Kathleen Parker: With Mitt Romney's crushing debate victory, it's now 'game on'

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  • Paul in MD Montgomery Village, MD
    Oct. 15, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    Political rancor and divisiveness have put a stop to a lot of critical work in Washington. A lot of that is voters' fault.

    Rather than rewarding the politician who reaches across the aisle to create compromise and consensus to get some good done for everyone, we punish them in favor of those who are "champions of the party," who will never work with the other side to get anything done. The mentality we have created is "my way or the highway, consequences be hanged!"

    I read an article a couple years ago that illustrates this.

    There is a Congressional lunchroom, that used to be a very busy place. People from both parties would meet there, discuss issues as colleagues and even friends, and informally work out solutions that gave everyone something they wanted.

    That room now stands empty most of the time. Politicians are afraid that if they show the appearance of treating members of the other party as anything other than mortal enemies they will be trounced upon by their own party.

    So, we have a Congress who does exactly what we've trained them to do. Nothing substantive that can't be rammed down our throats. Nice.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 8:48 a.m.


    yes a 20% tax cut for all Americans. Mitt qualified that a week ago and said that wealthy Americans would NOT receive that tax cut - so does that bother you that the wealthy won't get the 20% tax cut? Middle income Americans WILL get that 20% tax cut like you and me. Does that bother you that we get more and the government gets less? And finally - yes there will be less deductions available to wealthy Americans. Translation - wealthy Americans are NOT going to get a tax cut HOWEVER and here is BEST part - wealthy Americans are NOT going to get slammed with a tax INCREASE either because when that happens guess what happens to the investment dollars from those wealthy folks - IT DECREASES. Less investment means less business start ups, less business expansion and of course LESS JOBS. Not that hard to figure out really. Mitt knows capitalism and Mitt has faith in the private sector. Mitt tried to explain capitalism to Barack during the debate such as when you give TAX BREAKS then business has more money and they hire. More working Americans means MORE TAX REVENUE. Again not that hard to understand.

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 12:16 a.m.

    patriot Cedar Hills, UT

    In a statement at the Tri-City Christian Academy in Chandler, AZ, Mitt Romney said, “I’m going to lower rates across the board for all Americans by 20 percent.” This was reported by ABC News February 22, 2012.

    Does saying "across the board" exclude the wealthy? I think not. Continuing, Romney said,

    “And in order to limit any impact on the deficit – because I don’t want to add to the deficit – and also in order to make sure that we continue to have progressivity as we’ve had in the past in our code, I’m going to limit the deductions and exemptions, particularly for high income folks.”

    However, nothing specific is mentioned about the limitations on deductions and exemptions which has been a sticking point in all interviews with Romney. Conceivably, removing certain deductions (i.e. home mortgage) could be a net tax increase for the middle class.

    Let's deal in facts and not silly insults and put-downs. There remain many questions regarding the specifics of Romney's economic proposals.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 9, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    Re: Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT

    Why can't Obama's liberal cheerleaders be honest .... just once. James Carville, well know Democratic strategist, admitted that Obama didn't bring his A-game, and that is being generous.

    Obama bombed out, got his backsides kicked, and all his supporters can do is try and blame Romney for his feeble attempt in the first debate. Is Romney really that much better, or is Obama just that much worse?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 3:24 p.m.


    HA! So you couldn't believe your ears huh? Honestly - did you actually know anything about Mitt's tax plan before the debate that actually came from Mitt? I am betting what you knew about Mitt was what the Obama campaign had been preaching to you for the past year ... that Mitt is going to tax the middle class, that Mitt is going to cut taxes for the rich, and on and on .... Yes I think you were probably very surprised to find out that all that left wing propaganda from team Obama was just a bunch of hooey. You see Mitt said it twice - NO tax increase for the middle class and NO tax cut for the rich. Now - tell me ONE TIME in the past year when Romney has said otherwise. ONE! You can't name one and neither can team Obama. The reason? THERE WASN'T ANY!!! The nice plastic bubble that team Obama created for Romney was burst for all to see on national TV!! The best part was the clueless , angry president without his teleprompter to tell him how to respond. That was priceless!!!! Mitt doesn't need a teleprompter!

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    If Romney turns moderate to govern, he will be vilified and hung up by his ankles, stoned, and left for bear bait. The wingnuts of his party, the same people he promised that he was "severely conservative" and a faithful Tea Party acolyte, will have him for supper. It is said that Republicans eat their children rather than allow ideological contamination infect the body politic.

    Sure. It is probably the only way to achieve the solutions we need. And knowing that a Democratic president today will not be allowed to have any success without controlling the House and having a super-majority in the Senate (and maybe having a true swing vote on the Supreme Court), something has to give.

    Although fiscal conservatives view social conservatives and extremists as a bad rash, they recognize that the later have taken over the Republican Party and they have to work with them (cater to them) if they want to remain around. Otherwise the suddenly become RINOs and lose their coveted positions at the ballot box.

    The extremist Right is like a tsunami sweeping across the Republican Party, calling for an end to government and sweeping aside our social covenent.

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    ute alumni Tengoku, UT

    Obviously, what you saw and what I saw were completely different. Juvenile insults aside, I didn't recognize Romney and could not believe my ears with what he said. It was almost like he was selling me one of his Dad's old Ramblers and saying it was better that a 2012 Lexus.

    He had that salesman gift of looking you straight in the eye and saying with the utmost sincerity, "Trust me." And, of course, he does have that confidence of not having anyone disagree with him having been the CEO of a company where his word was divine and only he spoke to God.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    re:LDS Liberal

    "Pres. Obama still has a full time day job as President of the United States" ... and that includes plenty of appearances on the golf course (more than any president in the past 20 years) and more than his share of appearances on "The View" , David Letterman, Entertainment Tonight, etc.... I liked what Dennis Miller said the other day. He said that Barack would make a good talk show side kick ... like Ed McMahon on Carson. This is where he has spent most of his time over the past year.

    What people saw - all 60 million - was a bumbling, confused, over-his-head Obama desperate for his teleprompter to bail him out. The man couldn't even defend his own policies let alone grasp what Romney was trying to teach him about how capitalism worked. That image is branded into the minds of 60 million Americans and no amount of left wing spin is going to erase it.

    I'm looking forward to Obama attempting to spin his way out of the Libyan terror attack cover up in the next debate. That ought to be interesting. Mitt needs to hold his feet to the fire... again!!

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    Why the hoopla? The trashing of Obama began before he even assumed the office. There was the Birther nonsense. Then the claims that he was a friend of terrorists and anti-American which was parlayed into him being weak and indecisive. And the Republicans in Congress decided to make sure nothing got passed and worked to make him a "one term president" after Rush Limbaugh decreed that the Republicans make him a "failed" president.

    No one on the Right was interested in solving the problems of America. There full agenda was to defeat Obama in 2012. It's all there and clear as day. And many Republicans, to this day, see Obama as not a "real" American but as a secret Kenyan national who was raised as a Muslim in the madrassas of Indonesia.

    So this is where we start. At lot of money was spent hyping this nonsense and it looked like the Republicans could run anyone, a turnip, for example, and win. It was in the bag. So they didn't choose their best and brightest for whatever reason, they finally ended up with Romney, who had to pledge fealty to the Tea Party and become "severely conservative".

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    1. Romney hasn't worked for years, and he been campainging 24/7 for Presient non-stop for the last 8. Pres. Obama still has a full time day job as President of the United States. Romney SHOULD have been more prepared of the 2 of them.

    2. It was Barrack and Michelle's 20th anniversary -- I wouldn't be thinking about debating Archie Bunker in Denver either.

    3. Mitt Romney has been on so many tangents and gone so many directions on so many issues, I'm sure that Pres. Obama had no idea which Mitt Romney would come out and from which stance on any given issue he'd be coming from. Like fighting a wildman....he keeps you constantly guessing. [I know how I'd react to lies, surprised and quite frankly shell shocked.]

    4. Turning the sound down would make Mitt Romney appear to be the winner, but that is also completely ignoring the facts, and the REAL debate.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    Which Romney?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    game over for obama. it took 5 years for americans to figure out this guy isn't up to the task, never was, never will be.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    game on???? What was it before the debate? Game off? This is funny. It's like a football team getting crushed by an opponent and making the statement after the game now they are going to get serious. Yes it is time to NOW get serious. Trouble is Barack still has the same UGLY record to defend so that hasn't changed. So what now - Barack goes out and acts tough? How?? People could care less about shallow tough talk from a president who clearly is over his head. 60 million saw a bumbling clueless Obama in living color on TV and that isn't going to change. Obama couldn't defend his policies then and 2 weeks isn't going to change anything. Actually - this next debate is going to be talking about the Libyan cover up as well as all the apologize for America side show so it is pretty hard to "talk tough" with that hanging over your head.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    To Happy Valley Heretic 8:35 a.m. Oct. 9, 2012

    Exactly right. Romney tries to be all things for all people, even when he has to contradict himself (i.e., lie) in the process. Add to that the fact that he was acting like an obnoxious bully, and it becomes very clear he is not qualified to be President. Nobody would be able to know which Mitt would show up at any given time, and it would be extremely difficult for anyone to trust anything he said or did. That is NOT what this country needs.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    I wish they could do a debate in the style of the oreilly/stewart 'rumble in the air conditioned auditorium'. That was fun to watch.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Only because appearances count more than content in "American Idol" style debate.

    Romney acted like he was trump running his own reality show, facts and truth and be darned.

    Rules? those are for regular folks, romney used an old fashioned teleprompter–notes.

    Romney's a real chameleon on the issues, changing his answers even reversing what he previously said to fit the group he's selling to at the moment. It's hard to debate what someone has said, when they've said so many different things.