Utah bails on Romney

20 Oct

Utah is the state with a the highest percentage of Mormons.

As the Salt Lake Tribune suggests in its editorial below, this should be Romney country.

Apparently, it’s not.

The following are selected portions of the Tribune’s endorsement of Obama for President.
This is quite a surprise and you can read the whole thing here.

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“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.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee.

From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”

If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance.

His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney who led Utah to Olympic glory?

That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be found.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day.

The president has earned a second term.

Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.”

2 Responses to “Utah bails on Romney”

  1. Alma Allred October 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    This hardly reflects “Utah bailing on Romney.” Romney will get about 85% of the vote come election day. Utah residents voting against him will be the staff of the Tribune, and a couple of Salt Lake neighborhoods. Don’t be surprised if Obama comes in third after Gary Johnson or Rocky Anderson. The Tribune is a liberal island in an ocean of conservatives.

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