Love Is All Around

Midway through a conversation about his quixotic bid to be the Republican Presidential nominee, Orrin Hatch, the grim-faced Mormon patriarch who serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked a question no other United States Senator has ever asked. Or, at the very least, has asked me.

The question: "Have you listened to my love songs?"

I had not, in fact, listened to his love songs. I was familiar with his gospel music--he has a new CD out, "Put Your Arms Around the World," featuring Jesse Jackson's daughter Santita--and I have listened to his patriotic songs, including "You Gotta Love This Country." But I had not yet been exposed to his love songs.
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