Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

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  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 3:59 p.m.

    again with the rhetoric, do you not understand the election is over and the rhetoric did not work. Obama did attempt to reach out to congress and as you state in your comment congresses response was to reach out to fox news. you have a choice you can let go of the rhetoric of the past and become part of finding common sense solutions going forward or you can sit by and watch as the world leaves you behind. your choice.

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Reasonable? In 2008 Obama said he would reach across the aisle and work with Republicans and Democrats to get our economy growing. Eric Cantor had a jobs creation bill he showed to Chris Wallace on Fox Business News Sunday Edition. He invited the President to come to Congress and sit down and have a discussion. Obama's response: Running around the country blaming the Republican Party for not wanting to tackle the jobs issue. Paul Ryan at least tried to tackle our budget woes, while Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to vote on a balanced budget amendment. What Obama really means when he says he will work with both parties. If the other party won't conform to his far-left ideology he is not interested. Romney I am convinced would have been far more willing to get things done, since he was able to accomplish results with a Democratic Legislature in Massachusetts.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    Uh, Obama only won 1 (presumably since it's Florida) of the 10 states that have the highest percentage of their people among the 47%. Maybe that was Romney's problem, more Americans than not factchecked his claims.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    The GOP can continue to blame the electorate, or come to the realization that pandering to rich, white folks is not a winning strategy.

    The demographics of this country are changing. And changing quickly.

    Adapt, or go extinct.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:04 p.m.


    President Obama has an approvable rating of 50%.

    He received 50% of the vote.

    Congress has an approval rating in the high single digits.

    Yet voters, for the most part, returned the same people to the Congress.

    Nate Silver was accurate, in his analysis of how the election, would turn out.

    Karl Rove has some "splainin" to do.

    Thank you DN, for allowing readers to express their diverse opinions.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    you really just don't get what happened last night do you. last night was a call to GOP to return to common sense governing, not to switch to just going along with everything the democrats want but to abandon eh rhetoric and return to common sense solutions that do include compromise.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    The most impressive election event in 2012 was the positive Democratic turn of events in the U.S. Senate where Republicans had a great opportunity to take control but failed to do so. Unlike the House of Representatives in which Republicans were able to structurally build a firewall of redistricted legislative districts to preserve their majority and required by the Constitution and decennial census, the race for U.S. Senate seats reflected a closer sense of the majority of the popular people's vote. The Republicans by freezing in their power by splitting up districts in the House of Representatives that favored Republicans in order to avoid being turned out in 2012, have only likely delayed the inevitable mandate changes being called for by the majority of Americans in the U.S. Senate races.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    salt lake, UT

    Salt Lake City, UT


    Agreed with both of your excellent comments.

    The Republicans had ONE goal and ONE GOAL only, and it was not America or the American People -- it was solely making Obama a 1 term President, and they lost.

    Time to got back and re-think their pathetic priotrities, before the GOP looses the House in 2 years when they clean house by throwing out the rest of the obstructionst Tea-Partiers.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    Sen. McConnell stubbornly held the economy hostage in order to achieve his #1 goal of making Obama a one-term president. Unseating the president was a higher priority to him and the rest of the GOP than improving the plight of the American people. Now that his strategy has failed, will he come around and participate?

    Brava to Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    Moutain man
    I pay twice the tax rate Romney does and I voted for Obama for one simple reason we need a reasonable balanced approach not empty rhetoric

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    Re: "'Now that the election is over, it's time to put politics aside and work together to find solutions,' said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."

    Yeah -- like that's going to happen.

    But, at least we've got a little breathing room. A deeply riven Congress should provide us some level of protection from liberals intent on "fixing" America.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    Bypassing the House with executive orders will not be a problem now that re-election is taken care of.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    The 47% (those Americans who pay no federal income taxes) won this election. Now we get to see if those who actually work for a living and pay taxes can carry the burdens.