Elected on caucus night

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  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    March 27, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    Senator Bennett and others are to be congratulated for the time and effort they have spent in explaining the disfunction of "ideological purity", which in the end is highly divisive in its marginalization and disdain of others. However, there will always be some who for whatever reason just do not get it. Fortunately they are a minority who while not to be denied a place at the table do not own it. For the tail to have wagged the dog for so long in Utah life and politics is unfortunate.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 26, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    It would appear that a candidate's fate is determined on caucus night and not at convention.

    Only in a 1 party [must vote for the letter “R”] Totalitarian system like we have here in Utah.
    Anywhere else, the General Election determines the winner.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    The cacus system is NOT what's causing political extremism in our country, extremism is there regardless of the cacus system.

    The evident lack of understanding of what the cacus system is just amazes me.
    - The cacus does NOT replace a party primary.
    - The cacus only picks delegates to represent your district at the convention. No candidates are nominated or selected at the cacus. That happens at the convention.
    - There will still be a Party-Primary IF one is needed after the convention. A primary campaign is avoided only if the nominee is unopposed or the vote at the convention is not close. If the delegate vote at convention is close.... there WILL be a party-primary AFTER the Convention where everybody gets a vote to pick the party-nominee for the general election (not just the convention delegates).

    The cacus is mainly a platform for common people like me to get involved, learn more about the candidates and the issues, and give everyone in my neighborhood an opportunity to help pick the people who will represent our neighborhood at the convention.

    What's so "Radical" about that?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 26, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    I fear the extremist views of the minority. Which is why I really want to get rid of this worthless caucus system. It promotes the minority's agenda and excludes most Utahns.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    March 26, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    "political extremism is destroying this Country"..ahhh, yea, correct JCS. You do realize that the views and actions of Barrack Obama represent the views of the Republican party in the 50's, 60's, and 70's?

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    March 26, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    The cacus system is specifically designed to concentrate power in the hands of political extremists. Like anyone who is mad for power, the are unwilling to give it up.

    The caucuses of both major parties were dominated by extremists. The views of the vast majority of citizens were simply not represented. Anyone with a moderate viewpoint was either discouraged from attending or was shouted down.

    The bottom line is this: political extremism is destroying this Country. The caucus system is a part of this destruction, and thus, must be eliminated.