ORRIN HATCH ON GAYS: ‘THEIR RELIGION IS POLITICS’…. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) spoke to about 300 constituents earlier this week at Dixie State University. His remarks included some advice for conservatives. (thanks to reader J.S.)

He said the Republicans need to organize and pull together just as unions, environmentalists, personal injury lawyers and gay rights activists do for Democrat candidates.

“Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics,” said Hatch.

I’d love to know what that means, exactly. Gay people can’t be religious? The LGBT community necessarily cares more politics than the rest of the country?

For a politician with a habit of making bizarre remarks, Hatch’s comment was even dumber than usual.

The Republican senator also pretended to care about fiscal responsibility.

Hatch said in the 34 years he has been in the Senate, he has “never known a fiscally conservative majority,” noting there are always a handful of Republicans who cast a liberal vote on economic issues because they come of traditionally Democratic states.

He said the best hope for Utah and the country to undo the liberal policies of the Obama administration and get a handle on fiscal responsibility is to hope Mitt Romney is elected the next president and that Hatch wins a seventh term in the same 2012 general election.

Yes, this from a senator who conceded that it was “standard practice not to pay for things” when the GOP was in charge. Indeed, Hatch voted for tax cuts that weren’t paid for, wars that weren’t paid for, and government expansion that wasn’t paid for.

But his presence and Republican success is key to fiscal responsibility? Sure, Orrin, tell us another one.

Steve Benen

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