Amidst a ho-hum article about another Senator decrying mp3 piracy, I was tickled to discover that Sen. Hatch was “a composer who earned $18,000 last year in song-writing royalties.” Holy cripes! Look at his music website. As much as I disagree with his political philosophy, I’ve grown to admire the man’s life story. Unlike other national politicians, who claimed to be middle-class, here was a senator who truly grew up from humble origins and has a pretty good sense of what the common man thinks. Perhaps the music hobby is a vanity for him, but it heartens me that some Senators have hobbies at all.