Happy birthday, Orrin Hatch

Dear Orrin,

We know how old you are really, but we won’t divulge.

U.S. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah

U.S. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah

When we were campaigning in 1976, I don’t think anyone thought you’d be there in 2009, still.  Sen. Reed Smoot served Utah for one day shy of 30 years.  No one else from Utah has come close to your 32 years of service, and it will be a long time before any other challenges your longevity.

Not bad for the first office you ever got elected to.

Kathryn and I wish you all the best on your birthday.

And we’ll be pleased to set  you straight any time you want.



[What the Salt Lake Tribune said]

Maybe The Hill wanted to kiss up to Utah’s senior senator or maybe it was just a typo. Either way, Orrin Hatch has to be quite pleased with his birthday announcement in the Capitol-focused newspaper.

They made him 20 years younger.

Hatch is celebrating his 55th birthday today, according to The Hill , which states the Utah Republican was born on March 22, 1954.

They got the day right, but he was actually born in 1934.

The Hill didn’t make a similar mistake with Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, who turned 49 on Saturday.

Happy birthday, gentlemen!

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