Orrin Hatch, the senior senator from Utah, didn't mince words the other day on Hugh Hewitt's national radio show.
The Democrats, he said, "play politics very, very tough, they play it well, and they don't give a damn about what's right and what's wrong."
He was speaking about battles in Washington, but an even more vivid example can be found in Wisconsin, where the Democrats are still trying to overturn the 2010 elections.
Blindsided last fall by the election of Gov. Scott Walker, the loss of both houses of the legislature and the US Senate seat held by ultraliberal Russ Feingold, the Democrats have simply refused to accept defeat and instead are continuing the fight by any means necessary.
Lawmakers' weeks-long flight from the state to prevent a vote on Walker's reformist budget made national news; less well-covered tactics have included recounts and recall petitions as well as threats and intimidation.