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Palin has earned the right to run for president
The Politico ^ | December 2, 2010 | Grover Norquist and Christopher Barron

Posted on 12/02/2010 3:34:22 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

To the dismay of all but hard-core political junkies, the endless campaign is a reality of modern politics. With some midterm races still unresolved, voters’ attention is already turned to 2012. And no potential presidential candidate now garners more attention than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Love her or hate her, admire her or fear her, respect her or ridicule her, it seems no one in the chattering class is without an opinion on Palin. Virtually every part of her life is dissected — sometimes by her own choice. Each word is scrutinized, and each misstep — no matter how small — is treated as breaking news.

Palin has made clear that she is thinking about running for president. Everyone, from pundits to former first ladies, has weighed in on what she should do. Many urge her not to run.

But if she decides to, Republicans of all stripes should applaud her decision. This isn’t an endorsement of her candidacy. It is, however, an endorsement of her right to participate in the process.

If we want a GOP nominee prepared for the rough-and-tumble of the general election, then we need a rigorous primary. To ensure we nominate the best our party has to offer, we need as many of our leaders as are willing to throw their hats in the ring. If we want to guarantee that our standard-bearer reflects Republican values and priorities, then we need a diverse field to choose from.

The presidential primary process isn’t a coronation — even when it’s expected to be. Just ask Hillary Clinton. The Republican Party has a proud history of competitive races....

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; freepressforpalin; grovernorquist; huckabee; johnbolton; logcabingop; palin; quitter; romney; sarahpalin
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Okay, but who asked them? I'm sure she was waiting for the fossil and the "metrosexual" to chime in before she made up her mind...
1 posted on 12/02/2010 3:34:26 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No thanks.... DeMint 2012


2 posted on 12/02/2010 3:37:59 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: catfish1957

He’s clearly said he’s not running. You didn’t get the memo?


3 posted on 12/02/2010 3:40:53 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Re: Gov. Sarah Palin: Even the lion has to defend himself against flies. ~German Proverb)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin has earned the right to run for president

She earned that right when she turned 35, even though she doesn't look a day over 30, oh, I meant 29.

4 posted on 12/02/2010 3:42:38 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I also saw that interview, and I saw a bit of slyness on that response. I am not counting him out at this point. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll support Palin if she is the nominee, but I don’t think that is far gone conclusion at this point.


5 posted on 12/02/2010 3:43:47 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She quit her job in Alaska.

The job the people of Alaska asked her to do.

That speaks volumes, like it or not.


6 posted on 12/02/2010 3:48:04 AM PST by djf (Touch my junk and I'll break yur mug!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin/Bachman!

I doubt anyone else can “turn this boat around”.

Over 200 ears ago our Founders created a cage for the Fed Gummint. It has been gnawing it’s way out since. It is almost free. Like George said, “Government, like fire, is an awesome servant and a terrifying master.” Folks are about to find out unless we can get a whip and a chair and force the beast back into it’s cage.


7 posted on 12/02/2010 3:54:15 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: djf
Sarah Palin resigned, implicitly, when she accepted McCain's request that she run for national office. The explicit resignation followed naturally.
8 posted on 12/02/2010 3:55:09 AM PST by tgdunbar
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To: djf
The people in Alaska weren't paying her legal bills.
I suppose it would be better to finish the term and live in debt and squalor afterward as your reward.
9 posted on 12/02/2010 3:55:26 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: djf

Yeah. And she didn’t stop from there, right?

You should ask this:

1. What’s the motivation about her quitting? Was quitting the best option for her?

2. What were the things that Palin promised to her people that she was not able to achieve?

Now get back here and tell us why a QUITTER PALIN should not be a nominee based on her quitting alone!

Or better yet, why should I listen to you? I will have all the time in the primary to ask Sarah Palin of the same questions.


10 posted on 12/02/2010 3:57:02 AM PST by convertedtoreason ( Nature tells us to take a LIBERTARIAN CONSERVATIVE stance)
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To: djf
That speaks volumes, like it or not.

Apparently not...Barack Obama quit the U.S. Senate; and he was elected President of the United States. If I am choosing between two 'quitters' in 2012; I'll go with Palin.

11 posted on 12/02/2010 4:02:24 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: djf

On the other hand, I like your spirit.

If I were you, I would ask Lugar and other “too old” Republicans in the Senate to QUIT THEIR POSITIONS AND RUN FOR PRESIDENCY!


12 posted on 12/02/2010 4:05:14 AM PST by convertedtoreason ( Nature tells us to take a LIBERTARIAN CONSERVATIVE stance)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin quit as governor because her notariety and the attacks by the yellow press and the commies were getting in the way of the needs of Alaska. She quit the position to remove herself from being the cause of harm for Alaska.

I plan on voting for Palin in 2012, even if that eans a write-in.


13 posted on 12/02/2010 4:14:35 AM PST by BuffaloJack (The Recession is officially over. We are now into Obama's Depression.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course she has the right to run.

Alvin Green had the right to run for the Senate. Plunk down your money, fill in the paper work.

And voila! You have the right to run.


14 posted on 12/02/2010 4:30:53 AM PST by earlJam
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To: catfish1957

I’d prefer a Pres. DeMint as well. I don’t think there’s a chance of that happening, however.

I see Palin as our best chance of beating Barry. Though I could certainly live with a Pence or TPaw or Daniels or even a Thune, right now I see Palin as our best chance of not having a President Obama/mitt/Huck in 2013.

But there was a time when I had high hopes for Fred, too. Much to be seen through the primary process.


15 posted on 12/02/2010 4:32:33 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is the former senator who lost by nearly 20 points?


16 posted on 12/02/2010 4:36:51 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ronald Reagan, the father of the modern conservative movement, challenged President Gerald Ford in 1976. Few today begrudge Reagan that insurgent campaign.

Few begrudge Reagan because he graciously endorsed the winner Ford, and quickly back to work helping other Republicans after Ford lost in the general.

I wonder if Palin will have that kind of class (or maturity) that if she were to lose the nomination to someone she doesn't like.

We don’t pretend to know what Palin will do — and can’t tell her what’s in the best interest of her and her family.

It all depends if there is another reality show in it for her.

17 posted on 12/02/2010 4:41:01 AM PST by earlJam
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To: 9YearLurker

Santorum?


18 posted on 12/02/2010 4:41:50 AM PST by earlJam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/gop/2636153/posts?page=19#19


19 posted on 12/02/2010 4:47:56 AM PST by Matchett-PI ( Sarah Palin / Marco Rubio - a "can't lose" ticket for 2012..)
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To: catfish1957

He said no and he means it... he has American plans for the Senate... he knows what to do and is going to do it.

LLS


20 posted on 12/02/2010 4:55:16 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: djf
lol

Reagan quit his job
Bush quit his job
Dole quit his job
Clinton quit his job
Hillary quit her job
Biden quit his job

But it's only an issue when Palin quits.

ROFL

You are grasping at straws. Palin has been running for 2012 since 2008, and politicians quit to run for higher office all the time. You will have to come up with another talking point to try and derail her.

21 posted on 12/02/2010 5:05:55 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: earlJam
If you think that is a reality show... you are pretty short sighted, because what it really is, is a 10 hour political infomercial.
22 posted on 12/02/2010 5:08:06 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: earlJam

Must be—thanks.


23 posted on 12/02/2010 5:14:34 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Yeah. Half reality show, half Sham Wow.

Great. I feel lots better now.

“And if you vote right now, we will throw in a DVD of Sarah camping with Kate Gosselin. But that’s not all. Be one of the first 100 voters you will receive a Dancing With The Stars coffee mug autographed by Bristol Palin and Justin Beber.”


24 posted on 12/02/2010 5:16:33 AM PST by earlJam
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Mitt quit serving as guv of MA after two years—and that is his ONLY experience in government.

Unfortunately, he didn’t step down, he just mostly campaigned and raised money out of state during his last two years holding the title of governor.


25 posted on 12/02/2010 5:17:14 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: earlJam

If you’re going to attempt to be clever and insulting, at least get the names correct. It’s Bieber not Beber. I’m going to go sit in a corner now and punish myself for actually knowing that.


26 posted on 12/02/2010 5:23:17 AM PST by IMissPresidentReagan ("Sorry I'm late. I had to stop by the wax museum to give the finger to FDR!" C.Hill (Palin '12))
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To: tgdunbar

Sarah Palin resigned, implicitly, when she accepted McCain’s request that she run for national office.


Wrong................


27 posted on 12/02/2010 5:27:08 AM PST by deport
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To: tgdunbar

Sarah Palin resigned, implicitly, when she accepted McCain’s request that she run for national office. The explicit resignation followed naturally
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In a ‘perfect world’ the seated ‘whatever’ would resign his post when he ‘threw his hat in the ring’ so his electors would be properly represented while he/she is galavanting around the country seeking election to higher office.

In reality that is probably impractical BUT at the least, once the nomination is secured the person should resign, if, for no other reason, to give full time and attention to his next endeavor.

I like to put it in plainer terms. If one is running for a higher office aren’t you showing little or NO confidence in yourself it you hold onto your old job?


28 posted on 12/02/2010 5:28:29 AM PST by xrmusn ((6/98))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

true but it is nice to see some people give her credit how ever backhanded. This except you posted was pretty fair and echos my stand. I like Palin let her run and see if her ideas carry the day.....


29 posted on 12/02/2010 5:31:35 AM PST by unseen1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any person who meets the constitutional requirements has the “right” to run for office.

(Even though some who do not, run and win anyway.) ;-)


30 posted on 12/02/2010 5:32:20 AM PST by CPOSharky (They ain't "illegals." They are just unregistered democrats.)
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To: earlJam

ROFLMAO......did you not pay attention during 2010 conservatives are not the ones that take their ball and go home. I doubt the Peggy’s and Mitt’s of the world will endose Palin when she wins the nomination. And maybe you missed that whole John anderson thing in 1980.


31 posted on 12/02/2010 5:34:30 AM PST by unseen1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't believe anyone has to "earn the right" to run for the office of President of the US.

There are, however, certain Constitutional requirements that one must meet in order to hold the office.

As near as I know, there are only three.
1. You must have lived in the US for the last 14 years.
2. You must have attained the age of 35, and

3. You must be a US NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!!!

I believe Ms. Palin meets all 3 requirements.

32 posted on 12/02/2010 5:37:38 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (You can roll a turd in powered sugar; that don't make it a jelly donut)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah, if you would, Please Run. This nation is falling apart. Our best chance may be the perspective of a woman who loves God, and Family. A Lady who loves the People, who loves Life, who loves and would uphold America's Constitution. This nation is being ruined by Zero and our bank accounts, and wallets have Zero in them, as Zero tries to take away what little, We the People, have left via America's Constitution. Sarah, for the sake of, and the survival of, talk with God, ask for His help, and run for American citizen's sake. Ask God to go with you, as I know you will. If you need me, and you will not for you will have God, yet I will go too, and I do not have to be asked. RUN SARAH, for the sake of our nation, RUN.
33 posted on 12/02/2010 5:38:33 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Love her or hate her, admire her or fear her, respect her or ridicule her

Well, I don't love her. I don't hate her. I don't fear her. I also don't admire or respect her, because of her stated policy positions on life, the appropriate balance of powers in our constitutional form of government, or the protection of our national sovereignty and security. But, I don't ridicule her. I simply won't support her for public office.

34 posted on 12/02/2010 5:44:11 AM PST by EternalVigilance (The care of human life...is the first and only legitimate object of good government -- Jefferson)
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To: EternalVigilance

yep, four more year of someone other than Sarah. Go Zero. do I really need to place a /s? I agree, anyone other than Zero would be better. I believe this is your point. Sarah is outside the ‘good ole boys club’. Sarah is one of us. I would like to have one of us....my personal opinion. Sarah hunts, fishes, has served the People of Alaska. I request Sarah now serve for our nation. America needs her. I do not believe I can be wrong about her. I have prayed and I see her as America’s Iron Lady. It is time for a lady’s perspective. The men have done so well, have they not?


35 posted on 12/02/2010 5:54:14 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform)
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To: no-to-illegals

No, that’s not my point at all. I have no idea how you got that out of what I said.


36 posted on 12/02/2010 5:57:10 AM PST by EternalVigilance (The care of human life...is the first and only legitimate object of good government -- Jefferson)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

Oh that got me laughing this am!!!! Don’t beat yourself up to badly!


37 posted on 12/02/2010 5:58:11 AM PST by MissH
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To: EternalVigilance
I will give one man some credit...I Miss President Reagan. I did not mean to offend you. I also don't admire or respect her, (you typed) set my last nerve off, and over the edge. This is where I responded. I admire and respect many who are of the feminine gender. Men, do sometimes do things correctly too though. Zero hasn't, nor Mitt, nor Huck.
38 posted on 12/02/2010 6:05:45 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform)
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To: earlJam
you laugh, but I think it's brilliant.

She gets a chance to reintroduce herself to the American people, and gets paid for doing it.

How many times during a campaign have you heard a candidates handlers say... if only people knew “the real” _______ they would love them.

This is Palins way of letting people get to know her and her family, a way for people to connect with them on a very personal level. Palin doesn't have to pretend to be the common man... she IS the common man! (or woman as the case may be) She is the only genuine person in politics, the rest are just a bunch of posers with rolled up sleeves, and plaid work shirts.

Palin is playing this brilliantly, while Obama continues to seem out of touch, with his nose sticking up in the air like Mussolini while jetting around on vacation after vacation... Palin is giving us a peak into her very “normal” life. Believe it or not this will appeal to MANY voters, especially disaffected white blue color democrats (aka Reagan Democrats)

39 posted on 12/02/2010 6:24:43 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: no-to-illegals

No offense. It’s just that when it comes to Palin a whole lot of folks seem to hear what it is they want to hear.


40 posted on 12/02/2010 6:28:37 AM PST by EternalVigilance (The care of human life...is the first and only legitimate object of good government -- Jefferson)
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To: djf

I don’t think you read her response and reason. The leftists ramped up their attacks to make her spend more time answering their libelous attacks and their frivolous suits in court. She did the wise thing and resigned so that the Lt. gov. could go on with the day-to-day government tasks and she could answer the court suits. The frivolous suits were aimed at trying to make her spend so much time answering them that she lost public trust. I don’t see her as a quiter in this. Have you ever tried multi-tasking at anything other than eating and watching TV? It can cause you to make mistakes that you’d likely not make if your attention was not divided. The responsible thing was to let someone else carry on the governing and risk the personal loss. People elected her, yes. But court cases, once accepted by by the courts, demand a legal response. It was impossible, with a whole battery of them suing her daily, to keep up with governing and answering/making depositions. Don’t blame Palin. Blame the lame (crappo) legal system that allows frivolous cases to be accepted in the first place!


41 posted on 12/02/2010 6:36:32 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: EternalVigilance
I also don't admire or respect her, because of her stated policy positions on life, the appropriate balance of powers in our constitutional form of government, or the protection of our national sovereignty and security. But, I don't ridicule her. I simply won't support her for public office.

You don't respect her? If you choose not to support her for President, that's your choice, but no respect for this woman?

I usually understand most of your positions, but what the heck are you blabbering about?

Are you drinking this early in the morning?

42 posted on 12/02/2010 6:40:09 AM PST by USS Alaska
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To: EternalVigilance
in some respects, many have heard and seen all that is necessary to hear and see. I believe the hear and see have been answered, thus the do is all which is right should follow....mho I will trust and do trust this Lady. I realize it is difficult to trust any woman or any man. I have heard and I have seen, all that is right to do is believe right will follow. I have prayed, if I misunderstood God, I will ask God to forgive me, for not having followed His thought for me. Sometimes man and or woman do not get thing right. Sometimes I too, do not get things right. No man or woman get all things right. I am willing though to give Sarah a chance, though I realize only God can make all things right. Come join me, in support of Sarah.
43 posted on 12/02/2010 6:41:36 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform)
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To: USS Alaska

I don’t respect her because of her positions on core non-negotiable matters of public policy. What’s so hard to understand about that?

I also don’t respect her because of her willingness to help liberals like John Judas McCain fool the people.


44 posted on 12/02/2010 6:44:11 AM PST by EternalVigilance (The care of human life...is the first and only legitimate object of good government -- Jefferson)
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To: no-to-illegals
Come join me, in support of Sarah.

No. She's pro-choice for states on abortion.

In America the rights of the people, ALL the people, are supposed to be unalienable. And the primary purpose of government, ALL government, at every level and in every branch, is to protect that right.

I would no more support someone who holds that position than an abolitionist would have supported Stephen A. Douglas in 1860.

45 posted on 12/02/2010 6:48:59 AM PST by EternalVigilance (The care of human life...is the first and only legitimate object of good government -- Jefferson)
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To: EternalVigilance

Since Sarah is a ‘state’s rights’ advocate, would returning power back to the states not be a good first step?


46 posted on 12/02/2010 6:57:58 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform)
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To: no-to-illegals

States have no legitimate power to alienate unalienable rights. If they did, those rights would hardly be unalienable, would they?

And the Fourteenth Amendment makes it clear that every state has an imperative obligation to protect the right to life of every single person, and to provide for the equal protection of the laws to all. Mrs. Palin seems not to understand that fact.

Her position is also one hundred and eighty degrees out of phase with her own party’s personhood prolife Fourteenth Amendment plank, which was put there by Reagan 26 years ago.


47 posted on 12/02/2010 7:12:09 AM PST by EternalVigilance (The care of human life...is the first and only legitimate object of good government -- Jefferson)
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To: no-to-illegals
Since Sarah is a ‘state’s rights’ advocate, would returning power back to the states not be a good first step?

"State's rights" do not trump the unalienable rights of the people.

48 posted on 12/02/2010 7:14:31 AM PST by EternalVigilance (The care of human life...is the first and only legitimate object of good government -- Jefferson)
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To: EternalVigilance
Think about it, and please Pray, if God doesn't ask you to give Sarah a chance, then come back and and tell me I am wrong some more.

Pray is all I ask.

49 posted on 12/02/2010 7:26:23 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform)
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To: djf
Oh, give it a rest. Do some research and see how many politicians quit, there are a bunch. Someone here posted a list just recently.

By the way do you think it's better for politicians to keep getting their paycheck while running for another office and running around the country not doing the job they were hired for? Personally I think any politician running for another office should be required to leave the office he's ignoring.

50 posted on 12/02/2010 7:38:48 AM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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