Senator Hatch and the President's Coat-tails
Rep. Dougall wrote about Senator Orrin Hatch: "Wondering how Orrin ended up in Waco, TX hitching a ride to Utah? Couldn't be that he's concerned with his opponents and needs to make sure he's firmly planted on the President's coattails, could it?" Who in Utah is impressed by a Senator riding the President's coat tails? Here are two polls from Survey USA tracking the President's approval in Utah. The first poll was released June 27, 2005. The second poll was released August 15, 2005. They show that among political "moderates", the President's support dropped in one month from 54% to 44%. For Utah, this is a stunning drop over such a short time. Moderates have been Senator Hatch's bread and butter (especially at the convention). Should Senator Hatch be worried for his chances riding the W train? Maybe Rep. Dougall is right and Senator Hatch is abandoning the moderates with the hope that a conservative makeover will guard him against a convention assault?