Exit polls from Mitt Romney sweep show Democrats toying with GOP primary (News Analysis)

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    April 5, 2012 7:08 p.m.

    Tell us all williary about the second unfunded war started by Bush that Obama ended, other than Iraq, and please tell us all about even one unfunded war he ended earlier than the time frame established by Bush.

    Yes, we all know that money spent by Democrats is good, but money spent by Republicans is bad. Tell us all how Obama changed from castigating Bush for the immorality of increasing the debt limit to praising its virtues once he needed to do it. However you try to justify the amount of Obama's debt increase, and no realistic budget proposal, really requires more than basic gullibility. Despite the obvious disasters of Greece and other European nations, I suppose the blind Obama followers really can't comprehend the path that clearly lies ahead.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    April 5, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    I agree, Pure Hypocrisy.
    One President took a yearly surplus, turned it into the largest ever debt at that time. And that money went 3 places, Unfunded Prescription Drug Plan, 2 Unfunded Wars, and Tax Cuts. While America was speeding down the path to Depression.
    The other President took office in the middle of a Depression, inherited a budget already containing the aforementioned unfunded elements, and added huge amounts to the deficit; All money spent on trying to get America out of the Depression his predecessor started. He also finally ended both unfunded wars, and the billions being spent there every month.
    And lets not forget the FACT that the Tax Cuts W handed out with the surplus Clinton left him, added more to the Federal Deficit than Obama’s Stimulus Plan. FACT.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    April 5, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    When a writer uses polling results with hard numbers, including descriptive percentages, it's more than just an opinion piece. Besides, wherever an article is doesn't change it's content or meaning. The basic facts brought out in this article are that there are substantial numbers of cross-voters who are purposely trying to cause harm to the other party. It also indicates Santorum's support is less than the numbers initially indicate, even among his supposed hard-core support base.

    If you don't like Romney or Republicans, just say so without rambling on in so many different ways. Your point was made. But one thing you did forget... Obama created bigger deficits in his first 2 years of office than Bush did in his 8 years, and much more than any other president in our nation's history. And all this after loudly criticizing Bush for adding to the deficit with much smaller numbers than his. Pure hypocrasy! There is no question we will yet suffer the substantial negative economic consequences of Obama ignoring economic laws that he just simply doesn't understand, and/or even worse, just doesn't care enough.

  • George Bronx, NY
    April 5, 2012 9:46 a.m.


    the difference is the NY times knows that a piece like this belongs in the opinion section not the news section.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    April 5, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    “Is 8% unemployment and $4/gallon gasoline what you would consider 'good times'???
    Compared to the economy that Obama took over, absolutely.
    Here again is the Republican argument that Obama hasn’t fixed the Depression their party started quick enough!
    The unemployment rate is now 8.3%, the exact same it was in February 2009 when Obama took over. In the middle of a DEPRESSION, the unemployment rate has recovered to exactly where it was. No need to mention how the rate DOUBLED in W’s term while he took over in very strong economic times compared to Obama.
    I believe it’s now 22 straight months of private sector job growth. The last 7 all being over 100,000 jobs added per month.
    So yes, when you look at the real facts that Fox News forgets, these are much better economic times then the day Obama took office. Not even debatable.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    April 4, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    opinion piece. how about your local rag, New York Times? You might want to read it.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    April 4, 2012 9:03 p.m.


    "His only hope is another economic downturn."

    Another? We never had an economic UPTURN! Is 8% unemployment and $4/gallon gasoline what you would consider 'good times'??? Barack Obama has no record of achievement to run on. His 'masterpiece' is about to be struck down by the Supreme Court. Can you or ANY Obama supporter give me a reason why we should be optimistic about another 4 years of Obama? Seriously.

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2012 8:16 p.m.

    Excellent and interesting analysis. Thanks!

  • Be Practical Sandy, UT
    April 4, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    The problem is not with Democrats voting in a Republican primary, the problem is with Mr. Santorum refusing to bow out for the sake of the party. At this point he would have to garner 74% of the remaining delegates to win the nomination which ain't going to happen. There isn't going to be an open convention, Romney will get the 1,144 delegates by the end of May, so what exactly is Santorum trying to accomplish? All he's doing at this point is causing damage by diverting time and resources.

    Rick, if Obama wins in November you will be partly to blame. If you run 4 years from now, we will remember.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    April 4, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    George:Bronx NY. Your point is taken, but not neccessarily true. One word counters your arguement: CHICAGO! 1960 and many elections since. It would take a book to list all the voter fraud and intimidation that has gone on all over the United States over the last number of years!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 4, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    Romney's running to be first guy in second place.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    April 4, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Just good business. The longer Mitt has to endure someone like Santorum and Gingrich, who have been murdered by the Republican party for simply calling out Mitt on his record, the longer Independents get to know the real Mitt Romney. The guy who stands for nothing. The guy who so desperately wants to fit in with Conservatives, that he reinvents himself frequently, sometimes even in the same interview. The guy who is willing to sale his soul, and even his own accomplishments as Governor, to become President. The guy who wants to be an average Joe, yet is paid for and bought by the 1%.
    Had Romney been handed the Republican nomination after Iowa and New Hampshire, he’d have a real shot to beat President Obama. At that time, he was himself. A moderate Republican, who was a moderate Governor of a liberal state. Someone Independents could vote for.
    All this time later, and that just isn’t true anymore. His chance of winning has dwindled significantly. His only hope is another economic downturn.

  • Gramajane OAKLEY, ID
    April 4, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Thanks for a great summary - seems very accurate.

  • George Bronx, NY
    April 4, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    @liberated ted

    you stated "With voter fraud so prevalent..." do you have any actual numbers to back up this claim? We have all seen and heard the over sensationalized antidotal stories on this issue but the actual numbers I have seen show that the actual rate of fraud is very small and has had no effect on any election even at a local level. We should go after those that commit fraud but lets not pretend it is actually worse then it really is just to try to score points.

  • Shaden Lincoln, NE
    April 4, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    I love Schulzke's work and I enjoy his detective skills here. I especially enjoyed his comparison of Newt Gingrich to Animal and the accompanying video at the end.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    With voter fraud so prevalent. We need a system to identify and authenticate that the person going to the poll is the person who's name they are using to vote, and that they are not voting in multiple locations or for deceased people. In addition the Republicans need to do a better job of keeping the left wing out of the selection process for Republican candidates. That just goes to show what low lives the left really is.

    Anyone caught commiting voter fraud should be charged with a felony and $100,000 fine, a prison sentence and barred from voting for 40 years. That should eliminate any incentive to commit fraud. If your dumb enough at this point to commit fraud then you deserve every bit of the sentence.

    The constitution needs a balance budget ammendment and an ammendment giving people the option of opting out of programs the government deems necessary for you. This will allow you to choose not to accept the tax increase and go without the benefit. But when the system collapses then you're not penalized for it either or taxed for it.

    We all know obamacare is not sustainable.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 4, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    I don't blame the Democrats. As a Republican, I've voted in Democrat primaries in order to wreak havoc. BUT, the Republicans should put a stop to it by not allowing open primaries. Just sayin'.

  • GiuseppeG Murray, Utah
    April 4, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    re: xscribe

    A. With you on this...let those at least willing to nominally affiliate with a party choose the representative for their party to the general election

    B. Uh...how exactly do you do that? What stops me from registering as a Republican, voting in the primary, and the next day unaffiliate?

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    April 4, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    A, if democrats, and I am one for the most part, are voting in these primaries, then they should be ashamed. Let the republicans pick who they want; democrats shouldn't have a hand in it.

    B, states that allow democrats to vote in repulican primaries should fix their statutes so that they can't!

  • George Bronx, NY
    April 4, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    So how many erroneous assumptions do you think an author of an article should be allowed to make before it becomes purely an opinion piece?