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State of the Debate
George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorial Sampler: Obama makes his case ...

- Obama’s case: The choice is now before us - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

When you are up to your neck in alligators, you might forget that your original intention was to drain the swamp.

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The job of President Barack Obama Thursday night was to convince us that he knows the economic recovery he pledged four years ago is far from accomplished, that unemployment is still too high, that health care still costs too much, that the federal deficit is still far too deep.

But he also wanted us to believe, as civil rights leaders of the 1960s used to say, "We’re not where we want to be. We’re not where we ought to be. But, thank God, we’re not where we used to be."

We aren’t. We aren’t. And we aren’t. ...

From the Observer in Charlotte, host city for the Democratic National Convention, a three-fer:

- Obama failed biggest test: Saying what will be different - Taylor Batten

- A speech with strong vision but not much of a plan - Peter St. Onge

- With passion, Obama made his reelection case - Fannie Flono

- Obama offers a clear choice - Kansas City Star Editorial

President Barack Obama had a tough act to follow on Thursday night in accepting the Democratic presidential nomination — himself, four years ago. ...

- Bring on the debates! - Chicago Tribune Editorial

Barack Obama lights up a stage. When he strode before the cameras to accept his party’s nomination Thursday night, you saw him ignite pure triumphalism among the Democrats waving back at him. That incandescence obscured the menacing signs under which his party’s convention had begun three days earlier ...

- Obama speech shows hope, restraint - San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

... Each party pulled off a vibrant convention with requisite doses of vinegar, energy and ideas.

There will be a genuine choice this November.

- No sale: Obama can’t obscure gap between his record and his rhetoric - San Diego U-T Editorial

Americans are used to reality shows. Yet for the last four days, we’ve seen an alternate-reality show, courtesy of the Democratic convention – one that depicted the worst president in U.S. history as a compassionate genius held back from even more staggering feats only by the evil people in the other party. ...

- A combative president asks for a second term - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial

Four years ago, Barack Obama promised to lead the nation to a post-partisan era, betting that his skills as First Persuader would turn around years of ugly politics.

It hasn’t happened. ...

- President Obama’s Second Chance - New York Times Editorial

- Mr. Obama’s hazy agenda for a second term - Washington Post Editorial

- Promises, promises - New York Post Editorial

- Obama’s tough sell - New York Daily News Editorial



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