But during the Utah Republican's tenure as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dozens of President Clinton's nominees never received an up-or-down vote, because their nominations were suffocated by procedural traps, a Tribune analysis of congressional records shows. Others were mired in the committee for years before being confirmed by the Senate.
Hatch defends his record, saying he gave Clinton's nominees a fair shake. He claims it distorts the record to compare the Democrats' use of filibusters to what happened in the committee under his watch.
"That's all B.S. and they know it," Hatch insists. "I don't think anybody can say I didn't do my best."
To quote Inigo Montoya: "I do not think that word means what you think it means."
If that was Senator Hatch's "best," then he is, well, he's utterly incompetent. Unfortunately, Hatch isn't actually incompetent, merely a shameless liar (and it was bit rich to accuse the Democrats of "B.S." there, I think).