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Published: Sunday, Oct. 30 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Everything Mr. Will says about Mr. Romney is true. It is odd that I still find him to be the best choice in the GOP field.

Gus Talwynd
Salt Lake City, UT

Will the Tea Party and the core Republican base decide that it is better to compromise their values and vote for Romney because he may be the best opportunity to defeat Barack Obama? Perhaps. The dislike of Obama within the Republican base may be so great that they would do anything to obtain his loss in 2012. Although Romney is the antithesis of what the Tea Party Republicans may want, they may just hold there nose and vote for him just because it may be the only way to get a Republican in the White House.

As for the Republlican nomination, the support is there to nominate a Tea Party favorite, but Independents would reject that candidate and give the election to Obama only because they fear the Tea Party extremists and their unconventional ideas. The problem for Romney is how can he shift his views to appeal to the Tea Party for the nomination and then redirect them to appeal to Independents without adding to his flip-flop, beige reputation? It's not a nice place to be in, but then he knows he has to move Right to play in the game and that's dangerous.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

He's asking Romney for a clear stance on ethanol? Doesn't George Will know Romney's position on making positions?

Earl
Sandy, UT

Republicans and Democrats both seem to be headed for extinction. Romney typifies all that's wrong within the GOP: vague sloganeering with ambiguous "specifics." This is what happens when both parties become so large that they have to appeal to many diverse factions nationwide. How anyone can stomach this steady diet of waffles for so long is beyond me.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I would love to see more discussion based on competence, not ideology.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Where's the guy(oops, person) who is supposed to ride up on the white horse at the last minute and save the day for the Republican party?
Still wishing, and hoping, and praying, and watching............

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

"NO"!. We don't trust any of them anymore since 2008. K Street is a major thoroughfare in the United States capital of Washington, D.C. known as a center for numerous think tanks, lobbyists, and advocacy groups. The K Street Project is a project by the Republican Party to pressure Washington lobbying firms to hire Republicans in top positions, and to reward loyal GOP lobbyists with access to influential officials. It was launched in 1995, by Republican strategist Grover Norquist and House majority leader Tom DeLay. K Street in Washington DC is where the big lobbying firms have their headquarters and is sometimes refered to as the fourth branch of government. Lobbying firms have great influence in U.S. national politics due to monetary resources and the revolving door policy of hiring former government officials. It is common practice for politicians to request money from lobbying firms for an exchange in better access to officials and to buy favoritism in policies. DeLay of the House, Rick Santorum of the Senate, and Grover Norquist took this opportunity to expand the K Street Project by pressuring major lobbying firms to hire only Republicans in any new or open positions.

My views.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

Will the Republicans settle for the candidate that lost to the candidate that lost to Obama? If McCain was running again, would Romney be leading?

Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

"must conservatism settle for Mitt"?

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If they want a shot at the general election they must.

The American isn't ready to gut social security, medicade, the insurance of food stamps while at the same time drastically lowering taxes on the most wealthy.

Most people believe sacrifice must be shared.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The tea party will run a third party candidate.

EJM
Herriman, UT

And if the tea party does run a third candidate they will insure the reelection of President Obama.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Before Romney can use his business skills to overturn the destruction being caused by Mr. Obama, Romney has to be in office. What kind of political fool would alienate the people of Iowa? What kind of political fool would cater to people within his own party who told him to destroy his chances of being elected to satisfy those on their fringe?

Mr. Romney, if he hopes to be elected, must have answers that more than 50% of voting Americans accept as the best policy for America. He will not get those votes by being appealing to Mr. Will.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Well "conservatism" (definition please, Mr Will) hasn't settled on Mitt.

Nor does it need to, to answer GWill's question.

After studying all the candidates I would say that "conservatism" (those who want to minimize taxes, and cut government spending: MY definition, there needs to be one) has a near-perfect representative in Mr Paul.

Explanation:

Mr Paul will minimize taxes: he aims to abolish income tax altogether and replace it with nothing. He plans to reduce corporate tax MORE than Mitt (to 15% rather than just 25%). Mitt wants to extend a tax break to the Middle Class and other lower paid working people (so far so good) but "Ron" will abolish the income tax altogether.

Mr Paul aims to reduce spending dramatically and has a definite and detailed plan, including the reduction of the annual budget (first year in office) by one trillion dollars. Also the bringing home of troops from all of the Middle East and shutting down hundreds of military bases. Mitt has said nothing of this nature. Ron Paul has a complete budget plan available for public scrutiny and discussion.

don17
Temecula, CA

Must Conservatives settle for Herman Cain? You see Mr. Will if you pick and choose there is much more to be said! Herman Cain supports Abortion with NO OPTIONS! As a Conservative I find this a unacceptable position! No exception for Rape or Incest? Mr. Cain would have you believe that if his wife,child or grandchild were a victim he would not want them to even have an option away from that unacceptable position! Where is the logic Mr. Cain? Conservative is one thing, over the top another! Forcing a woman or child to endure with an UNWANTED PREGNANCY IS EQUAL TO TORTURE! Why would you Mr. Cain, if your in your right mind, force TORTURE on a Female citizen of any age? Where is the Compassionate Christian heart here? It appears to be missing. You may not Sir have had to deal with this situation before, but I would rather that Mitt Romney be President and allow this choice to a woman than an unbending heartless businessman dictating ALL RULES and REGULATIONS! You Mr. Cain claim you want to divest power from the Ferderal Government, but only no the States not to the people?

Janet Pete
Salt Lake City, UT

It's one thing to win a political party's nomination. It another, more complicated, thing to win the office. Then, it is a much more difficult task to work with Congress and get policy that the Supreme Court will accept.

Campaign pledges are to be taken with a heavy grain of salt. Does anyone actually think tax reform as proposed by the Tea Party favorites-of-the-week will ever be enacted into law? Corporations and those who have the power would love to have a flat tax but they don't want to lose their tax loopholes. They paid dearly to get their special consideration in the formulation of the current tax code and will fight with huge contributions to selected congresspeople to maintain their advantage.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

@Earl

Politicos who seem comfortable, on both sides, of every issue, as well as all politicos in general, be forever warned...

Make a place in the Pantheon of Political Pundentry.

The "Earl of Sandy" has coined my new favorite phrase...

"...vague sloganeering with ambiguous specifics...".

When, not if, I use this term, let it be known among all who dare to comment on the DN Forum, that the "Earl of Sandy" is the originator of this classic decsription of the "disease" which seems to bedevil politicos of all types and stripes, on a daily, sometimes hourly basis.

Again, Earl, my compliments.

sherlock holmes
Eastern, UT

George Will picked a most confusing and divisive issue for Republicans - ethanol. Oil states despise it - corn states love it. Romney is caught in the middle.

Where does H Cain stand on this one?

Will's other example, the union issues in Ohio, should have been left alone. It is, as Romney said initially, a state issue. Romney should have left it at that.

George Will must have an agenda for this little piece. Hope he shares it with us.

Kiyo
Washougal, Washington

George Will has always relied on the notion of an emasculated conservative party that he alone can speak for. He is main stream media personified. Now we see a political bubble not unlike the real estate bubble that burst. Some see it, others just don't. Romney has the right mix of common sense and compassion to bring us together as a nation. If he can't do it, then Bachman will use tough love as the medicene. If the American people reject both, then we only have ourselves to blame for the accelerated decline that is sure to follow.

Sandy
Salt Lake City, UT

I like reading George Will most of the time but not today. I wonder which candidate he likes, if not Romney? Would it be Perry or Cain? Bachmann or Santoris? Huntsman or Ron Paul? (Smile.) Which of these does he think independent voters will go for in numbers? Hard to imagine. But maybe Mr. Will sees something the rest of us can't. Maybe he wants to run at last . . .

I believe Romney will be a good president, and George will likely come to recognize that.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

So, George starts off with the old claim that Obama, said ATM's are to blame for high unemployment. Not True! He said structural changes, allow businesses to do more with less, and then used ATM's at banks and Kisoks in airports as examples that everyone would recognize. Then he said, the point is we need to make sure that we are training people for jobs that are available and will be avialable.

ATM's and kisoks are in fact examples of productivity gains and, U.S. productivity growth doubled from 2008 to 2009, then doubled again in 2010, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. No where did the President say productivity gains were responsible for high unemployment.

Try again George, you are usually better than this. However, if George Will is resorting to blatant lies to discredit the President repbulicans should be very afraid of next November.

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