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Neither Ehrlich or Steele Will Rule Out Running For Senate (Potential GOP Senate Pick-up))
The Hedgehog Report ^ | March 13, 2005 | Dave Wissing

Posted on 03/14/2005 8:13:03 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican

Neither Ehrlich or Steele Will Rule Out Running For Senate

While O’Malley and Duncan have given unequivocal statements stating that they will not run for Paul Sarbanes’ seat and will remain in the Governor’s race, neither Governor Ehrlich or Lt. Governor Michael Steele would give the same unequivocal statement when asked. From The Baltimore Sun.

"Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday that he and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele had been contacted by “the powers that be” in Washington about the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Paul S. Sarbanes, and that the two had planned a discussion about the race.

Speaking on WBAL radio, the Republican governor said running for Senate was “not under consideration,” but he did not rule out the prospect.

“We were called by the powers that be yesterday [Friday] in Washington, and I have yet to talk to them. Mike has yet to talk to them,” Ehrlich said on Stateline with the Governor.

“Obviously, when powerful people in Washington call, you take their phone call and you discuss. You listen, basically,” he said. “But I have a job to do here. I was elected to do a job. I love my job.” …. Bush political guru Karl Rove advised Ehrlich during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign, said Carol L. Hirschburg, a state Republican consultant.

“Maryland and the governor are very connected to the epicenter of power in Washington,” Hirschburg said yesterday. “There’s no doubt that he would be the strongest candidate for the Republicans. I also know that at one time being a U.S. senator was a goal of his,” she said. …. Ehrlich indicated yesterday that most of the attention for the open seat should be trained on Steele, not him. He said he and Steele planned to talk yesterday about the race.

Steele has seen his profile rise dramatically in national Republican circles, where he is, arguably, the GOP’s most prominent African-American elected official in the nation. Steele had a featured speaking role at last year’s national convention, and has toured the country helping the party recruit minorities. …. “He’s complimented; I’m complimented; the administration is complimented that his name would be so prominent as a potential replacement,” Ehrlich said on WBAL. "

While the focus has been on whether Steele is going to run for Senate, if one of these two is going to run, it would seem to me that Ehrlich is the more natural fit seeing that, except for the past two-plus years as Governor of Maryland, he has been a legislator his entire political career. Obviously if Ehrlich were to decide to run for the Senate, it makes Michael Steele the natural nominee for Governor and a Steele for Governor/Ehrlich for Senator would be a pretty potent ticket for the Maryland Republican Party going into 2006. I pesonally do not think it will happen, but it is something to think about.


TOPICS: Maryland; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2006; bobehrlich; ehrlich; electionussenate; maryland; michaelsteele; sarbanes; senate; steele
The Baltimore Sun story on which the blog post was based is here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.sarbanes13mar13,1,2283549.story?coll=bal-local-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true

In my opinion, it sounds like Gov. Ehrlich and Lt. Gov. Steele are going to decide which of the two will run for the governorship and which one will run for the Senate. With Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Montgomery County Executive Director Doug Duncan releasing statements that make clear that they will not seek the Democrat Senate nomination and will continue to run for governor, I think the Democrat Senate candidate will be either white Baltimore Congressman Ben Cardin, black Prince George's County Congressman Al Wynn, or black former Baltimore Congressman and ex-NAACP president Kweisi Mfume. I think Lt. Gov. Michael Steele would be favored to defeat Wynn or Mfume and would have a good chance against Cardin.

1 posted on 03/14/2005 8:13:05 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Steele will be President someday, methinks.


2 posted on 03/14/2005 8:15:51 AM PST by RockinRight (Electing Hillary president would be akin to giving a drunken teenage boy keys to the Porsche)
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To: Admin Moderator

Please correct my typos in the title (should be Potential, and should only have one parenthesis at the end.

But the typo in the words outside the parentheses ("or" instead of "nor") are from the original.

Thank you.


3 posted on 03/14/2005 8:17:41 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: JohnnyZ; fieldmarshaldj; Kuksool; Clintonfatigued; Dan from Michigan; Coop; Impy; LdSentinal; ...

*Potential GOP Senate Pick-up PING*

Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is a solid conservative and if elected to the U.S. Senate would prove to people across the nation that being black is not incompatible with being a pro-life Republican. Steele's only liberal issue position is that he is opposed to the death penalty, but given the rest of his views I can certainly live with that.


4 posted on 03/14/2005 8:22:12 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1344710/posts

I have Leo Terrell's bet with Sean Hannity offically documented so cross your fingers! LOL


5 posted on 03/14/2005 8:24:31 AM PST by cyborg
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I don't care if the man is white, black, tan or purple . . . Michael Steele is THE person for this job!!! No one who heard his speech at the Republican National Convention could possibly think that he's at the pinnacle of his career!

6 posted on 03/14/2005 8:27:13 AM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Ehrlich is one of one, (gov. of MD). In the senate, he would be 1 of 100. Steele, as senator would be one of one or one of two, the only black republican senator and only one of 2 in the senate.

Ehrlich for gov, and Steele for Senate makes the most sense.


7 posted on 03/14/2005 9:35:26 AM PST by staytrue
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To: staytrue

"Ehrlich for gov, and Steele for Senate makes the most sense."



I agree 100%. Another reason is that if Ehrlich runs for the Senate and Steele runs for Governor, we wouldn't have the power of incumbency help us in the gubernatorial race, so we're better off with Ehrlich running for reelection.


8 posted on 03/14/2005 10:38:41 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; deport; Dales; BlackRazor; GraniteStateConservative; Torie

As much as I'd love to see this seat turn GOP, I'm not sure how "in play" this seat really will be. Ehrlich did win the gov's seat in '02, but Sauerbrey gave it a good run in the two previous gubernatorial elections. And Maryland stayed true to form in the '04 Presidential election.


9 posted on 03/14/2005 11:15:04 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Coop

"Ehrlich did win the gov's seat in '02, but Sauerbrey gave it a good run in the two previous gubernatorial elections. And Maryland stayed true to form in the '04 Presidential election."



President Bush got 42.9% in 2004, a bit better than the 40.2% he got in 2000. The Ehrlich-Steele ticket got 51.6% in 2002, and assuming that Gov. Ehrlich can get reelected, it should provide Michael Steele with enough coattails to win the open Senate seat, especially if the Democrat candidate is a black liberal who will run poorly outside of PG County, Baltimore City and a few heavily black Baltco suburbs.


10 posted on 03/14/2005 11:33:59 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Coop

It isn't in play.


11 posted on 03/14/2005 11:36:06 AM PST by Torie
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To: AuH2ORepublican
President Bush got 42.9% in 2004, a bit better than the 40.2% he got in 2000. The Ehrlich-Steele ticket got 51.6% in 2002, and assuming that Gov. Ehrlich can get reelected, it should provide Michael Steele with enough coattails to win the open Senate seat, especially if the Democrat candidate is a black liberal who will run poorly outside of PG County, Baltimore City and a few heavily black Baltco suburbs.

Mmmmm, I just think that's a very optimistic scenario. Heck, Glendenning only won four counties in the entire state in '98, but that was enough. And just by the numbers, I think Ehrlich's got some significant support from Dems, which means you likely can't count on them to vote GOP for an open Senate seat.

12 posted on 03/14/2005 11:46:01 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Coop

It shouldn't surprise anyone that Glendenning won in 1998 despite only carrying 4 counties: Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Baltimore City normally go so heavily Democrat that it is possible for a Democrat to win statewide in spite of only carrying those two counties and one city.

In 2002, Ehrlich won by getting 61% in Baltimore County (which voted rather narrowly for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004) and by winning larger-than-usual margins in Republican counties. I think Ehrlich can replicate this in 2006, and that Steele should be able to run fairly close to Ehrlich in Baltco and in the GOP counties while doing better than Ehrlich in black-majority PG County (which also happens to be Steele's home county) and Baltimore City.

Here are the 2002 gubernatorial election totals (I don't know how to format, but hopefully it will look okay):

County Total Vote Ehrlich% Townsend% Ehrlich Townsend
Allegany 22,448 64.22% 34.89% 14,416 7,831
Anne Arundel 176,179 64.69% 34.48% 113,968 60,753
Baltimore 279,387 61.18% 38.01% 170,920 106,195
Calvert 26,255 61.68% 37.53% 16,193 9,854
Caroline 8,418 74.67% 24.58% 6,286 2,069 Carroll 59,946 78.95% 20.20% 47,328 12,107
Cecil 24,891 68.12% 30.81% 16,956 7,668
Charles 35,100 56.11% 43.16% 19,695 15,149 Dorchester 10,325 67.23% 32.12% 6,941 3,316 Frederick 66,155 65.98% 33.12% 43,646 21,913
Garrett 9,019 73.22% 26.11% 6,604 2,355 Harford 85,503 74.33% 24.85% 63,553 21,246
Howard 96,508 55.19% 43.97% 53,260 42,438
Kent 7,710 65.01% 34.25% 5,012 2,641 Montgomery 296,524 38.34% 60.90% 113,680 180,576
Pr. George's 197,194 22.92% 76.54% 45,193 150,927
Queen Anne's 16,642 74.16% 25.18% 12,341 4,190
St. Mary's 25,299 63.19% 35.76% 15,986 9,048
Somerset 6,608 68.34% 31.05% 4,516 2,052 Talbot 14,305 69.92% 29.54% 10,002 4,225
Washington 38,345 68.62% 30.56% 26,312 11,719 Wicomico 24,995 64.23% 35.11% 16,054 8,775 Worcester 18,317 64.92% 34.42% 11,892 6,305

City
Baltimore 160,106 24.26% 74.99% 38,838 120,070

Total 1,706,179 51.55% 47.68% 879,592 813,422


13 posted on 03/14/2005 12:23:47 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Coop

It shouldn't surprise anyone that Glendenning won in 1998 despite only carrying 4 counties: Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Baltimore City normally go so heavily Democrat that it is possible for a Democrat to win statewide in spite of only carrying those two counties and one city.

In 2002, Ehrlich won by getting 61% in Baltimore County (which voted rather narrowly for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004) and by winning larger-than-usual margins in Republican counties. I think Ehrlich can replicate this in 2006, and that Steele should be able to run fairly close to Ehrlich in Baltco and in the GOP counties while doing better than Ehrlich in black-majority PG County (which also happens to be Steele's home county) and Baltimore City.

Here are the 2002 gubernatorial election totals (I don't know how to format, but hopefully it will look okay):

County Total Vote Ehrlich% Townsend% Ehrlich Townsend
Allegany 22,448 64.22% 34.89% 14,416 7,831
Anne Arundel 176,179 64.69% 34.48% 113,968 60,753
Baltimore 279,387 61.18% 38.01% 170,920 106,195
Calvert 26,255 61.68% 37.53% 16,193 9,854
Caroline 8,418 74.67% 24.58% 6,286 2,069
Carroll 59,946 78.95% 20.20% 47,328 12,107
Cecil 24,891 68.12% 30.81% 16,956 7,668
Charles 35,100 56.11% 43.16% 19,695 15,149
Dorchester 10,325 67.23% 32.12% 6,941 3,316
Frederick 66,155 65.98% 33.12% 43,646 21,913
Garrett 9,019 73.22% 26.11% 6,604 2,355
Harford 85,503 74.33% 24.85% 63,553 21,246
Howard 96,508 55.19% 43.97% 53,260 42,438
Kent 7,710 65.01% 34.25% 5,012 2,641
Montgomery 296,524 38.34% 60.90% 113,680 180,576
Pr. George's 197,194 22.92% 76.54% 45,193 150,927
Queen Anne's 16,642 74.16% 25.18% 12,341 4,190
St. Mary's 25,299 63.19% 35.76% 15,986 9,048
Somerset 6,608 68.34% 31.05% 4,516 2,052
Talbot 14,305 69.92% 29.54% 10,002 4,225
Washington 38,345 68.62% 30.56% 26,312 11,719
Wicomico 24,995 64.23% 35.11% 16,054 8,775
Worcester 18,317 64.92% 34.42% 11,892 6,305

City
Baltimore 160,106 24.26% 74.99% 38,838 120,070

Total 1,706,179 51.55% 47.68% 879,592 813,422


14 posted on 03/14/2005 12:25:34 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Torie

It could be if Mfume wins the Democratic primary.


15 posted on 03/14/2005 1:39:46 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal; AuH2ORepublican; Coop; Bluegrass Conservative
...or Mfume.

We can only hope.

:)

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

16 posted on 03/14/2005 2:49:18 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Protagoras was the leading SOPHIST of his day. Think about it.)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

Agreed.

Steele's speech is one of the few I recall from the convention that was not prominently featured in the primetime lineup. he was impressive and many of us stated the Reps he was a rising star in the ranks. I'd prefer him as Governor since Senators seem to be leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth lately, but maybe he'd reverse the trend. Erlich should run as an incumbent, Steele for Senate. No rule that states Steele couldn't run for Gov when Erlich's time is up, and vice versa.


17 posted on 03/14/2005 4:36:26 PM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: Soul Seeker
No rule that states Steele couldn't run for Gov when Erlich's time is up, and vice versa.

Very true. There are plenty of instances of Senators running for Governor. Frank Murkowski did it in Alaska a few years ago. Jon Corzine is doing it in New Jersey right now.

18 posted on 03/14/2005 5:10:42 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

I think so too. I've read that Governor Erlich is not particularly popular and could very well lose. By contrast Michael Steele is viewed favorably with low negative ratings, though he is not well-difined.


19 posted on 03/14/2005 6:10:10 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

"I've read that Governor Erlich is not particularly popular and could very well lose."



Actually, I just read today that Governor Ehrlich's approval rating is 56%, which is damn good.

I think Ehrlich and Steele complement each other (as proven by their ticket's upset victory in 2002) and that both could win if Ehrlich runs for reelection and Steele runs for the Senate.


20 posted on 03/14/2005 6:36:34 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: LdSentinal

I don't. The guy is an engaging figure. He will win easily.


21 posted on 03/14/2005 7:51:22 PM PST by Torie
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To: Torie
The primary and/or the general?

Rhetorical question, of course, but I have checked out the DU, Kos, and Mydd and naturally they're all quite enthusiastic about his candidacy. But I also checked out sites where the Democrats are quite knowledgeable and they're worried about him running. They seem worried about Mfume running costing them this seat and want Van Hollen to run and beat him.

Of course, your prediction may turn out to be correct or turn out like your Castor vs. Martninez prediction.

22 posted on 03/14/2005 7:59:33 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal
Of course, your prediction may turn out to be correct or turn out like your Castor vs. Martninez prediction.

LOL. I think that prediction was on election night, when I underestimated the Kerry-Martinez voters in Cuban precincts. That turned to be wrong within a couple of hours. It happens, although to be fair to myself, rarely. :) Mfume is a very engaging and articulate personality, with quite a life history. He will be hard to beat, particularly for a federal office. The Red Blue divide when it comes to senate seats is becoming more and more impermeable, particularly as the stake rise as to who gets on the federal court.

23 posted on 03/14/2005 8:05:36 PM PST by Torie
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To: Torie

Oh, I didn't mean that as an insult. Just something I noticed reading that thread last night -- I also read the thread from Election '02 last night. Sorry. I just have the feeling that Mfume will bow out or he will lose with the MD Democratic establishment supporting a white liberal.


24 posted on 03/14/2005 8:11:08 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

I certainly didn't take it as an insult. You were right to point out my imperfections. But notice I readily fessed up to it. We all misread the tea leaves from time to time.


25 posted on 03/14/2005 8:13:35 PM PST by Torie
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To: AuH2ORepublican
I wonder if Connie Morella would give the Senate a shot. She represented Montgomery County for many years, before being redistricted out in 2002. She may be able to appeal to the white liberals in DC suburbs. Unfortunately, there are plenty of them in MD which makes electing a conservative statwide difficult.
26 posted on 03/14/2005 8:25:54 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: Kuksool

"I wonder if Connie Morella would give the Senate a shot."



Connie Morella is (i) WAY, WAY, WAY too liberal to win a statewide GOP primary, (ii) WAY, WAY too socially liberal for general election voters outside of Montco, PG County and a few precincts in Baltimore City, Baltco and Howard County, and (iii) old enough to fart dust. Basically, Connie is just as socially liberal as Kweisi Mfume and more so than Ben Cardin, and I doubt that she could win a Senate election; plus, given her expected voting record, I think I'd rather have Cardin.

The MD GOP recently tried running a former Congresswoman who was pushing 80, and Helen Bentley (who, unlike Morella, is a solid blue-collar conservative in the Bob Ehrlich mode---in fact, she is more conservative than Ehrlich) was unable to beat Dutch Ruppersberger in a district whose partisan balance is similar to that of the state as a whole. I think the secret to the GOP winning is not to try to convince affluent Montco RINOs to vote Republican (since President Bush got 33% in 2004, the last Republican to carry Montco in a statewide race was Reagan in 1984 by less than 1,000 votes and the only GOP presidential candidate since Ike to get over 50% in Montco was Nixon in 1972), but to get higher margins in blue-collar areas. That's what Ehrlich did when he got blown out in Montco and PG County and still got 51.55% for the upset victory.


27 posted on 03/15/2005 7:16:56 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I don't know a whole lot about MD politics but I know I was VERY surprised when Ehrlich won. I don't think Steele has a snowball's chance in hell personally, simply because the state is so liberal.

I think it would be great to get him to run, because I think at least he would ruffle the D's feathers and it would be great for the GOP to get someone as eloquent and intelligent as Steele out on the national stage. He might also get close enough to siphon money away from the DNC that they will hopefully dearly need for
ND
FL
NE


28 posted on 03/18/2005 8:13:33 AM PST by Spiro (No one throws me my own guns and tells me to run)
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To: Spiro

You don't know much about MD politics? Pretty ironic with your handle. : )

I agree that a Steele candidacy would help the GOP even if he falls a bit short, not only in NE, ND and FL, but also in Ehrlich's reelection and in future elections in MD. And I really think that Steele can pull of the upset---in fact, if Mfume is the nominee, I wouldn't even characterize a Steele victory as an upset.


29 posted on 03/18/2005 10:13:05 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Haha. Good point. I have to think that even MD Dems are too smart to nominate Mfume. However, I would still give him the edge if he won the nomination.

Who do you think is our easiest target?

I go Conrad.


30 posted on 03/18/2005 2:04:04 PM PST by Spiro (No one throws me my own guns and tells me to run)
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To: Spiro

I think Ben Nelson is our easiest target, assuming we can get someone to run---however, I think I'd rather have him switch to the GOP so we can save the money it would take to get someone maybe 1% more conservative than Nelson. But Conrad is definitely in trouble if Gov. Hoeven runs.


31 posted on 03/18/2005 2:06:46 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: RockinRight
Steele will be President someday, methinks

Nice thought but you're wrong
32 posted on 03/18/2005 2:08:08 PM PST by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Ehrlich shot himself in the foot with the Baltimore port thing. I pray I'm wrong, but I don't think he can be reelected.


33 posted on 03/18/2005 2:11:10 PM PST by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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To: Vision

Why don't you think so?


34 posted on 03/20/2005 12:04:43 PM PST by RockinRight (Electing Hillary president would be akin to giving a drunken teenage boy keys to the Porsche)
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To: RockinRight

Because he's not sharp enough. I am a fan of his though


35 posted on 03/20/2005 7:24:38 PM PST by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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