Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) raised some eyebrows when he used a colorful phrase to argue that it was time for Republicans to move from the healthcare debate to tax reform.
“We’re not going back to healthcare. We’re in tax now,” Hatch told Politico on Wednesday in a story published Monday.
“As far as I’m concerned, they shot their wad on healthcare and that’s the way it is. I’m sick of it.”
Given its sexual connotation, Hatch’s office was quick to defend and explain the turn of phrase.
“As few of you were alive during the Civil War, here’s a valuable jargon lesson on ‘wads’ and the shooting of them,” Hatch tweeted.
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 7, 2017
According to Merriam-Webster, “wad” is “a soft plug used to retain a powder charge or to avoid windage especially in a muzzle-loading gun.”
The Hill added:
“The comments come after the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed last month.
Some lawmakers are pushing for Republicans to continue their healthcare push in an effort to fulfill their longtime campaign promise to repeal and replace former President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
Others are arguing that Republicans should move on to other agenda items, such as tax reform.”
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.”
“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.