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Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Republican voters seem to be saying, 'We don't want Romney'

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If that be the case,
Can you only "Imagine" what
Moderates,
Independants and
Reagan Democrats must be saying?

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Just a little bit of trivia: If Obama is reelected, it will be only the second time in our nation's history that we have had three consecutive two-term presidents. The last three were Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.

For some reason I don't see Clinton, Bush Jr., and Obama ranking quite as high. Perhaps another two hundred years of perspective will change that though.

Jim Janney
Salt Lake City, UT

Sure, I remember President Willkie :-)

Current hard times are due to the collapse of the housing bubble, which started in about 2003 and came crashing down in 2007. Who controlled Congress and the White House during those years?

Mike in Texas
Cedar City, Utah

There are two principal assertions in this article. Assertion 1: Republicans seem to be saying "We don't want Romney". Agreed. Assertion two: dependancy on government gives inumbent presidents an advantage at the ballot box. That last assertion is highly questionable at best. Does Sowell of the right wing Hoover Institue think that Americans are so weak that they can be bought so easily? It is easy to see that many of our politicians can be bought, but I think better of our citizenry.

I can't help but wonder if this is the eventual right wing excuse to be pandered about if Obama wins re-election. You know, he only won because citizems were afraid that under conservative rule they would lose their insidious morally corrupting government dole. But you know, that notion just might be true. When you understand what conservatives really think about the federal safety net established under Roosevelt and subsequent progressive leaders, you come to understand how much they fear the potential electoral power of poor and the middle class.

Wasn't Hoover the guy who did nothing about the great depression? Wasn't he the President who sat silent beliving that the almighty free market would in time float all boats? Yes Mr. Sowell, lets keep that unfortunate legacy alive - then perhaps the poor can have some more nice new "Hovervilles" around the country.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

"But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced, "

--- I love it!

"...its recent attempt to force Catholic institutions to violate their own principles and bend the knee to the dictates of Washington bureaucrats."

--- If you are going to hire people then you are a business and are subject to "Washington bureaucrats", religious business or not, you're still in business.

Personally, I don't think any of the current crop of Republican Candidates are electable.

Esquire
Springville, UT

This has been clear for some time.

freedomforthepeople
Sandy, UT

Incredible abuse of overgeneralization by the author. Obviously, MANY republicans do want Romney, or he wouldn't have the lion's share of delegate votes. NONE of the states Romney "lost" contribute ANY delegate votes. Sowell knows this, so I can only assume he is one of the republicans who is hoping for a different candidate and this is his best effort at trying to defeat Romney.

We are in a primary season, where Republicans all get to choose their candidate - yes, for this season they fight against one another, as always, to get to the point where we have a winner.

But don't be fooled by Sowell's strategy - huge overgeneralization about Republicans not wanting Romney when he is the clear front-runner and obviously many, many do, and then wrap it up with "we shouldn't be fighting like this" when actually, yes, we should.

Good try Thomas!

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Concerning "electability" of the "current crop" of Republican candidates, from the recent Reuters Poll (Feb 2- 6):

It shows Paul besting Obama 47 to 46 percent among those 65 years and older, said to be the most reliable voters. Paul also beats Obama among whites 51 to 46 percent, persons who reside in rural areas 52 to 44 percent, and independents by 48 to 47 percent.

When compared to other Republican presidential hopefuls in a general election matchup against Obama, Paul does best among the following population segments: males; persons ages 18 to 34; persons under 50 years of age; persons earning less than $50k per year; persons who have attended college; crossover Democrats; self-identified liberals; self-described moderates; residents of the Northeast and Midwest geographic regions; and those residing in urban areas. Noteworthy as well is that Paul fares better than all of his GOP competitors against Obama among non-whites garnering a solid 25 percent, or one in four non-white adults.

The Missing Link
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Looking at the big picture, and telling the real truth's, you can't hide this bantering between primaries. With or without any Evangelical backing. Mitt Romney is vociferously attacking a provision in Obamacare requiring religious employers to cover birth control in employee health plans but the healthcare bill he enacted as governor of Massachusetts also contained that requirement. C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe that Romney's criticism of President Obama is hypocritical because as governor he did not lift the state-level requirement of contraception coverage. There are a lot of parallels between these two guys. Romneycare and Obamacare are essentially the same. Romney told a crowd that the Obama administration said that the churches and institutions they run, such as schools and adoption agencies, hospitals, that they have to provide for their employees free of charge contraceptives, morning after pills in other words abortive pills and the like at no cost. If there is a message in the rise and fall of so many conservative Republican candidates during this year's primary season, it seems to be today's Republican voters saying, "We don't want Romney, We don't want Romney!."

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I don't think the American people have gotten over Bush.

Repubs haven't exactly put forth a plan that is any different than what Bush presented. Nor with their mudslinging tactics and blaming everything on the "media" and engaging in class warfare (blaming everything on the poor and old) has restored confidence that the repubs know what they're doing.

People may not love Obama. But we know what the repubs did to our country, and aren't about to give them the steering wheel so soon.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Voters don't want Romney because he's another Rick Scott. Gov. Rick Scott's attacks on the middle class continue to receive support from the GOP-led legislature. The House thus far has not followed the Governor on proposing such deep senior health care cuts. In addition, rather than reversing some of the $900 million in middle class tax increases, the GOP-led legislature is pushing additional corporate tax cuts for Wall Street corporations. After cutting education by nearly $2 billion while raising fees on middle-class Floridians by nearly $900 million in 2011, the Republican-led legislature is poised to make further cuts this year. The newspaper headlines have talked about Governor Rick Scott's proposal to increase education spending by nearly $1 billion this year while cutting reimbursements to hospitals by $2 billion, which would immediately cuase 46,000 job losses at hospitals across the state. What most reports have missed is that $350 million of the education increase is to keep up with the estimated 36,000 additional students across the state, and much of the rest of the increase is slated to go to charter schools.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Republican voters seem to be saying, 'We don't want Romney' - title

Supported by titles:

**'Poll: Less than half of GOP primary voters satisfied with 2012 field' - By Mark Murray - NBC News - 06/15/11

**'Iowa vote doesn't resolve GOP search for identity' - By Charles Babington - AP - Published by DSNews - 01/04/12

**No true love: GOP electorate still holding out for something better By Erick Schulzke Deseret News 02/07/12

There are others, but I'm sure you get the point.

Romney is second fiddle. His failed 2008 run and the 'surge' in 2012, though questionable, support this.

If he was a contender, he should have had the nomination. Let alone in 4 years.

Also, what is the Republican party offering America?

**Senate Republicans likely to kill Obama jobs bill By Andrew Taylor AP Published by DSNews 10/11/11

Obstruction, and a 'your fired' mentality...

in an attempted economic recovery!

We need to be MAKING jobs, not firing people.

Dosen't make much sense, does it?

As such, the Republican base is not energized to support it's own party.

This means even less support for Independants and Democrats.

The Republican party, stands alone.

And dosen't like, what it see's.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Gotta love how Tommy accuses Demos of making promises to gain votes.

As if the repubs aren't doing the same.

What's a promise to Floridan's to build a moon base?

What about oaths to never raise taxes

These are merely "promises" to gain votes as well. Political pandering is done by both sides but apparently Tommy only sees one side engaging in it.

One needs to ask the question, "why?"

Could it be that tommy has an agenda?

Folks, we need to really research out the facts of the problems that our country is facing. We can no longer rely on these political talking heads who have no credibility who are merely trying to promote their own selfish agendas.

homebrew
South Jordan, UT

And the GOP circus continues. What a bunch of clowns.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Republican voters are also sort of saying...we want Santorum!!

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Santorum says that he is what the Republicans really want. Romney says now that he knows what Republicans want, he can change to those positions. Romney was at a loss to explain why he dropped the ball. In fact, his wife is now blaming it on the New England Patriot receivers. Donald Trump announced he is building a new hotel four blocks from the White House. And with any luck, that will be about as close to the White House as Donald Trump will ever get. Since yesterday's primaries, Rick Santorum's campaign has received $250,000 in donations. When Mitt Romney heard this, he said "$250,000? Oh, that's cute." Mitt Romney lost all three of the primaries. Today, he begged Donald Trump to take back his endorsement. It was a big setback for the Mitt Romney campaign. Even the very poor said they felt bad for him. People on the inside tell me that the first thing Romney's going to do if he's elected president is he's going to outlaw casual Friday. Santorum is already is being fitted for an inaugural sweater vest. Santorum is running show his high school crush she should have gone to the prom.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

How bad was Romney hurt in the last debate?.

He was hurt so bad that.....

Mitt Romney got so beat up in the last debate he wrote Obama here

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

and asked him if he was covered with ObamaCare to get patched up again.

Ouch.

higv
Dietrich, ID

There are still 40+ states plus DC and the territories who get to pick the Presidential nomiee too. Don't get to vote in Presidential elections territories that is.

raybies
Layton, UT

Romney won the most populaced counties in Colorado, but lost the state to Santorum, because Santorum spent three extra weeks in Colorado, while Romney was focused in Florida. Honestly if we're claiming that Romney should've won due to the religious makeup of the state, then that's a red herring. This editorial is ignoring the huge impact of the many evangelical Megachurches that thrive in Colorado. Many have had a significant impact upon state elections and politics in the past. In fact it wasn't but a couple years ago that a Colorado Megachurch was hitting the headlines due to pastors who brought scandal on themselves by embracing the forbidden lust against which they preached.

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