INJOIt is now time for Lessons in Historic Idioms, with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Politico reports today that before the Senate began its August recess last week, Hatch, a man so old his first campaign speech is now a diamond, talked about the Senate's fall agenda, using some rather salty language:

“We’re not going back to health care. We’re in tax now. As far as I’m concerned, they shot their wad on health care and that’s the way it is. I’m sick of it,” Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Wednesday, a day before he outlined his committee’s agenda for the fall.

You certainly don't expect to hear words like that coming from a man so ancient he knew where to find the Dead Sea Scrolls because he had originally put them there.

On Monday, Hatch, taking a break from reminiscing about his childhood in pre-volcano Pompeii, decided that the world needed a lesson in the origins of the phrase “shot their wad”:

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