p class="TEXT_w_Indent">McAuliffe, a longtime friend of former President Bill Clinton, bested Cuccinelli 48 to 46 percent
on Election Day after a nasty, mud filled campaign. National observers attributed McAuliffe's win to the fact that Cuccinelli was too far right a candidate for Virginia.
Hatch says the shutdown dominated the news for weeks, covering up the news that the Affordable Care Act website exchanges were hampered with problems.
While Hatch didn't call out his Utah Republican colleague by name, it isn't the first time Hatch has been critical of the strategy Lee used to tie passing a budget to cutting funding for Obamacare; The House and Senate impasse over that effort caused the first government closure in nearly 17 years.
"When Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the federal government, we have to understand what is achievable and what is not," Hatch said when a compromise to re-open the government was reached. "Too many were led to believe we could accomplish something that was never possible - namely defunding ObamaCare through a government shutdown."
Political handicappers say the shutdown could affect the mid-term elections in 2014 and help Democrats. Hatch says that's already the case and led the way for Gov. McAuliffe.