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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 22 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

It will be very difficult for the GOP to distance itself from its embarrassing recent past -- beginning with Palin to the more recent GOP primaries involving Cain, Bachmann, Trump, and that women who had to proclaim, "I'm not a witch." The Todd Akin situation simply reminds voters that the GOP doesn't have serious, quality people running the show that will attract moderate voters AND solve problems.

Just read that Romney is pushing fossil fuels and nuclear in West Texas and will release a plan soon to aid his Koch backers and promote our reliance on Canadian tar sands -- so more federal subsidies there. But he opposes incentives for domestic wind energy in Iowa, which gets 20 percent of its power from wind, and his opposition to the tax incentive for wind is already turning off what should have been easy GOP support in Midwest swing states. He touted similar policy in Colorado, home of some of the biggest wind manufacturing facilities. So much for the GOP's "all the above strategy."

Romney may not be touting "drill, baby, drill," but his proposals sure sound like a Palin retread. Perhaps his energy motto can be "burn, baby, burn."

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Trump fits right in with the new "Elitist Group" formally know as the GOP.

During a Houston fundraiser, Romney told a room of about 125 donors that he planned to unveil his comprehensive energy plan this week. He said his proposal will specifically relate to fossil-based fuels. But then, he said no more.
"I know that we have members of the media here right now, so I’m not going to go through that in great detail," Romney said.

So if your a paying donor, he'll let you in on his plan, but if your going to tell the common people, well you gotta pay to find out what he's gunna do?

The Elite continue to separate themselves from the servants, who just can't understand what the adult are talking about.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Trump can get Romney to release his tax returns.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Gerson seems unready to accept that the GOP is increasingly giving itself over to the loony extreme that rejects science and rational discourse. As he notes, all sources are afforded equal credibility regardless of merit. Why listen to climatologists and geophysicists who have actually gone out and measured temperatures and glacial extents and analyzed core samples and published their data when you can read skeptical criticism by renowned, trained scientists like Glenn Beck or Ann Coulter. They are all equally valid, right? (and Beck doesn't use those big sciencey words) Ditto for the science of human origins. Or the salutary contraceptive effects of physical and emotional trauma resulting from rape (Akin, et al.). Michelle Bachmann talks to an unnamed, uncredited woman in the lobby after a GOP primary debate and she's ready to outlaw vaccinations. Bobby Jindahl (a medical doctor) supports the Louisiana Science Education Act, which provides state funding to private schools teaching Creationism. Gerson rightly points out that such shallow thinking is wrong. I fear he underestimates how strong a hold it has on his party.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Trump is a joke.

But so is the rest of the GOP.

So they kind of fit together, don't they?

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Oh, please please please, let the Donald speak! We want to hear his views! Expounded at length! On prime time! The people have spoken! We want Donald!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Nothing like a TV reality star most famous for his fake hair and stupid one liner, "you're fired" to speak at one of the most serious functions of our country.

No wonder why no one takes the GOP seriously anymore.

First Bush, then Palin, now Trump?

HAHAHA! Not even Jay Leno could have come up with this material!

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

The GOP is home to some of the most unconventional and weird thinking that the Party cultivates the extreme ideologues but doesn't want them expressing themselves in a public forum lest they alienate Independent voters who they need to win elections. It's kind of a double-edged sword. These ideologues respond to the dog whistles and negativity, yet they want a place at the table which the GOP leadership is reluctant to give.

The GOP leaders know that their Party is becoming an anacronism and the only way they can maintain their edge is denying the other side the ability to cast votes. Otherwise, the conservatives would probably lose every election. With the Tea Party taking over the Republican Party, "moderate" conservatives are having to become Blue Dog Democrats. The RINO purge has damaged the Republican Party to such an extent that voter suppression laws and other tools to deny the vote to people who do not automatically vote Republican have become necessary.

Donald Trump ("Birther extraordinare"), Michelle Bachmann("radical Islamists infiltrating the State Department"), Todd Akin ("women 'legitimately raped' can't get pregnant"), and the others on the Extreme Right want their say. A GOP nightmare, truly!

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Trump is the perfect poster-child for today's GOP. He deserves a spotlight at the convention.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

I have recently voted R and D in presidential elections.

I believe in the fiscal restraint that the GOP espouses (although they talk a much better game than they play) is necessary.

I also believe that wealth collection at the top is bad for our country and feel that we need to ensure that we take care of our poor. Dem qualities.

However, those that are taking over the GOP are an embarrassment to me to the extent that I do not want to be associated with them.

Palin? Seriously?

And that is just the start. Things like the birther issue are beneath what once was a great party.

Trump? Limbaugh? Beck? These guys make me cringe.

Certainly there are some on the left also, but not nearly to the same extent. BTW those on the left make me cringe also.

We need mature, intelligent leaders. Unfortunately, the GOP is pushing all of those out.

A congress all made up of Olympia Snow's would make me happy. But her types are being pushed out to be replaced by the Joe Wilson types.

The GOP is quickly turning into a sad bunch with no desire to lead this country.

Republicantthinkstraigh
Anywhere but, Utah, Utah

I agree with you Joe Blow. I listen to each of the sides plan and vote accordingly. I never hit straight "D" on the ballot box. I voted for Huntsman, thought he was a great Governor. It's a shame the right has gone so extreme right they instantly shot down Huntsman as their candidate. I would like to see Huntsman become a Democrate and run after the next four years of Obama. I think we Dems would take Huntsman in with no problem.

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