Tea Party scare over, Utah’s Hatch looks to fix tax code
Rare is the Tea Party-tested Republican senator who hangs an image of the Kennedys’ Hyannis Port home over his desk and shows off the painter’s personal inscription. ‘‘Orrin,’’ reads the note, scribbled below a cobalt-blue sea. ‘‘We’ll leave the light on at the compound for you anytime. Ted Kennedy, ’91.’’ The beacon of bipartisanship that defined their odd-couple relationship still guides Utah’s Orrin Hatch. Now, with his state’s Senate GOP nomination in hand and reelection to a seventh term all but assured, Hatch, 78, can think about his legacy, including comprehensive — and bipartisan — tax reform.