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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

I am afraid that there are significant portions of the party that absolutely will not "tolerate some heterodoxy in the nomination of a strong candidate".

Early in my voting life, I joined the Republicans specifically because I found them less shrill and more pragmatic than the Democrats. No longer. And many traditional Republicans now find it hard to retain their political roots.

I do hope Mr. Romney (or someone like him) succeeds. But I feel that the lack of desire for him is due to both his religion and his rather moderate (by today's standards) political views.

The recent rise of Herman Cain is, in part, due to the party ruling out "large portions of the country . . . to reward candidates who have no governing experience at all."

Many in the party have adopted the view that it is better to elect a political novice than someone who has shown that he or she might compromise over something.

They seek someone who is beyond compromise for any reason or purpose. Someone who is so steeped in their politics that they are, essentially, beyond rational thought or of acting for the greater good.

This cannot lead to good governance.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

"...is it really reasonable to assume that a former Mormon bishop, deep down, is a cultural liberal?"

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Are you saying that all Mormon Bishops are cut from the same cloth? That isn't what we've been hearing from a multitude of Mormons online in these forums. Just sayin'.

"A leadership team of Romney, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ..."

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Scares the Bejeebus right outta me.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Pragmatisim is not about comprimise. Pragmatisim is first of all a rejection of a dual world, where things are seen as having to be this way or that way. It's a rejection of an idea that there is in most situations an ideal reality out there to be discovered. Instead pragmatism is what works against a backdrop of what you are trying to accomplish. Obviously pragmatic philosophy is more complicated especially in given situations but that's the heart of it.

Now given that definition Rommney may be a pragmitist at heart, but I doubt that's the message he wants to give to conservatives who's very exsistence is dependent on duality.

Again it's not comprimise in the traditional sense where you know what is right and try to get there in incriments, but rather doing what works in order to accomplish what you set out to do.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Romney THINKS he's got this game in the bag, but HE DOESN'T yet. Herman Cain denied on that he's changing his story as he struggles to contain the fallout from sexual harassment allegations that could threaten his recently surging campaign. He also suggested that his race could be a factor in the controversy. At least two women who had complained about Cain were said to have agreed to settlements that included stipulations that they not repeat their allegations in public. If you are the front-runner and you plan to be the nominee be forthcoming so that you are vetted, and we don't get into a situation where you're our nominee and we find out things after the fact. WILL ROMNEY ALSO DO THIS?. Politico said it had started asking Cain's campaign about the allegations on Oct. 20, 11 days before the story was published. Cain said that Politico had also provided his campaign with the name of a second woman who, Politico reported, also received a settlement after complaining of sexually inappropriate encounters with Cain. The economy is still hurting. Thirty percent of Americans are so disillusioned, they are thinking of moving back to Mexico. This hurts Romney.

PHealey
Holladay, UT

Brother Chuck
WHAT????
Canibis has not been legalized

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

*Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million By Ken Thomas AP Published by DSNews 08/04/11

*Mitt Romneys wealth raises new questions By Jamshid Ghazi Askar DSNews 08/15/11
'Romney owns between $250,000 and $500,000 in horses.'

Then...

*'Stumping, Mitt Romney pegged as both charming and awkward on campaign trail' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar - DSNews - 07/17/11

'"I should tell my story I'm also unemployed," Romney said according to the New York Times.'

(Sarcasm)

My heart WEEPS for the man who makes it a point to say he is 'also' unemployed...

who owns over $500,000 in horses.

Christy
Beaverton, OR

From the article:

A leadership team of Romney, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be just what the moment requires: prudent adults who are conservative, but not too far ahead of the public. They would stand a decent chance at doing what it takes to encourage job creation and avoid fiscal disaster.

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Let me guess. Would that be lower taxes on the 'job creators' and deregulate corporations?

What a joke.

More and more people are on to you, GOP.

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Romney like Mr. Clinton may be a pragmatist, but both are much more populist than pragmatist. This is not all bad as such inclinations allow compromise, but rarely results in true consensus building, which requires better leadership. Certainly, you would not see from Mr. Romney the stringent alligence to partisanship and ideology that has characterized the last two administrations.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Our country needs strong medicine. Maybe Romney can give it, maybe not. We need some adults in Washington. Romney is only about 10X better than Obama. Why would we want the same administration in Washington after the disastrous 3 years we have had not to mention 2 previous years, (since 2006) of a Democratic Congress.

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