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Published: Thursday, Nov. 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

I'd hate to see George Will suffer a sudden seizure of apoplexy with all he had to get off his chest with five days to go in the campaign. Romney actually has a reasonably good chance to win.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

one phrase best describes Barack Hussin Obama - "EMPTY SUIT"

wrz
Ogden, UT

Joe Biden needs to apologize to his first grade math teacher for calling 'jobs' a three letter word.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

Oh, give me a break, Editorial people!

This is NOT a personal attack:

"What a joker George Will is."

The Skeptical Chymist
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Will is correct in one statement in this article - that all politicians are salesmen. Otherwise, his characterization of Obama seems increasingly desperate as the election approaches its climax. It is a close election, but all indications point toward a second Obama term.

If Obama is a salesman, then Romney is trying to sell us worthless swampland in Florida. His point of view changes with every audience he meets. After watching his performance throughout this election cycle, and previously, I don't see how anyone can claim they have a clue as to what he would do if elected. With Obama, we have a track record. You can like it or lump it, but we have it. Although I think Obama is completely wrong in some areas, I generally like his approach. With Romney, I have no clue what we would get. I suspect he would go whichever way the wind is blowing, just as he has throughout the campaign. He either doesn't know what he stands for, or he is too cowardly to actually stake out a position and stick to it.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

Obama won't change course, because that would be an admission that he's been wrong for the last four years. He will not admit that to anyone, including himself. So he's left with nothing, except to try to tear down Romney.

Clint Eastwood was right when he chose an empty chair as the symbol of Obama's presidency.

(He was right about Biden, too: "Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party...kind of a grin with a body behind it.")

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The new hope for the American people is that President Obama will be reelected and will have learned enough in the previous years to overcome the actions of the party-of-no and the racist businessmen who put American in recession/depression.

We can hope that those who threaten their employees with political ideas will indeed retire from the American scene.

We can hope that America will rise above the notion of being the ruler of the world and will lead with good and not just commercial profits.

We can hope that we will replace the notion of putting business before people with a notion of people are more important than business.

We might even hope that we can find ways to strengthen government protection of the people as promised by the Constitution.

wrz
Ogden, UT

@Nate:

"Obama won't change course, because that would be an admission that he's been wrong for the last four years."

Good point... Barack Hussein Obama is between a rock and a hard place. If he stays on course we will get more of the same... economic chaos. If he changes course he will be admitting his last four years was a failure.

It boggles the mind as to why this guy was elected in the first place and why anyone would vote a second term for him. His background is full of largely unanswered questions. We have hints of questionable background (foreigner) and conduct (illicit drugs). This country is full of people who have far superior character and background for the highest office in the land.

Mr. Bean
Ogden, UT

@The Skeptical Chymist:

"Will is correct... all politicians are salesmen."

Yes, and Obama has sold snake oil for four years.

"It is a close election, but all indications point toward a second Obama term."

Perhaps as president of Kenya. He's a celebrated native there. And they've come to love his socialist tendencies.

"After watching his performance throughout this election cycle, and previously, I don't see how anyone can claim they have a clue as to what he would do if elected."

We know what Obama will do with a second term... more economic chaos, more high unemployment.

"With Obama, we have a track record."

We do, indeed. And it ain't pretty. That's the exact reason he needs to be removed from office.

"With Romney, I have no clue what we would get."

And what did you think you'd get with Obama's 'hope & change?'

"He either doesn't know what he stands for, or he is too cowardly to actually stake out a position and stick to it."

You mean like closing Gitmo or an open and transparent government?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Romney ran for Senator promising to be more liberal than Ted Kennedy on gay rights. As Governor, he was pro-choice, pro-immigration, and pro-gun restrictions. Ready to posture to the GOP right wing, he traded in the pro label for the anti label on those items. It worked! Now in his latest makeover, he’s discovered that by offering no specifics, he provides no target to take aim at. Pretty shrewd, eh?

What’s unnerving is how he’s making it work. This guy with the easy smile has the daring of a riverboat shell game shuffler. Anyone care to try his luck?

Miss Piggie
Ogden, UT

Leno: Hurricane Sandy has already created more jobs than Obama has...

Paper: Two-thirds of jobs go to immigrants during past four years...

Regarding this latter bullet... If Obama gets back in the White House, you can expect that all illegal immigrants in this country will get amnesty... which is contrary to federal law. How can a president get away with violating a federal law and not be impeached for it? And the US Congress is complicit since it refuses to do act.

Emajor
Ogden, UT

"It is a great advantage to a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man."

I would wager that is true for political columnists as well. Apparently George Will does indeed think he is a great man. He's not even attempting to mask the snark and one-sided vitriol in this column. It drips with the ever-increasing bitterness and subjectivity that have become hallmarks of this man's writing.

For every random example of perceived Obama failure in this column, one could find an empty promise, an outright lie, and two flip-flopped policy positions from the Romney campaign. Strangely, Mr. Will leaves all of that out. That's what happens when you become a partisan hack.

He used to be an articulate and measured conservative voice. Now he's just another Charles Krauthammer rolling in the partisan political muck.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

ERS wrote:

"It boggles the mind as to why this guy was elected in the first place and why anyone would vote a second term for him."

The Republican Party seems to be chock full of boggled minds these days. And we nominated the quintessential boggled mind as our Presidential candidate!

If I wasn't born into it and hadn't been a lifelong Republican, the past two election cycles have certainly given me serious pause.

I already voted for Obama. I think he is doing a solid job with what he inherited. Romney never should have been the GOP nominee in the first place.

George
Bronx, NY

sad that George Will felt the need to start out the peace with such a juvenile attack. If the logic of your argument falls into such inane rhetoric in the first sentence then I lose any hope of actually reading a well thought out argument.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

Reading Gwillickers plodding prose makes me long for the days of Men At Work...

Go Orioles!

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