Western Editorial Sampler: Now what?
Published: November 12, 2012 01:14PM
Updated: November 12, 2012 01:14PM
President Barack Obama holds up a pen as he speaks about the economy and the deficit, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

— Avoiding the cliff: Time for our leaders to really lead — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The campaigns are over. The president has been re-elected. The people who lead the House and the Senate are the same people who were there before.

Dare we hope that these worthies, having seen that the other side is not going away, will now set about doing what they were elected to do? Which is to govern. ...

— Republicans and Democrats: It is time to compromise — Deseret News Editorial

... The election, which many politicians hoped would provide some clarity to the matter, left the country essentially right where it had been all along. It will be up to the nations leaders to put some of their political capital on the line and make compromises. ...

— An order of fiscal reform — and hold the gridlock — Denver Post Editorial

As federal lawmakers return to work this week for their lame-duck session, one thing is certain: The usual gridlock cannot be tolerated. ...

— Time has come to work together — Prescott (Ariz.) Daily Courier Editorial

— Best result of election is that reality rules again — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

... Here it is: Obamacare lives. Math works. Climate change is real. People are gay. Latinos vote. ...

— Election results had no mandate for a stalemate on ‘fiscal cliff’ — Des Moines Register Editorial

— President, by popular vote — Los Angeles Times Editorial

The electoral college system offends modern sensibilities and should be replaced

— Senate should alter filibuster rule — San Jose Mercury News Editorial