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Published: Thursday, Oct. 3 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Obviously these changes are to prevent the Tea Party from forcing the nominee so far to right as to make him unacceptable to the broader electorate. Probably not a bad idea.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Let's ask Al Gore how he feels about the Democratic process of "popular vote" vs. "electoral" votes.

As to the nominating process....

I liked Mitt Romney as a Governor of Massachusetts.
I actually thought THEN he'd make a pretty good President.

And then I watched him self imploded in the National spotlight Flip-Flopping into a right-wing radical simply to win the GOP nomination,
only to run of time trying to flip-flop back and morph back into a more moderate candidate before the general election.

Utah Senator Mike Lee is another perfect example of how flawed it really is....

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

None of Priebus's machinations will save the GOP, which is still fighting the Civil War internally: Southern t-party wingnuts against Northerners. As Appomattox didn't solve this little contretemps, it will continue to be bloody despite George's hopes.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

The only problem with all this, is that the only faction of the Republican Party to win recently has been the T-Party. As smart Democrats, who want to win Presidential elections, know, the "moderate" Republican candidates, like Dole, McCain, and then Romney are the easiest ones to beat. Reagan was not liked by the mainstream Republican Party of his time, and seen then as what a T-party type would be seen as today. As for Bush, we all know how close his elections were, having technically lost the first one, and it was only a huge religious right turnout that gave him two wins. Something Romney did not get. So, where does that leave the Republican Partys chances? Well, all I could say now is, if history is any lesson, another "moderate" Republican nominee will likely cause the election of Hillary to the White House.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I hate to break it to George, but the Republican's biggest problem isn't their selection method. I don't know if he noticed but Democrats control your healthcare now. That means they are guaranteed election until that changes. If any Democrat is loosing his bid for re-election all he has to do is say, "If you don't elect me... you will lose your healthcare... Boogity boogity BOOO"... and people will vote for him out of fear.

Now Democrats not only control those dependent on welfare and other entitlements... they also control (out of fear of loosing it) all people who want healthcare (that's pretty much everybody).

Republicans can't win on a platform to take people's healthcare away from them (so it's going to be an uphill battle for Republicans for awhile).

And if you want a government that will control spending and try to live on what they have (instead of what they can borrow)... electing Republicans isn't the solution (they spend almost as fast as Democrats).

There has to be an alternative.

Mkithpen
Sandy, UT

I agree that "None of Priebus's machinations will save the GOP". The reality is that the Republican party has departed from is conservative roots and are dying a slow death. They have forgotten to refer to their pocket Constitutions before determining action or planning strategy. It's time to RETURN to Constitutional Government. Obviously the Democratic party does not follow the Constitution and the Libertarians do not take public responsibility seriously enough. It's time to investigate the real conservative party and help them grow vs. investing more time in a shrinking Republican party. I have been involved with the Constitution party and have found them to support the Constitution as the Framers intended and more represent the Republican values of yesterday.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Dumb question. If there had only been six debates in the last campaign, then that would have meant whoever was leading after six debates would have been the nominee? So then the Pizza Hut CEO (I forget his name) or Donald Trump would have been the nominee? I am just asking.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

@Mkithpen
Sandy, UT

I agree that "None of Priebus's machinations will save the GOP". The reality is that the Republican party has departed from is conservative roots and are dying a slow death. They have forgotten to refer to their pocket Constitutions before determining action or planning strategy. It's time to RETURN to Constitutional Government.

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You mean like shutting down the Government to the bare essentials, like they've always wanted?

or

Do you mean shutting down the Government and holding the entire Country hostage based on a law,

Passed by the House,
and the Senate,
and signed by the President,
and upheld by the Supreme Court,

because you can't the Constitutionally required votes to over turn the legislation?.

Republicans? Conservatives? Constitutionalists?
HaHa, hardy har, har!

BTW -- Don't look now, but your trampling in under your very feet.

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