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Time for Newt to Do the Honorable Thing [First NRO, now American Spectator Calls Him To Withdraw]
The American Spectator ^ | February 14, 2012 | DAVID CATRON

Posted on 02/14/2012 6:00:37 PM PST by Steelfish

Time for Newt to Do the Honorable Thing By DAVID CATRON on 2.14.12

Gingrich can perform one last service for the GOP, drop out and endorse Santorum.

About a week after his surprising victory in the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich did an interview with ABC News, most of which he devoted to complaints about the tactics Mitt Romney was using against him in Florida: "We have not been as effective in telling the truth as he has been in running ads… which have had to be pulled because they were so inaccurate." His most notable remark, however, was a thinly veiled hint that Rick Santorum, who at that time had failed to gain any momentum from his caucus win in Iowa, should drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination: "The conservatives clearly are rejecting Romney. He is nowhere near getting a majority.… The fact is, when you combine the Santorum vote and the Gingrich vote... the conservative combined would clearly beat Romney."

Santorum failed to heed the former Speaker's suggestion, of course, and it's unlikely that he regrets that decision. He has since won three more upset victories in Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota. Santorum now ranks second in delegates and trounces Mitt Romney in the latest national survey conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP): "Rick Santorum has opened up a wide lead in PPP's newest national poll. He's at 38% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 17% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Ron Paul." PPP has thus anointed Santorum the "consensus conservative candidate."

Meanwhile, Gingrich has floundered. He has not merely failed to add any fresh victories to his single South Carolina win, his showings in the most recent state contests correspond with the percentage he received in the PPP poll.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Politics
KEYWORDS: distraction; diversion; freeperheadsexplode; gingrich; gopprimaries; mediameme; newt; newtbowout; romneymeme; santorum
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1 posted on 02/14/2012 6:00:44 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
Gingrich can perform one last service for the GOP, drop out and endorse Santorum.

Wait a minute. Strike that, reverse it.
2 posted on 02/14/2012 6:04:16 PM PST by perplyone
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To: Steelfish

Time for Newt to do the honorable thing and declare he’s staying on through the entire rest of the primary because he’s the ONLY CONSERVATIVE OF THE BUNCH!

We have no one to carry the torch other than him. No one else will try to reign in the spending or fix the courts.


3 posted on 02/14/2012 6:05:04 PM PST by Advil000
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To: Steelfish

It is time for
Romney-the-Nasty-Backstabbing-Illegible-Shapeshifter
TO PULL OUT.


4 posted on 02/14/2012 6:06:37 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: perplyone

If there’s one thing I learned from Santorum backers, it’s that we need both candidates in the race in case one of them collapses for good.

They were swearing to this, and I will take them at their word.

Go Newt!!!


5 posted on 02/14/2012 6:07:48 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santorum is the suicide bomber of the 2012 Primary; he's going to take us all out with him.)
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To: Steelfish

If Newt and Rick announced an alliance and themselves as a ticket.

Romney would be toast.


6 posted on 02/14/2012 6:09:09 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish

Funny, I have cancelled long time subscriptions to both the American Spectator and the National Review in the last few years.


7 posted on 02/14/2012 6:10:03 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Steelfish

Romney should withdraw.


8 posted on 02/14/2012 6:11:32 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Romney=Gun Grabber.)
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To: Advil000
Before Newt no one in more than a century had tried to reign in government spending. Not likely to happen in the next century either.

Fiscal Conservatives have no choice other than Newt.

9 posted on 02/14/2012 6:12:08 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: TitansAFC

Perry Asks Bundlers To Raise For Gingrich

http://gestetnerupdates.com/2012/02/07/8196/


10 posted on 02/14/2012 6:14:18 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("We need to teach the establishment a lesson!" Newt Gingrich CPAC 2-10-2012)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t trust the motivation or political intelligence behind either of these organizations or anybody else calling for this right now.

Mitt must be stopped at any cost.

IF either one of the remaining conservative candidates drop out it just makes it easier for Mitt to focus his dirty campaign tactics on the remaining conservative candidate.


11 posted on 02/14/2012 6:15:28 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Steelfish

I’m not a Newt supporter, but let me remind everyone that McCain lost 16 states. None of these guys, except for the show pony Paul is out of it.


12 posted on 02/14/2012 6:16:01 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: GeronL

I hope Newt keeps his word, and sticks this out to the end, and somehow ends up winning the nomination, and the election. What Newt has to offer are serious well-thought concrete solutions to the mess we are in. I just don’t see Mr. Santorum as having the depth of Mr. Gingrich, and I don’t quite understand his appeal. What exactly is it that makes him number one these days? (Still a Santorum candidacy is okay with me.)


13 posted on 02/14/2012 6:16:11 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: Steelfish

Now that his big money backer is openly admitting to helping Newt only as a means of helping Romney, Newt needs to do something.

>>If Mr. Gingrich could afford to continue campaigning, one of those people said, he might be able to draw off conservative and evangelical voters from Mr. Santorum, improving the chances of Mitt Romney, who Mr. Adelson believes has a better chance to win November’s general election.<<

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2846572/posts


14 posted on 02/14/2012 6:18:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Romney should withdraw.

Likewise for the appeasing surrender monkey, Ron Paul. He's long since gone from being a mildly-amusing crazy uncle to certifiably insane. Thankfully he has no chance of getting nominated but he wastes valuable time and space in debates.

15 posted on 02/14/2012 6:21:53 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Steelfish
The establishment draws a line in the sand to protect its lapdog Little Ricky as he ushers their picked horse Mitt across the finish line.
16 posted on 02/14/2012 6:23:41 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steelfish

Newt is going no where. There is no “honor” in his dropping out. They will just have to keep their panties in a wad.


17 posted on 02/14/2012 6:24:22 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: ansel12
Neither one is even a shadow of its former self 30 years ago, circa 1982.
18 posted on 02/14/2012 6:26:49 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: ansel12
Neither one is even a shadow of its former self 30 years ago, circa 1982.
19 posted on 02/14/2012 6:26:49 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steelfish
The establishment is getting quite panicked by the thought their guy might lose this thing..after all its Mitt's turn...

There will be daily articles calling for Newt to get out and when Newt comes back there will be daily articles calling for Rick to get out...

They have all ready started gushing about the horrors of a brokered convention..Paul is stuffing it with his delegates, Jeb will emerge from the smokey back room blah blah blah...

If conservatives want a conservative president they need to tell the establishment to flip off and do everything they can to make sure Romney does not get the nomination.

Having Newt and Santorum in the race does not split the conservative vote it keeps Romney from taking the nomination from the Conservatives

20 posted on 02/14/2012 6:30:31 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Steelfish
That's Newt Gingrich's decision, in consultation with his Creator and his families, not mine.

Furthermore, all I want to concentrate on now is being positive, kicking Romney's ass (figuratively speaking), and racking up as many states and delegates into the "Game On! / Fear The Vest" camp's (Sen. Rick Santorum) column as possible, heading into Tampa. Furthermore, we need an airtight, tough, Conservative, Tea Party-flavored GOP 2012 Convention Platform. I assume the drafting is being done as we talk over at the RNC. I bet they are screwing it up. We are going to have do do all kinds of re-writes in Platform Committee meetings with Santorum as the standard bearer. Job One.

21 posted on 02/14/2012 6:33:14 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: TitansAFC

From a Gingrich Team Insider:

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/evans-gingrich-wins-nomination/2012/02/13/id/429318

Evans: How Gingrich Wins the GOP Nomination

Whether you are for Newt or not, it is an interesting read.


22 posted on 02/14/2012 6:38:55 PM PST by TEXOKIE (... and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to all FREEPERS EVERYWHERE!)
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To: hinckley buzzard
March
Unknown - Washington 43
Newt - Alaska 27
Newt - Georgia 76
Newt - Idaho 32
RINO - Mass 41
Newt - North Dakota 28
Newt - Ohio 66
Newt - Oklahoma 43
Newt - Tennessee 58
RINO - Vermont 17
RON PAUL WILL WIN VIRGINIA ! - Virginia 50
Newt - Wyoming 29 (Dick Cheney should start campaigning for Newt)
Newt - Kansas 40
Newt - Alabama 50
RINO - Hawaii 20
Newt - Mississippi 40
Newt - Missouri 52
? - Illinois 69
Newt - Louisiana 46

April
Unknown - Maryland 37
Newt - Texas 155
RINO - Wash D.C. 19
Newt - Wisconsin 42 (Calista's family lives in Wisconsin. Bout time Wisconsin had a First Lady in the White House.
RINO - Connecticut 28
RINO - Delaware 17
RINO - New York 95
Newt - Pennsylvania 72
RINO - Rhode Island 19

May
Newt - Indiana 46
Newt - North Carolina 55

 Newt - West Virginia 31

Newt - Nebraska 35

Newt - Oregon 29

Newt - Arkansas 36

Newt - Kentucky 45


Newt OWNS most of March, April and May. Newt has no reason to drop out.

Go NEWT !!!


23 posted on 02/14/2012 6:39:24 PM PST by show
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To: Steelfish

Who’s the “Mike Huckabee” of the 2012 election? Staying in long enough to screw any chances of even a semi-conservative getting the nod? Is it Newt or Santorum?

I think the spoiler is Newt.


24 posted on 02/14/2012 6:41:56 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Steelfish

By staying in, he makes Santorum a better candidate.


25 posted on 02/14/2012 6:42:59 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: TEXOKIE
2012 is

Go Newt! NEVER GIVE UP. We the People are counting on you to stand strong.


26 posted on 02/14/2012 6:45:08 PM PST by show
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To: TheBattman
Who’s the “Mike Huckabee” of the 2012 election? Staying in long enough to screw any chances of even a semi-conservative getting the nod?

Who did Huckabee keep from being nominated?

27 posted on 02/14/2012 6:56:20 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ari-freedom

Georgia and Texas are going to vote and choose Newt Gingrich as the next President of the United States in the Primary.

Newt for the WIN !


28 posted on 02/14/2012 7:02:12 PM PST by show
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To: ansel12

Same here - long time subscriber to National Review - just canceled today....


29 posted on 02/14/2012 7:07:54 PM PST by redfog
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To: Steelfish

Romney’s group is running negative ads in Ohio non-stop, against Newt. Losing Gingrich would be a devastating blow to this country and I pray people take the time to realize the depth of hs man.


30 posted on 02/14/2012 7:10:12 PM PST by Toespi
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To: TitansAFC
I am a Santorum backer and feel that Newt should stay in at least until Michigan. If Rick carries Michigan after withstanding Romney's negative campaign there (believe me it will happen), then I think it is time for Newt to consider getting out. If not then, certainly after Super Tuesday if Newt cannot consolidate the South as a stronghold.
31 posted on 02/14/2012 7:25:37 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: FresnoRobert

Newt will win Georgia and Texas.

Newt is not going to withdraw. He has Todd Palin, Chuck Norris, Fred Thompson, Dick Cheney, Herman Cain and stealth Sarah Palin campaigning for him.

Those listed above are Conservatives.

Newt for the WIN !!! Santorum could possibly be VP. But if Rick S continues to attack Newt, he should not be VP.

Rick is disgusting when he attacks Newt. Dick Cheney supports Newt.


32 posted on 02/14/2012 7:31:47 PM PST by show
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To: Steelfish
Time for Newt to Do the Honorable Thing [First NRO, now American Spectator Calls Him To Withdraw]

VOTE FOR NEWT!

33 posted on 02/14/2012 7:31:55 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Steelfish

Let the voters decide but it would be nice if Newt quits channeling his inner femininst.


34 posted on 02/14/2012 7:33:34 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: GeronL

That’s what I was thinking. I wouldn’t be disappointed and I wouldn’t care which one was at the top. I just don’t want Romney who is Obama-lite.....AND to show the establishment Republicans that we can pick our own candidate. I just bet that 4 years ago they told Mittens that it was McLame’s turn and this time he would get the nomination.....I just bet it happened like so many times before. Screw them!!


35 posted on 02/14/2012 7:38:21 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: redfog

Better late than never......:)


36 posted on 02/14/2012 7:40:07 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: onyx

That was before Newt was tanking. He’s un-favorability readings are now in the cellar, momentum slowed to a halt, money all but dried up, and leading conservative publications demanding that he withdraws from the race. And in some national polls he’s standing down to 11%. Time to wake up to the new reality.


37 posted on 02/14/2012 7:41:34 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: ari-freedom; b9; onyx
"makes Santorum a better candidate." Wait until Santorum and his big government will start pocking their noses into your bedroom...

Pro-big government Santorum in 2005: “they have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do. Government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulation low and that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues, you know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world, and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone...”

38 posted on 02/14/2012 7:44:44 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Steelfish

Hysterical, literally!


39 posted on 02/14/2012 7:45:21 PM PST by old school
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To: Steelfish
I believe in 1976 that Reagan lost 8 of the first 9 races against Ford. There were calls for Reagan to drop out. He held firm, started winning and came to within about 60 delegates of defeating Ford.

American Spectator can bug off.

40 posted on 02/14/2012 7:47:31 PM PST by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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To: Steelfish

Enlighten me please. How coud this possibly be the “most notable” comment from Newt and specifically, how could it even remotely be interpreted as a “thinly veiled” hint that Santorum drop out.”

“conservatives clearly are rejecting Romney. He is nowhere near getting a majority.… The fact is, when you combine the Santorum vote and the Gingrich vote... the conservative combined would clearly beat Romney.”


41 posted on 02/14/2012 7:50:53 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Steelfish
“A nightstick the size of a telephone pole and the muscle to wield it effortlessly.”


Annoy liberals and the GOP-E,
Vote for Newt & Support Free Republic!


42 posted on 02/14/2012 7:57:05 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

Rush and Mark Levin are going for Santorum. Sarah missed her chance of not jumping in. Her’s is now (unfortunately) a faded star.


43 posted on 02/14/2012 7:59:54 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: show

The survey also shows Santorum beating Gingrich by large margins among “very conservative” Republicans as well as Tea Partiers and Evangelicals.

Even more ominously, PPP speculates as follows about the nature of the GOP race absent the former Speaker: “If Gingrich dropped out 58% of his supporters say they would move to Santorum, while 22% would go to Romney and 17% to Paul. Santorum gets to 50% in the Newt free field to 28% for Romney.”

And it gets worse. PPP released a survey yesterday showing Santorum pulling ahead in the upcoming Michigan primary, with Newt coming in dead last. “Rick Santorum’s taken a large lead in Michigan’s upcoming Republican primary. He’s at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich.”


44 posted on 02/14/2012 8:02:41 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

You keep slamming Gingrich, and now you want to go after Palin?

You might just get some of us here started to focus on Santorum.

Many of us have not been doing the kind of research that we have done during the years on Mitt Romney, but with you hammering Gingrich AND Palin, you are very likely to stimulate a Santorum anal probe and constant discussion of those findings, that you would not like to see.


45 posted on 02/14/2012 8:33:02 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

No slamming anyone- just laying down the facts as they are today. I too once stood up and applauded for Gingrich. But that was then, this is now. We need to follow the ground game and not simply hew to “our” guy.


46 posted on 02/14/2012 8:37:54 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Fine, you want to take on Gingrich and now Governor Palin, then it seems there is no reason to lay off Santorum, or Romneylite as he is thought of here.

Any candidates people who want to attack Palin are revealing themselves as less than conservative.


47 posted on 02/14/2012 8:46:40 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

Newt should NOT drop out or even indicate that he might. The road is long and he has the sort of political stamina that I think Romney and Santorum lack.

Newt is a lot of things, but he is by far the best candidate (since Rick Perry) that we have in the race. If y’all want to back someone who will know what to do on day one in the Oval office, support Newt Gingerich. There is no time for training wheels.


48 posted on 02/14/2012 8:51:20 PM PST by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: varina davis

I agree, Gingrich is a conservative warrior, and a conservative who has earned his place in the history books.


49 posted on 02/14/2012 8:55:19 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: TitansAFC

“If there’s one thing I learned from Santorum backers, it’s that we need both candidates in the race in case one of them collapses for good.”

I agree. Romney’s slime machine has a lot of money. But it will be taxed handling both Santorum and Gingrich. Eventually, one will become the conservative choice. But we need to wait and see how Santorum will stand up to 65 negative ads by Romney, most containing lies and distortions, for every one ad Santorum can run. It’s pretty easy to run up the negatives on an underfunded candidate like Santorum. Romney’s philosophy seems to be, “I may have high negatives; but I’m going to make sure that if you don’t nominate me, no one else can beat Obama either. So you’d better nominate me.”

Ironically, the only candidate Romney won’t slime is Obama. Of course, you could run truthful negative ads about Obama all year long and never run out of material starting with Bill Ayers, stop at the disaster Zero has engineered in the middle east and the gross spending, and ending with Obama’s explicit hostility to Christians. Romney won’t do that either.

The R establishment is desperate to avoid an election that is about issues. Romney is the guy for that. Were it about issues, then there would be pressure on them to deliver.


50 posted on 02/14/2012 9:01:43 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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