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Texas Sized GOP Senate Nomination Captured By Cruz - Shows Palin Power!
Examiner ^ | August 1, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs

Posted on 08/01/2012 9:26:16 AM PDT by Kfobbs

The anointed Texas political establishment contender, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, was leading in the GOP runoff race to capture the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. He had a who’s who list of solid republican mainstream backers. Most state and national election experts had already inked Dewhurst into the senatorial win column.

Yet, in the conservative voter trenches of Texas, the real who ’s who that truly counted was the voters and a Tea Party movement that would not say die or give up. In their corner was the former Alaskan Governor named Sarah “I’m Not Afraid to Fight” Palin. Palin endorsed Ted Cruz, and Ted Cruz won! Boy did he win.

But that is not the whole story. GOP insider politics in Texas had Dewhurst leading comfortably. In fact, in one corner of the political ring was Dewhurst, and the royalty of Texas politics who came out in a big way for the 66-year-old Dewhurst. The Lt. Governor even loaned $24 million from his fortune to his campaign to insure his win.

In the other corner of the political ring was Cruz, who had been the former state solicitor general and had never run for office. He was the proud son of a Cuban immigrant, and was without GOP mainstream support. Therefore he was like Rocky Balboa entering the heavyweight fight with little experience but a lot of heart and most importantly he had lots and lots of conservative grass roots Texans in his corner.

This was the runoff election and in round two, Ted “Rocky Balboa” not only got his second wind, but he received conservative Tea Party support from Texas and around the nation. He also obtained conservative...

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1 posted on 08/01/2012 9:26:20 AM PDT by Kfobbs
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To: Kfobbs

I would be on high alert for an Alaska type of resonse from the Republican Party, failing that, look for the GOP Elite to openly support the Democrat candidate in the general election.


2 posted on 08/01/2012 9:31:41 AM PDT by sport
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To: Kfobbs

That and the fact “Dirty” Dewhurst turned off voters with his 99% negative, lying and just nasty campaign!


3 posted on 08/01/2012 9:32:37 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Kfobbs

Don’t go away mad country clubbers. Just go away.

And don’t even think about starting a third party. You have been teaching us for decades how stupid that would be.


4 posted on 08/01/2012 9:39:54 AM PDT by DManA
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To: TexasCajun

No, it shows Cruz power and the power of all the people who volunteered in his campaign. My daughter and I worked in the Coburn campaign in OK, and when it looked like Coburn was going to win, a whole bunch of folks showed up during the last week and tried to take credit for it.

It is the local folks who do all the work and make the difference.


5 posted on 08/01/2012 9:40:09 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: TexasCajun
I'm just excited to know that the moderate Washington DC party girl, KBH will be replaced by a movement conservative.

Texas may finally have a great Conservative Senator.

Next: primary Cornyn out of the Senate.

6 posted on 08/01/2012 9:40:21 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Yes, the campaign workers and volunteers did a great job.

But if you are OK, you have no idea how ugly Dewhurst campaign got and he just bombarded the TV, Radio & Internet with his lying garbage, people were sick of it.

7 posted on 08/01/2012 9:45:05 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Kfobbs

Please. Spin fodder.

Credit goes to Texans for Cruz, Levin for turning national heads to Cruz early, and to both Freedom Works and Jim DeMint for early big money. This was a ground war not a celebrity endorsement contest and Texans know it, having scars to prove it. The early endorsements, before the momentum, are the most appreciated. By Palin time it was already nearly a party, but fun to have her in Texas for the pre-vote confetti.


8 posted on 08/01/2012 9:47:38 AM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: Pining_4_TX

You make my point. Even Palin gave kudos to the early motivaters, like Mark Levin. She tends to endorse just before the break away but tests the water, coming in right after the heavy lifting starts to pay off.


9 posted on 08/01/2012 9:54:07 AM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: sport
Me too also
The GOP-E don't take losing very well. To them a moderate Democrat is preferable to a Tea Party conservative .
10 posted on 08/01/2012 10:00:58 AM PDT by Tupelo (TeaPartier ..... but no longer a Republican)
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To: DManA
And don’t even think about starting a third party. You have been teaching us for decades how stupid that would be.

Well they did that in VA when Ollie North won the GOP primary and Warner let a 3rd party candidate and caused North to lose

And look at what happened in Alaska's senate race last time
11 posted on 08/01/2012 10:00:58 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: DManA
And don’t even think about starting a third party. You have been teaching us for decades how stupid that would be.

Well they did that in VA when Ollie North won the GOP primary and Warner lead a 3rd party candidate and caused North to lose

And look at what happened in Alaska's senate race last time
12 posted on 08/01/2012 10:01:44 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: RitaOK

It’s only anecdotal, but I got eleven Republican voters to the polls for Cruz who were not planning to bother (frankly, they were mostly fair-weather voters who generally only bother with the general election), and the main selling point that worked with at least eight of them was Palin’s endorsement.


13 posted on 08/01/2012 10:03:17 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Kfobbs

This wasn’t about Palin. It was about Dewhurst and Texans being sick of him and Rick Perry.

Palin didn’t hurt Cruz, of course, nor did any of his other endorsements. But he would have won anyway.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 10:03:41 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

But he would have won anyway.

Maybe. But don’t you like a 14 point spread than a 1 or 2 point spread better?


15 posted on 08/01/2012 10:06:19 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Jedidah

Ditto...exactly what my response would’ve been.


16 posted on 08/01/2012 10:06:51 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: Pining_4_TX

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner.


17 posted on 08/01/2012 10:13:18 AM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: sport
I would be on high alert for an Alaska type of resonse from the Republican Party, failing that, look for the GOP Elite to openly support the Democrat candidate in the general election.

Yup. The deviant conservatives will be punished. Rick Perry said,

“I congratulate Ted Cruz on a hard-fought victory and a well-executed campaign. Ted is a force to be reckoned with: an excellent candidate and a great conservative communicator. I call on all conservative Texans to rally behind Ted Cruz in November...”

You will note of course that he did NOT say, "all TEXANS."

So, here is what I think he means. 'If you guys can elect him without us and without our money, go for it. Otherwise you'll have to dance to our tune.' He'll show up to conservative ralleys, etc. but he won't do diddly to sell Cruz to the public at large. Don't expect to see a dime of GOP money for Cruz.

This is what the RINOs have done to every conservative nominee I can remember in California. Of course, they expect us to fall in line with their "moderate" "he can win" nominees.

18 posted on 08/01/2012 10:14:38 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: greene66

I don’t doubt that. For those who weren’t paying attention as you say, celebrity name can help, (or hurt) but, vastly, the candidate was made viable by early money and the early De Mint endorsement of one splendid, competent, smart constitutional scholar with extraordinary experience and savy. And Palin fans tend to credit her with the sun’s rising regardless.


19 posted on 08/01/2012 10:17:41 AM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: Carry_Okie
You will note of course that he did NOT say, "all TEXANS."

So, here is what I think he means. 'If you guys can elect him without us and without our money, go for it. Otherwise you'll have to dance to our tune.' He'll show up to conservative ralleys, etc. but he won't do diddly to sell Cruz to the public at large. Don't expect to see a dime of GOP money for Cruz.

Oh, please. If anything, it shows that Perry knows which way the wind is blowing in Texas. To see his remarks as a veiled threat to withhold money is ludicrous.

20 posted on 08/01/2012 10:29:47 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Carry_Okie

“Of course, they expect us to fall in line with their “moderate” “he can win” nominees.”

Oh, c’mon - look at who we got for a Presidential candidate! He’s a rock-ribbed...uh...

nevermind.


21 posted on 08/01/2012 10:34:31 AM PDT by jagusafr
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To: TexasCajun

Dewhurst ran a disgustingly negative campaign that wasn’t even believable. It would have been had Cruz been a Democrat. :) And the more Dewhurst talked the more I thought of John Kerry. Yuck!

Perry and others also endorsed a young guy in our state rep seat that lost to a very conservative candidate. The young guy has been planning political office for his whole life I think but he hasn’t been a Republican for long, more of a “blue dog democrat” which isn’t much use except for sending money to rural areas to secure election. My opinion.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 10:38:02 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: Tupelo
"The GOP-E don't take losing very well. To them a moderate Democrat is preferable to a Tea Party conservative ."

You are spot on.

GOP-E operates as faux opposition to Rats and are a tiny bit more discreet at amassing statist power and wealth, but not much. With a Tea Party candidate, they can't just wink or shake hands in their secrete, elitist manner to show they understand the charade to pacify the ignorant masses. They actually have to represent the best interests of the real powers in this republic - individual tax payers.

23 posted on 08/01/2012 10:41:42 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Jedidah

You are right. Palin may have brought some excitement to the race, but the voters were motivated by what happened in the state legislature. They realized that Perry, Dewhurst and Strauss had prevented too many good bills from coming to the floor and/or actively worked to defeat them.

There is a new breed of conservative coming to the legislature next session and here are the ones to watch: Stephanie Klick, Matt Krause and Donna Campbell in the Senate.

Jim DeMint and Rand Paul were much more influential than Palin as an endorsement IMHO.


24 posted on 08/01/2012 10:51:05 AM PDT by lone star annie
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To: tennmountainman

You assume too much.

I truly appreciate your interest and insight, but you are apparently out-of-state.

Folks outside of Texas simply don’t realize how sick and tired we Texans are of Perry and Dewhurst. All Dewhurst’s millions and all his nasty negative ads couldn’t overcome that. He might even have lost to a less formidable candidate than Cruz.

Sarah’s endorsement didn’t hurt, and it made her look good outside the state, but I truly don’t think it mattered one whit to Texans.


25 posted on 08/01/2012 11:02:30 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Carry_Okie
Exactly! I won't play their game any longer. If Republican Party wants my vote, they will have to give me a candidate to vote for.

Also, in my opinion, you can look for Prry to covert if not overtly support the Democrat candidate.

26 posted on 08/01/2012 11:23:41 AM PDT by sport
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To: greene66
"I got eleven Republican voters to the polls for Cruz who were not planning to bother (frankly, they were mostly fair-weather voters who generally only bother with the general election), and the main selling point that worked with at least eight of them was Palin’s endorsement."

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27 posted on 08/01/2012 11:32:41 AM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: sport

“Also, in my opinion, you can look for Prry to covert if not overtly support the Democrat candidate.”

Not likely..In my opinion..and I live in Texas..He will support Cruz..The primary is over.


28 posted on 08/01/2012 11:39:01 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: RitaOK
She tends to endorse just before the break away but tests the water, coming in right after the heavy lifting starts to pay off.

May 10-- Sarah Palin has weighed in on the fiercely competitive Texas Senate primary race with an endorsement of Ted Cruz, the tea-party-backed candidate announced on his website Thursday.
Mr. Cruz, pulling 26 percent of likely Republican voters in the latest Public Policy Polling survey, is hoping to finish well enough in the May 29 Texas GOP primary to make it into a July 31 runoff with Mr. Dewhurst, who is comfortably in first with 38 percent.

========== Dewhurst leads Cruz in the PPP poll, 46 percent to 29 percent.

The picture is very different when it comes to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who supports Cruz. PPP, a Democratic-leaning firm, found that 36 percent of Texas Republicans say Palin’s support would make them more likely to back a candidate, while 21 percent consider it a negative.

“In every other state, Sarah Palin’s endorsement has been a game-changer,” Cruz told Texas on the Potomac this afternoon.

29 posted on 08/01/2012 11:48:13 AM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: ansel12
“In every other state, Sarah Palin’s endorsement has been a game-changer,” Cruz told Texas on the Potomac this afternoon.

Yeah, how about that Senator Fiorina!

Oh, wait...

30 posted on 08/01/2012 11:59:04 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Carry_Okie

Are you a child that thinks the most important endorsement in America, the most valuable conservative player in America doesn’t exist because it isn’t perfect like in your childish fairy tell world, in the world of reality and politics, Governor Palin is unmatched in her influence on campaigns.

The leader of the conservative movement bothers you that much?

Most of us are happy about the Cruz victory and Palins boost.


31 posted on 08/01/2012 12:14:42 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: ansel12
Are you a child that thinks the most important endorsement in America, the most valuable conservative player in America doesn’t exist because it isn’t perfect like in your childish fairy tell world, in the world of reality and politics, Governor Palin is unmatched in her influence on campaigns.

Are you a moron who can't figure out how to post an argument based upon its own merits and has to substitute a flatulent rhetorical question?

Sheesh.

The leader of the conservative movement bothers you that much?

Put a sock on it. Palin is no more THE leader than you are. The whole point of conservatism is SELF government, not the desire to be led. I'd but Beck, Rush, or Levin ahead of her in a heartbeat in terms of effectiveness.

Most of us are happy about the Cruz victory and Palins boost.

I'm fine with an effective conservative endorsement out of her, for once. I'm still remembering a growing list of RINOs she's endorsed over more capable conservatives in primary campaigns.

32 posted on 08/01/2012 12:37:29 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Carry_Okie

There is no question that Governor Palin is the leader of the conservative movement, it’s most important and effective figure, the leader of the opposition to the gop-e.

Palin is also the most effective endorsement in American history, she is literally creating a party within the party.

Her endorsements over the last almost 4 years are astounding in numbers, effectiveness, and in effectiveness of moving the party to the right.

From her first endorsement victory in December of 2008 to last night, she is phenomenal and the most coveted endorsement in the nation.


33 posted on 08/01/2012 12:45:18 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: ansel12

Certainly what you say is true. It’s just that their were earlier voices and big money, pre-Sarah. It’s just inconsiderate to endlessly over rate one player constantly at the expense of all others, who were in earlier.

And, of course Cruz paid his dues to Sarah for her help. Her fan base is his fan base. Who wouldn’t? I predict with Cruz’s competency that will be calling his own shots. Soon.

Don’t mind me. I don’t really like women in politics. They have mucked up civilization and feminized everything and emasculated men. (But for the brainy, deft Thatcher.)


34 posted on 08/01/2012 1:03:42 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: RitaOK
The important thing is to bring attention to the lesser good guys without trying to put a curtain in front of the top good guy who we think is getting too much of the credit, personally I like having a superstar and think it is an incredible break to have one if we are going to counter the celebrity of a president and his veep, a Speaker of the House and the other formal titles, Palin gives us a high profile leader under the fold.

As far as women in politics, Palin is creating a whole new generation of bold, right wing females (not just politely center right), she is truly tough and conservative, independently conservative, genetically conservative.

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35 posted on 08/01/2012 1:35:14 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: ansel12

It’s funny how often good things “just sort of happen” when Governor Palin endorses a candidate, isn’t it?


36 posted on 08/01/2012 1:48:33 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: ansel12

Thanks for the ankle shot. /s

You make my point exquisitely. Never take a woman seriously is your point I take it.


37 posted on 08/01/2012 1:58:50 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: RitaOK

Weird.

You missed not only the actual focus (literally the focused portion) of the photograph, the actual subjects of the photograph, you missed my point entirely.

You are more dedicated to your anti-Palin agenda than you like to let on.


38 posted on 08/01/2012 2:10:18 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: MEG33

I hope that you are correct. Time will tell.


39 posted on 08/01/2012 2:19:26 PM PDT by sport
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To: RichInOC
It’s funny how often good things “just sort of happen” when Governor Palin endorses a candidate, isn’t it?

Yes it is, look at Nebraska for instance.

Deb Fischer and Palin’s latest triumph

The intriguing nature of Fischer’s win is that the new GOP establishment, defined as the Club for Growth and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, had endorsed Stenberg. Palin endorsed long-shot Fischer.

40 posted on 08/01/2012 2:20:33 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: ansel12

Palin


41 posted on 08/01/2012 2:39:14 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Carry_Okie
“I congratulate Ted Cruz on a hard-fought victory and a well-executed campaign. Ted is a force to be reckoned with: an excellent candidate and a great conservative communicator. I call on all conservative Texans to rally behind Ted Cruz in November...” You will note of course that he did NOT say, "all TEXANS."

Conversely one should note of course that he did NOT qualify his "excellent candidate" remark.

Taken all together, now that Perry's Lt. governor is out, it looks like Perry is now supporting Cruz.

42 posted on 08/01/2012 5:41:38 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign
Conversely one should note of course that he did NOT qualify his "excellent candidate" remark.

The statement itself is a qualification, as he did employ the usual for politicians: 'The next Senator for the State of Texas...!!!"

Win or lose, he's covered, and thus exemplifying his usual priority.

43 posted on 08/01/2012 5:58:01 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: FreeReign
Conversely one should note of course that he did NOT qualify his "excellent candidate" remark.

BTW, note also how this matches Cheney's backhanded compliment about Palin. He was noting that although she did help McCain in the election, it doesn't mean he thought she was ready to step in as President should the need have arisen. Politicians habitually choose such words carefully.

44 posted on 08/01/2012 6:02:30 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: lormand

“I’m just excited to know that the moderate Washington DC party girl, KBH will be replaced by a movement conservative.
Texas may finally have a great Conservative Senator. Next: primary Cornyn out of the Senate.”

Well said.

Bump.


45 posted on 08/01/2012 6:15:47 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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