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Published: Sunday, Jan. 27 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Nice exercise in reality denial.

one old man
Ogden, UT

But at 50% Obama's "popularity" is far higher than that of Congress. And far, far higher than that of the GOP.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Agenda to date:

Healthcare for Americans
End of the Iraq war
Exit date for Afghanistan
Unemployment down from 10% to 7.6%.(Lower than when he took office.
National debt has not doubled, and has slowed.
Taxes the lowest since the 1950's
Ghdaffi dead. (Libya)
Kim John Ill dead. (North Korea)
GM is alive
Osama Bin Laden is dead.

The claim that Obama is doing 'bad' is just that, a claim. Otherwise he would not have won his 2nd term with more votes than his 1st term.

In my opinion, Conservatism is not offering solutions.

As such that 'revival'? Will be a long time in coming.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Conservative "revival?"

I thought you folks already had that a few years back with the Tea Party?

How'd that work out for ya?

Is the GOP going to have new "conservative revival" every few years? Great idea! NOT!

A great way to become politically irrelevant is to continue to retrench yourselves in these "conservative revivals." You folks lost because you were too conservative and untrustworthy anyway.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

You just keep talking George that's what you're good at. Don't bother to look at the actual polls, or just reality. There is a true conservative argument to be made for all of our pressing problems, one that could possibly attract voters but it isn't denial. Like I say, you just keep talking George it's what you're good at.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

So far, Obama has gotten away with blaming other people, but this can go on for only so long. At some point, the pain he is inflicting on our economy will cause people to recoil. The policies announced in his second inaugural will only make things worse.

So, yeah. History will judge Obama as "worse than Carter," and the pendulum will swing back.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Regan Tripled the national debt
W. bush doubled the national debt
Iraq war
Afghanistan war
9/11
Patriot Act
Katrina
TSA
Bank bailouts
x7 raised to the debt ceiling
The Current Republican House has a majority that is Republican. And today, they have passed the least amount of legislation than any in history.

3%.

And they currently enjoy a 10% approval rating while Obama is over 50%, on his 2nd term.

Besides offering speculation, what factually has Conservatism done for you?

And why would I vote Republican?

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

As of this writing, I'm the 4th person to comment on Mr. Will's post and the 1st (if I read the meaning of the other comments correctly) who considers it in a positive light. Actually, a *very* positive light.

If only the other three commentators and more of the country had even a fraction of the common sense that Mr. Will routinely demonstrates with his always very well articulated articles, our country might stand a chance of pulling out of what I fear is a tail-spin into some very rough times. Rough times of the sort that much of Europe (Greece in particular) is now just beginning to experience.

And, it should be noted that the reason for their rough times and those that we are, seemingly, doomed to share, is the same lame-brained socialistic policies that Obama is now, in his 2nd term, pressing for with even more fervor.

I just hope that Mr. Will is correct and I'm wrong, and that the conservative resurgence he's predicting actually comes to pass. I think that's our only hope of avoiding or even mitigating the worst effects of Obama's corrosive agenda.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "Nice exercise in reality denial."

You mean, of course, on the part of liberals. Particularly that liberal amen chorus that regularly prowls these pages, poised to pounce on anyone speaking truth to cynical liberal power.

Desperate denial of reality is the mother's milk of liberal politics.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I have not problem of a conservative revival.... I would love it if we say a return of Reagan era republicans even. But a revival of the do-nothing-but-say-no-Tea-Party types..... no one needs that. I welcome anyone who can help America remain a competitive country in this now global economy. All good ideas - left or right - are welcome. It is going to take a hybrid of both tracks of thought to keep America dynamic and vibrant.

But this turning to the past, thinking we are an "exceptional" people.... that isn't going to work. What we had was exceptional opportunity that people with spin took advantage of - each step of it creating new ground and rules. Turning backward.... we will be the new England, only an empire in our minds.

North Carolina is in the process of reinventing itself from an agricultural based economy to not the nations leading banking center. The US needs to likewise to the same - top to bottom. Conservative - Liberal - what ever it takes.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

Well, if Obama's approval rating is so low after the election that just means republicans and Romney had an EVEN LOWER approval rating doesn't it?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I think I have a name for what Nate is attempting. Let's call it "preemptive history". Put it alongside famous quotes like "We'll be greeted as liberators."

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

Yeah it did, we called it the tea party, do they still have influence on things other than sabotaging Republican senate pickups by nominating lunatics? Oh right, they make things stressful for Boehner.

Mark l
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Another rational, well thought out analysis that will mostly be ignored from the Obamabots.

the truth
Holladay, UT

What I find absurd is are the ignorant attacks of left against the tea party.

It was the republican party, and Romney, that didn't stand for anything that lost the election.

Not the conservatives, and certainly not the tea party.

Both who have tried to find a voice in the republican party, but the republican party will not stand for anything, they will not fight for anything they will stupidly even kick their own right leaning voices down.

Conservatives have tried to work with the republican party.

The failures of the Republican party is of their own left leaning, principleless moderate, RINO, doing.

So why vote a liberal republican when you can vote for a real liberal?

They have never given the electorate a real choice, when they have they have won convincingly like with Reagan or in 1994.

even the so-called conservatives voices now in congress are not willing to take a real stand, but have shown willingness to compromise with uncompromising left.

It is not conservatism that is losing, is is liberal republicanism that is losing and that unfortunately is the voice that the GOP Party gives most support.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

Very well stated. He sums it up perfectly, reiterating the immense debt we are passing off to our children, children's children, etc., and also shows just how clueless our president and those who want to keep raising the debt ceiling are.

"Our possibilities are limitless...wait, what is that? A credit card bill? For...I don't even know how many zeroes that is...yeah, uh, just shred that, and ask Congress to raise our debt ceiling a bit more. I'll let the next president worry about it."

The immoral use of money we certainly do not have to fund entitlement programs so that increasingly more of us can sit on our duffs and collect a paycheck is reviling, yet we tolerate it. No, Mr. President, America's possibilities are NOT limitless; though those in Washington (and elsewhere too, sadly) seem to think that our credit limit is. We will have to pay the piper sooner or later, folks. And the sooner we do, the less interest we accrue (which is about $1 billion per day). Sick to your stomachs yet? I certainly am.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Ronald Regan raised the debt ceiling....x18 times.

W. Bush, x7 times.

Obama? x3 times.

Democrats factually ARE doing better on the national debt than any Republican in modern history.

Dont' want debt?

Why vote Republican?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I'd love to see a conservative revival. You know, the one with good ideas, leadership and limited government. Instead, we get attempts at a republican revival, with big spending, and Tea Party/Religious nutjobs.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@Mark B "preemptive history"

It's called a prediction, but it's based on Obama's rigid attachment to policies and principles that failed in the 70's and will fail again. What makes it worse this time is the size of the debt, to which Obama has added $6 trillion since he took office.

I'll put my prediction up against "the stimulus will hold unemployment to 8%" any day.

"Worse than Carter." Write it down.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Upset at $6 trillion?

Then why didn't Bush end his wars?

Not only did the Iraq war cost us over 4,000 brave US troops.

It cost us, every American taxper money ya know.

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