Orrin Hatch strikes us as a decent fellow. The senior Utah senator is usually thoughtful and well mannered, something that can not be said of every senator or representative. (Minnestoa's Michelle Bachmann springs to mind.)
But even Orrin Hatch can't explain away his flip-flop on the federal stimulus bill, a bill he (and every other Senate Republican) vigorously opposed.
Now, it so happens, Hatch is defending the stimulus bill, or at least the funds that come to his home state. In Hatch's new opinion, Utah and its citizens really, really need the federal dollars.
Indeed, Hatch now says it would be "idiocy" to stop this spending. The details are here.