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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26 2012 6:00 p.m. MST

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American Fork, UT

The backup QB is always the fan's choice...

Cedar Hills, UT

Jon Huntsman or Nancy Pelosi - what's the difference? Both super liberal and both hate conservatism. I have never understood why Huntsman pretends to be a Republican in the first place. Huntsman is a liberal and is all too eager to sign with Obama on anything and everything. Jason Chavetz would tell Huntsman to buzz off as would Michelle Bachman. All the sudden the GOP establishment want to become Democrat's. I say let them go and let the 90% of the GOP defect to the Libertarian party or Independence. We could care less what liberals think or purple Republicans for that matter. I would rather watch America go down in flames - as it is currently headed like a train wreck in slow motion - and at least stand with the US constitution on principle. One day in the not too distant future when unemployment is 30% and China owns most of what is left in this country including our past freedoms I suspect some historian is going to write some "what went wrong with America" book and of course at that point it will be too little too late. All former great civilizations cave from within.

Salt Lake City, Utah


Understand it hasn't happened and probably never will. The point was it could.

As to the chuckleheads I don't care if there is 50 or 5 they have taken control of the House. As to checking the President, the House controls the purse strings how about doing your job and getting a budget passed that has a chance of passing the Senate and not being vetoed?

Republicans can't seem to understand they lost the Presidency and seats in the house and the senate. Blaming the democrats isn't working for them. When Americans realize that we are going over the cliff then fixing it the first of the year for Grover's pledge they are going be even less happy with the republicans in the house

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

No thanks. Furthermore, Boehner is not the problem in Washington. How is it that he is blamed for not compromising or able to work with the democrats? Any reasonable human can see that Obama and his lap dog from Nevada never compromise. Watch and learn, people!

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

Huntsman has traded on his father's good name long enough, and he can only do that in Utah. Sorry libs, it won't work in the rest of the country, even though the msm loved him.

The only Supreme Court Justice from Utah, Justice Sutherland, said " ... the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while yet there was time."
Is it too late?

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

Ladies and gentlemen, take it from someone who was forced to live through it: J. Jr. is a Schwaganeggaer (?) Republican. I think he would roll over for whatever the Dems are pushing, which, in my humble opinion is to let the country go over the imaginary fiscal cliff just to see if they can finish off the Republicans.

I think the only people in Washington who are willing to stick to their principles are the Tea Party folks. They are toeing the line their constituents have drawn in the sand with no intention of crossing it at all. Good for them.

Provo, UT

Ideology presents a huge danger to this country. Both sides push a "my way or the highway" agenda and philosophy. What we really need in leadership is competence - someone that get the job done. The system of checks and balances will make sure no one political philosophy destroys our country unless everybody, executive, legislative and judicial, along with the electorate, gives its approval. Huntsman has shown he can get things done. Boehner and Obama have not shown that. Let's get something in place that works!

Meanwhile, a viewing of the film, "Lincoln," reminds us of how dirty politics can be. Toward the end, Thaddeus Stevens (a conservative Republican, by the way) states: "The greatest measure of the 19th century was passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in America." I really hope that nobody on either side of the present issue would want to repeal the 13th Amendment.

All this hand-wringing about the demise of the American nation is ideological nonsense. America is culturally and economically what the rest of the world wants to be. China, for all their problems, at least recognizes that without the United States, they become a backwater, 3rd-world country.

West Jordan, UT

I voted for and helped campaign for Jon Huntsman Jr for governor. I was disappointed when he left office to become ambassador to China, but I felt that it was an great opportunity for him and I understood why he chose that path. Then after a short time as ambassador he decides to resign to pursue other opportunities such as running for President of the United States of America. I couldn't understand why a man who spent little time as a governor and resigned and spent little time as an ambassador and resigned felt he was qualified to be President of the United States. He has the mentality of someone who is used to getting what he wants or doing what he wants to do when he wants to do it. That's not how the rest of us operate. We work our way up to things through years of planning and slogging. I guess if you have money life is different. You decide you want a car, you go buy it. You decide to go to a prestigious school, you go. Be president, no problemo. Until he decides otherwise.

Tremonton, UT

This is a ridiculous story. Norm Ornstein is a well-known liberal Democrat activist who has taken up residence in a left-leaning "think tank." He views it as his job to stir the pot and criticize Republicans and jab them at every chance. Huntsman would be a disaster as Speaker. The majority in the House should be able to vote for and select their own leaders from within. Not some outside groups foisting the flavor "du jour" onto them.

Huntsman was a divisive governor. He seems to revel in it for his own publicity (dare I say, Narcissist?).

This is a non-story and has a zero percent chance of happening. THe majority can select their own speaker, and Huntsman is definitely not it.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

I'm afraid the only good solution will take a little while longer. People now see how divisive and dysfunctional it is to let the extremes of each party set the agenda. It's time for the majority of us voters to regain control of our parties and bring them closer to the center. Opinion polls have already shown that neither party's current platforms are popular with the majority. Yet we continue to delay expressing our opinions until the party caucuses are over, and by then it's too late.

We have two choices--more and earlier participation or further decline.

P.S. Notice how few moderate opinions there are among these responses? Where are all my good neighbors?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I thought Huntsman to be a good governor. I would rate him behind Scott Matheson and Calvin Rampton.

Newspaper Reader
Highland, UT

VST - 7:45 p.m.

Thanks for saying exactly what needed to be said. Some people will never understand how things are supposed to actually work in government.


Although I have mixed feelings about Governor Huntsman, he would be an awesome Secretary of State with either party.

Central, Utah

I would support Jon Huntsman Jr. if I had a vote to cast on it

Salt Lake City, Utah


I agree that the Senate should have given the House budget an up or down vote. Don't misunderstand, I do not hold democrats blameless. I would hope that you would also criticize Mr. Boehner for not allowing his plan B to come up for an up or down vote. Both parties are playing politics and are willing to further damage an already weak economy to make their respective political points.

Mr. Boehner and the President were very close to an agreement. Why not continue to negotiate, bring something back that each side likes a little and dislikes a little and put it to a vote?

By Mr. Boehner stopping negotiations because he couldn't get all the republican votes in the house to pass the legislation he allowed the vocal minority to bring the process to halt. You say that the republicans in the house shouldn't be the Presidents lapdog, again I agree with you. But I would also say that they shouldn't be Grover Norquist's lapdog either and by signing his pledge that is what they have become.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

My, J Jr will be a busy man.
So far he's been tapped by the local press to become:
Secretary of State
Speaker of the House
President of the 2026 Olympics
Replacement for Batman

Sandy, UT

This is dumb, why are we even talking about this? He's not a member of the House of Representatives. We might as well be speculating about what it would be like to have Superman as Secretary of State.


sanpaco "This is dumb, why are we even talking about this? He's not a member of the House of Representatives."

I agree. Congress can't get anything done by agreement now. How will they ever agree on an outsider to be Speaker, even if it is possible legally?

Taylorsville, UT

That's ridiculous. I read that opinion column too. First of all, I think you need to get elected to the House of Representatives, and need to have some senority before being considered for Speaker.

Second of all, Huntsman, Jr., is too intellectual for most people to understand what he's saying. I wasn't smart enough to understand most of what he said during debates. His best line was, "I thought 9-9-9 was the price of a pizza." Other than that, he lost me.

Salt Lake City, Utah


Simple answer, right now today, the problem is not the democrats its the republicans. You wanted to rehash old history, so I told you what I believe, and I believe the democrats and the republicans both own this mess. As I mentioned in another post in a different article, if I had my way, every last one of the them would be gone and yes that includes the President.

But lets live in the here and the now, in a couple of days over the cliff we go, and do the democrats deserve some blame for that, you bet they do. But the plain simple truth is the republicans unwillingness negotiate, to give a little on taxes is what is going to push us over the cliff.

You can disagree, and I may be wrong. You can blame the President and the democrats and not King Grover and the republicans that is certainly your right. I am fairly confident that the majority of the American people outside of Utah will hold the republicans in the house responsible whether that is fair or not doesn't really matter, because it is reality.

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