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Published: Saturday, Nov. 19 2011 11:12 p.m. MST

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Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

GOP candidates are all the same. They'd take us back to the good ol' days of GW Bush, with the big investment banks destroying the economy and wars everywhere--with Iran next--just to prove we're still the biggest kid on the block. It's a bully's agenda. Doesn't matter which one they nominate as long as none of them wins the election.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

This race has had only one constant and that constant is a palpable distaste for Mitt Romney by the GOP base. The far right has had 6 years now to get to know Mitt, and they don't like what they see. In a very weak GOP field, Romney, has been unable to take a commanding lead, even though he and Huntsman are the adult candidates in the race. It's not a case of "shooting stars", but more a case of "anyone but Romney". The right wing base has lost touch with political reality.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

More like shooting clowns. The Mormons seem to be the only sane GOP candidates, and one of them describes the other as a "well lubricated weather vane".

FDRfan
safety dictates, ID

The only two sensible candidates that can be considered presidential are Romney and Huntsman.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Once again the mainstream media is leading the charge to pick the Republican candidate.

While most Republicans want a true conservative candidate, the mainstream media has been complicit in attacking each of the conservatives in turn, amplifying any weaknesses, and hiding their strengths. Selectively citing polls, inevitably from left leaning polling groups, or parroting the punditry from left leaning Politico, they insist that only a "moderate" can win.

The media's gushing praise for Jon Huntsman's imaginary virtues and phantom accomplishments in Utah never really caught on with Republicans. Mostly because Republicans think Huntsman is better suited to run as a Democrat, not a conservative Republican.

Consistently the media has been solidly behind Romney, and will be until he wins the nomination. Then, inevitably, the media will turn on him as the did with McCain. Romney's "cult" religion will then be highlighted until election day.

Meanwhile, Obama's many scandals are minimized, if even mentioned at all in the media, and his association with terrorists (Ayers) or hate-filled pastors (Wright) are complicitly concealed from the electorate.

Shamefully, this article appears in the news pages, not opinion.

No wonder the media is considered a branch of the Democrat party!

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Tea-party proponents have a couple of items they are very good at in proposing. However, politics and government, which comes after politics play, require more items on their radar screen to be an effective government. You elect individuals and they are then responsible for assisint in the making of laws and carrying out or overseeing those laws. That is a hard part that even full-time long term political parties have a problem with. They work for year in a process and our Constitutional process of Senators with a 6-year term, Representatives with their 2-year term, and President with 4-year term gives balance that has worked pretty well for 200 plus years. We can go to the polls and participate in the legislative and give input for our executive branches in States and National processes. After living in various countries that have somewhat of a similar process, the executive office and military provide imbalance, riots and Coup d'état. Sometimes the legislative branch concedes to the executive, military and/or both. We have a Supreme Court that gives us the rule of law and that is a blessing for our country at Thanksgiving time.

UtahVoter
Spanish Fork, UT

Hey, finally! It's an article that mentions Ron Paul in there with Romney and Huntsman in the Deseret News. I appreciate this a great deal as a Deseret News reading Ron Paul supporter. :)

Paul continues to slowly grow in support in the states with the closest primaries. Romney, Paul, Cain, and Gingrich and nearly tied at around 20% each in Iowa. And -- while Romney commands nearly 40% in his best polls in NH -- Paul is also polling a strong second in NH with nearly 20%.

Personally I believe that Paul's support will grow as he gets time to express his actual views and not the distorted caricatures of them that pundits keep promoting.

I like Romney as a person. He happens to share my particular faith - which I think is a good thing too. But on the issues, I'd much rather have Ron Paul serve as President.

David King
Layton, UT

I've seen several statements to the effect that "Huntsman and Romney are the only sane ones" or "the Mormons are the only ones who can get elected." I think this stems more from a desire that we have to be accepted as LDS people than it does from an understanding of political positions. Give some examples as to what has been said by Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, or Gary Johnson that is not sane. Let's hear a defense of Mr. Romney's saber-rattling against Iran and an explanation of the sensibility of a trade war with China. Let's hear who is proposing a balanced budget, the most sensible thing of all, in my opinion. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Ron Paul is the only one to present an actual balanced budget with details, and not just the promise of a balanced budget amendment, which will never pass. There's plenty of sanity outside of Mormon candidates, if we're being fair.

FDRfan
safety dictates, ID

David King | 11:56 a.m. Nov. 20, 2011
Layton, UT

I am being fair and honest in my assessment of the candidates and become more convinced daily. The fear I have is that they may start to appease the right wing. I truly wish we could have a sensible Democrat to rise to the front. Huntsman wants a flat tax, Romney wants a flatter tax. I agree with Romney.
We don't need to be so regressive and I disagree with both if they are OK with the income and wealth distribution. I get my opinion on this from what I understand the scriptures to mean. Romney says he wants to concentrate more the middle class and that resonates with me.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Ron Paul's naivete in stating that Iraq should be left alone and allowed to follow their current course in obtaining a nuclear weapon is NOT sane.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

The story here is that the Tea Party (Republican Party) wants nothing to do with Mr. Romney. Whether it is because he is LDS, or to moderate, or a flip-flopper, it really doesn't matter. The message of the last two months is that the Tea Party who control the republican party want anyone but Romney. The proof of that is their latest infatuation with Mr. Gingrich. You remember him the guy that was having an affair at the same time he was so critical of President Clinton for his little affair. The guy who took millions in consulting fee's from Freddie and Fannie, who took millions from health insurance and drug companies. This is the conservative the Tea Party wants in the White House? I give them about two weeks before Tea Party is on to its next infatuation. Maybe Grover Nordquist should step out of the shadows and enter the race for President.

David King
Layton, UT

@Cats
I don't think it's insane to use some of our thousands of diplomats to talk to the Iranians. The Soviets had thousands of nuclear warheads and Kennedy made a deal to get the missiles out of Cuba, it's been said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." I believe Ron Paul and others who urge caution in dealing with Iran realize that war is avoidable and we accomplish much more in peace than wars of aggression.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Why do I have such a very strong feeling that if any of these (trying to think of a good descriptive noun, but can't) are elected, the first thing out any of their mouths after being elected will be the final line in Robert Redford's "The Candidate?"

You know. The line when he looks around after winning the elections and asks his handlers, "What do we do now?"

Why can't any candidates -- on either side really -- sit down and lay out a cohesive, comprehensive, coherent and well thought out plan for our future? Could it be that none of them have one?

A1994
Centerville, UT

@Irony Guy

"They'd take us back to the good ol' days of GW Bush"...Because things are so much better now and looking brighter every day!

Kiyo
Washougal, Washington

Joshua: Making a prediction like this (shooting stars) is like a TV weatherman predicting snow.......and then.....if it does not snow...people never forget it..... Bachman 2012.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Shooting stars are also known as falling stars. That's more descriptive of the republican waining support for thier falling stars.

rogerdpack2
Orem, UT

When will Romney or Paul be a "shooting star"? :)

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