howell’s fundraising letter may be when he says that Hatch could, “die before his term is through.”

Classy!  But Orrin Hatch is “only” 78 years old, which is exactly the average life expectancy for Americans in 2012, according to the CIA Factbook.  Hatch doesn’t even make the top five in terms of age in the US Senate.  What’s more, four of the top five are Howell’s fellow Democrats, including the top three slots:

  • Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), 88 years, 239 days
  • Daniel Inouye (D-HI), 88 years, 11 days
  • Daniel Akaka (D-HI), 88 years, 7 days (retiring)
  • Richard Lugar (R-IN), 80 years, 167 days (defeated in primary)
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 79 years, 88 days

Feinstein’s running for re-election this year in California.  Maybe Howell can raise that question in that race, too!  Also, Inouye has already confirmed that he plans to seek re-election in 2016, at the age of 92.  Maybe Howell can express his concern about senior mortality in Hawaii in that election, too.

As anyone with a few operating brain cells can attest, anyone could die at any time.  It’s completely unpredictable.  Political death, however, is a little easier to diagnose.


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So what makes you think you might not ‘die’ while you are in office if elected howell? A car wreck, home invasion and killed, a dog bite that is fatal, the list goes on and one!
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letget on September 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Ah, agism!

LeftCoastRight on September 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Maybe Democrat Scott Howell wasn’t suggesting so much that Hatch might die you know, of old age, as much as he was making one of those Chicago gangster suggestions of what Orin Hatch can expect to happen to him if he foolishly persists in running for office again?

The Obamanation Administration Lies while the Middle East Burns.

SWalker on September 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I have been sued for saying MUCH less.

Jabberwock on September 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

“Stay classy”, Ed says to leftists?

That’s like saying “stay dumb” to Einstein.

or “don’t lie” to Obama.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

@1:25
on, not one
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letget on September 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

“Orrin Hatch is not a bad guy. But he is an old guy.” …

ObamaCare will fix that…

Electrongod on September 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

might “die before his term is through”

Well, you could pretty much say that about anyone.

LegendHasIt on September 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I have been sued for saying MUCH less.

Obviously you are not a member of a protected class.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Reminds me of an old Italian joke. What’s the difference between Milanese and Neapolitan insurance companies?

The Milanese company knows, approximately, how many people will die each year in which age group.
The Neapolitan company knows them by name.

Archivarix on September 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I might be trampled by a pack of rampaging elephants on my way home from work today.

That statement is of equal truth to the one made by Mr. Howell.

Shump on September 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

As I often remind the young “anyone can die unexpectedly at any time – nobody knows how long they have.”

Gandalf on September 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Obviously you are not a member of a protected class.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I certainly do not think of myself as being in one, but unfortunately, Father Time put me in one whether or not I want to be there.
However, owning a business mitigates against my membership.

Jabberwock on September 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

A dead Orrin Hatch would still legislate better than a live democrat.

portlandon on September 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Democratic candidate for Senate tells voters that Orrin Hatch might “die before his term is through”

Never make age an issue. Thousands of senior citizens, and generally reliable voters, in Utah are not amused.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Orrin Hatch needs to parry this by Reagan’s line to Mondale: “If you don’t mention my age, I won’t mention your inexperience.”

Or he could cite Robert Byrd’s (D-WV) record and claim that he is ready to serve another two terms. Or Strom Thurmond and say he’s ready for another three terms.

I had no idea that DiFi was 79 years old. She looks pretty good for her age, and doesn’t need Botox like San Fran Nan.

Steve Z on September 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

However, owning a business mitigates against my membership.

There ya go, then. Small business? Zero protection.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Well, you could pretty much say that about anyone.

LegendHasIt on September 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM

and wish for in some

Rio Linda Refugee on September 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Howell is such as a howl. Maybe it is just because of his youth and inexperience.

bayview on September 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

…Hatch needs to clock the POS in front of the camera’s… or challenge him to three rounds inside of a boxing ring…proceeds to the charity of Jack’s choice…but the turd would prolley sh!t his shorts in fright or howl for mommy!

KOOLAID2 on September 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I had no idea that DiFi was 79 years old. She looks pretty good for her age, and doesn’t need Botox like San Fran Nan.

Yeah, but you haven’t seen her when she slithers out of bed in the morning.

Well, I haven’t either, thankfully, but abundant wealth can sure help give one the means to look younger.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

So what makes you think you might not ‘die’ while you are in office if elected howell? A car wreck, home invasion and killed, a dog bite that is fatal, the list goes on and one!
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letget on September 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Well, to be fair, the Senate is a considerably safer place to work since The Swimmer departed…

JohnGalt23 on September 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM

If one wants to get technical could say that for any of us.

This actually sounds familiar… wait… oh yes! It’s what the Obama campaign said about McCain.

They were right about one thing tho. We did end up getting a moron for VP.

kim roy on September 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Hatch sure doesn’t sound like he is “getting on in years” I always enjoy watching him rip apart people sitting in front of his committee.

Mord on September 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The Milanese company knows, approximately, how many people will die each year in which age group.
The Neapolitan company knows them by name.

Archivarix on September 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

That is so wrong.

Funny… but wrong…

JohnGalt23 on September 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

His own mortality hasn’t occurred to Howell, eh? He could easily get hit by a bus and die. Hey, anybody get the license plate of that campaign bus? Demsperation.

stukinIL4now on September 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Orrin Hatch might “die before his term is through”

Two things here.

First, this really doesn’t seem to fit into that whole “civil discourse” thing, does it? Oh, you mean that only applies to Republicans and Conservatives, democrats are free to say whatever silly crap they want. Got it.

Second, the argument being made here is, “You know, this fairly conservative Republican guy is old and may not make it through the next term; ya’ll need to vote for me, the liberal progressive Obama toady instead because I’m young and will be good for at least 4 or more terms”. Yeah, that should appeal to Republican and conservative voters. If his age was an issue, the voters would have taken care of that in the primaries and replaced him with someone who actually reflected the values of the voters in that district.

AZfederalist on September 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Devil’s advocate, Hatch is probably too old.

It’s good when Senators die of old age in the Senate, but that’s mostly been Democrats as of late.

Plus, Utah’s governor would probably appoint a Republican in place of Hatch, which would still be better than a Democrat.

However, Lautenberg really has to wonder if letting Christie pick his replacement is a good idea. I may think so, but he probably wouldn’t like it.

amazingmets on September 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I don’t care about the age as much as the insane amount of time these a**holes have been there. When you’re eighty and have been there thirty plus years, it ain’t about the people or governing anymore, it’s about themselves.

lowandslow on September 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Don’t count your chickens before they Hatch.

He is not dead until the fat lady sings and right now she is at a Big Boys all you can eat breakfast buffet.

SparkPlug on September 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Yeah, but Romney’s the one who makes stupid remarks.

The Rogue Tomato on September 18, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Why does Democrat Scott Howell hate old people?

It’s the only explanation.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The ages of Feinstein or the Senators from Hawaii aren’t as important, from a purely partisan perspective from the point of view from a Democrat, because if they were to be unable to serve, a Democratic Governor would replace them with standard members of the part.

The argument here is that Hatch would replaced by a Utah Governor from the party that ousted Bob Bennet in a primary. As a partisan fundraising request, it’s valid.

Plus, this guy will not be Utah’s next senator. He’ll be lucky to get a third of the vote (IE- half the vote Hatch gets).

Mister Mets on September 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

He could get ran over or electrocuted by a Volt.Wow,that looks better in print than in my head.Not that I want to see anyone dead,but……

docflash on September 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Well, that guy just lost the geriatric vote.

RebeccaH on September 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Reagan’s classic “I will not hold your youthful inexperience against you” Mondale…comes to mind.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Leftists hate old people.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Sir, you are clearly wrong. As long as Hatch can cling to power, position and prestige, his heart will keep beating. Hatch in Wshington is like a vampire in a bloodbank…

Valkyriepundit on September 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Chris Stevens didn’t think he was going to die that day either.

vityas on September 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I loathe progressive, liberal idiots like this. A classic example of what is totally wrong in Washington. God Save America!

ultracon on September 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Barack Obama is not a good guy, but he is a young guy.

BigAlSouth on September 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

America could die before Obama’s second term is over.

DrAllecon on September 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

This guy needs to be put in the hospital for observation.

kens on September 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I don’t like Hatch, he is a RINO.

Never-the-less, I will take a dead Orrin Hatch over any live Democrat, including Howell.

Utah Native

The Rock on September 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

America could die before Obama’s second term is over.

DOA by June 2013.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I might be trampled by a pack of rampaging elephants on my way home from work today.

Shump on September 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Do you work near the Chicago Teachers Union hall?

Aviator on September 18, 2012 at 2:55 PM

So he’ll be euthanized under OCare?

Ward Cleaver on September 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Not surprised. Dan Liljenquist supporters used this extensively during the primary as a whisper campaign. It was one of the first things that would come up when state delegates would talk to each other. It didn’t stick though because when he spoke he was just as alive as ever.

It will be interesting to watch some tea partiers squirm as a Democrat makes this charge publicly. Not that it matters much. Hatch will win one way or another.

SethEllis on September 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

If Senator Hatch did die even before the elections Utah would still vote for him before voting for this Democrat.

TooTall on September 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Funny, I said the same thing about Frank ‘The Cadaver’ Lautenberg 20 years ago, and he’s still (kind of) alive.

SickofLibs on September 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

If Senator Hatch did die even before the elections Utah would still vote for him before voting for this Democrat.

TooTall on September 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

If he died before the election, then he’d be one more vote for Howell.

DrAllecon on September 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

The question isn’t whether a Senator Hatch or a Senator Howell would die before each’s term is out.

The question is which Senator would be more likely to kill you, the voter, before either’s term is out.

The question is which Senator would be more likely to help you survive the Financial Armageddon which is approaching and where the government has no way to help you.

In these terms having a Senator Hatch or Howell for 2, 3, 4 or 5, years and then requiring The Governor of Utah appointing a replacement or having another election, should be the least of the voters worries.

Dusty on September 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Dem making war on the elderly.

Kissmygrits on September 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM