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By Kent Larsen

While Republican Are Weaker, Hatch May Have Larger Role

WASHINGTON, DC -- Regardless of how the presidential race is resolved, the US Republican party will be weaker in the US Senate because of its slim majority. At best, Republicans will have a 2 seat margin with which to run the Senate. But even in this closely-divided situation, Utah Republican Orrin Hatch, an LDS Church member, will likely wield significant power, and may have a crucial role.

Since the Republicans will still retain control, regardless of the final outcome of the elections, Hatch is likely to remain chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary committee. But despite his reputation nationally as a conservative, Hatch's reputation in the Senate is cooperative. And his length of service in the Senate and friendship with powerful Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy give him the connections to play an important role.

The current issue of Newsweek recognizes this possibility. In order to get any legislation passed, the new administration, regardless of the party it represents, will need to work with members of the other party to pass legislation. Newsweek's Howard Fineman suggests that with a Democratic administration, the leadership will have to look to certain key Senators for help getting legislation passed. Fineman names both Utah's Senators, Bob Bennett and Hatch, as likely allies to the Democrats, depending on the issue.


Making the Best of It
Newsweek (MSNBC) 27Nov00 T2
By Howard Fineman: Newsweek


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