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Published: Tuesday, May 29 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

We all say we hate negative campaigns, but they work, so every one uses them.

tenx
Santa Clara, UT

Let me be perfectly clear. It is obvious that the regime in the White House was all over him in a matter of minutes if not seconds. Too bad that a politician can't make an honest and common sense statement without being blackmailed. Too bad we don't have some statesmen for politicians.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"Let me be perfectly clear. It is obvious that the regime in the White House was all over him in a matter of minutes if not seconds. Too bad that a politician can't make an honest and common sense statement without being blackmailed. Too bad we don't have some statesmen for politicians."

And you think things would have been any different had the party names were swapped? Really?

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign had the highest percentage of negative ads of any campaign on record. His "post-partisan" speech was the most hypocritical speech of any. Post-partisan means, "I won the election now do what I say." Party hegemony is coin of the realm in his regime. Do as I say, not as you think.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

4601 - do you have any numbers to back up your claim, or is that just your opinion? Surely if you make the claim "highest percentage of negative ads of any campaign on record", you can refer to what that record was, and who tracked it. I am sure you would not make such a claim without something to reference in making such a statement.

"Do as I say, not as you think."... .kind of like congress making sure they have rich retirement packages, yet working hard to ensure the rest of Americans don't... right? If congress really believes we should all have self funded, private retirement accounts, why don't they resend their own publicly funded retirement. More if "this is good for you... but me...... I will vote myself something completely different".

There is nothing different or new going on here that either party hasn't done for generations.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "There is nothing different or new going on here that either party hasn't done for generations."

Therein lies the problem Ms. Parker's column addresses.

Cynical dishonesty is the mother's milk of modern American politics. And honest, independent thought in the ranks is swiftly and soundly punished.

What a country!

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

Mitt Romney doesn't run on his record as Governor, he runs on his private sector experience. Why can't the opponent's campaign criticize what Romney himself is pushing? That's like saying that Romney can't attack Obama for his term as president.

rnoble
Pendleton, OR

I wonder if Mayor Booker would be available as a Republican vice president. He seems to be a clear thinker and is willing to speak up--although he probably regrets that---about what is important.

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