When You’ve Lost NRO

 

Can a GOP governor go so far off the reservation that not even National Review will support they/them? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.  Utah’s Republican governor, Spencer Cox, recently vetoed a bill aimed at keeping biological males from competing in women’s sports, and torpedoed a school choice bill by threatening a veto. Both times, his excuse echoed the talking points of the Democrat Left. He threatened a veto of the school choice on the basis that teachers aren’t paid enough.  His veto of the bill to protect women athletes (which was quickly overridden by legislature), he justified by repeating the talking points of LGBT activists.  Specifically, he claimed “trans” kids would commit suicide if the bill became law.

In 2019, Cox — then Utah’s lieutenant governor — tearfully apologized to LGBT activists for the collapse of a proposed ban on conversion therapy. In early 2021, Cox came out in support of the Fairness For All Act, a Republican bill in the U.S. House that has been the subject of fierce social-conservative criticism for its attempt to write sexual orientation and gender identity into federal civil-rights law. Around the same time, he threatened to veto a proposed ban on gender-transition surgeries for minors, saying, “We have to be really careful any time government gets in between doctors and families and patients.” (That bill, HB 92, stalled out in the state legislature before reaching Cox’s desk.)

The governor has been open about working closely with LGBT activist groups during negotiations over transgender legislation in his state. Last year, the executive director of Equality Utah, a state-based LGBT advocacy group, praised the Republican as “a true champion for LGBTQ youth.” When the ban on transgender athletes was initially floated in February 2021, Cox expressed concerns, echoing the activist line that transgender “kids are just trying to stay alive” while neglecting to cite any substantive evidence that the legislation would put transgender children’s lives in danger.

Cox, let’s just be honest, is a Democrat politician who ran for office in a Red State under a flag of convenience. But at his core, he embraces the Democrat ideology of big government and social liberalism.  He’s a Democrat In All But Label Only. A DIABLO. The same applies to the state’s junior senator, Pierre Delecto.

Oh, and Cox has also embraced the Democrat Left’s habit of announcing his pronouns. That’s at the link.

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  1. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Tucker absolutely roasted Cox and Romney tonight. One thing he didn’t explore, however, is how much Utah is changing.  Everyone from California is moving to the Salt Lake City area.  The growth is barely controlled there and the leftists are bringing it all with them.  I can see the state rapidly becoming like so many others, with one giant metropolitan area dominating the rest.

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  2. The Cynthonian Member
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Tucker absolutely roasted Cox and Romney tonight. One thing he didn’t explore, however, is how much Utah is changing. Everyone from California is moving to the Salt Lake City area. The growth is barely controlled there and the leftists are bringing it all with them. I can see the state rapidly becoming like so many others, with one giant metropolitan area dominating the rest.

    Gee, in my state (AZ) we think all the Californians move here.  I guess there are so many of them, they’ve fanned out to many other states.

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  3. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    The Cynthonian (View Comment):
     I guess there are so many of them, they’ve fanned out to many other states.

    Lots of tech companies are moving in to Utah, and plenty of northern Californians are heading to Idaho as well.

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  4. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Tucker absolutely roasted Cox and Romney tonight. One thing he didn’t explore, however, is how much Utah is changing. Everyone from California is moving to the Salt Lake City area. The growth is barely controlled there and the leftists are bringing it all with them. I can see the state rapidly becoming like so many others, with one giant metropolitan area dominating the rest.

    I don’t live in Utah but I’d be a bit surprised if it goes very far left.  I believe the present population is about 60% Mormon along with nearly 100% of the State Government.  I’m not sure if the leftists will be able to gain much of a foothold; still, stranger things have happened.

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  5. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    I’m not sure if the leftists will be able to gain much of a foothold;

    What do they need Leftists for?  They already have Cox and Romney…

    I don’t have a PhD in Poly Sci, but I know a couple of leftists when I see them. 

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  6. Manny Member
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    Between Cox and Romney, what has happened to Utah?  Someone needs to challenge these guys in primaries.

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  7. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    I often wonder if California Democrats aren’t deliberately making their state an agujero de mierda so as to drive residents to other states as a means of expanding their empire.

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  8. OmegaPaladin Moderator
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    Did he run on this squishy platform or did he grow in office?

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  9. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I often wonder if California Democrats aren’t deliberately making their state an agujero de mierda so as to drive residents to other states as a means of expanding their empire.

    Just the phrase I needed to revitalize my study of the Spanish language!

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  10. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):
    I guess there are so many of them, they’ve fanned out to many other states.

    Lots of tech companies are moving in to Utah, and plenty of northern Californians are heading to Idaho as well.

    A friend of mine who lives in Boise is constantly complaining about the influx of Californians.

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  11. JoelB Member
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I often wonder if California Democrats aren’t deliberately making their state an agujero de mierda so as to drive residents to other states as a means of expanding their empire.

    Just the phrase I needed to revitalize my study of the Spanish language!

    I had to look that one up. 

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  12. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):

    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):
    I guess there are so many of them, they’ve fanned out to many other states.

    Lots of tech companies are moving in to Utah, and plenty of northern Californians are heading to Idaho as well.

    A friend of mine who lives in Boise is constantly complaining about the influx of Californians.

    I forget where I saw it but the analysis was if they’re moving as individuals/families, they’re probably doing it because they can’t stand the politics. If they’re moving as employees, they probably don’t mind the politics so much.

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  13. Flicker Coolidge
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Did he run on this squishy platform or did he grow in office?

    It’s called evolution.  He would have evolved.

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  14. thelonious Member
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Did he run on this squishy platform or did he grow in office?

    He campaigned as a moderate. Pro teachers union.  He was Lieutenant Governor under another moderate governor.  Utahns are pretty radical about being moderate.  We’re not as conservative as you think. 

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  15. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    He might have lost NRO but he still has “The Dispatch”

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  16. kedavis Inactive
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    He might have lost NRO but he still has “The Dispatch”

    He must be so proud…

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  17. Steven Seward Member
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    Victor Tango Kilo:

    Utah’s Republican governor, Spencer Cox, recently vetoed a bill aimed at keeping biological males from competing in women’s sports, and torpedoed a school choice bill by threatening a veto. Both times, his excuse echoed the talking points of the Democrat Left. He threatened a veto of the school choice on the basis that teachers aren’t paid enough. His veto of the bill to protect women athletes (which was quickly overridden by legislature), he justified by repeating the talking points of LGBT activists. Specifically, he claimed “trans” kids would commit suicide if the bill became law.

    And I thought republican Governor DeWine of Ohio was bad.  Sheesh!

     

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  18. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    I was going to say “When you’ve lost NRO, wait another news cycle. You’ll have it back.”

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  19. Peckish Cedar Coolidge
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    Forty years ago my former brother-in-law and native Idahoan (?) complained about all the Californians moving in and ruining his state.  I reminded him his wife was from Cal, and he responded, “Exactly!”

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  20. RyanFalcone Member
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I often wonder if California Democrats aren’t deliberately making their state an agujero de mierda so as to drive residents to other states as a means of expanding their empire.

    Stop wondering. That is exactly what is happening and it is by design. The Communist Manifesto teaches the tactic. The tactic has been used successfully in Eastern Europe.

    Folks in Utah, Arizona, Texas and Idaho better figure out what to do about it or we will all be screwed.

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  21. kedavis Inactive
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    RyanFalcone (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I often wonder if California Democrats aren’t deliberately making their state an agujero de mierda so as to drive residents to other states as a means of expanding their empire.

    Stop wondering. That is exactly what is happening and it is by design. The Communist Manifesto teaches the tactic. The tactic has been used successfully in Eastern Europe.

    Folks in Utah, Arizona, Texas and Idaho better figure out what to do about it or we will all be screwed.

    I’m not so sure that’s happening in terms of most people fleeing those states on their own volition.  But it’s probably happening with Biden shipping/busing/flying illegals around the country at night.

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  22. Steven Seward Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    RyanFalcone (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I often wonder if California Democrats aren’t deliberately making their state an agujero de mierda so as to drive residents to other states as a means of expanding their empire.

    Stop wondering. That is exactly what is happening and it is by design. The Communist Manifesto teaches the tactic. The tactic has been used successfully in Eastern Europe.

    Folks in Utah, Arizona, Texas and Idaho better figure out what to do about it or we will all be screwed.

    I’m not so sure that’s happening in terms of most people fleeing those states on their own volition. But it’s probably happening with Biden shipping/busing/flying illegals around the country at night.

    Agreed!  I don’t think those tens of thousands of people were all in cahoots on some grand scheme to spread leftism to conservative States.  I think they just got tired of high taxes and other leftist amenities.

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  23. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RyanFalcone (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I often wonder if California Democrats aren’t deliberately making their state an agujero de mierda so as to drive residents to other states as a means of expanding their empire.

    Stop wondering. That is exactly what is happening and it is by design. The Communist Manifesto teaches the tactic. The tactic has been used successfully in Eastern Europe.

    Folks in Utah, Arizona, Texas and Idaho better figure out what to do about it or we will all be screwed.

    I’m not so sure that’s happening in terms of most people fleeing those states on their own volition. But it’s probably happening with Biden shipping/busing/flying illegals around the country at night.

    Agreed! I don’t think those tens of thousands of people were all in cahoots on some grand scheme to spread leftism to conservative States. I think they just got tired of high taxes and other leftist amenities.

    I think it depends. My aunt was complaining about the California’s in Colorado at least a decade back. 

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  24. kedavis Inactive
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    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RyanFalcone (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I often wonder if California Democrats aren’t deliberately making their state an agujero de mierda so as to drive residents to other states as a means of expanding their empire.

    Stop wondering. That is exactly what is happening and it is by design. The Communist Manifesto teaches the tactic. The tactic has been used successfully in Eastern Europe.

    Folks in Utah, Arizona, Texas and Idaho better figure out what to do about it or we will all be screwed.

    I’m not so sure that’s happening in terms of most people fleeing those states on their own volition. But it’s probably happening with Biden shipping/busing/flying illegals around the country at night.

    Agreed! I don’t think those tens of thousands of people were all in cahoots on some grand scheme to spread leftism to conservative States. I think they just got tired of high taxes and other leftist amenities.

    I think it depends. My aunt was complaining about the California’s in Colorado at least a decade back.

    Back then they were more likely just taking advantage of high selling prices for their houses.  Taxes etc hadn’t become quite so insane yet.

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  25. kedavis Inactive
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    But I think it’s more likely that people who are moving with their company/job, will bring their inane politics with them.

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