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HotAir.com undermines Tea Party movement, supports big GOP in Mass.
Right Condition ^ | 12/30/2009 | me

Posted on 12/30/2009 2:02:04 PM PST by arkadyka

HotAir is a big voice in the conservative blogsophere and has done much to advance the cause of those wishing to stop and reverse the growth of a large central government. Unfortunately Hot Air's Ed Morrissey has brashly thrown his weight behind Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election. This is disturbing and disheartening for every tea party, small government loving soul in America. While I certainly cannot blame casual Massachusetts Republicans for getting excited over Brown's possible win over Martha Coakley, it becomes much harder to justify it in the case of Ed whose life revolves around politics and whose message is fundamentally Jeffersonian.

In a piece called Where is the national GOP in the Massachusetts special election Ed shows his frustration over the apparent lack of support for Brown, correctly pointing out that in NY-23 the GOP heavily contributed to the liberal Dede while throwing Hoffman under the bus. While Brown is obviously no Dede he is a far cry from the mantra of HotAir: small government and fiscal responsibility. Oddly and most puzzling of all, Ed writes:

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: coakley; hotair; ma2010; massgop; rino; scottbrown; tedkennedy; zot
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1 posted on 12/30/2009 2:02:05 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: arkadyka

And whom would support in this race? Why?


2 posted on 12/30/2009 2:05:54 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: arkadyka

There are a lot of good conservatives here at FreeRepublic who are very upset that the national Republicans aren’t throwing a lot more money at this race.


3 posted on 12/30/2009 2:07:02 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: arkadyka

Scott Brown

Why I’m Running...

America is a great country but we also have some challenges that we need to solve if we’re going to remain the world’s superpower. The most important of our challenges is getting the U.S. economy moving again. People are hurting as they struggle to make ends meet.

They’re worried about their future, and that of their children and grandchildren. I want to ensure that we leave them an America that is financially stronger and independent: minus a national debt that we can never repay.

Economy
I am a free enterprise advocate who believes that lower taxes can encourage economic growth. Raising taxes stifles growth, weakens the economy and puts more people out of work. Our economy works best when individuals have more of their income to spend, and businesses have money to invest and add jobs. I have been a fiscal watchdog in the state legislature fighting bigger government, higher taxes and wasteful spending.

Energy and Environment
I support common-sense environment policy that will help to reduce pollution and preserve our precious open spaces. I realize that without action now, future generations will be left to clean up the mess we leave.

In order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, I support reasonable and appropriate development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and improved hydroelectric facilities. I oppose a national cap and trade program because of the higher costs that families and businesses would incur.

Education
I am passionate about improving the quality of our public schools. Accountability and high standards are paramount. I support choice through charter schools, as well as the MCAS exam as a graduation requirement.

I have worked to ensure that all children have access to a quality education. I am a strong advocate for the METCO program, which provides lower income students with broader educational opportunities.

Immigration
I recognize that our strength as a nation is built on the immigrant experience in America. I welcome legal immigration to this country.

However, we are also a nation of laws and government should not adopt policies that encourage illegal immigration. Providing driver’s licenses and in-state tuition to illegal immigrant families will act as a magnet in drawing more people here in violation of the law and it will impose new costs on taxpayers. I oppose amnesty, and I believe we ought to strengthen our border enforcement and institute an employment verification system with penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants.

Veterans
As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, I am uniquely aware of the importance and sacrifice of our men and women serving in the military. I have been a vigorous supporter of legislation providing benefits to returning service members, as well as, benefits for the families of those killed in action.

I believe we need to recognize the sacrifice of all of our servicemembers by keeping better track of returning military personnel so they get the services they deserve. That includes providing them with first-class medical care and other benefits to which they are entitled.

I am known as a leader on veterans’ issues through my work on the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee, the Hidden Wounds of War Commission, and the Governor’s Task Force on Returning Veterans.

Health Care
I believe that all Americans deserve health care coverage, but that we shouldn’t have to create a new government insurance program to provide it. I support strengthening the existing private market system.

In Massachusetts, I support the 2006 healthcare law that expanded coverage, but I believe the Deval Patrick administration must do more to contain the costs of the Commonwealth Care subsidy program.

Gun issues
I support the Second Amendment and believe that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms as a basic constitutional liberty. I support safe and responsible gun ownership.

Death penalty
I believe there are some crimes that are so heinous that they deserve capital punishment. Our Government should have the ability to impose the death penalty in cases where it is justified.

Abortion
While this decision should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor, I believe we need to reduce the number of abortions in America. I believe government has the responsibility to regulate in this area and I support parental consent and notification requirements and

I oppose partial birth abortion. I also believe there are people of good will on both sides of the issue and we ought to work together to support and promote adoption as an alternative to abortion.

Marriage
I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. States should be free to make their own laws in this area, so long as they reflect the people’s will as expressed through them directly, or as expressed through their elected representatives.

Israel
Israel has made enormous sacrifices in an attempt to secure peace – including unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. I support a two-state solution that reaffirms Israel’s right to exist and provides the Palestinians with a place of their own where both sides can live in peace and security.

As our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel lives every day under the threat of terror yet shares with America a dedication to democratic ideals, a respect for faith, and a commitment to peace in the region. Until a lasting peace is achieved, I support the security barrier erected by Israel which has proven successful in protecting Israeli civilians from terrorist attacks.

Iran
I support the bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill and believe that until Ahmadinejad gives up his nuclear ambitions he should be isolated from the rest of the world. With its reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons, Iran represents the biggest threat to Israel.

Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier who has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Meeting with him confers legitimacy when the only correct response is to treat him as an outcast. A personal meeting with Ahmadinejad, as suggested by my opponent, would embolden him and be used as a propaganda tool to strengthen his position
http://www.brownforussenate.com/issues


4 posted on 12/30/2009 2:07:05 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: arkadyka

I don’t believe the ‘tea party movement’ has endorsed anyone in the Senatorial Race. At this point Scott Brown is the Republican nominee, and I sure hope he can pull it out. Martha Coakley would be as bad or WORSE than Teddy Kennedy.


5 posted on 12/30/2009 2:07:12 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

a movement cannot really support anyone...


6 posted on 12/30/2009 2:08:11 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: CharlesWayneCT

If they are good conservatives, then they are not paying attention.


7 posted on 12/30/2009 2:08:56 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: J Edgar

Correction:

Whom would YOU support in this race? Why?


8 posted on 12/30/2009 2:09:50 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: arkadyka

Then I don’t understand the complaint about HotAir.


9 posted on 12/30/2009 2:10:11 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: arkadyka

I definitely wouldn’t call this ‘undermining’ the tea party movement, nether candidate is exactly top notch. Coakley has been all over the place as much (if not more than) Brown. She is trying to appeal to the tea party types now and has been pals with John Kerry and donating to the DNC and Democratic candidates as recently as last year.

http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.php?name=Coakley%2C+Martha&state=MA&zip=&employ=&cand=&all=Y&sort=N&capcode=sgdpq&submit=Submit


10 posted on 12/30/2009 2:10:11 PM PST by mnehring
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To: arkadyka

Mass. can have Lt. Col. Scott Brown 90% Conservative

or they can have the 100% Liberal Democrat who will vote for Obama’s agenda.

Read post 4.


11 posted on 12/30/2009 2:10:37 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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ontributor Occupation Date Amount Recipient
COAKLEY, MARTHA
MEDFORD,MA 02155 COMMONWEALTH OF MASS./ATTORNEY GENE 6/16/09 $500 DNC Services Corp (D)
COAKLEY, MARTHA
ARLINGTON,MA 02474 DISTRICT ATTORNEY 2/4/00 $500 Kelley, Stephen P (D)
COAKLEY, MARTHA
DORCHESTER,MA 02122 ATTORNEY 5/12/97 $300 Massachusetts Democratic State Cmte
COAKLEY, MARTHA
MEDFORD,MA 02155 COMMONWEALTH OF MA 6/24/02 $250 Pryor, Mark (D)
COAKLEY, MARTHA MS
MEDFORD,MA 02155 COMMONWEALTH OF MASS./ATTORNEY GENE 10/25/08 $500 EMILY’s List
COAKLEY, MARTHA MS
MEDFORD,MA 02155 COMMONWEALTH OF MASS./DISTRICT ATTO 4/11/05 $250 EMILY’s List
COAKLEY, MARTHA MS
MEDFORD,MA 02155 8/10/04 $250 EMILY’s List


12 posted on 12/30/2009 2:12:06 PM PST by mnehring
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To: arkadyka

You have no clue.


13 posted on 12/30/2009 2:12:25 PM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: J Edgar

I would support Joe Kennedy, because he wants to shrink government.


14 posted on 12/30/2009 2:12:56 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: onyx; Hildy

Scott Brown Ping


15 posted on 12/30/2009 2:13:30 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: arkadyka
I would support Joe Kennedy, because he wants to shrink government.

What is the old saying, there is a sucker born every minute.

16 posted on 12/30/2009 2:14:14 PM PST by mnehring
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To: arkadyka

You either know nothing about Lt. Col Scott Brown or you are a Liberal Troll


17 posted on 12/30/2009 2:15:07 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: mnehring

I am the sucker? yet you are supporting a professional politician who has supported growth of Mass. state government....hmm.


18 posted on 12/30/2009 2:15:42 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: SoCalPol

calling me a liberal troll shows your utter incompentence.


19 posted on 12/30/2009 2:16:16 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: arkadyka

..and you are supporting the guy who marches hand in hand with Code Pink. Jeeze..


20 posted on 12/30/2009 2:18:30 PM PST by mnehring
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To: SoCalPol

I just read his blog.

He’s a Joe Kennedy supporter.

Kennedy’s the libertarian in the race who’s polling at about .0001% and is Coakley’s useful idiot.


21 posted on 12/30/2009 2:19:38 PM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: mnehring

That’s your biggest complaint, yet I rattled off an entire list of SPENDING that Brown voted for, does that mean you are ok with that? Are you a liberal troll?


22 posted on 12/30/2009 2:20:12 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: mnehring

That’s your biggest complaint, yet I rattled off an entire list of SPENDING that Brown voted for, does that mean you are ok with that? Are you a liberal troll?


23 posted on 12/30/2009 2:20:21 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: mnehring

That’s your biggest complaint, yet I rattled off an entire list of SPENDING that Brown voted for, does that mean you are ok with that? Are you a liberal troll?


24 posted on 12/30/2009 2:20:22 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: arkadyka

A Ron Paul NeoLeft Troll

The same International views as Liberals.


25 posted on 12/30/2009 2:21:33 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: arkadyka

I think GOP still has it wrong and wont be smart enough to go with teaparty...they still think liberal is the way to go


26 posted on 12/30/2009 2:21:59 PM PST by dalebert
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To: arkadyka

Why should anyone be trusted who is a Code Pinko, pro-Palestinian state, environmentalist, leftist? Healthcare isn’t the only issue right now, but with Kennedy’s record on other issues, there is no indication I would trust him to move right on that one. Brown isn’t perfect, but he is heads and tails above the embarrassment to libertarians (claims to be one but had to run as an independent instead of Libertarian because even they wouldn’t have him).


27 posted on 12/30/2009 2:23:38 PM PST by mnehring
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To: SoCalPol

You are the epitome of what is wrong with this two party system. Hell, you did not even bother reading the post and move to ad hominem attacks. How very sad...

Fwiw, I have written plenty about Ron Paul’s idiotic anti-war policy - so screw you.


28 posted on 12/30/2009 2:24:06 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: nhwingut

The Libertarians are the Democrat’s best friend.

They play lets pretend the IslamOfascists did not attack America and declare war on us.


29 posted on 12/30/2009 2:24:20 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SoCalPol
The Libertarians are the Democrat’s best friend.

This guy was too over the edge even for Libertarians.

30 posted on 12/30/2009 2:25:11 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

You do not have to support Kennedy, it’s just an option. The point of the article (had you bother to read it) was to question support for Brown.

*sigh*


31 posted on 12/30/2009 2:25:49 PM PST by arkadyka
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To: arkadyka

Keep posting, you are your own worst enemy,

Only an idiot would support your ignorance.


32 posted on 12/30/2009 2:26:55 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
There are a lot of good conservatives here at FreeRepublic who are very upset that the national Republicans aren’t throwing a lot more money at this race.

Those of us who ARE concerned should be sending money ourselves.

33 posted on 12/30/2009 2:28:29 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

Considering a Brown victory would break the Dems super-majority, it is definitely a race worth investing in.


34 posted on 12/30/2009 2:31:01 PM PST by mnehring
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To: arkadyka

Well, who in the hay do you support? Man, Scott Brown looks great to me compared to a Kennedy liberal. I am conservative and anti-RINO, but this strikes me as ridiculous.


35 posted on 12/30/2009 2:32:24 PM PST by sruleoflaw
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To: arkadyka

I donated to this race. Brown is our only chance. Shall we have Alan Keyes parachute in again and win 12 percent of the vote?


36 posted on 12/30/2009 2:33:15 PM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: arkadyka

Now that I’ve seen more, this is even more ridiculous. Scott Brown would break the Dems’ 60-vote majority and SCARE THE HELL OUT OF THEM, probably helping stop amnesty to illegal aliens, and do I understand that you want some libertarian named Joe Kennedy. PLEASE SHOW SOME POLITICAL INSIGHT AND SAVVY. WE NEED TO STOP THE DEMS, NOT SELF-DESTRUCT.


37 posted on 12/30/2009 2:35:12 PM PST by sruleoflaw
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To: mnehring
Considering a Brown victory would break the Dems super-majority, it is definitely a race worth investing in.

Which is why I've sent as much as I could, and I encourage every Freeper with an interest in saving this country from the Democrats tyranny to do the same.

There's a time to bitch, and a time to put one's money where their mouth is. Brown may not be the perfect 100% Conservative candidate, but I'll take a 90% Conservative over a 100% Bleeding Heart Liberal Socialist/Marxist/Commie Bastard any day of the week.

Put up or shut up Freepers. The time to bitch and whine is over.

38 posted on 12/30/2009 2:35:23 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: SoCalPol

My money is on the latter choice... look at sign up date... anyone wanting a Kennedy of any ilk raises questions in my mind.


39 posted on 12/30/2009 2:38:57 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: jimfree

Brown is a consistent reliable conservative! Am I personally even more conservative, maybe, but there aren’t too many who are. It is vitally important that Scott Brown is elected. If the tea party movement is about de-railing candidates like Brown, then count me OUT. He is miles away from any Scozafava-like candidate. Give me a break.

If you want to actually advance conservatism, then help Scott Brown win. PM me to find out how.


40 posted on 12/30/2009 2:39:25 PM PST by tkas (Conservative mom)
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To: usconservative

Donated.


41 posted on 12/30/2009 2:39:49 PM PST by mnehring
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To: arkadyka

Scott Brown is about conservative as your going to get in Ma.He is a smart solid guy that certainley would be an asset to the US Senate. Just like liberals anywhere else in the country they have to tack to the right while campaigning.Scott Brown has to tack to the left to have a prayer in Ma.
Kind of like changing health care.Do it in small bites not change the whole system.Just like you can’t ask Scott Brown to be Barry Goldwater in Ma.
He has a great chance at winning the time is ripe.Heres his first tv campaign ad just out today.Keeep in mind this is Massachusetts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iddquwGpXM0


42 posted on 12/30/2009 2:40:15 PM PST by TShaunK
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To: tkas; All

Scott Brown for Senate


Click the CONTRIBUTE button and send what you can. It's put up or shut-up time for every Freeper. Either you're going to contribute and help stop the Democrats tyranny against this country, or you're going to sit on the sidelines in silence and let them continue.
43 posted on 12/30/2009 2:43:00 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Arizona Carolyn

You got that right.

These DU Trolls and Paulites are doing their best for another Democrat Congress and a second term for Obama


44 posted on 12/30/2009 2:43:44 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: mnehring
You ROCK!

Hey, I'm in the People's Socialist RepubliK of Illannoyed and I'm just doing what I can to stop the Democrat's tyranny.

45 posted on 12/30/2009 2:44:28 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: tkas
If the tea party movement is about de-railing candidates like Brown, then count me OUT.

The tea-party movement isn't. There are the Ron Paul types who are trying to co-opt it to be their own, and all they care about is the politics, not the issues. They just want to break the two party system- the reason Paul endorsed Nader, McKinney, and Baldwin in the last election. It is all just a game to some of them.


46 posted on 12/30/2009 2:45:54 PM PST by mnehring
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To: usconservative
There's a time to bitch, and a time to put one's money where their mouth is. Brown may not be the perfect 100% Conservative candidate, but I'll take a 90% Conservative over a 100% Bleeding Heart Liberal Socialist/Marxist/Commie Bastard any day of the week.

The time to have Tea Parties be active is at Primary time, to ensure that the best available conservative gets the GOP nomination. Once a reasonably conservative nominee has been selected, then it's time to get him elected.

47 posted on 12/30/2009 3:01:11 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: arkadyka

If you can vote for Scott DO SO! It will break the filibuster proof Senate and cause the Health Care Bill to Die a well deserved death! (Plus send an earthquake through the ranks of the RATS when they lose one of their most RAT infested states.)


48 posted on 12/30/2009 3:07:28 PM PST by Nateman
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To: arkadyka

Scott Brown is our only choice if we want a chance to keep Coakley out. He at least has many more of my values although not completely conservative, I will take him.

I sent my son and all his friends out to the town hall today to get their absentee ballots to vote.

That puts at least 3 votes from my house for Scott Brown and I really don’t know how the other kids voted, but if my son had any say in the matter he would have promoted Brown for the win.

Good luck MA - next stop John Kerry (this man has to go)

Wish us luck.....


49 posted on 12/30/2009 3:15:39 PM PST by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: arkadyka

where was this list? cuz it wasn’t in your blog.


50 posted on 12/30/2009 3:16:53 PM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 awaits...)
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