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June 15th, 2009

Obama Selects Hatch for Health Care Committee, Despite his Recent Raciest Remarks.

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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hatch-and-biden1If you’re a radio talk show host that calls female basketball players “nappy headed hos,” Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will create enough public pressure to see to it that you lose your job. On the other hand, if you are a State Senator who is so passionate about socialized medicine, that you stomp right into the House chambers and tell a black legislator, “They are treating us like [n-words], like masters and slaves,” you end up with a key White House appointment from America’s first African-American president.

The latter is exactly what has happened to Democrat State Senator Jack Hatch, who dropped the n-word on the floor of the Iowa House this April. The last week, President Obama selected Sen. Hatch to lead a group of state legislators from all across the country who will advise the Obama administration on how to provide socialized medicine to all Americans.

At the time of Hatch’s incident, some Democratic legislators said that, had a Republican made a similar statement, the reaction would have been very different. It became obvious that Hatch’s Democratic colleagues tried to sweep the incident under the rug quickly, but the thought that America’s first African-American President would appoint someone with a recent history of flying off the handle and using racial slurs is simply inconceivable.

So, does that mean that maybe President Obama doesn’t know that Sen. Hatch used racial slurs on the floor of the Iowa House less than three months ago? Or maybe Obama does know and doesn’t care. Having been involved in a number of Presidential events in the past, I know that the roster of speakers is closely vetted. It’s probably safe to say that President Obama is aware, but wants Hatch to serve anyway.

While Hatch’s selection to serve on a committee like this wouldn’t be a surprise if he hadn’t used a racial slur a few months ago, he’s not just serving as a member of a committee, he’s the chairman of the group. There will be some who say that the reason Hatch was selected to lead the group is because of his passion on the issue of health care reform. But, let’s be honest. President Obama selected Hatch to lead the group for only one reason, so a fellow Iowan could attack Senator Grassley for opposing Obama’s move towards socialized medicine.

Hatch hasn’t even been to the White House yet, and he’s already attacking Grassley. During a taping of Iowa Press this weekend Hatch said, “In Iowa, it’s kind of ironic that we’re moving so close to a universal healthcare system, and one of our senators who is in a critical position, Senator Grassley, in Washington is opposed to the one element that would really reduce the cost of healthcare. And we really need Senator Grassley to take a look at the public options a little bit more carefully, and he has to change his mind. Otherwise he’s standing in the way of real reform.”

Hatch was selected because the Obama Administration needed somebody to start beating up Senator Grassley for opposing the socialized medicine scheme. One would think that Iowa’s other U.S. Senator would do Obama’s dirty work for him, but it is rare for federal office holders from the same state to tussle over issues publically. Such actions would be considered unbecoming of a United States Senator. So instead, they summon Sen. Jack Hatch, flaws included, to be their attack dog.

Iowans might have to keep their eye on Hatch. A high profile fight with Senator Grassley could somehow morph into a U.S. Senate campaign. Sure, it seems almost laughable, but if you can use the n-word on the floor of the Iowa House and get appointed to a key White House committee a few months later, anything’s possible.

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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