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Romney adopted knee-jerk anti-Russian positions on every relevant issue, and married them to reflexive anti-Obama criticisms. That’s all that he did. It isn’t surprising, since he had no particular foreign policy experience, nor had he had much of an interest in these issues before he started his seemingly endless presidential campaigning. Romney had no particular insight into Russian behavior, and definitely didn’t understand what motivated Russian leaders or how they viewed U.S. policies in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. If the U.S. had been following his recommendations over the last year, tensions between the U.S. and Russia would likely be even worse, since Romney’s idea for Russia policy in practice was little more than to antagonize Moscow whenever possible. Romney Wasn’t “Churchill-Like” on Russia, He Was Thoroughly Ignorant

We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers… Mitt Romney

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We Utahns celebrate Romney’s awkwardness and his corny humor. We understand his principled stand concerning keeping his tax returns private. In Utah, we have a saying: It’s sacred, not secret. It explains our reluctance to address any number of uncomfortable topics, from sex to why blacks were denied equality in the LDS Church for 150 years. Denial has worked well for us. If God wanted us to see Romney’s tax returns, He’d have leaked them to Fox News. In short, we Utahns “get” Romney. I’ve used the term “Utahn,” but “Mormon” works as well. After all, what is the difference between church and state in Utah? About two blocks—the LDS church headquarters being just a short stroll from the Utah State Capitol. The state legislature is nearly 90 percent LDS, and understanding the state’s screwy liquor laws is impossible without first having a handle on LDS doctrine. If you really want to “get” Romney I guess you have to be here; but the information is likely privileged. Or sacred. Pat Bagley

Meanwhile, Romney had better speak often and with conviction about his own disagreement with some of his party’s platform, or the anti-woman narrative will become so entrenched that the 2012 GOP may go down in history as having sacrificed the nation’s economy to protect the rights of human embryos. He will have to speak loudly, too, if he is to be heard over the iconic women the Democratic Party has assembled for its own convention stage—from the famous Ms. Fluke to the heads of Planned Parenthood and NARAL. The 2012 election seems to have devolved from a debate between Friedrich Hayek and John Maynard Keynes to “The Clash of the Embryos.” Perhaps the math is just too hard for either party. What the *#@% Is Wrong With Republicans?!

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I’m not happy with President Obama, but Gov. Romney is no improvement. Neither Obama nor Romney have realistic plans for unemployment or mortgage foreclosures. Both regard the federal budget deficit as a higher priority problem. But Obama at least has a realistic budget plan, and his record on federal spending is much more conservative than most of his admirers or detractors admit. Romney proposes further tax cuts for upper-bracket taxpayers, which will make the problem worse. Obama has not shown the least willingness to curb the irresponsible behavior of the financial elite which has brought on and prolonged the current economic recession. Romney is part of that financial elite. Romney vs. Obama on the economy

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