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The Borking of Michele Bachmann
American Spectator ^ | April 07, 2013 | JEFFREY LORD

Posted on 04/07/2013 3:30:59 PM PDT by Steelfish

The Borking of Michele Bachmann By JEFFREY LORD Another conservative gets the Washington treatment.

Shocker. Having failed to end Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s congressional career at the polls, the left is now moving to do it the old-fashioned way: Bork Bachmann unto political death. The problem? This really is the old-fashioned way.

And any conservative even semi-awake recognizes the game instantly. In this case the game being played with the so-called Office of Congressional Ethics, the OCE.

This is what we now call “Borking.”

The method of choice of liberals when they are frustrated by the public’s attachment or potential attachment to a political figure on the Right.

From then-California Senator Richard Nixon’s 1952 “scandal” about a campaign fund to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 “ties” to German Nazis to 1988 allegations that Dan Quayle bought drugs to Sarah Palin’s 2008 episode over Alaskan state troopers, the story is the same. From charges designed to immolate any conservative from the late Robert Bork in 1987 (whence the Borking game took its name) to Clarence Thomas in 1991 or, in the last few days, Dr. Ben Carson, the game never changes when the objective is to destroy a prominent conservative.

Now comes Michele Bachmann’s turn to be, as it were, Borked.

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1 posted on 04/07/2013 3:30:59 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Freepers fall for it faster than anyone else. As soon as the media attacks a Conservative they are in with both feet.

Pray for America


2 posted on 04/07/2013 3:34:50 PM PDT by bray (Surviving to spite Obama)
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To: bray
Freepers fall for it faster than anyone else.

Sadly yes. When she commented that we can safely drill for oil everywhere, even in the Everglades, lots of FReepers found their inner enviroweenie and threw a tantrum. Then they kept quiet when it was discovered that there are working gas wells in the everglades today.

Then she "exposed top secret" Pakistani nuke sites. The fact was that they weren't top secret and American Spectator had showed them on a map some months before.

Then they treated her like a moron for saying that there is a terrorist threat posed by Cuba. Never mind the fact that she's a member of the permanent select committee on intelligence and actually knows what she's talking about.

The simple fact is that conservatives can forget about winning till they regain a sense of moral courage.
3 posted on 04/07/2013 3:49:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bray

And another thing...

Remember the question about Bachmann’s headaches and her fitness to serve?

Funny how Hillary Clinton can skip out on senate hearings due to a concussion but nobody questions her fitness to serve.


4 posted on 04/07/2013 3:53:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Steelfish

Bachmann is a bit old, but I’d still totally Bork her.


5 posted on 04/07/2013 3:56:59 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: bray
“Freepers fall for it faster than anyone else. As soon as the media attacks a Conservative they are in with both feet.”

I've noticed many FReepers just parrot the story told by the MSM. They get mad at whoever the MSM tells them to be mad at. They get all upset when someone thinks for himself and refuses to swallow the lies presented by the MSM.

Michelle Bachmann is being unfairly attacked just as Sarah Palin was. The goal is to force her from office.

6 posted on 04/07/2013 3:57:47 PM PDT by detective
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To: bray
SOME freepers.

And you'll notice they're usually the same gang of moderates.

7 posted on 04/07/2013 4:01:14 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: detective

I think its kind of interesting that Karl Rove can get away with making fried chicken jokes to Donna Brazile but if a conservative had said the exact same words in the exact same context, Karl Rove would be the first one calling them “unfortunate, thoughtless, comments”.


8 posted on 04/07/2013 4:02:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Steelfish

I am all for Ms. Bachman.

By the way Ethics and Congress should never be mentioned in the same sentence, Congress has no ethics , they just use that to attack whomsoever they don’t like at the moment.


9 posted on 04/07/2013 4:06:26 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: skeeter
Check this out, we managed to sneak a tea partier onto the national committee and they can't allow it to stand.

THE ESTABLISHMENT STRIKES BACK: MICHIGAN “RINO’S” MANEUVERING TO REGAIN CONTROL OF STATE PARTY

Demands for the resignation of Michigan’s Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema may be far less spontaneous than initially portrayed. Last week, Agema waded into the gay marriage debate with a controversial Facebook post opposing legalization. Almost immediately thereafter, aspiring political consultant Dennis Lennox has been loudly leading the assault on Dave Agema. In repeated written outbursts, Lennox proclaimed there is “no room for Agema in the GOP”, accused Agema of being a “neo-Know Nothing adherent”, and called Agema an “ignorant bigot.”

Oddly enough, in his role as “columnist” Lennox failed to mention an important personal vested interest in his demands for an Agema resignation. Lennox failed to mention in his boisterous article that he served as one of Saul Anuzis’ most vocal supporters in Anuzis’ campaign for reelection as Republican National Committeeman. In the end, Dave Agema trounced Anuzis 69% to 31%, as many grassroots conservatives opposed Anuzis as insufficiently conservative.


And a little more about what kind of man Dave Agema is (the kind we want on the RNC)

CAIR: Michigan Governor Urged Not to Sign Anti-Islam Legislation

State Rep. Agema wants Michigan to require pledge, teaching of historical U.S. documents

Saul Anuzis on the other hand is a progressive scumbag who managed to get slapped by the RNC for using an official RNC letterhead to promote the national popular vote.
10 posted on 04/07/2013 4:18:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Steelfish

Ted Kennedy (who invented Borking) is dead. Call it what it is, a political witchhunt.


11 posted on 04/07/2013 4:20:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: skeeter
And they're always so "concerned" about the future of the GOP.

Mich. RNC member: I won't resign for Facebook post (about statistics on homosexuals)
12 posted on 04/07/2013 4:23:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Please help Finish This
FReepathon THIS Month!!

13 posted on 04/07/2013 4:24:14 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: bray; cripplecreek; Steelfish

Writer Jeffrey Lord, lost me on page 6.

I’ll go ahead and pronounce Michelle Bachmann INNOCENT.


14 posted on 04/07/2013 4:26:51 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Her 57th birthday was yesterday.


15 posted on 04/07/2013 4:30:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
I’ve noticed Karl Rove and so many other Republicans are afraid to tell the truth about the corruption in Washington and the evil in the Obama Administration but they are quick to attack “Tea Partiers”, Conservatives, Sarah Palin etc.
16 posted on 04/07/2013 4:31:42 PM PDT by detective
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To: detective

I call him Kapo Karl. He just wants concentration camp administration to like him and throw him a few extra crumbs.


17 posted on 04/07/2013 4:33:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Steelfish
"Borking" is just Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals #5.

Tried and true. And we fall for it every time.

18 posted on 04/07/2013 4:41:50 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

MILB.


19 posted on 04/07/2013 4:44:16 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: cripplecreek
“I call him Kapo Karl”

LOL.

20 posted on 04/07/2013 4:45:30 PM PDT by detective
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To: Steelfish

The Ministry of Truth can bork anyone they want. The state owned media will always cooperate whole heartedly. If Ms Bachmann runs for anything that I can vote for her for she has my vote (unless she’s running against Sarah Palin).


21 posted on 04/07/2013 4:47:52 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Steelfish
Quick link wrt reply #18:

"Borking" is just Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals #5.

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

22 posted on 04/07/2013 4:57:53 PM PDT by upchuck (Free Republic: faster than a speeding bullet!)
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To: cripplecreek
When you hear the word *bigot* being thrown at someone who opposes homo *marriage* you can be pretty sure of the sexual orientation of the accuser. N’est pas?
23 posted on 04/07/2013 5:02:26 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cripplecreek
As former liberal I can tell you you're right on the money’’creek’’. Yeah, ‘’the high road’’, ‘’civility’’ ‘’decorum’’, all that high falluting jive is fine for the academic set but we conservatives aren't dealing with Truman-Kennedy or Johnson type liberals here. We're dealing with the Abbie Hoffman, Mark Rudd, Bill Ayers bunch here. “Fine young cannibals’’, think the SDS, the ‘’Red Guard’’, ‘’Strumabteilung’’(stormtroopers’’). Forget the civility and decorum. This bunch no more deserves that then a rabid dog deserves a bone. Give them facts and logic delivered with a vicious, verbal left hook. Or a real one if need be. Ridicule them, mock them, curse them in public, in print and on line. Give it back to them in spades. Clauswitz said ‘’War is politics by other means’’. Well, we're at war. War for the heart and soul of this fast fading land of freedom and liberty because Obama and the rest of these Marxist m’fers mean to finish it off. ‘’In war’’, said General Omar Bradley, ‘’there's no Second Place’’ prize for the runner up’’. Obama threw down the gauntlet in ‘08 when he told his followers to ‘knock on your neighbors door, I want you to get in their faces’’. In the end, liberals are moral and physical cowards.
24 posted on 04/07/2013 5:09:55 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: cradle of freedom

D’accord, mon ami, d’accord!.


25 posted on 04/07/2013 5:11:10 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: detective

And in at least one of the Presidential Debates, Bachmann was the best one to articulate the US Constitution and how it relates to government. No one else ever came close.


26 posted on 04/07/2013 5:15:30 PM PDT by Son House (The Heath Care Recovery Never Gets Here, Like The Economic Recovery, Easily Predictable.)
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To: cradle of freedom

Moderates are lying, manipulative, bottom feeding scum. Learn it, live it.

The GOP has been moderated into a coma and they’re happily pinching the feeding tube as their buddies across the aisle goose step into full on fascism.


27 posted on 04/07/2013 5:17:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

RINO moderates make me sick.


28 posted on 04/07/2013 5:21:30 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Steelfish

FReepers reading this thread: go read the article. Mr. Lord does an excellent job of dissecting this smear by the left.


29 posted on 04/07/2013 5:30:31 PM PDT by upchuck (Free Republic: faster than a speeding bullet!)
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To: cripplecreek

When Rush Limbaugh recently said that the Republican Party has no idealogy, he must have been referring to the moderates. Who is a moderate? Someone who wets his finger and puts it to the wind.


30 posted on 04/07/2013 5:41:17 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cripplecreek

“The simple fact is that conservatives can forget about winning till they regain a sense of moral courage”


31 posted on 04/07/2013 5:47:19 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: jmacusa

One of the things that I love about Michele Bachmann is that she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and she has a woman’s instinct for the jugular. I’m a woman, I can say that. ;^D


32 posted on 04/07/2013 5:48:04 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: WomBom

The simple fact is that conservatives can forget about winning till they regain a sense of moral courage.

Amen to that brother!


33 posted on 04/07/2013 5:50:59 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: Steelfish

I thought Michele Bachmann’s biggest liability in the last election was her voice.

If you read what she says she is quite persuasive. But when you listen to her, it sounds like she isn’t convinced she is right and is begging you to agree with her anyway.

Professional speaking and voice lessons would serve her well.


34 posted on 04/07/2013 6:02:53 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: cradle of freedom
Rush really nailed it when he did this interview with Van Sustren back in 2011.

Rush Goes On the Record with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren

VAN SUSTEREN: Why has Governor Mitt Romney not had a so-called "surge"? We hear "surge" used with basically every Republican nominee, but you don't see that "surge" with Governor Romney.

RUSH: Well, every poll I've seen of Republican primary voters, he can't crack 30 percent. It has been curious. And you look at it from the reverse, 70 percent of Republican voters want somebody else. This is why we have the phenomenon of the "Not-Romney." Bachmann was the "Not-Romney" for a while. Herman Cain was the "Not-Romney." Now Newt is the "Not-Romney." I think it boils down to something that's not complicated at all. Republican primary voters are conservative. They don't believe that Romney is. They believe that he will stick a finger in the air and moisten it and see which way the winds are blowing and try to get in that direction. They remember that Romney said he believes in global warming and he believes that man is causing it. Well, conservatives don't believe that. They believe it's a hoax. Conservatives know that the whole story of man-made global warming is a hoax. And they're not going to get excited by a candidate who is trying to gain favor with non-Republican primary voters by articulating that stuff.

Here's the big problem, Greta, for the Republicans. And I am a lone wolf on this. The rule of thumb in elections, both parties, 40 percent are going to vote Democrat automatically, whatever you do, 40 percent are going to vote Republican, automatic, no matter what you do. And in the middle, who do we have? The precious, God love them, independents and the moderates. And they are the targets. They are the focus of every election. And our brilliant campaign consultants tell our candidates they are the ones that know how to go get a majority of those independents. And we have, as Republicans, put ourselves in prison to this whole silly notion that you only win elections by moving to the center and getting great independents. Fine and dandy, but if you squander your base in the process, you haven't a prayer.

The Republican Party is trying to do something in this primary that is unprecedented. They're trying to split the conservative vote and win the primary with a moderate, with Romney. It's the other way around. You consolidate your base and then you move to the center in the general. The Republican establishment has decided they don't want any part of conservatism. And this is really not new. People are surprised to hear this, but the Republican Party formative event with conservatism is Goldwater's landslide defeat. That's what they think of when they think conservative. They don't think Reagan. They think Goldwater.

They believe what the inside-the-Beltway philosophy is about conservatives. They're racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, Southern hayseed hicks. They're pro-lifers. They're embarrassing to have to go to the convention with them. And they're just embarrassed to have those kind of people in the party. They're dumb. They're not erudite. They're not educated in Ivy League schools. We'll take their votes on election day, but we really don't want to hang around with them. We don't want anybody in Washington thinking that we're really that close to them and aligned with them. So in the process -- you know, it's a very sophisticated electorate. The Republican primary voter can sense that the Republican Party really doesn't like them, really doesn't want them, thinks that they are the route to defeat. That's the problem in a nutshell. The Republican establishment thinks that a conservative nominee is the route to defeat because they think Goldwater landslides are going to happen because they believe what the popular misconception the left has created of conservatives -- they think everybody thinks that.

35 posted on 04/07/2013 6:03:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: WomBom

My question was how does anyone survive Borking. You answered it. We need moral courage. And I would also add that we need a unifying leader with moral courage, to keep us from going all wobbly.


36 posted on 04/07/2013 6:07:33 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: cradle of freedom
(with apologies to Mr. Kipling) ‘’...Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say/ For the woman that God gave him isn't his to give away./ But when hunter meets with husbands/ each confirms the others tale/ The female of the species is more deadly than the male.''
37 posted on 04/07/2013 6:08:15 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Steelfish
Michelle Bachmann is a patriot. If she has a fault, it is that she does sometimes say things without first checking out the information thoroughly. That permits her opponents to find that some small part of what she says is inaccurate and to then use that to attempt to tar her credibility. So, maybe she needs to be a bit more patient before speaking out, but she clearly has the best interests of her country in mind at all times.

You can't say that about very many of her colleagues.

38 posted on 04/07/2013 6:08:21 PM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Steelfish

Heck, Bachmann is also being Borked by PhonyCon Liberal GOP.

No one stood up for her when she called out Rick Perry’s forced STD vaccination program on little girls in Texas. They just let the Liberals and the PhonyCons attack her

Also...some PhonyCons were claiming that she was running interference for Mitt Romney...which was dumb and unfounded.

Bachmann and Todd Akin were both trashed by PhonyCon Liberals, when they were some of our strongest conservative candidates around


39 posted on 04/07/2013 6:25:16 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programsi am wrong on this... but)
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To: Steelfish
The main criticism of Congresswoman Bachman that I've read here on FR is the occasional snipe that she's too strident and her manner will “hurt” conservatism. Never has this remotely been the actual case. She's earned her spurs a thousand times and her district has sent her back with regularity. She is a watchdog and fearless in facing leftist hate and backstabbing pubbie nonsense. She regularly informs conservatives of the daily crime in DC via phone calls to local talk-radio back here in the metro area of Minnesota. For my money, she's worth more than the vast majority of pubbies sucking on the public teat. This courageous woman has actually lived up to what the term conservative means and has full rights to use the term.

Oh yeah, her detractors here can go pound sand. Hope you enjoy the socialist state you're helping to power.
40 posted on 04/07/2013 6:30:33 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: WorkingClassFilth

She had a great plan for bringing business back to the USA while both lowering taxes and increasing revenue. I personally would have combined it with Rick Santorum’s idea about eliminating the idiotic repetitive tax imposed on manufacturing.


41 posted on 04/07/2013 7:24:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bray

If Freepers didn’t fall for it...then Bachmann would have been our Nominee last fall. One person who really fell for it was Ann barnhardt. Say what you will about her and I like her. She was right on Romney go home video, but when she did a presenation on the economy and turned to politics to porve there was nobodt she could trust in D.C. well she used the leftist canards to attack Bachmann and Allen West. So she fell for it as well.


42 posted on 04/07/2013 7:28:29 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: bray

If Freepers didn’t fall for it...then Bachmann would have been our Nominee last fall. One person who really fell for it was Ann Barnhardt. Say what you will about her and I like her. She was right on the Romney go home video, but when she did a presentation on the economy and turned to politics to prove there was nobody she could trust in D.C. well she used the leftist canards to attack Bachmann and Allen West. So she fell for it as well.


43 posted on 04/07/2013 7:29:41 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: jmacusa

No comment.


44 posted on 04/08/2013 4:53:21 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cripplecreek

They have been hanging out in Washington for too long. They need to get back to their home communities and get back in touch with the people but I think many of them left their home communities because they wanted to make it to the big leagues—Washington. They wanted to be big shots. They are Hollywood stars now, don’t you know.


45 posted on 04/08/2013 5:04:34 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

Good argument for moving the capital to South Dakota or Kansas.


46 posted on 04/08/2013 5:07:34 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

I second that motion!


47 posted on 04/08/2013 5:12:07 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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