Doug Robinson: Election cycle an ugly one this year

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  • facts_r_stubborn Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    Those who say that negotiation and compromise are what got us here in the first place, are the ones who just entered the political arena. I'm glad you are finally here, but having done my civic duty for 40 years does not make me a RINO, it just makes me informed by history.

    Wild swings from the far left to far right have never been more abrupt. The contention and partisan bickering never more virulent and irresponsible. This has been gradually occuring for the last two decades and is reaching its zenith. It doesn't make sense to say that compromise is the problem, because there is no compromise, and the voters are more cynical and dissatisfied then ever.

    Our campaigns have devolved into something that resembles a mud fight in a pig stye. Candidates claim to be experts on the constitution, but are not informed and can't intelligently discuss a single important issue facing our nation. The new voters resemble an angry motorist flashing a vulgar hand signal.

    Perhaps intelligent debate on the issues, and understanding one another's perspective is really what we need. After all, We have none of it now!

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    I voted this morning but as far as this election cycly being an ugly one. nothing new here its the same old mud slinging, dirt digging, whining,pathetic low down make up trash about the other guy as usual. just think in two years we get to go through another mud slinging, dirt digging,whining,pathetic low down make up trash about the other guy side show ( break out the popcorn and peanuts ) and dont forget the clowns. dont worry about it. it wont be anything new same old stuff differant day and then you get to watch the same thing on the following election. ho hummm

  • GreatScot Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    Here's to partisan bickering. As long as they are fighting they won't get anything done. My wallet is safe.

  • sovereign joe Draper, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    This isn't one of the most negative campaigning elections we've seen in Utah, not even close. Attacking an oponent's voting record does not qualify as negative campaigning. This process is supposed to produce oppositional friction. Making vote decisions based on TV ads showing the candidate's cute family and slogan does not encourage critical thinking and ultimately will not produce the best public officials.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    My my Doug why such cynicism?

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Nov. 2, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    UTAH - Don't count your chickens before they hatch. The liberal news media, giant talking heads, conservative radio talk show hosts, pollsters, strategists and scribes, before Election Day are a flurry of predictions about who will win the nation's most competitive races, polling and stable national trends to base their assumptions upon, their prognostications are usually more or less not close to the mark. But politics is unpredictable, and pollsters use different methods to determine who's up and who's down. Every once in a while, they get it wrong to. Do we have to kill a tree, to get the paper to use to really vote for them at the polls ?. Should we be then like those "Waco Environmentalists" and just hug a tree and get lost in the woods like Al Gore does and stay at home on the couch eating pizza getting fat while growing a beard like he did when he lost a election, rather then vote on some paper for a politician we really don't want in Office in the first place, but are stuck with them, in this two party system that's all corrupt and no one likes ?.

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    Robinson mentioned the negative advertising in the 2nd Congressional Race. Philpot started it by attacking Matheson' Record, as voting to adjourn instead dealing with extending the tax cuts. Matheson countered later by attacking Philpot's record such as missing votes as a State Legislator, keeping his taxpayer provided health benefits as an "absentee" legislator (went to Law School in Michigan for eight months before resigning), taking four years and court imposed action to pay his property taxes, etc. Should Matheson have voted differently (there are arguments for and against) but Philpot being irresponsible is also fair game.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 9:53 a.m.

    Counter Intelligence | 9:10 a.m.

    If your going over my comments alone, with a fine tooth comb maybe you should add something to the conversation.

    Since most ask me to find comments to support their own points, why don't you look them up yourself?

    You don't have google with your internet access?

    'Ultimate dirty'

    Seriously. I almost laughed.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    Please, politics have been 'dirty' long before this election.

    'You lie' - Joe Wilson

    'Death Panels' - Sarah Palin

    'They're going to kill grandma'

    Spitting on volunteers

    Final solution

    Claims to wear 'man pants' from women who are not supposed to be sexist - Sharon Angle

    Headless bodies - Jan Brewer

    'I'll take you out' - Carl Palidino

    If you want to look at negative campaining, you just need to turn on the TV.

    It's not limited to one group. We need to make these people accountable.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Great quote from Jimmy Carter. It's too bad that he has never followed his own advise. I recall his attack ads against Reagan and his criticism of sitting Presidents not of his party.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Nov. 2, 2010 7:55 a.m.

    Doug Robinson, Just why is the Election cicle an ugly one this year?. I'll tell you if you don't know then. On a State or Federal level, it's all the same hogwash. Newly elected representatives may come to Washington with high ideals and lofty principles. Then they're confronted with a big pool of money that’s there for the taking. If they don't claim it, someone else will. In this world, thrift isn't a virtue. The meek don't inherit anything. After elected, they put blinder's on us, to cover up their corruption, while we rot and suffer. That's not real politics folks. And I for one am sick of it. Are you?. We The People are tired of RINO GOP's that are interested in money, greed, corruption, above the law, (ignore us common people unless they need your votes while re-campaigning again), career politician's who will take money from any special interest and say or do anything to keep his hold on power. It's secret government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That's for BIG BUSINESS ONLY and their deep pocket's.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2010 6:00 a.m.

    On the one hand Corroon chose to concentrate his efforts on giving us his opinions on Herbert instead of telling us what he would do. On the other hand Corroon came up with a "cash for clunkers" idea for Utah. He just didn't know how we would fund it.