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  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 28, 2014 5:43 p.m.

    You ask why some in the GOP are still stuck on Romney? Have you seen the list of potential nominees? Oy-vey! Seems pretty obvious to me.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 28, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    So Mav, what's wrong with funding anti-global warming campaigns and busting unions? Some of us don't believe in global warming regardless of who is saying it. BTW I don't get my global warming beliefs from the Koch Brothers or Fox News or NASA. Unions served their purpose but now are largely political shills for the left with little regard for the actual working man who give up their money to them. Unions are in business to get more power, not less. My question to you is, just what has the left done for the workers lately. Or a better question, just what has the left done for minorities lately? Answer is nothing. The left's anti-business agenda has done nothing but hurt workers. It can't be a coincidence that most new union members work for the federal government.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 28, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    People are now having buyers remorse for re-electing Obama.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    June 28, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    Simply answered. Because Mitt Romney was and is the best qualified man to be president of these United States.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 27, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    Could it be out of sheer desperation because they know there are none among them who are worth a flying flip?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 27, 2014 1:41 p.m.

    I'd rather not have a president be a puppet for anyone.

    Furthermore, you do realize that the Koch bros have funded anti-global warming campaigns, busted unions, fought against minimum wage increases, cut benefits, laid off thousands of workers, polluted rivers and streams, and have attacked the EPA?

    Ironic that they try and hide their evil with giving away a few thousand dollars to charity yet are the direct cause of so many needing charity because of the millions they spend attacking our environment, health, and workers.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 27, 2014 9:43 a.m.


    What's so "Wrong" with Romney being influenced by the "Koch bros"?

    What have THEY done that's so bad? Just funded Cancer Research, the arts, nature, PBS, hospitals, etc... what's so BAD about that???

    Google "koch family foundation" for more info on that.

    And yet... you seem perfectly OK with a President who is a puppet to George Soros. And the list of things he's done, and where he throws his money, is WAY more evil than the Koch Bros. Just as a reminder... Soros is a convicted felon... Google "Soros Loses Challenge to Insider Trading Conviction"... New York Times - "Mr. Soros, 81, was convicted of insider trading in 2002 by a French appeals court and fined 2.2 million euros"....

    Has Soros donated a penny to cancer research, hospitals, arts centers, nature parks? NO... 100% towards controlling the liberal media and pressuring American politics towards a Socialist Utopian World Government (controlled by his cronies).


    I'd rather be a puppet of the Koch Bros (who have done nothing but good with their charitable giving (Google it). Than a puppet of George Soros and Arianna Huffington and THEIR anti-American agenda...

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    June 27, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    re: LDS Liberal

    "...Then I have the pleasure to go to Church, and have members of my own Ward parrot everything they heard on the radio M-F, rather than what they heard on the radio in General Conference."

    Either bring earplugs or stop going. Simple problem. Simple solutions. You're welcome.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    to LDS Liberal...

    Its simple really. They want a Tea party shill... Mitt can fill that role then he 'changes his mind' and is a New England Country Club Republican (i.e. RINO) then he transforms into the old school Reagan era conservative.

    Notice I did not say Romney was/is/will be a Libertarian or use the term flip-flop?

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    June 27, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    Maybe the reason the GOP seems to flirt with another Romney candidacy is that the alternatives are all so awful. He might be the best option available.

    Do you really think that a Sen Cruz is the best candidate to represent Republican interests in a national election. He might be a good bomb thrower, but there will be considerable blow back from his extremist views. Sen Paul has some views that many Republicans hate (legalize dope, anti-war). Governors Christie and Walker are smeared for their smarmy political hijinks. Former Senator Santorum and former Governor Huckabee only appeal to religious zealots. And soon to be former Governor Perry is a stuffed, inarticulate Texas shirt.

    So, the choices are terrible for the GOP. I personally think this new found love of Romney appeals to his vanity. However, I doubt this multimillionaire really wants to waste his time and effort on another campaign. Enjoy your millions Mitt. Do some good work for the less fortunate of society. Or just be a good Grandfather.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 26, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    What makes anyone think that Romney would make a good president?

    All he ever did was flip flop. He never had an independent thought! So all he'd be is a puppet for the Koch bros and Rush.

  • Mickey Kovars Tampa, FL
    June 26, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    Romney's a good guy and would have made a much better president than Obama. But the Republicans are going to need someone with charisma to compete against the media onslaught that will be pulling for Hillary. The only possibility I see among the current crop is Christie, despite his problems with conservatives. On his personal merits he'd be a good candidate. My opinion is confirmed by the terrific efforts of Democrats and the media to blow him out of the water now.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 6:45 p.m.

    'To be honest... I think even Romney is glad he didn't win (more time with his family, and didn't have to deal with all the headaches of being President).'

    While I can agree with 2bits to a point.

    Why would a person run to BE President, if they do not want to be elected, President?

    Sabotage politics should not be a goal.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 26, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    Mitt Romney running for President and losing has become a tradition.

    And I like it.

    Why does it have to end?

    He really could run again, you know?

  • windsor City, Ut
    June 26, 2014 5:18 p.m.

    say what you will, but Romney has more integrity, morality and proven leadership abilities in his little finger than our current president ever thought of having.

  • MoNoMo Fair Oaks, CA
    June 26, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    Ann does own at least one "White Horse" .... no doubt, right?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 26, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Salt Lake City, UT

    When he announced he was running for president, the secret service had to start guarding him about six months before they normally start guarding presidential candidates, because of all the death threats he was receiving.



    I'm sworn to protect America from ALL enemies, foreign and Domestic.

    I'm fatigued from fighting all the domestic "enemies" right here in America,
    who threaten the President,
    Threaten to secede from the Union,
    trash talk America 24/7 on these boards and AM radio talk shows, and the HATE-riots I have to read daily on the DN threads.
    than all the imaginary terrorists, and WMDs waiting to attack us 12,000 miles away.

    Then I have the pleasure to go to Church,
    and have members of my own Ward parrot everything they heard on the radio M-F,
    rather than what they heard on the radio in General Conference.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    June 26, 2014 3:27 p.m.

    Maybe its because America is experiencing Obama fatigue!

  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    June 26, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    The headline on this piece is a perfect example of the 'begging the question' fallacy.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 26, 2014 2:34 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal,

    While we're Romney bashing... I'm not a Romney fan, but I think the outcome would have been much closer if Hurricane Sandy hadn't happened when it did. Google "Political impact of Hurricane Sandy"...

    I don't think he would have won anyway... but it appears even God didn't want Romney to win.

    To be honest... I think even Romney is glad he didn't win (more time with his family, and didn't have to deal with all the headaches of being President).

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 26, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    The Romney Love-fest:

    Mitt Romney favored to win be landslide
    Mitt Romney surge in the polls
    Mitt Romney Polls 85% of Utah vote

    Obama re-elected

    Mitt Romney does not release concellatory statement
    Mitt Romney family vacations in Hawaii
    Mitt Romney builds house in Cottowood Heights
    Mitt Romney holds GOP summitt in Deer Valley
    Mitt Romney being drafted to run again for the WhiteHouse.

    Q: Why is the GOP still hung up on Romney?
    A: Because the Deseret News cators exclusively to Utah Mormon Republicans.

    It's the Rupert Murdock business model,
    report what they WANT to see, hear, and believe...

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 26, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Obviously, the Republicans are now two parties: The Romney party and the Ted Cruz party. They despise each other. Same thing happened in late 1850s when the northern and southern Democrats turned against each other and no Democrat won a national election for 30 years. At this rate, look for a Republican resurgence in, maybe, 2038...

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 26, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    Romney is still stuck with the questions of who he is and what he stands for. The party’s right wing will never fully trust him and it doesn’t get much better with those who want a President who will govern from the center. I like to think he would be a pragmatist but even I don’t really know what to expect.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    ’Voter turnout numbers point to GOP enthusiasm gap’ – By Nancy Benac – AP – Published by DSNews - 02/02/12

    ‘WASHINGTON — Voter turnout numbers are pointing to a potential enthusiasm deficit for Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney.’

    ’No true love: GOP electorate still holding out for something better’ – By Erick Schulzke – Deseret News – 02/07/12

    ‘Romney’s aura of inevitability is further punctured. The fact that he campaigned in Minnesota and came in third, after having won the state in 2008, is devastating,…’

    'GOP insiders reaching for panic button in Santorum surge and rise of social issues’ – By Eric Schulzke – Deseret News – 02/20/12

    Mitt Romney's continuing weakness against Rick Santorum heading into Michigan has GOP strategists and pundits scrambling. – Article

    Oh how quickly we forget.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 26, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    Its pretty simple...

    The GOP isn't hung up on Romney.

    It's just the dnews.

    Seriously, check out the GOP's website, Fox News, Heritage, and Rush's websites. None of them have Romney articles. Check out the dnews right now? 3.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    June 26, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    His looks are thought to be better than everyone else.
    Has the most money.
    Has the "perfect" wife and a very picturesque family.
    Has owns more beautiful homes than anyone else.
    He has not been involved in a big scandal.
    His mind appears to be quite malleable, when that becomes necessary.
    He Is willing to organize and pay for all the GOP political get togethers in Park City every year.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 26, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    Romney is talked about a lot mainly because the GOP doesn't seem to find any of the other contenders anything to get excited about.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    June 26, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    How much "inner city shenanigans" does it take to lose an election by about a hundred electoral votes? And it looks as though Wall Street is perfectly content with who DID get elected.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 26, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    IMO the better question is... why is the DNC still so obsessed with Romney?

    I know the DesNews prints a lot of articles about him. But look how often Democrat posters bring him up out of the blue when they want to poke a Republican... they do it all the time.

    I seriously think Democrat posters bring up Romney more often than Republicans.

    As for why the GOP ESTABLISHMENT is still stuck on Romney... I don't know. But I don't think "Conservatives" ever fully supported him. They may have voted for him (just because he was the better of the 2). Same with McCain. Same with Bush. It's been this way for a long time. You can vote for the Democrat Progressive... or the Republican progressive/neocon.

    There really hasn't been a distinct choice that would have made much of a difference in the past 30 years.

    Like Nancy Pelosi said not long ago... "Elections shouldn't matter" (Google it)... meaning it shouldn't matter which one we elect, we get the same thing either way.

    I know that's what POLITICIANS would like to have it (they win EITHER way). American people would like a choice...

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 26, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    Romney would get the same 47% of the vote that he did in the last elections. Candidates like Ted Cruz or Rick Santorun would get 37%, taking the rest of the GOP down in flames with them.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 26, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    If Mitt ran as he did the last month of the last election, he would have a real good chance against Hillary. The Republicans are going to have to run someone even slightly moderate to win. The Tea Party type will not be able to get enough "middle" votes unless this whole country takes a hard turn to the right.

    Is Mitt the best the countries got? I am not sure... but he is at least as good as anyone the Republicans have put forward so far.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    'Why is the GOP still hung up on Romney?'

    From July 2012....
    'John Boehner: Voters 'Aren't going to fall in love with Mitt Romney' – By Elyse Siegel – Huffington Post – 07/07/12

    'According to Roll Call, the House Speaker said at a fundraiser in West Virginia last month that "the American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney."

    I don't think it's the GOP Deseret news....

  • YBH Sugarland, TX
    June 26, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    There are quite a few GOP hopeful right now, Chris Christie, Rand Paul...even Mitt's VP Paul Ryan looks better in a race than him. GOP needs to move on with their other options, not stick to Romney.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 26, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    @Join the discussion: Why is the GOP still hung up on Romney?


    Gee? I don't know...
    Let's look at the facts, and think about for a minute...

    Perhaps it is the DAILY articles being written about him in this NewsPaper?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 26, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    I'm over Romney. Didn't think he had a chance when he was running... and I'm not upset about him losing (it was expected). Not so happy about what we got in Obama... but I don't think Romney would have done anything differently than Obama has.

    I think the reason some still talk about Romney is... nobody they can get behind has stepped up to take his place. He's kinda the last hope they had. The group they have stepping up now days... have little appeal, little support, and absolutely no chance.

    Christie stepped up (Destroyed by the media and a mistake somebody in his administration made).

    Marco Rubio (destroyed)

    Ted Cruz (destroyed)

    Rand Paul (media still in the process of destroying him)

    you name it.... if they step up.. the media destroys them.

    And they really weren't that strong to begin with (IMO)

    Now we have people like Jeb Bush and Donald Trump stepping up? Lamo!

    I can see why people are ignoring them and still talking about Romney.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    June 26, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    Romney is a fine man. He lost maybe because of inner city shenanigans in the inner cities. He is honest maybe bad for a politician. His principles and program not perfect, but raise your hand if you think if he were president would we have had a decrease in the economy of 2.9% the first quarter of the year.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    Romney runs in 2008 against McCain, looses.

    Romney runs in 2012 against Obama, looses.

    You are free to do as you like.

    I guess third times the charm.