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Published: Thursday, Jan. 3 2013 1:00 p.m. MST

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American Fork, UT

Post-election criticism? Ummmm, the Prime Minister of the UK, numerous Republican governors and legislators, most news outlets (except The Deseret News and Fox news) have all criticized this guy since he started his presidential run in 2007 for NUMEROUS character flaws. The comments after the election are just a continuation.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Yes Obama ran for the presidency out of revenge on America too funny . Paranoia is no way to win elections. But you conservatives keep on trying it anyway....how'd that work out in the last election?

Bakersfield, CA

You nailed it Kouger! Well said. Facts is facts.

I voted for every candidate but Mitt in the primaries, but they all fell off the rails one by one. I believe that God puts in who He wants in governments, just as the Bible reiterates in both Testaments. I pulled the final lever for Mitt and said a prayer. So I am confident that we need 4 more years of spanking for the Entitlement Generation to get what they deserve: Huge tax bills for their ostrich necks.

I believe Romney/Ryan would have been great for America. But as an ex-Mormon, I also know where Mr. R obfuscated on the religion questions. Full disclosure may have helped his numbers in the evangelical camp, cuz there's a ton of us 'formers' there. No need for a lashing from current LDS: you won't answer those questions either, and the DN won't even let them be asked here.

So live with the lack of evangelical support that could have only helped the Republicans at the very least.

Springville, Ut

Re Kouger:

I feel sorry for you that you think the proper measurement of "charity" and the defining characteristic of being "charitable" is the amount of money one donates. Donating money to a charity is perhaps the least charitable thing one can do; it's not a bad thing, but is the bare minimum one can do. I guess I missed the part where you followed both these people around for the duration of their adult lives and made a determination that one was more charitable than the other.

If the open season on Mr. Romney is over...when is it the proper time to call off the absurd disputes of the President's birth, beliefs (religious, economic, political, etc.), and character? Sounds an awful lot like "do as I say, not as I do" rhetoric from the columnist.

Bakersfield, CA

It is what it is, right? Lessons learned? Me thinks not. Smart men ran on the Repub. ticket, but obviously not smart enough pull off the switch. Nor did the GOP know how to relate to the demographics they needed. Romney is a compassionate, generous man; he chose not to present that side to the public. He lost the entitlement crowd.

He chose to accentuate his business acumen ad nauseum. He lost any OWS, bleeding-heart libs, and leftists he might have garnered.

He is supportive of all ethnicities, but didn't relate well to those segments personally. He lost the Latino, Black and Cuban bloc. He basically ignored his own polygamous relatives in Mexico, for fear that too many ties would remind constituents of the weird factor in his geneology...? His religion answers were obfuscation and made the resultant researchers angry afterwards.

Own your family, your religion and your heritage 100%. It can never hurt. In the end, a truly compassionate servant lost the opportunity to lead this selfish, lost, navel-gazing generation to a better future.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Mcallen, TX
LDS Liberal holds Obama on a pedestal.
5:14 p.m. Jan. 4, 2013


You know,
You really crack me up worf -- and really don't know me at all.

To start with, I'm a former Republican, but left the party 25 years ago after Reagan as the party shifted further and further away from me to the uber far-right we see it today.
I didn't leave the party, the party left me.

Today, I'm considered left-of-Center.
Along with 60% of the U.S. population.

2. Had Mitt Romney stayed true to himself and his Father and Mother - a fiscally conservative - socially liberal, NorthEastern Rockfeller Republican -- he would have had my vote....as well as that 60% in the middle.

As stated -- The GOP vetting process just to get the nomination and on the ticket by the uber-far-right-wing-extremeists (Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin...) left EVERYBODY with a sour bad taste in their mouths.

3. I never have voted for Obama. In fact, I voted for a Republican in this last election. I wrote in who I though the best man for the job really was -- Jon Huntsman Jr.

South Jordan, UT

George Washington never wanted to be President of the United States, and he did better than all right. Not a good argument.

Romney as a self-made man had a business and political resume` that was far and above anything OBH has done. Obama still doesn't know how to lead. He does know how to threaten, however. Ask anyone in the military or a Senior Citizen. What we have is a slick talker, MSM behind him, welfare and food stamp "folks" with their hands outstretched to all his continued rallies, and a man who, when he doesn't get his own way, uses Presidental privilege to go around the law. He's done that over 900 times his first term.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@LDS Liberal

You just keep living in your liberal fantasy land.

Half the country voted for Romney, and the vast majority of electable positions in the country were won by republicans. Losing a few seats in federal congress does not mean that much.

If you willing to vote for a quitter and RINO like Hunstman then you are not good barometer of this country.

The country is NOT 60 percent left of center, it is quite well established this country is right of center. This election proved is the historical fact it is very difficult to beat an incumbent.

Especially when you do not offer a real alternative. Romeny was closer to being a democrat lite than anything.

Romney did not lose because of turning right,

Romney lost by turning left, and failing to distinguish himself from Obama, he became agreeable with Obama, refused to attack Obama and his horrible policies. He did not truly fight for the office and he alienated his base causing them to stay home. Romney just did not motivate his base with Obama losing 11 million votes he could have won if had energized his base, but turned left and soft and liberal.

Orem, UT

In the article it states that the country was not good enough for a President like Mitt Romney. Romney would have been a great President but instead the American people picked the most corrupt President in American history. Well did Mosiah say in the Book of Mormon "And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you great destruction even as he has hitherto visited the land." We have reached that point in our history.

Anchorage, AK

bslack posted:
During this critical time, why would President Obama authorize or lift the freeze on Salaries for those in the Federal Government.

Answer: He bought votes, this is the pay off.

Mitt's plan was to reduce the budget of each department by 1% each year he was in office. Certainly didn't buy him any votes.

The bottom line is greed. Democratic/Liberal greed.


He was right, 47% would not vote for him, because it would affect their entitlements.

How can so many in the media twist things around and make inaccurate comments. Politico's statement is pure propaganda. Self deportation laws have proved to be very effective, Arizona and Alabama proved it. They did articles on both, and know the truth.

I don't think the best man won. When the President sends his vice president to talk to the other side, because he has burned his bridges, we are in trouble. I'm happy the voters kept the house in the hands of the Republicans to counter Obama.

The media and the Republican party never really gave him support.


Yes us Democrats feel exactly the same way, Mitt was the best and the brightest, PLEASE RUN HIM AGAIN.

Mcallen, TX

This country is not wise, or thrifty minded enough to elect an honorable president.

Is deceit the only way to a political office?

Provo, UT

It is the shame of the Republicans that they lost the election so definitively, yet have not learned a single thing for all that.



Unfortunately, America got what they deserved. I firmly believe votes were "bought" with promises of continued entitlements and empty promises. Already Obama has shown no intentions of bipartisanship. We did this to ourselves for not seeing the absolute goodness in Mitt Romney; he was the man we needed for the job that needed to be done. I place a lot of blame on the press ... their job was to tear Mitt down as far as they could. Thirteen isn't a very lucky number. Hold on to your socks, we are going to go for a very unpleasant ride.

Las Vegas, NV

Aunt Lucy, I agree. I know someone that has been unemployed for about 4 years because his parents have enabled him to the point that it's crippled him. He doesn't even know how to take care of himself anymore because he doesn't have to. They provide all financial necessities (and some perks too). They've created a monster in which they will probably be supporting him for the rest of their lives because he just doesn't have the motivation to do it on his own.

The same with government. There is helping and there is enabling.

Albert Maslar CPA (Retired)
Absecon, NJ

Selecting Romney was as wrong as the faux debates to select the nominee. The debates guaranteed that Obama would use them to shred whoever would be the eventual GOP nominee. There must be a better way to beat the likes of Obama.

Springville, UT

Nordlinger can play the role of Romney apologist all he wants, but much of the criticism is accurate. Romney offered nothing but vague platitudes. He provided no plan or vision. I have no idea what he stood for except that he was not Obama and it was Mitt's turn to lead. That's not good enough. And his own post-election comments reiterated his 47 percent remarks. And here we are over two months later, and there is no sign whatsoever that Romney has any intention to be a leader in influencing public policy. To my dying day, I'll believe it was always about Mitt and not the country.

Nibley, Ut

Romney's approval in MA was above 60% until his stance on abortion came out after the SCOTUS ruling. it had nothing to do with his governing abilities. It was above 50% for 3.5 out of the 4 years he was a governor. Which is much better than Obama's overall rating. His rating only dropped below 50% after he announced he was running for POTUS. Guess the people were just upset he was not staying.
-Took MA from 50th in job creation to 28th when he left office.
-Eliminated a $2 billion MA deficit and created a surplus with a $2 billion rainy day fund
-Managed a scandal ridden, financial disaster 2002 olympics to be one of the few Olympics to actually turn a profit
-Donated more of his time(28 total years, including 2002 Olympics and MA Governorship) and money(nearly 30% in 2011) to charity than probably any other politician.
Romney is a better leader. Hands down.

salt lake city, utah

Thanks DN, this was hilarious to read. Who knew the DN readers were prophets, mind readers, statistical geniuses, etc. Fact is none of it matters Mitt lost (decisively), as did the Repbulican party. Now I just have to figure out if I'm waiting for God to bring his/her wrath down on us or if I'm waiting for Obama to announce that he has finally destroyed everything American (whatever that is). Oh well we'll just have to see..cheers.

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