This outburst by Orrin Hatch wasn’t savvy. It wasn’t smart. It didn’t advance the interests of the donor class.
Orrin Hatch’s ideas for helping people are not good ideas. They would not help people. That does not mean he’s been “bought and paid for by the donor class.” He’s a human being like you or me, doing his best.
"I come from the poor people, and I've been here working my whole stinkin' career for people who don't have a chance," he said as the room fell silent. "And I really resent anybody saying I'm just doing it for the rich. Give me a break."
They aren’t evil. They are wrong. Wrongness is the problem.