Hatch is facing a potentially difficult reelection campaign, and has been courting the tea partiers at every turn. He may have even invited himself to a Tea Party Express event to tout his tea party friendly credentials.
Today at CPAC, he flaunted his supposed anti-establishment cred some more: "I can tell you right now," Hatch said. "I've been in the Senate now 34 years. In fact, as I walked in today someone said, were you in the original tea party? And I said, 'no, I came a few years later.'"
He added that when it comes to the national debt and the financial crisis, if the Republicans can take control of the Senate and keep control of the House, "I will do everything in my power to get this mess under control."