The Hatch-Raser story has clear parallels to the Obama-Solyndra story, and even has Obama fingerprints on it twice. Given the GOP focus on Solyndra as a symptom of Obama's flawed business-government entanglement, Raser puts Hatch in an uncomfortable place. How can he attack Obama for Solyndra -- as he has -- given his own record of trying to subsidize a green energy firm that has gone bankrupt?
"He supported Raser," Hatch spokesman Matt Harakal told me, "because they were a Utah company, not because of any specific focus on renewable energy. ... His focus is getting Utah companies out in front of the world."