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Johnson: Hatfield Fit Senator Mold

I’ve always thought of Mark Hatfield, the Oregon Republican who died on Sunday, as looking and acting exactly as a United States Senator should. If Hollywood were casting a role for a wise, reasoned fellow to be a U.S. Senator, Hatfield could have played the part. Heck, he did play the part for 30 years. Most of the obits describe Mark Hatfield as “a liberal Republican,” and that is probably a fine description, as far as it goes. I think of him in the great tradition of Senate independents and independence is way more important in politics than being a Republican, a Democrat, a liberal or a conservative. Hatfield was an independent/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.

Question: Which U.S. senator today “looks” like a U.S. senator should look?

Barker: Hatfield Got Things Done

The death of retired Oregon Sen. Mark Hatfield this week reminds us of a time of bipartisanship that has long past in Congress. As a Republican Hatfield often challenged the positions of his own party to raise questions about the involvement in Vietnam and at the end of his career as the one vote that stopped the Senate from passing a Balanced Budget Amendment in 1995. But he joined with members of both parties to pass the environmental laws that remain the foundation of protection today of our air, water, wildlife and public lands. He could stand on principle to the most powerful people and forces when he thought it was the right thing to do. But he also knew how to compromise and get things done/Rocky Barker, Statesman. More here.

Question: Is there anyone in Congress today that you'd call a statesman?

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