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Published: Monday, Nov. 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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JP71
Ogden, UT

Mr. Bennett you are definitely right that the nation needs compromise. The extreme right wing Tea Party has damaged the Republican Party and is one of the major causes of Mitt Romney’s loss in the election. If Romney had not had to pander to the extreme right wing to get the Republican nomination he would have been able to run as the moderate, level headed republican that he is. Polls show that the majority of Americans want compromise in Washington. As a child I was taught that we don’t always get everything we want and that we need to compromise. I always thought this was a pretty straight forward concept. I guess I was wrong.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

I am guessing that hindsight still remains 20/20 and that if Mitt had.....

Chances are though that nobody wearing the GOP hat could have won with the direction they were offering.

Having voted GOP for the majority of my life I now look and vote for the best or often the lesser of two evils.

GOP economics this time were really shady. Paul Ryan who was supposed to be the great hope for the economics of the party was able to muster a program that did not make the GOP mad and by using those numbers this country could stop going financially backwards in 2035 and until then we would continue to spend more than we make and have.

Mitt wanted to give the rich more money to create jobs but over the past 60 years that program tried in this country and others had failed miserably, but Mitt seemed to think if he promoted it enough it would work. Studies and history had shown it did not work so how could he hope to win?

Has the GOP figured out now the population might actually be able to recognize a problem before they elect one?

John C. C.
Payson, UT

The Republicans will field a winning candidate next time if they accept the following:

1. Allowing the free flow of labor across the border is not amnesty. It's simply supply and demand--part of free trade instead of protectionism.

2. Hispanics, with their faith, family values, and work ethic make great Republicans. Quit demonizing them.

3. Not every recipient of federal aid is an enabled, entitled freeloader. Some really need our help.

4. Some of the rich are, and don't.

5. Cooperation, compromise, and moderation spell community, not communism.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

["Problems at polls weren't dramatically worse, experts say."

Supposed Republican plots to engage in "voter suppression" did not materialize.]

That's because the courts stopped their most egregious attempts. Cutting early voting days to intentionally make long lines in Democratic-heavy areas in inner-cities absolutely is a voter suppression tactic. It just didn't work because people waited it out, voting several hours after polls closed, and that's why Obama had those late surges in Ohio, Virginia, and Florida.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

The election is over, but the damage left in its wake has yet to be tallied. Friendships were strained. Congregations divided. Family relations tested. Hopefully the net effects of this election will be short lived. At least that is what I hope.

But while at a business dinner in Chicago last week, the true anger of the Republican base was in clear view. This disappointment, the disdain they held for their counterparts, the divide and hatred toward there fellow Americans was thick, tangible, and deep seeded.

It makes me worried that this time, the wounds of a tough fought election will be slower to heal, and in some cases leave deep scares. Truly a shame.

Trust Logic
Brigham City, UT, 00

John C. C.,
Thank you! I believe those are some great insights.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Ronald Reagan couldn't have won in 2012. John F Kennedy couldn't have won either. The bottom line issue for all of us - those of us that actually work and pay taxes - is that the majority of America chose Barack Obama - a socialist with a miserable economic record. America chose to legalize Marijuana and gay marriage and America also decided that more debt doesn't matter as long as people get free stuff. America voted for tax payer funded late term abortion ...all the way up to the final month of pregnancy and the list goes on and on... It is hard to distinguish America from any of the now bankrupt socialist European countries as far as the path forward. America is a mirror of Greece ... in a few short years. The DNC booed GOD and you can project this as the attitude toward religion in America going forward from the far left majority. Europe is mostly atheistic and without any real morals and America wants to be Europe. One nation under God? In God we trust? The "United" States? An "exceptional" people? Does America today deserve freedom and prosperity ?

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

John C.C. Thank you.

The 'small tent' that the Tea Party insisted that the Republicans take hurt both the party and our two-party system. It didn't help when prominent voices continually pushed views that demonstrated insensitivity and disregard for fellow human beings.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:John C.C.

I assume the "insensitivity" you are talking about is the 47% comment? Just guessing. Interestingly enough the 47% comment by Mitt was right on target. Mitt said that 47% viewed themselves as victims and therefore somehow deserved entitlements. This same 47% who don't pay taxes and many of which collect most of their income from Uncle Sam's welfare dole... and want to keep it that way. Is there something not true about this comment? Certainly not the percentage and not the attitude either since this has been Barack Obama's main message to the nation - you are victims and you deserve something for nothing. Mitt was simply pointing out that there is no way to reach this sort of lazy rabble. They don't want to work - they expect free stuff and will vote for the party that grants both. Welcome to America 2012. Welcome to Greece in 2016!!

One of a Few
Layton, UT

To say Mr. Bennett's observation are silly would probably be harsh but closer to the truth than not. The money was well spent and served to avoid a disaster for either party. Just look at the local race, Utah supported Mia Love despite her promise to put seniors on welfare. Without PAC money Ms. Love doesn't pull above 35% Similarly, without the money spent for Romney, no way he comes close to the president's numbers. Evangelicals stay home in droves instead of just enough to lose the election, women abandon him and white males wouldn't have bothered. And do you really believe the Latino vote would have pulled for Obama without the money - they would have stayed home too. Then there is the "supposed Republican voter suppression"? Really? Pennsylvania Republicans on tape, Ohio Republicans canceling earlier voting for everyone except expected Republican voters, Arizona is still counting votes and then you have Florida - maybe he said it tongue in cheek.

Hunt
Spanish Fork, UT

Once again, everyone attacks the tea party, calling them extreme when all they want is a smaller government that is fiscally responsible. I want no part of the insanity that is the Democratic party (and is many in the Republican party) that on one hand says we need to cut spending while on the other hand spends at the highest levels in the history of this country with no signs of slowing down.

They are spending away our countries future. It's sad that a majority of this country either didn't educate themselves enough to care or just simply don't care.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

To think the Tea Party is simply a movement of fiscal responsibility is delusional. They may have been for about the first two weeks of their existence, but thanks to the party wing nuts, they were quickly transformed by the highly religious and highly divisive movement conservatives who continue to champion a narrow and alienating social agenda. If they were truly the party of fiscal responsibility instead of ideological theocrats, they would have won in a landslide.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

keep spinning patriot, the longer you spin the farther you get from the reality around you.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

From a libertarian standpoint I weep for this country's future. Romney was just a dead horse to give obama the election. his job was to lose to Obama in a rigged election. 9% unemployment is the new normal. that number is probably higher because people who have given up looking for work aren't counted as unemployed. The lower class is the new middle class. The old middle class is the new upper class. NDAA is accepted as patriotic. Democrat are really Authoritarians who play the ethnic card every chance they get and accuses everyone who hates their politics as being predjudice. This is the way they are killing our first amendment rights.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Senator Bennett lead the decline.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Tolstoy

Unless you talk specifics your posts are noting but dry toast - sorry guy but if you are afraid to engage in specifics then don't post. Cheap shots from the peanut galley garner no credibility. Address my specific points with objective and fact based arguments and then we can talk. Otherwise its just noise.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

Obama won because there are more people getting a free ride in the wagon than there are people pulling the wagon. That's more important to some than Obama's deception in the Bengazi mess. Character and honesty and decency can't trump corruption and deceit.

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