To fully comprehend the sad spectacle that has become American politics since the 1980s, you need not peruse the politics section of major periodicals. Or the opinion, news or business pages of illustrious publications.
A faithful Baptist who loved the Lord, you could not find a more committed follower of Christ. He spoke often of his faith but was also critical of those who tried to turn faith into something purely political.
Today, the leaders of the "New Evangelicals" and millions of others in the wider evangelical family, remember and laud Hatfield's bi-partisan style, generosity of spirit, and the public-policy values he endorsed.