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Salt Lake Tribune Endorses President Obama, Not Mitt Romney

One would figure that the Salt Lake Tribune would know Mitt Romney better than anyone else. I would have thought that there was no way that the Salt Lake Tribute would ever endorse anyone other than Mitt Romney. I would have been wrong. The Salt Lake Tribune takes Romney to the wood shed.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us. (more…)

By |2012-10-24T01:01:50-04:00October 24th, 2012|Elections, Party Politics|Comments Off on Salt Lake Tribune Endorses President Obama, Not Mitt Romney

Paul Ryan

So, Republican nominee (presumptive nominee) Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan, Republican financial guru and Representative from Wisconsin, to be his running mate. I don’t understand.

In the past, a vice presidential candidate was chosen because they were able to bring something to the table that nominee didn’t have. For example, Dick Cheney was the experienced politician who knew the ins and outs of Washington DC. George W. Bush was relatively young and inexperienced; therefore, Dick Cheney made sense to complete the ticket. One of the big knocks on President Barack Obama was that he didn’t have foreign-policy experience. VP Joe Biden had been in the Senate for over two decades and had extensive experience in foreign policy. He made sense. Paul Ryan simply doesn’t make sense.

Mitt Romney has been telling the American people that he should be president because he was a successful businessman who understands the economy. He’s a money guy. This is his selling card. Paul Ryan has had seven terms in the House. He has become the financial guru for the House Republicans. He’s come up with their last two budgets. So, is it logical that if one financial guru is good, two must be better? Really?

When you look at the demographics, the Republicans are in some trouble. This is the whole reason for the voter ID laws, to decrease the number of people (undesirable people, from the Republican point of view) eligible to vote. One would figure the Republican Party would somehow have to reach out to minorities. With Barack Obama in the White House, they have basically written off Blacks. Therefore, they had to appeal to Latinos. I don’t see how Paul Ryan’s going to appeal to Latinos.

Then, of course, there is another large constituency to court – women. Republicans, as a rule, have done everything in their power to alienate all women. So, one would figure that Republicans would do something to try to win over the hearts and minds of at least some women. I don’t see how Paul Ryan does this all.

What does Paul Ryan bring to the table? What group does he solidify? To me, the answer is obvious. Ann Coulter almost had a meltdown on the set of Hannity just the other day. If she represents the conscience of the Republican Party, then the Republican Party is not all that happy with Mitt Romney. So, Mitt Romney had to choose someone who would tell the Republican Party that he’s conservative enough. This is exactly like Mitt Romney going to the NAACP and talking to the conservative base because he didn’t talk to the audience of NAACP members. He continues to try to convince the Republican base that he is one of them. This pick was to try to solidify the Republican base. I also find it interesting that he made the announcement before the convention. Now, the convention has only one purpose, to solidify the base.

By |2012-08-12T20:20:34-04:00August 11th, 2012|Elections|2 Comments

Romney wins Maryland, Wisconsin and DC

Woohoo. Pop! Open the champagne! Mitt Romney has won. Oh, wait a minute, nothing has really changed. Rick Santorum is still in the race. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still in the race. Nothing has changed. I’m not sure what Rick Santorum is doing or wants to do. For some reason, he has drawn a line in the sand and it is Pennsylvania. I don’t get it. So, what happens if he wins Pennsylvania? Nothing. There’s not going to be a seismic shift of support towards Rick Santorum. I would not be surprised if Sen. Santorum doesn’t win a few more states. That doesn’t change the overall calculus. It is nearly impossible for him to win the Republican nomination without some huge floor fight, which I think is unlikely.

From WaPo:

Mitt Romney captured presidential primaries in Maryland, the District and battleground Wisconsin, the biggest prize of the day, to complete a momentum-building, three-contest sweep Tuesday that cemented his status as the almost certain Republican nominee and put new pressure on rival Rick Santorum to reassess his candidacy.

With his campaign increasingly focused on President Obama and the general election, the former Massachusetts governor’s victories in Maryland and the District were never in doubt. He won both by crushing margins. In Wisconsin, where Romney and Santorum devoted most of their energies, the margin was narrower but nonetheless decisive.

With Tuesday’s primaries behind them, the candidates now look ahead to April 24, when Pennsylvania and four other states hold their primaries. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, can ill-afford to lose his home state and has keyed the future of his campaign to success there, a reality openly acknowledged by his advisers.

By |2012-04-04T04:50:53-04:00April 4th, 2012|Elections|2 Comments
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