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Published: Saturday, Nov. 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Durham, NC

This will kill Karl Rove. He is still trying to figure out how he got it wrong in Ohio. Rove thought spending 126 million on over 82,000 TV spots would allow him to buy this election. Lets hope this experience kills the whole SuperPAC thing, as it seems to have been money wasted. It didn't get Mia Love a win, and it didn't help Romney win a state that the polls said was his to win.

Yes Rove, Obama won both Ohio and Florida.

It is time for better leadership in the Republican party. Time to get back to what you were all about... big tent politics of the Reagan era - not the exclusive club of Rove and the Koch brothers.

Why would I?
Farmington, UT

I guess the Republicans need to promise universal health care, no immigration reform, tax the wealthy and give it to the poor who pay little to no taxes themselves, and just attack their opponents and call it a platform. That's what the Demo's did and apparently did very well.

Why would I want this country to return to personal responsibility for one's situation when those in Washington DC can just guarantee me a cushy life from the cradle to the grave just like they've done for themselves as members of Congress? (Using our monery, too, not their own.)

Why would the Little Red Hen suddenly not want to bake any more bread?

Farmington, UT

Let's see...74,000 vote difference in several million ballots counted is a huge victory and mandate from the people? 50 - 49.1 percent is a "mandate?" Wow. Some spin.

Durham, NC

toosmartforyou- it isn't that Obama won it so much is as it is the those managing the Romney campaign believed bad data coming from both their own polling as well as Rasmussen. While other polls had Obama up by 2% nationally, conservative polls had Romney winning Florida by 1 to 2 percent. They underestimated the election on many of levels thinking the mid-year election signified more than they did..

Thats not to say the Obama campaign didn't have their miscues as well. They absolutely did. I so many conservative friends scratching their heads trying to figure out who to blame.

Clearfield, UT

Even though the Deseret News with his huge personnel cutbacks and its dwindling news coverage, the editors apparently allowed this longer version of the AP to be offered on the Deseret News website. I appreciate the more extended version rather than the shorter, cut-up versions available on other national media sites.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Maybe it works in Farmington, but I can't think of any other place in which wagging a finger at others and trying to shame them into changing their minds actually succeeds. Anyway, it doesn't work with me.

Mcallen, TX

Wow! The people of Florida are very wise.

Now, I know that four years from now, we'll have a robust economy, and unemployment will be below five percent. Deficit will decrease.

West Valley City, Utah

This was an extremely close election. Obama barely won 50-49 in the key swing states. A mere 2 million votes was the difference in the popular vote. That does not indicate any sort of a mandate. What it indicates is a divided nation. It will get more intense if we do not genuinely reach out to each other. Americans have grown tired of empty political rhetoric devoid of action.

Park City, Ut

Republicans - all I hear you guys talking about is how America must want free stuff w/o working, free cell phones and other ridiculous stuff like that. So my 1st bit of advice is the quite watching Fox News and turn off the radio blowhards/blogs for a while. Listen, most people don't want free stuff, most people are in fact hard working individuals who take pride in making an honest living. I'm not going to give you a lecture about what your party should do, I think if you look at it objectively, you will come to a sensible conclusion. Blaming the (L)MSM is a joke, maybe you should start paying attention to what others are saying and quite getting your information from biased sources. That would be a good start. Good luck!

Salt Lake City, UT


Gore won the popular vote in 2000 but lost in the electoral college only after a 5-4 Supreme Court decision, and yet Bush spoke frequently of his "mandate."

Moreover, the size of Obama's margin of victory Tuesday exceeds Bush's re-election in 2004, and Bush was even more adamant about his "mandate."

I guarantee that if Romney had won by the same margin that Obama won last Tuesday, you guys would have seen all kinds of "mandates" in the election.

Centerville, UT

A mandate doesn't matter. This is a new style of politics. Obama will get his way because the Republicans will wilt under intense pressure. I didn't think the American people would do this, but they have chosen their path. No doubt some of these same supporters will be bitter complainers in two years time. It boggles the mind. We rejected a better qualified candidate in favor of a mediocre one. That kind of decision won't go without consequences. We are already beginning to see things that were hidden before the election emerge.

Salt Lake City, UT

"We rejected a better qualified candidate in favor of a mediocre one."

That's an opinion shared by you and a minority of voters.

The majority think otherwise.

Tooele, UT

Obama went golfing today...I guess it's back to work like normal.

American Fork, UT

America grew up a lot on Tuesday. Normal has changed, and we're leaving a lot behind in the wake of it. We're finally beginning to understand the Presidents' motto. Forward. At last, we get to deny the stupid. America is a nation worthy of claiming again. It's still not going to be easy. But we've defined who we don't want to be. Let's embrace reality. And, through it all, move forward.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT


I haven't watched Fox or listened to Hannity, or Rush, etc. I can't stand them.

However, being an Independent who is quickly turning conservative more and more every day, my own personal analysis agrees with "Why would I?". His/her post is right on target. Accept the truth. Obama/liberals are winning because of this. EVERY person I have talked to, including close members of my family who voted for Obama did so because they want the govt. to do something for them or take care of them. Whether it is Social Security, Medicare, universal health coverage, etc. - people generally vote Democrat because they want government programs to benefit them. Too bad these people don't realize that with a social program, somebody gains while somebody else pays for it - and eventually we ALL will pay for it.

Now, if Republicans would just temper a bit the "Hawkish" attitude towards the Middle East - I might sign up with them.

Provo, UT

@Utes Fan -- Well, if you want to talk anecdotal evidence, I have to say that many of the people I know who voted for Romney have taken lots of government aid over the years, from Medicaid, to SS Disability, to VA loans, to food stamps, to payment for leaving part of their farms fallow, etc., etc. On the other hand, I can definitely say that everyone I know who voted for Obama has never been on any kind of welfare AT ALL. They are all highly educated and have always had great jobs. Guess it's all who you know.

Phoenix, AZ

Look..it is what it is! The only thing left to do is hold on to what you to have and hope you make it to 2016. Enough talk! We need action!

Cache county, USA

Civil war is coming.
Get prepared

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The top 10 best educated states all voted for Obama. 9 of the top 10 worst educated states voted for Romney. Draw your own conclusions.

Also, how many Republican pundits were anticipating a "Romney landslide" of 320 electoral votes or better? By their own definition, Obama won in a landslide.

Casa Grande, AZ

We're spending a TRILLION dollars on defense. I should say we spent 800 billion on offense and 200 billion on defense,

There's the deficit problem, we spend as if we're at war with the entire world all the time. That's jut not sustainable.

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