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Buzzfeed asks: Was Mitt Romney right about everything?


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  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    To quote a famous so-called leader: "What difference (at this point) Senator, does it make?"

    Seriously, can we stop looking in the rear view mirror and pine for what might have been with Mitt? I'm not sure how much better shape we would be in given the out of control bureaucracy and spending we have from the federal government.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 5, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    We get what we elect.

    Our elected officials are a reflection of our society.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    Don't blame me, I voted for Mitt Romney!

    Sept. 5, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    He lost why don't he sit down and shut up? And this paper is the only carrying this story, and is this really news at all?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    In the course of a long campaign, lots of things get said about lots of issues. It's impossible to be wrong about everything as much as it is to be unfailingly correct. With clever editing, you can make anyone into a genius.

    We'll never know precisely how a Romney administration would have led the nation, but it's not impossible to consider "more war" as a real possibility.

  • IMAN Marlborough, MA
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    His biggest fans are no more specific about issues than he was. And in the end he still will never be the POTUS and for very good reasons.

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    A serious question needs to be asked. In all seriousness - Did this article need to be written? If your answer is "yes" - what are the reasons? How is it newsworthy that Romney said some stuff a few months/years ago? DNews - pick up your news game. There is serious stuff going on in the world.

    Sept. 5, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Like clcokwork, these "If Mitt had won" stories.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    Prediction rates go up when you take both sides of many issues depending on what's convenient at the time.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Monk: If we don't learn from our mistakes we are doomed to repeat them.

    People can disagree whether the election of Obama is a national mistake. But if we don't at least discuss it, then we will continue to follow the same pattern and face the same problems. Those that like the pattern we are following will reject this out of hand or, like some commenters on here, simply put their fingers in their ears and refuse to listen. Those that are extremely unhappy with what's happening in our nation will take this information and trumpet it as loud as they can. Both positions are equally unable to be involved in meaningful discussion.

    However, there are those (I like to think a fairly good segment of our society) that are capable of introspection, discussion, listening, and even changing their minds on occasion.

    Just because you don't like the article doesn't preclude reasonable people from considering what we can learn from the past. This article was written for us, not you.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    Buyers often justify a bad purchase by rationalizing away the bad. This certainly seems to be the case with Obama supporters.

    On the flip side, when a great deal is missed or lost, we often regret losing the opportunity. This is the case with Romney supporters.

  • GiuseppeG Murray, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    The relevance is that trite sound bytes have taken over serious debate in our nation's politics. It works both ways and the only ones to blame for allowing it is us, as voters. So this story is relevant to try to help us avoid it in the future.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Based on his first term in office Mr. Obama should not have been reelected. He has consistently won over Americans with his saavy talk, which is a shame. I voted for Mr. Romney but I'm not sure he was the right person for the job. He was certainly a better choice than Mr. Obama. Just look at the Syrian issues we're currently facing. Mr. Obama is not a leader, he's not making decisions that will benefit our country or those poor Syrians who are being murdered by their country's leaders. What a shame that we have a ghost leader like Mr. Obama, he's not benefiting anyone.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    So we are seriously discussing what Mitt Romney would have done if elected, based on a BuzzFeed article. I like the Buzzfeed website, but the top storys on their page right now are "17 Disney characters and the actors that play them", "16 disapointing pintrest beauty fails" and "This is what it looks like when two Spanish hipsters take Super Mario themed engagement photos."
    Maybe it's just my opinion, but BuzzFeed is not the internets most reliable news source....

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Sept. 5, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    "ghost leader"? Does this represent a change from yesterday's epithet - "tyrant"? I'm catching the implication that Pres. Mitt would somehow have kept anything bad from happening in Syria. By preemptive attack, I guess. It worked so well under GWB.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    not here,
    Just wondering... did you write this same complaint to the paper when Al Gore did not " sit down and shut up" when he lost? Democrats played the same game for the next 4 years, and again after Kerry lost.

    Did you complain when past Democrat Presidents came out and criticized subsequent Republican Presidents? (Republican Presidents have NOT done that).

    At least President Bush is being quiet. He could be saying "I told you so", like President Clinton and Carter have been doing making millions on the speaking circuit criticizing future Presidents.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    @not here
    10:12 a.m.

    Re "He lost why don't he sit down and shut up?"...

    Keep in mind... it's not Mitt Romney saying this. It's some finance guy from his campaign. Romney has actually been quite silent since the election. So let's not pretend or mis-represent that Romney is the one saying he was right. It's some random guy from his campaign that wanted some media attention.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    "Everything" except the election night results...

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    The reporter (no byline) wrote this:
    America could have...steered clear of the housing crisis if Al Gore had won the 2000 presidential race.

    I'd really like to hear more on that.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 5, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    May our Obama voters get what they voted for.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    Most of you are debating the wrong article. This article is about whether or not the things Romney predicted would happen in an Obama presidency are in fact happening. I think you could go back and look at his predictions and find out that he has a very high prophesy rating compared to most candidates in most elections. It is certainly much higher than Obama's prophesy rate of his own administration.

    The discussion of what Romney would have done if he had been in office is a curiosity but nobody really knows. All we know is that he nailed it pretty darn well when he said what would happen under Obama.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    "May our Obama voters get what they voted for."

    Aww, that's so nice of you to say, especially when I'm pretty sure you disagree with most of the things we were voting for.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    Romney would have been far worse. I continually thank God that he wasn't inflicted on the country.

  • Bob K porland, OR
    Sept. 5, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    It seems to me that this article is about nothing, other than sour grapes.
    Its appearance here leave open the accusation that DN pleases some of its readers by giving them a chance to voice their same old complaints.

    Rather than the Romney campaigner and some of the commenters berating the American public for somehow getting it wrong, due to being mesmerized by the evil Obama, perhaps they could employ the very useful habit of saying "Where did we go wrong?"
    Mr Romney faced a very vulnerable candidate, but his own characteristics caused him to be thoroughly trounced in the Electoral College.

    Where is the "How can we learn to help our country better?" in these comments?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 5, 2013 9:40 p.m.


    You're right. I disagree, and take no responsibility for what's happening to this country.

    For several reasons, I'm glad Mitt didn't win the election. This country must suffer some pain to regain its common sense.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:12 a.m.

    Another trip down memory lane with Mitt Romney...no... make that a Mitt Romney surrogate.
    There...all better...
    No...wait there's more...
    If Mitt had only paid attention to Nate Silver rather Dick Morris, Karl Rove and the rest of the foxnews echo chamber...
    If voters could have been sure of which Romney they were voting for...
    If Mitt had not allowed himself to be pushed so far to the right...
    If Mitt had only listened to himself before running...
    No...if Mitt had listened to himself...he would have never run...
    We would miss these never ending tributes to the ineffectiveness of the well paid Romney Campaign...
    I hope the DN continues to run these stories...

  • windsor City, Ut
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:33 a.m.

    Mitt must--secretly in his heart--just REJOICE EVERY DAY that he lost and doesn't have to deal with all these impossible-to-fix problems.

  • BigBuddha Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    @atl134... similar to being a prophet huh?

  • BigBuddha Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    @2bits I think about the campaign every single day, and what a shame it is who we have in the White House,” Spencer Zbitswick, who worked as Romney’s finance director and is a close friend to his family, told Buzzfeed.
    This guy was like another son to Romney not "some random guy"

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    @ bungalow:

    You could not be more wrong about Mitt Romney. You've spent way too much time listening to Obama campaign ads and not near enough time actually finding out who Mitt really is. His past services, both in public and in his private life have shown that Mitt both does understand and care about middle and lower-class Americans... regardless of what some sound-byte, taken completely out of context, sounded like.
    Don't hold it against someone just because they've achieved high success in their life. Decisions based on jealousy are always bad. Unfortunately, that was a factor in how too many people voted last election.

    You are also totally wrong about GOP "trickle-down" economic principles being shown to clearly not work. President Reagan proved beyond doubt that those economic principles do work. It's Obama's current economic ideas that have gotten us into the biggest financial mess this country has ever been in... ever! In just 5 years, Obama has increased our federal deficit by over 70%, with increases averaging over a trillion dollars a year. It's an amount that most people (and apparently you) can't actually wrap their minds around. Big trouble ahead!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 6, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    Don't judge Romney based on your ignorance.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    Romney people need to move on . All of the issues we face would have essentially been the same regardless. Romney lost, in part because of his poor leadership and inability to provide a vision. I saw nothing in him that would suggest he would have been better Nothing. .

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    I see from some of the preceeding comments that some of the misinformation and mis-characterizations circulated by the Obama campaign are still circulating. truth is, Obama's campaign was and his style of leadership still are examples of why so many people hate politics. Romney was a breath of fresh air. But, here we are, back in the smog.

  • Clydesdale Tooele, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 5:43 a.m.

    Mitt was not a man of principles. NDAA, war, obamacare. First he was against Obamacare, now he's passionately for it.

  • Clydesdale Tooele, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 5:49 a.m.

    Oh here's a Mitt prophecy he was wrong about. In defense of Obama signing NDAA he said "Obama won't abuse that power" LOL Really? Ya don't think? Give me a break. Sorry, Mitt is not a great leader, and worse he's a horrible judge of character.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 7:30 a.m.

    I can't imagine anyone being happy with the administration we have other than those in the administration or those receiving the handouts from the administration. The rest of the country is extremely disappointed.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    A pro Romney, what if, Hindsight is always 20-20, pander to the base, fluff piece in the Deseret News.

    What's next a forecast that the sun will rise tomorrow?

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    Sept. 11, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    A lot of people mocked Romney when he claimed Russia was the United States greatest geopolitical foe. That was not a hindsight comment and no one on the left wanted to believe it. But here we are...

  • Cap'n Parrotdead Onalaska, WA
    Sept. 24, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Let me sum up this silly little article in one sentence:I was right because I say so.

  • Alaskn Hooper, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Not Here...if you don't like it don't read it.

    Anyone who speculates what would have happened if Mitt was elected is living in a fantasy world. Nothing on the scale talked about in these comments can be done by one man even if he is the POTUS. However, on man can make things things happen, particularly if he is the POTUS.
    Obama has failed as a leader and because Mitt wasn't elected, no one can say he would have succeeded if they are to be truthful.
    Obama failed in his first term, but the majority expected him to change without a reason so they should have known it wouldn't but they didn't.
    Hopefully we have learned. Hopefully we won't continue down this road to distruction by re-electing those like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid...the problems not the solutions in Washington.
    We need new leadership; people who will listen to the majority of their constituents and work hard to find solutions to problems, not be the problems to the solutions.