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Published: Friday, Nov. 2 2012 10:03 p.m. MDT

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Chase
Saint George, UT

My favorite excuse for re-electing these career politicians is "seniority" and other nonsense.

Who are these people voting for Orrin Hatch, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, etc, etc?

The only thing seniority accomplishes is corruption and/or stagnation.

Serve a term and go take your "brilliance" and put it to use in the private sector. Oh, wait . . .

Politicians spend too much time and waste too much money trying to keep office. So, thank you fellow citizens for sustaining the "good ole' boy" vote.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

Mitt Romney holds big lead in presidential race in Utah, 69% support...

Only 69%?

AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

The Deseret News should save its money. A poll to tell us that Mitt Romney, Governor Herbert and Orrin Hatch will win by big margins is a waste of money.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Chase,

I get your point but, as someone with a lot of experience on Capitol Hill, I can tell you that seniority is a lot more important than you think.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"I can tell you that seniority is a lot more important than you think."

And probably for a lot of bad reasons.

I hope that DN/KSL did not pay TOO much to find out that Romney was leading in Utah.
And 69%? How can that be?

yuvgot2bkidding
Salt Lake, Utah

Is this supposed to be 'news?' The only news is the number isn't higher. There may be hope yet.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

When will the people demand term limits and put an end to career politicians? Is there any hope that will happen in our life time?

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

Term limits exist. The voters decide how long a politician holds office. Perhaps the problem is not with the politicians. May be we need to look at ourselves and ask why we vote the way we vote?

I agree with all the comments above. Romney ahead in Utah is no news. Only 69% in Utah for Romney that is the novelty. Wow! there is hope. Utah is seeing the light.....

Allen#2
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

As with others, I am shocked that Romney has only 69 % of the vote when it should be closer to 85 %.

Our 2 daughters are the only members of my large extended family that have or will vote for President Obama.

JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

How did the Gadianton Robbers of BOM times get into government offices? They were voted in, and the people of that day were not aware enough to vote them out. History repeats itself.

I'm not suggesting that Hatch is a member of modern day GR, but he has been in office a very long time. Lye down with dogs and you're going to get fleas.

Our government is in a mess, Hatch has been in there all along bringing us to this point. In the past he has blocked whistleblowers from testifying, who was he protecting and why?

Fortunately this will be Hatch's last term, and nearing the time for him to return to his maker, maybe he'll do something good. But then, the days of man will be 120 years. A frightening thought is that Hatch could be reelected another 3 terms.

milner
Centerfield Sanpete, UT

You mean in Utah Republicans are ahead in the polls! Now that is hard to believe!

Justmythoughts
Provo, UT

I remember during the GOP primary....Orrin Hatch running around the state saying that we should re-elect him because when the GOP retakes control of the Senate he will be the Senate Finance Chairman....A lot of people bought that argument. Well now it looks like the GOP won't be gaining control of the Senate and we have a re-elected Orrin Hatch. Darn....Utahns fall for it again. It amazes me how Hatch gets away with things.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Chase said,

"So, thank you fellow citizens for sustaining the "good ole' boy" vote."

You're welcome!

@thebigsamoan said,

"When will the people demand term limits and put an end to career politicians? Is there any hope that will happen in our life time?"

No, it will never happen, and that is reality.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Good and bad people, both like power. When the good with good intentions get elected, they potentially will fall into the power trap. They can ride back and forth between Utah and DC at the government's or should I say, people's expense. They are high paid plus the many additional perks. Their staff gets paid a lot and with the number of staffers, that is a lot of money that one elected official takes in for their DC and Utah home offices. Include the office equipment and supplies and another staffer to take care of those links and paperwork and insurance, healthcare and travel costs at both ends of the line.

Elected officials like their titles and Sir and Ma'am tossed in and limosine type service and a more secure home for their neighborhood.

Then they have to take the phone calls from distruntled citizens, newspapers, media, other politicians, lobbyists and Congressional leaders and staffers from those organizations.

The free dinners and socializing at all levels requires some discipline, depending on the type of meeting and protocol requirements for the day and night.

Again, it is real hard for some but others really enjoy that type lifestyle.

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

There are a lot of rational people in Salt Lake and Summit counties who do not want to vote for Mitt Romney. That is why Mitt is only getting 69% of the vote here.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

What I do like is the slow incremental crepe toward a balanced government in Utah. Still very far away from having anything close to a vibrant political discussion going on in Utah, but it is slowly moving that direction. Not this year, probably not the next election cycle, but perhaps my grandkids in Utah will have a chance of having choice, political debate, and exchange of competing ideas.

Hopefully the middle will win out. Not all Republicans are corporate hawks, and not all Democrats are abortion-on-demand fanatics. The middle.

Chase
Saint George, UT

Cats

As someone with less experience than you, I can tell you that corruption and stagnation are a much bigger problem than you are giving it credit for.

Term limits eliminate the concerns I bring up and eliminate your fickle excuse of importance.

No one will ever be able to combat the people that re-elect 'good ole boys'. Term limits can.

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

If Romney pulls only 69%, or less then the previous percentage record, I would view that as a disappointment. I thought for sure he'd set the new standard of 'one sided' politics in the state of Utah.

I'm thinking at least 73% and was hoping he'd push the Reagan record mark.

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