What free press?

“The Fake News propaganda media has done more to destroy the free press in America than any possible adversary. The American public really hates the media, and they hate them because they are not getting the facts”. – Author and Journalist Mark Levin on XM Radio I am proud to say I cast my vote for Mitt Romney for Senate. I feel he is an experienced leader. But he missed badly in a recent essay posted on his campaign website. In this essay, he defends the press against President Trump’s…

In the aftermath of the Utah GOP’s 2018 state convention, divisions remain

The run-up to this convention was the nastiest I’ve ever seen it, and it had nothing to do with the candidates. It was all about the proposals of amendments. The proposals to cut back on the control of the State Central Committee, and the proposals to cut back on the control of the Chair. Keep Our Caucus, the caucus-only pro-delegate anti-SB54 group, morphed into Keep My Voice, more of a caucus-only pro-SCC anti-Rob Anderson group. There was even a flyer attacking the Chair a few days before the convention. I’ve…

The caucus is dead and the delegates killed it

I’ve long been a very strong supporter of the caucus system for choosing party nominees and a vocal critic of the Count My Vote effort to circumvent it. But I’m also a political realist, someone who sees what the playing field is like and knows when you have to adjust your tactics. Sadly, the most ardent supporters of the caucus system seem to be pretty clueless in this regard. In fact, I’d argue that it’s already dead, they don’t know it, and they did most of the work to kill…

The Problem with Mitt, Part Two

As I said last week, Mitt Romney has a problem. To repeat myself, “I am concerned Mitt Romney does not understand freedom in its fullest, most transcendent meaning.” I am concerned that Mitt views freedom transactionally, as mere opportunity – the right to hunt, gather and possess. Of course, opportunity is a big part of freedom, but it is not the only part or even the most important part. Funny thing about our American priorities when tested: We fight and die for quality of life, not quantity of life. When…

The Problem with Mitt, Part One

What problem could Mitt Romney possibly have in his new quest for the United States Senate? He is a shoe-in for the office. He is beloved in Utah. His career has been spectacular. In running for president, he was vetted backward and forward. Every closet was opened to find any lurking skeletons and none were found. As far as elected office goes, Mitt Romney is nearly the perfect candidate, especially for Utah. I will vote for him on his character alone. So, when I say Mitt Romney has a problem,…

Mitt Romney and the end of the Utah GOP

By the time you read this, Mitt Romney will have announced his candidacy for the United States Senate from Utah. He will win the seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch and he will win big. You might think that the Utah GOP under current party circumstances would welcome Romney’s decision. Instead, the state Republican chairman now holds Romney in contempt. On the eve of Romney’s announcement, Utah GOP chairman Rob Anderson essentially called him a carpetbagger and compared him to Hillary Clinton. Anderson reeled off a host of complaints about…

The dichotomy of wrong reactions to Mitt Romney in Utah

Mitt Romney seems to spark, in Utah at least, a bizarre dichotomy of wrong reactions. On the one hand, you have the gushing fans, who are otherwise normal dignified accomplished sentient beings who turn into groupies outside a rock concert at the mere hint that the great venture capitalist might let them join his binders full of women. Yes, this includes many high level elected officials in Utah. These people believe in Mitt as Midas, the chosen one with the magic touch who can turn anything into gold. They wholeheartedly…

Politically Speaking: Franken, Moore, and Mormon Bigots

1. Franken Out, But Wait There’s Moore Sen. Al Franken gave a non-apology speech announcing that he would be resigning in the coming weeks due to the increasing amount of sexual misconduct allegations against him. He made sure to point out that he felt some of them were not true, and he used it as an exclamation point in a calculated political move that was obvious since Wednesday. Allow some Democratic female senators to call for his resignation. Then some male ones join in. And then Franken does the honorable…

This Week in Polls: Trump & Hannity

Donald Trump continues to destroy everything in his wake. For those Republicans begging for him to pivot to a general election campaign, they just had their teeth kicked in, and the polls aren’t going to get friendlier. The Trump & Hannity town hall tonight should demonstrate that. Corey Lewandowski was Doug Stanhope-level loyal, and he helped Trump win the GOP primary, but he was set aside for the allegedly more grown-up Paul Manafort, who would use his experience to pull off a successful convention. Manafort helped amplify Trump’s bizarre crush…