Analysis: Iowa win helps Mitt Romney, but lacks luster

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  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    Mitt lacks luster. How exactly is that news?

    re: CougarKeith | 11:29 a.m. Jan. 4, 2012

    Word of advice. Don't drink so much Red Bull before you decide to *enlighten* us.

    Though, the screaming in digital (all caps) is a nice touch!?

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    "Matt Bennett of the group Third Way called it a mixed bag for Romney. Santorum and Paul, he said, are 'the two demonstrably least-electable candidates in this field since Donald Trump fired himself.'"

    Thanks for the laugh Matt. Most polls show that Ron Paul has a heavy appeal to independent voters and a moderate appeal to democrats, while Romney will be struggling to garner little support from either.

    What about sticking with the Constitution, adopting the Foreign Policy of our Founding Fathers, and demanding Fiscal Accountability makes a candidate unelectable? I'll answer that for you: The uneducated public.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    Right, Deseret News published this farce and I'm calling them out on it.' - SammyB | 12:10 p.m. Jan. 4, 2012


    So, the Deseret News is 'liberal propaganda.'

    But 'not'....Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Fox News.

    You claim anti-mormon bias.

    Discrimination DOES bring harm, dosen't it?

    *'Mitt Romney pledges opposition to gay marriage' - CBS News - 08/04/11


    'It's also notable because Romney was not always such a strong opponent of gay rights. In 1994, he sent a letter to a gay Republican group saying he would be a stronger advocate for gay rights...' - Same Article

  • Cougar Blue N. Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 4, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    For CougarKeith-----If Romney is the man to bring jobs back to America and promote growth and all the other grand things you say, why haven't we heard any particulars at all in more than a year of his campaigning? Everything is lip service and you should realize that by now. He is still "in bed" with his old company, Bain Capital, whose very purpose was to cut American jobs and send them overseas. And he's going to reverse that how?

  • Kim Cedar Park, Texas
    Jan. 4, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    "Campaign veterans say Romney must find a way to excite more conservatives if he is to beat President Barack Obama in November." WRONG!!!! By exciting the conservatives he will turn off the independents who are the key to victory for Mitt. As we get closer and closer to the general election, Mitt must go after the moderate majority in this country.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 12:10 p.m.


    Right, Deseret News published this farce and I'm calling them out on it.


    Yes, the problem is with the evangelical vote, so it is amazing that Romney did so well. He has to get past S. Carolina. Then Florida and Nevada will be his because the anti-Mormon crowd doesn't work in those states. Most of America is not so strongly anti-Mormon as Iowa so the future bodes very well.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    'Another trick is all the reporting about how he gets no scrutiny and the MSM is on his side.' - SammyB | 11:42 a.m. Jan. 4, 2012

    Um, you mention MSM twice.

    But the story was published by the Associated Press...and republished by, the Deseret News.

    This is 'liberal propaganda?'

    If Romney has SUCH 'nation wide enthusiasm'...then why is he only getting, on average, 25% of the (only) Republican voting block.

    It is not 'MSM' that is attacking Romney...

    *'Fox News host: Romney not Christian' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 07/17/11

    *'Rick Perry backer decries Mitt Romney, Mormons' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar, Deseret News - 10/08/11

    *Cult of Mormon comment leads Newt Gingrichs Iowa political director, Craig Bergman, to resign - By Tad Walch Deseret News 12/14/11

    It is the very SAME voting block Mitt Romney is tryig to pander...TOO.

    aka, how is Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Fox news...'liberal' prapaganda?

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 11:42 a.m.


    Good comment. My response isn't really for you but for any open-minded truth seeker. Many people who watch the debates, or who attend Romney's rallies say they are very excited about Romney. He has a committed base and nation wide enthusiasm which has translated itself into a very broad volunteer organization.

    BUT...with words like lack-luster, boring, out-of-touch, etc. the MSM has convinced the uninformed (or refusing to see reality) masses that Romney has no real support and that he definitely can't generate any enthused voters. It is a brilliant maneuver to weaken his candidacy.

    Another trick is all the reporting about how he gets no scrutiny and the MSM is on his side. To believe that, one must either ignore the media or be willfully ignorant.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    "But seriously, a lackluster win? He spent little time in Iowa, did not expect to win until the last few days when he saw stronger support than expected, and won despite the strong anti-Mormon sentiment among the Evangelicals."

    He was always polling first or second in Iowa and got 6 fewer votes than he got in 2008. Yes the win is nice but if the field collapses and the Perry-Gingrich-Santorum consortium drops to one person... he is going to have a lot of trouble against a consolidated anyone-but-mitt crowd. Think of it this way, if Bachmann was not in the race, with her 5% distributed away to other candidates, Romney would have lost last night. That means that as the number of candidates decreases, Romney will have a harder time. Perry saying he'll go to South Carolina and Santorum possibly taking votes from Gingrich now could open the door in South Carolina for Romney but eventually winning with 25-30% isn't going to work.

  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    I have to agree, Sammy B called it right on! Here's a FACT, THOSE who don't like ROMNEY because he's a big bad "MORMON" better learn more about Romney's Faith and Value System! Why? Simple, He is the Right man to FIX THE ECONOMY, Work across party lines, Build Faith in the American People, Bring Jobs Back to America, Inspire NEW GROWTH! Make America a SLEEPING GIANT Militarily AGAIN! Gain new Allies around the World, and Help to restor Honor once again to the American People! Those who look at his record on "Choice" or "Right To Life" better learn to understand his position now and in the past. ANY LDS PERSON SHOULD BE "PRO-CHOICE". I am PRO-CHOICE, That stated it must be COMPLETELY understood that the "CHOICE" Should ALWAYS be For Life! The Constitution states three rights given by God, the First answers the Question on this topic, "The Right to LIFE, Liberty, and the Persuit of Happiness"! Once you are an embryo YOU are a LIFE, and you have the other TWO rights guarenteed you by the Constitution of the United States of America! It is that Simple, Romney Agrees! Get A Life and Back HIM!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    'Would someone explain to me what is meant by "lack of LUSTER"????' - Carol P. Warnick | 10:03 a.m. Jan. 4, 2012

    8 votes.

    They are calling it a 'virtual tie' with Rick Santorum.

    Rick Santorum!

  • Carol P. Warnick Ephraim, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    Would someone explain to me what is meant by "lack of LUSTER"???? I never thought LUSTER was part of the recommendations for a president of our country.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    Hey, hey!

    Romney WON!

    It was just by...8 votes. :)

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    People see what they want to see. Romney gave an enthusiastic, amazing speech last night and the media said it was boring. Romney held on to his 2008 voters in Iowa despite a bigger field with the vote split by many candidates...amazing.

    But seriously, a lackluster win? He spent little time in Iowa, did not expect to win until the last few days when he saw stronger support than expected, and won despite the strong anti-Mormon sentiment among the Evangelicals.

    Four years ago, he spent 10 million and tons of time in Iowa and garnered huge support. In the final days, the anti-Mormon ministers and radio show hosts came out in vicious attacks that turned the majority to Huckabee. Not surprising that Romney was gun-shy this time around and spent little time there. Because of all these factors, it was a great win.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    After 4 years of running for president he still has 25% of the vote. Not all the vote just 25% of the Republican vote.

    He is not wearing down the competition he is wearing down the voters.

    I would like to see more sizzle with this steak, otherwise he will have no chance at the federal election and another 4 years of Pres Obama will be the result.