Wednesday night, Mark Levin, on his radio show, gave a spirited defense of Senator Orrin Hatch. Senator Hatch is being challenged in his re-election bid by fellow Republican and former Utah State Senator Dan Liljenquist. The Left presents this as a Tea-Party challenge, but that is not exactly on the mark, because the Tea Party groups are divided in this election, and some Tea Party people are supporting Hatch. On Tuesday night, Sarah Palin endorsed Hatch.
Getting at the truth in politics is a messy business, and a lot of dust is stirred up that makes it hard to see. Over several decades of observing politics, I have learned that the key to getting at the truth is to identify people you can trust and to learn and remember who you can’t trust. When someone is willing to take arrows for an unpopular position, I have learned that to be one of the signs that you can trust that person. It’s more complicated than that, but that is a big factor in figuring things out. And there are a handful of issues where you come to learn the inside story, and that knowledge can be very helpful in discerning truth from error.
One person that has earned my implicit trust as a source of fact is Mark Levin. The man is fearless in defending what he perceives to be right, and he is extremely diligent in digging out facts. I don’t agree with him on everything, but I have yet to find him to be the source of any factual errors. So as he went over Senator Hatch’s history in defending unpopular but good and highly capable supreme court nominees Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork, I paid attention. As he described Hatch’s long-term fight for a balanced budget amendment, I listened carefully. As Levin told of his work in the Reagan administration and being able to rely on Hatch as a staunch ally, I took note. I take his word for it that Senator Hatch is a good man of strong integrity.
Mark read over the air an e-mail from Robert Bork, Jr., the son of Judge Robert H. Bork. He said, “I just turned on the radio to hear you talking about Senator Hatch. I had to pull over to the side of the road to e-mail you to say that the Senator was a fierce warrior in that battle [over the Bork nomination] that began 25 years ago next month. At the same time he was a compassionate friend of my family in that painful period. I would urge my fellow conservatives to support the Senator.”
Mark added, “You don’t take men like this, folks, and just throw them away.”
Furthermore, Levin said he has reason to question the motives of Dick Armey in supporting Liljenquist, and questioned Liljenquist’s conservatism, based on his history in the Utah State Senate. I will say it again—you can trust Mark Levin, and, by extension, I trust Orrin Hatch. This Tea Partier endorses Hatch.
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