Blowing His Stack

Orrin Hatch can play with your head. As stiff as his white-collared shirts, a Rocky Mountain version of American Gothic, the Mormon Senator nonetheless makes nice with the Beltway Philistines. He flirts, brags endlessly about the Utah Jazz, fights Jesse Helms on his anti-aids legislation and is pals with Ted Kennedy. He writes love songs to his wife during long committee hearings and recorded an album of hymns, although he says he doesn't go crooning religious songs along the Potomac, as his good friend Ken Starr does. But that's one of the few ways in which he diverges from the independent...

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