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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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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters before conceding at his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Extension of remarks: Mitt wants primaries, not caucuses ...

Unknowingly chasing a Tommie Burr story from The Salt Lake Tribune, Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh has a piece about how former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — you remember him — is going on about how his fellow Republicans should pick their candidates with primary elections, not caucuses or conventions.

Mitt says, Primaries, not caucuses — Scot Lehigh | The Boston Globe

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"... one need only look west (or midwest), to Iowa’s famous-by-virtue-of-being-first caucuses. The process there often elevates candidates who have little chance of winning the GOP nomination and even less of ever becoming president. ..."

The Lehigh column didn’t mention Utah, much less go into detail about the Count My Vote drive to do away with the our unique caucus system.

No reason why it should. Lehigh was writing about the theory that Republicans are more likely to lose general elections when they let a small group of True Believers run their nominating process. In Utah, except for some local and legislative races in Salt Lake City, Republicans always win general elections. It’s just a matter of which kind of Republicans will win.

In this corner of Utah, we really like the idea behind Count My Vote. But we don’t claim it is just about means — letter more people vote — as important as that is. It is about ends — making it easier for moderate candidates to get elected.

It all goes to show that people of all stripes want the write the rules of the game in a way that gives them the best chance to win.



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