Senator clarifies “They shot their wad” comment


Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) all but extinguished any hope left for conservative onlookers that their congressional counterparts would be able to repeal and replace Obamacare, telling Politico this week that “we’re not going back to health care.”

He made headlines for the language he used in describing why he thinks it’s bad PR for the president to continue to harp on Obamacare.

“We’re not going back to health care. We’re in tax now,” Hatch said Wednesday. “As far as I’m concerned, they shot their wad on health care and that’s the way it is. I’m sick of it.”

The phrase hasn’t been used in the way Hatch intended it for literally hundreds of years; thus, his office put out a press release of what he meant by “shot their wad.”

“As few of you were alive during the Civil War, here’s a valuable jargon lesson on ‘wads’ and the shooting of them,” it was tweeted.

As only an elderly senator from Utah would do, Hatch then tweeted the Merriam-Webster dictionary of “wad,” described as “a soft plug used to retain a powder charge or to avoid windage especially in a muzzle-loading gun.” Younger supporters know the term to indicate a lack of energy and, also, by another, more popular and provocative usage.

Hatch’s comment stem from pushes by both the president and other congressional Republicans to reconvene efforts to get a healthcare bill passed, something he thinks would be a bad idea.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said this past weekend he doesn’t like to “dwell on situations where we come up a little bit short.”

But Orrin Hatch isn’t letting failures in the realm of healthcare policy dampen what has been an excellent run for the Republicans.

“Even on the night when we came up one vote short of our dream to repeal and replace ObamaCare, here’s the first thing I thought about: feel better, Hillary Clinton could be president,” he said at a Republican event in Kentucky.

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