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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 9, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    @ UtahBlueDevil | 1:12 p.m. Jan. 9, 2012

    Wow, UtahBlueDevil, you are clueless.

    Romney didn't turn Massachussett's budget from being in the hole to having a surplus? Romney went to Standord and not Harvard? His volunteer service for 9+ years as a bishop and then as stake president was only "community activism as a bash against Obamaa"? Say what?

    Enjoy the liberal koolaid.....

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 9, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    Dude with a Brain - Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are two of Obama's financial advisors... what part of these two look unsuccesful to you. These two have pocket change in their couches that is more than Romney is worth.

    Please stop with the silly statements.

    Romney didn't turn a Red budget to a black budget - MA is a state that requires a balanced budget. He just did what the law required, like those before him, and those after him.

    Romney hasn't posted his birth certificate nor his school records... until he does, stop making that claim.

    And Romney may have in the past dumped trash talking and partisan talk, but just yesturday he said he would never serve under a president of the other party like Huntsman (and Gates by extension)... that is pretty partisan amigo.

    What you call volunteer service for Romney, you and your peers call community activism as a bash against Obama.

    And you forgot that Romney did terrible in high school, and equally bad at Stanford. But like many, he grew up on his mission, and did much better afterward.

    And yes, Romney did amazing things for the Olympics. For that gets big ata-boys.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 6, 2012 10:52 p.m.


    - Valedictorian at BYU

    - Baker's scholar at Harvard (go look it up)

    - Master's degrees in business AND law

    - enormously successful in private business, now worth between $200-$300 million (compare this to many of Obama's closest advisers who never had to turn a profit or go hungry)

    - previous executive leadership experience as a state governor, including Massachusetts' Commander In Chief of state military forces

    - put aside partisanship prejudices/trash-talk by successfully campaigning/winning the governor's seat as a Republican in a heavily Democrat-controlled state LONG before Scott Brown

    - turned a loss into one of the few profit-earning Olympics (Salt Lake) in 2002

    - turned Massachusetts' budget from red to black while governor

    - volunteer service to community as a church leader for well over 10 years (Bishop and Stake President)

    - would give ALL his Presidential salary ($1.6 million total) back to the American taxpayers if elected (yes, he's on record as committing to this)

    - looks, talks and acts "Presidential"

    - understands committment (never divorced)

    - understands morality (never had an affair)

    - understands family (5 kids)

    - willing to let all of America see his birth/school records without a fight

    Nope, nothing there that America needs at all.....

    Romney 2012

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 6, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    You want contrasts between Romney and Gingrich?

    OK, here it is....

    Romney is the adult in the room, while Gingrich is simply the repeat adulterer in the room.

    There's no other way to say it.

    Is Gingrich intelligent?


    Is Gingrich passionate?


    Can Gingrich be forgiven of his errors?


    Is he trustworthy to lead America?


    While Gingrich can be forgiven, and therefore eventually be trusted again (and that's the key word, "eventually") there simply isn't enough time for Gingrich to build up the level of trust between himself and the average America citizen (whom Newt has most likely never even met and never will meet) in order for Americans to say "Yes, I trust Newt Gingrich without hesitation."

    One confessed session of adultery is serious enough, but two?? Apparently many Americans think adultery can be forgiven as easily as telling your wife you forgot to gas up her car when you borrowed it and that it should all be forgiven in the length of a 30-minute sitcom.

    That line of thinking is sheer madness.

    Plus, Gingrich's recent spate of anger towards Romney simply highlights the fact that he (Gingrich) is, sadly, a small, selfish person.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 6, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    Don't believe all the claims of Romney flip-flopping.

    He has said MANY times that he has always been personally opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother is clearly at risk (and BTW, MANY Christians, Mormon or not, believe the same thing). And, any Mormon actively participating in their religion can tell you that Romney DID in fact have these personal beliefs and the proof is in the fact that he served for over 10 years as a 'bishop' and then later as a 'stake president'. Any bishop or stake president who counseled his members contrary to those positions would have been immediately removed from those leadership positions. So, Romney HAS been personally opposed to abortion. He is on record as saying that he changed his opinion on the role of government involvement in abortion. That is all.

    As for 'gay marriage', when Romney campaigned in MA, 'gay marriage' was not even an issue; this wasn't yet being crammed down everyone's throat like it is today. And, yes, Romney is on record many, many times as saying he opposes he homosexual 'marriage'.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    Proof is in the pudding and life will go on for Mitt Romney, a man of principles. He and his wife will continue to bring a breath of fresh air to the campaign. That is what is needed for our nation to take the deep breath and get back to business. We have been living in a world of attacks on character and integrity since the 1994 time of Newt Gingrich and his new America. You don't make back room deals, you have open discussions about what you are going to do for and to the country. President Clinton and Newt have some common case history in their moral values. Real integrity and moral values are important for our nation to survive. When all of the values of our founding fathers go by the wayside, then what do we have to live for? We should be the light of the world. People try to emulate most of our values. When our image is portrayed and shown to others around the world as something less than we were given by our forefather's courage and upstanding nature in the community, then we have stooped low. We need people with real values.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    "Newt Gingrich attacks Mitt Romney in ad, as promised"

    Turning his back on his promise to stay positive, which wsa apparently a political ploy.

    Ask Gingrich's wives about the worthlessness of his promises.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Which of these two candidates is going to shrink the government?

    Which of them is going to bring jobs to USA?

    Which is going to be able to cut fat from useless federal programs?

    Which one has an effective plan to address national deficit/debt?

    Which of them plans to abolish wasted spending by the military?

    Check their websites and you will see neither has the action plan in place to help the country. They just want to be elected.

    Pres Obama wanted to make the changes but has been unable to accomplish them. Take away the party colors and these two are the same, good men with good intentions but neither of these two nor the current president have the backbone to tackle the fiscal problems of the country.

    This country is looking for and demanding real change. I am still looking for the candidate who will work with the elected officials and make the difference.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Jan. 6, 2012 5:39 a.m.

    JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt--"You Obama haters can't criticize him for running with anti Mormon strategies, that has been the mainstay of the Perry and Gingrich camps."

    Many Democrats don't mind (and won't mind in the months to come) sharing those strategies.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    Jan. 6, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    @ Rutland vs. Medfield

    Yup--you got it. Sarah Palin's plan was to milk the limelight for all she could. Newt is too.

  • kanaka818 West Hills, CA
    Jan. 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.


    I liked your comment about Mitt's temperment. During the last campaign, 4 years ago, I recall a former business associate being quoted that "you don't work FOR Mitt, you work WITH him". (Emphasis mine)

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:40 p.m.

    You Obama haters can't criticize him for running with anti Mormon strategies, that has been the mainstay of the Perry and Gingrich camps.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    I worked for a Bain Capital owned company a few years back and it was clear to me that Mitt was the smartest person I had, met to date. But his temperment made you feel welcome around him. I hear that Newt is unhappy when he is not acknowledged as the smartest person in any assembly.

    He does seem to pout when he does not get his way or is not celebrated...bad omen for a leader...watch him when he speaks, he gives every statement he makes, the opportunity for a cheer or gasp of amazement...when it does not happen he seems to pout.

    Not sure which GOP candidate can beat the current disaster...but whomever it is...be slim shady and "please stand up"

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    Pot calling the Kettle black. Both inconsistent in their views, double-tongued in their philosophy, and lacking in Constitutional fortitude.

    The Constitution is close to be hanging from a thread. We need to elect a Constitutionally-based candidate.

    Ron Paul is our best hope.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    Newt Gingrich appears to be on a self-destruct mission as he is doing nothing more than helping President Obama. We can't afford this President's power to continue with this type of philosophy. He said today, "I firmly believe, and I think the American people understand, that we can keep our military strong -- and our nation secure -- with a defense budget that continues to be larger than roughly the next 10 countries combined," he said. Newt will help drive our nation to another 4 years of this destruction of the military. Newt knows how he tries to defend himself (not very well) but he doesn't have a thought for our general welfare and common defense. His choice of cabinet members who would put up with his ranting and raving as he did the other night when he took 4th place in Iowa was embarrassing for our nation. A person that held one of the top positions in our nations elected officials acting like a second grader in front of international news media threatening, not life threatening, but still threatening another candidate, whether he stayed in the race of not. His political negative campaign shows his disdain for common decency.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 8:04 p.m.


    Romney balanced a terrible MA budget. Romney believes in a free market, understanding that job creators help the average American. He cut the fat in his own business Bain, then restructured to create lots of jobs for Americans.

    Romney believes in states rights according to the Constitution. He is adamant that each state make its own determination for health care.

    Romney was pro-life because he held the libertarian position that each person should have the right to make their own choices, right or wrong. Once he became governor and an abortion issue hit his desk, he researched, and realized that this was an issue that involved another life who needed consideration. He, like Reagan, changed his mind and has remained firm in the face of opposition. He has reasoning powers.

  • Tony12 PAYSON, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is one of the most liberal republican candidates, and a big flip flopper. He was pro-life, pro-government mandate for health care, supported climate change, and worst of all supported the TARP bailouts.

    Ron Paul is the only conservative in the race and the only one that will actually restore America. He's the only one with a perfect voting record against big government, against more taxes, and has never voted for anything not specifically outlined in the constitution. He's the only one with a foreign policy compliant to what the prophets, book of mormon, and founders teach.

    Let's put an honest person in office for once. I'd rather have Obama again than Romney. At least Obama admits he's socialist. Romney parades as a small government capitalist, but will still act as every past republican and democrat puppet has. At least with Obama, socialism will get blamed, not capitalism.

    RON PAUL 2012!!!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    Dirt? Wait until the Obama sycophants get geared up. The president cannot run on his record and the only option is to throw dirt on his opponent. Try doing it in reverse and you will be labeled a racist. That's politics, folks.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    Newt has come out of Iowa looking petty, bitter and small. He has no one to blame but himself for the negativity. You can't claim that morals and integrity are important and prove to everyone that you don't have any and not have any notice the hypocracy.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 5, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    Talk of flip flopping--Pagan endorses Mitt?

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Lol, this is spin at it's finest. Most people with opinions probably haven't seen the ads since they are not included with the news report spin. What a pillow fight.

    First, what attack ads by Romney?

    If Romney denounces the Super-PAC ad it will look like Mitt initiated it and that Romney can't control his campaign. Don't fall for this trap. Besides the one ad isn't that bad and according to factfinder.com the ad is mostly true about Gingrich although a little mean spirited since Gingrich said he has since changed his opinion on global warming. Can't a guy change his mind Mitt?

    Second, what attack ad by Gingrich?

    Gingrich set us all up after Iowa as if he would really go after Mitt...probably so we would watch his ad. The new ad makes Romney seem "Timid". wow. That doesn't seem like a dirty attack to me. LOL

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    At the end of the day (Nov 2 2012) the "hot candidate" is going to be ABO - Anybody But Obama! Seriously, both conservatives and independents as well as a good number of disillusioned unemployed democrat's are going to enter the voting booth with 4 years of penned up anger and frustration to simply vote Obama OUT!!! It happened in Nov of 2010 and it will be even bigger in Nov 2012 regardless of how much trash talk money Obama has. People have seen more than enough of the "empty suit" in the White House and they are ready for change with ABO as the leading candidate.

  • Joshua Steimle Draper, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    "Massachusetts moderate and a Georgia conservative"? Gingrich is evidently delusional and thinks there are two more candidates in this race than there are. As far as I can tell, the only conservative in this race is from Texas and everyone else is a big-government liberal.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Anyone can sign up to be President without very many qualifications. The President just came out with the Department of Defense Strategic Plan of 2012 just in time to cut the military to bare bones. The military have almost sacred values they go by with slight variations for each service, agency such as: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. These and other values should be part of the process for the Commander-in-Chief or he/she is part of a farce that we cannot have for 4-years. It is hard to believe that Newt would attempt such a feat. We have too much at stake to gamble with his character, even though he may be "smart". Our country lives for and thrives on good people at all levels of government. We have allowed some of the government to be lower level than we would expect for businesses. That doesn't mean business owners and corporations don't have problems as we have seen in the past 3 years. We need trust and the values listed for government, financial systems, owners, and everyday people. We cannot afford to have our country become a place for low quality

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Jan. 5, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    I am a dual citzen.

    My personal political position is somewhat the right of Atilla the Hun.

    I don't want Canadian medicare either. We can't afford it.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    It's a good strategy for Newt. There is nothing positive to say about himself so why not try to trash the opposition? His "leadership" in Congress was a disaster and it is inconceivable that he would be any better as a president. I cringe when Gingrich speaks

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    @BobP in B.C.

    I'm not sure where you are getting your news and info about the American Politics. Gingrich, Santorum OR Romney could beat Obama. Obama is presiding over one of the worst economies since Jimmy Carter. We Americans aren't accustomed to 8-9% permanent unemployment. The Canadians obviously have figured it out. Your Prime Minister is quite conservative and lo, and behold, Canada has done quite well during this economic storm. (We still don't want your healthcare though.)

  • jrbigcat DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    "We're going to have a great time with Romney in New Hampshire. He'll win, probably, but it will be much more interesting than he wants." ... his immature reaction and apparently nonexistent self confidence is overwhelming ha. Well said Newt, You've got my vote! haha

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    I would love Newt to debate Obama, but I would still not vote for him. Obama needs someone to point blank challenge him on all his lies during the last campaign and all the lies since he has taken office. He just needs to be humbled down to his knees.

    Mitt is the one to turn this country around. It is really tiresone to hear all these people talk about all the job he "lost" at Bain Capital, but fail to mention all the jobs he created by restructuring. Here is a clue....sometimes you need to do that to create more jobs. Obama's restructuring is just plain crazy and it has shown itself with higher unemployment and everyone freaking out. Four more years of him and we as a country are really sunk.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 5, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Let these bunch of goofs running as candidates tear each other apart, because "none" of them qualify for anything other than being a side show in the carnivals. What a disgusting bunch of nothings! Greedy liars, cheats and more baggage than a freight train could haul, and they want to be president of what? After what Bush-Cheney and friends did for 8 years do they think we citizens want seconds? Unbelievable.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Please we just don't need another adulterer in the office who refuses to live up to his commitments at the alter. That says mountains about his integrity.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    The real Newt is coming out. His idea to bring federal judges before Congress based upon whether or not whomever is in power at the moment likes what the judges are doing.... completely turns the Separation of Powers and Balance of Powers doctrines on their heads. If he weren't so "brilliant," it would be completely stupid!

    No, the more I see of Newt, the less I like. He's far from the senior statesman, smart grandfatherly type. He's mean, vindictive, and has some pretty strange ideas.

    I'd vote for Perry, Santorum, over Newt.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    Ever the devotee of Machiavelli, Gingrich has at last revealed his true colors. Did anyone who knows his vindictive, take-no-prisoners style as House leader really think he would conduct a positive campaign?

  • Rutland vs. Medfield Seattle, Wa
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    From an earlier comment:

    Newt Gingrich does not WANT to be president.

    Becoming president will only interfere with his business enterprises of selling his and his wife's books, his videos, and his "consulting" business of peddling his status as a Washington insider to corporate interests.

    His campaign tactics (lack of organization, "campaign" stops at book signings and video screenings in non-early primary states) illustrate that. His sole purpose is to build future business and the actual presidency will be bad for business.

    That said, he is still Newt and will go nuclear on those he perceives to be his enemies (just like he did as House Speaker).

    In that regard, Newt is the 2012 version of Mike Huckabee--someone who has no chance of becoming president, but who will stay in as long as he can for no other reason than to tear down Mitt Romney while building for his financial future.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    Ahhh let the insanity begin!

    I'm so looking forward to watching the Republican candidates fight their war of words against one another. In one corner you have a man who preaches morality and honesty then cheats on his wife and in the other corner you have a man who takes every opportunity to bash our current President for not creating jobs yet in his quest for wealth has purchased, dis-mantled and dissolved numerous companies at the cost of thousands of American jobs, not to mention the numerous jobs he has shipped off to foreign shores and cheaper labor.

    In other words, your candidates stink! They stand no chance of replacing Barak Obama as President.

    Republicans should stick to what they do best, chasing false birth certificates, worrying about what everyone, other than them selves of course, are doing behind closed doors and re-writing history. Let the big boys who have better things to do with their time worry about running the Country.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    Ron Paul has had many more ads that were direct attacks on Gingrich's record but Newt is almost completely ignoring those. Romney does not have the legal right to interfere with the ads by a PAC. Yes, he could make a public denouncement of them, but guess what? They are simply revealing Newt's record which speaks for itself.

    In interviews on Tuesday, Gingrich personally attacked Romney with no facts, just general slurs. He went on to say he can now go after Romney because he will simply be telling the truth. Well, that is all that the ads were doing. Gingrich is very embarrassed by his record to get this upset.

    His actions are all about rage and vengeance on a personal level. He is making accusations without any specific details. Very unprofessional.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    Gingrich, Santorum, Romney, even Sarah Palin would be better than Obama.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:53 p.m.

    On Nov. 30th, Gingrich responded to comments by Romney that Gingrich said were attacking. The press reported that this was Romney striking the first blow. In truth, two days before this, Gingrich made a few very negative remarks towards Romney in a Reuters piece by Jeff Zeleny. The press has been pretending that Gingrich is just the victim here and so has Gingrich. Here is an excerpt of Gingrich striking the first blow:

    I dont claim to be the perfect candidate; I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney.
    He added, I wouldnt lie to the American people. I wouldnt switch my positions for political reasons. Its perfectly reasonable to change your position if facts change. If you see new things you didnt see everybodys done that, Ronald Reagan did that. Its wrong to go around to adopt radically different positions based on your need of any one election, then people will have to ask themselves, What will you tell me next time?

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    It appears that loser Newt is flailing in the wind. Incidently this is his third marrage. He dumped on two previous wives.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    A pure pro wrestling attack. The establishment doesn't care who is president as long as it isn't Ron Paul.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    Gingrich promised to not turn negative, but, now he's negative. Would that be flip flopping?

    Gingrich promised his first wife to be faithful, and wasn't. Would that be flip flopping?

    Gingrich promised to not entangle himself with the far left, and instead made a commercial with pelosi. Another flip flop?

    He doesn't have much to go on.

    I like Gingrich, but, stick with the issues. You have enough baggage. We are aware of your baggage, so, just tell us what your plan is to fix the obama nightmare (which means obamas ideas to clean up all of the other messes).

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    I noticed on the CNN/MSNBC live coverage in Iowa on Tuesday, that Newt is not a gentleman. He should have listened to his mother or Thumper, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Newt loses his temper and displays it in public. He tries to cover up his shortcomings, errors or mistakes by blaming the other guy or trying to bring the other guy down to his level. We can't have a President that acts like that, no matter how smart he thinks he is. Advisors can help make a President great but if he throws a temper tantrum in public, before cameras, that would be disastrous. After living in countries where losing face is a big deal, this is a big deal for diplomatic relations. A candidate can lob weapons at a foe but weapons in this context are words. A candidate's actions speak for themselves and Mr. Newt has spoken for himself for decades and has shown us his personality and character. We don't need to analyze him as he has been a public figure and on the media's radar for years. His hair color may show some sage but not wisdom.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    if they cannot handle dirt from their opponents, they'll have no chance once the DNC and their lapdog media open their sludge hoses in the general election. Romney has shown he can take it, Newt has shown he cannot.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    Someone already splashing around in the gutter does care if you splash them back. They are already wet and dirty.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    A prominent financial journalist says a single event (which is likely to take place in the next year), could spell the end of the GOP/Tea Party for good. No more sitting on the sidelines. Now is the time to act or get stuck with a bland, boring, career politician who will lose to Barack Obama. Mitt Romney has campaigned in for over four years. Romney, who was considered the Iowa front-runner, faces a daunting challenge as the GOP primary calendar unfolds. He pulled no more votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. He has spent more than $15 million between both races to win Iowa forking over $500 a vote for the past two elections combined. Gallup tracking poll had Romney at 24 percent and Gingrich at 23 percent, a neck-and-neck race. Santorum pulled only 6 percent in the Gallup poll. If the eventual GOP nominee is going to beat President Barack Obama in November, surely he will have to excite more conservative activists than that. Some Republican consultants see the glass as half full for Romney. Like in 2008 with McCain / Sarah ticket.

    Jerry Springer for President, HE'LL "GIT-R-Done".

    My views.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    the time for attack adds is over. Time to put up your plan and let voters decide who can best lead us out of the Obama-abyss. Gingrich said he was going to focus on the positive a few weeks ago so I'm confused why he is reverting to negative now. Romney needs to cool it as well with the negative adds - put your plan up and convince why your plan is best and not try to throw dirt on the other guy. Throwing dirt is easy and is usually a bunch of half truths mixed with political spin.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    I wish Mitt Romney were even half as moderate as his opponents would have us believe.