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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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Supporters of President Barack Obama react to media outlets predicting his reelection in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
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Updated: 12:57 a.m.

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Editorials on Obama’s re-election.

Quick, while the paywalls are down.

President Obama’s Success — New York Times Editorial

President Obama’s dramatic re-election victory was not a sign that a fractured nation had finally come together on Election Day. But it was a strong endorsement of economic policies that stress job growth, health care reform, tax increases and balanced deficit reduction — and of moderate policies on immigration, abortion and same-sex marriage. It was a repudiation of Reagan-era bromides about tax-cutting and trickle-down economics, and of the politics of fear, intolerance and disinformation. ...

Hope Over Experience — Wall Street Journal Editorial

President Obama won one of the narrower re-elections in modern times Tuesday, eking out a second term with a fraction of his 7.3% margin of 2008, in a polarized country with the opposition GOP retaining and still dominating the House. Given that second Presidential terms are rarely better than the first, this is best described as the voters doubling down on hope over experience. ...

President Obama’s second term: Now the hard work really begins — Washington Post Editorial

... But the real measure of Mr. Obama’s success, and the ultimate assessment of his presidential tenure, will be in whether, in a second term, he can fulfill some of the promise that made Americans so excited about his candidacy four years ago. Will an Obama second term allow him to transcend the ideological divides that he vowed to bridge but instead found so daunting? ...

A challenging second term for Obama — Denver Post Editorial

In a hostile political climate, the president will need to find ways to foster bipartisan solutions.

Too many Americas — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

... The nation effectively is ungovernable given the sorts of splits demonstrated Tuesday. Constituencies have hardened. "Compromise" is a foreign concept to most Republicans. The question now is whether the party will adapt to the new American reality, or stand athwart history yelling stop.

Mr. Obama’s first order of business must be to summon the nation to common purpose. For the good of the nation, and for the future of their party, it is urgent that Republicans go along.

(Hmmmm. Is that anything like "Too many Mitts"?)

Voters choose more government — Colorado Springs Gazette

Now that election is over, President Barack Obama must lead like he never has before — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

Obama wins: Now let’s try this again — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

Obama must lead a still-divided nation forward — Kansas City Star Editorial



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