THE EYES OF THE WORLD…. I have no idea what Orrin Hatch is talking about.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Monday that the United States will “lose a lot of stature throughout the world” if Barack Obama is elected president.

Looking forward to a potential Obama administration in an interview with CNN, Hatch said, “…We’re going to lose a lot of stature throughout the world because we have somebody who, though eloquent and a very nice person, who I like, who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

Now, I don’t usually look to Orrin Hatch for insightful political analysis, but this is especially odd. The Washington Times reported this morning that “more than 4,000 foreign journalists have been granted credentials to cover the campaign finale,” because the “whole planet is obsessed with the U.S. presidential election.” Do you suppose they’re all captivated by John McCain?

We also know this: “Gallup Polls conducted in 73 countries from May to October 2008 reveal widespread international support for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama over Republican Sen. John McCain in the U.S. presidential election.”

So why is it, exactly, that we would “lose a lot of stature throughout the world” if Americans elect a president who enjoys international popularity?

For that matter, if having a president “who doesn’t know what he’s talking about” undermines American leadership abroad, shouldn’t Orrin Hatch have called for George W. Bush’s resignation a long time ago?

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