Hatch v. Hatch

News & Politics

Senate fixture Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will face an unusual opponent in '06 -- a distant relative, Julian Hatch.

Julian, the official Green Party nominee and an "environmental activist and disabled veteran," explained: "I am opposing my own relative so citizens of Utah will finally have a real choice since Democrats have adopted so many Republican policy positions in recent years."

While Julian's desire to "[build] a populist third party to challenge the ruling two-party system" is a laudable one, it's doubtful that Utah's ready for a Green Party Senator with little rhetorical delicacy (the two-party system is "entrenched in fascist ideology") when San Francisco couldn't even elect a Green mayor. Even if his name is the same as the Republican's.

More likely than not he'll just make it easier for the incumbent Hatch to trounce his Democratic opponent for a 6th time. But who knows, maybe it'll strike fear into the Democratic heart and force change...

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