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And the GOP front-runner is ... only two spots on the GOP ballot. One is reserved for Romney..
The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2011 | Doyle McManus

Posted on 02/09/2011 6:10:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination starts in earnest this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Too early, you say? On the contrary. With the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary only 12 months away, it may soon be too late for anyone who wants to run for president to begin the hard work of raising money, recruiting a staff and wooing Republican activists.

So let's get started. Here's the conventional wisdom, fresh from the corridors of power, on the state of the Republican race:

There are really only two spots on the GOP ballot. One is reserved for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who won nine primaries in 2008. The other is for someone who isn't Mitt Romney — someone like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee or Tim Pawlenty.

Romney has been running for the nomination the old-fashioned way. He has raised more money than any other hopeful ($6.3 million for his political action committee during the last two years). He spent most of last year collecting IOUs as he helped Republican candidates across the country win House and Senate seats. He's the solid front-runner in polls in New Hampshire, the first primary election state.

If the Republican Party worked the way it used to, Romney already would be the presumptive nominee....

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


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; Polls; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; benedictromney; bishoprinoromney; brutusromney; canttrustcpac; cpac4amnesty; cpac4bishopromney; cpac4illegalaliens; cpac4obama; cpac4romney; cpac4sharia; cpac4victorymosque; cpacantisemitism; cpacshapeshifters; cpacvsamerica; gigarinoromney; huckabee; megarinoromney; msm; msm4romney; palin; pawlenty; rinoromney; romney; romneysaboteurs; sarahpalin; stenchofromney
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Blech!
1 posted on 02/09/2011 6:10:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Willard is a fraud.

He doesn’t deserve ANY office.

And his supporters here can all go pound salt.


2 posted on 02/09/2011 6:12:30 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine (I'm shocked! Shocked to find out that gambling is going on in here!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another attempt to force Romney on us. When does it end? I guess after he gets nominated and defeated.


3 posted on 02/09/2011 6:13:33 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not going to happen....


4 posted on 02/09/2011 6:14:15 PM PST by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The libs are trying to pick the Republican Candidate again...


5 posted on 02/09/2011 6:14:35 PM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He ran very hard the last time, with a good deal of help from the press, and he was never able to get any higher than 21% in the polls, even while he was leading.

Why would he do any better this time, after losing so dismally last time?


6 posted on 02/09/2011 6:15:29 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why does that pile of crap get one of the spots?

If he won the nomination I wouldn’t vote for him in the general!


7 posted on 02/09/2011 6:15:48 PM PST by dalereed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney is the establishment darling, and we don’t need the establishment or another darling.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 6:15:58 PM PST by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope Paul Ryan runs for Vice-President, now that would be adding insult to injury! Paul Ryan will give us Wisconsin (aside from Speaker Boehner giving us Ohio) and Paul Ryan is well respected from all Conservatives!


9 posted on 02/09/2011 6:18:15 PM PST by JohnThune2012 (was)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s great he’s raised all of that money. Now he can use it to support the Republican candidate. Maybe he’s found his true calling — raising money for the Republican party. He can hit up a lot of those wealthy Mormons.


10 posted on 02/09/2011 6:18:33 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s already starting here. The straw poll is only 6 months away.


11 posted on 02/09/2011 6:18:42 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt is just another Ford/Dole/McCain only less electable.

Trying to get our state (SC) to close our primary so the Democrats won't vote for him.

12 posted on 02/09/2011 6:20:09 PM PST by Happy Rain ("NO! NOT NOW!!!...Oh,okay okay." - Sam Kenison's last words.)
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To: TheWriterTX

I wish you could guarantee that. I’m not convinced that we won’t be railroaded....again.


13 posted on 02/09/2011 6:21:03 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How much is Romnet paying people to tell us we want him to run?

Lets all send personal notes and emails telling that loser to give it up


14 posted on 02/09/2011 6:22:10 PM PST by Mr. K (Empty, Stupid Happy Talk is NOT 'Reaganesque'! Palin/Bachman 2012 UNBEATABLE TICKET!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Romney, the new McCain.

Eff the nose dive rinos!

Palin or bust!

15 posted on 02/09/2011 6:22:45 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt will make a spiffy-looking Vice President.


16 posted on 02/09/2011 6:23:05 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: BOOM. Taste My Cluebat!)
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To: JohnThune2012
Pawlenty/Ryan maybe? I'll take Minnesota/Wisconsin.
17 posted on 02/09/2011 6:23:09 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a scam to get obama reelected?


18 posted on 02/09/2011 6:23:57 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V.........................................)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Here’s the conventional wisdom...”

Yeah, right.


19 posted on 02/09/2011 6:23:57 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like the MSM is attempting to foist another weak, incompetent, RINO upon the Republican ticket for 2012. The title actually made me want to vomit: “one of them is reserved for Romney”?!? Romney will not even be in the running half-way through primary season - we just cannot afford to let it happen.


20 posted on 02/09/2011 6:24:20 PM PST by RobertClark (On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
HEAR THIS GOP:

If you line up behind Romney not only will we rot in the gutters of hell before we vote for him...we will DESTROY THE PARTY in the process.

FOREVER.

Signed: Every conservative in America.

21 posted on 02/09/2011 6:24:27 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Piss on Romney


22 posted on 02/09/2011 6:24:27 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("[T]here is nothing so aggravating [in life] as being condescended to by an idiot" ~ Ann Coulter)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Please get the first in the nation primary out of NH. Most of us are tired of it.

Also, I will not vote for Romney (or Jeb, or Newt).


23 posted on 02/09/2011 6:27:02 PM PST by Aglooka ("I was out numbered 5-to-1, I got 4.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
CPAC [ = Obama Republicans] supports the Islamic invasion, CAIR, Mitt Romney and antiSemitism.


CPAC/ACU/CAIR is run by David Keene
involved in Palin-bashing and Romney-care polishing.

""Palin-bashing CPAC/ACU Chair donated $2,000 to Arlen Specter, endorsed Romney""

""Exclusive: Conservative group offers support for $2M"

""Palin rebuffs CPAC, Keene""

"Washington Insider David Keene Disses Governor Palin, Claims to Speak for Grassroots
"Keene's ACU also puts on the annual CPAC conference in Washington.

.In the last three years CPAC has devolved into nothing more than
an annual love fest for the most established of establishment
Republicans, Mitt Romney. It should come as no surprise that David
Keene supported Mitt Romney in 2008. "


"David Keene Endorses Romney"


"ACU President David Keene Endorses Romney
Long courted by Romney, Keene agreed to formalize his endorsement of
the former governor during a face to face meeting in Florida on
Tuesday, according to knowledgeable sources."


"David A. Keene (born May 20, 1945) is the current chairman of the American
Conservative Union, a position which he has held since 1984. Additionally, he is the
managing associate at the Carmen Group Lobbying, a lobbying firm based in
Washington, D.C. In December 2007, Keene endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. "


"(at CPAC 2010, the) message there was that "real conservatives" don't support the war
on terror because it is a creation of the "Israeli lobby" - which coalesces with the left-
wing's new anti-Semitism against neoconservatives. Karen Kwiatkowski is a darling of
both the leftist Huffington Post and the anti-Semitic paleocon site Antiwar.com.


…is a board member of the ACU, and from the looks of CPAC's
covered topics and omission of discussion of jihad, it looks as if he exerts enormous
influence over David Keene, the ACU's nominal leader. Norquist and his ally Suhail
Khan seem to be in charge at CPAC - no CPAC event goes on that doesn't reflect their perspective. ….
Grover Norquist's troubling ties to Islamic supremacists and jihadists have been known
for years. He and his Palestinian wife, Samah Alrayyes, who was director of
communications for his Islamic Free Market Institute until they married in 2005, are very
active in "Muslim outreach." …..
It was Norquist who ushered these silver-tongued jihadists into the Oval Office after the
worst attack ever on American soil. ….
Grover Norquist was on the jihad payroll before and after the carnage and death of
September 11….
Norquist also introduced Nihad Awad, cofounder and executive director of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations, to President Bush. ….
It is no surprise that CPAC 2010, like CPAC 2009, had nothing addressing the war we
are actually engaged in. This is due to the influence of Norquist, Keene, and Suhail Khan,
a CPAC board member. According to Gaffney, Khan "has repeatedly been a featured
speaker at MSA, ISNA and CAIR events" - that is, Muslim Students Association, Islamic
Society of North America, and Council on American-Islamic Relations, three groups
linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, the international Islamic organization dedicated to
establishing the rule of Islamic law and the subjugation of infidels worldwide."



CPAC's Grover Norquist Joins Obama Push For Illegal Alien Amnesty - FR

CPAC's Grover Norquist Joins Obama Push For Illegal Alien Amnesty

24 posted on 02/09/2011 6:27:40 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The best thing about the 2012 Iowa Caucus is that Obama wont be bussing in a few hundred of his supporters from across the borders like he did in 2008. I heard he pulled this stunt from a reliable source!


25 posted on 02/09/2011 6:27:53 PM PST by TheTeaPartyChannel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdqFUQPnAaE)
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To: anniegetyourgun

I hear you, Annie! No more RINOs, EVER!


26 posted on 02/09/2011 6:28:23 PM PST by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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27 posted on 02/09/2011 6:28:43 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m happy to be educated that the LAT speaks fo the GOP and conservatives. I always thought Rush did so.


28 posted on 02/09/2011 6:29:27 PM PST by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: MacMattico; All


29 posted on 02/09/2011 6:29:42 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Indeed.Just watched Sarah on Sean Hannity. Naturally, he tried to get her to say when an ‘announcement’ from her would be forthcoming. Big swirl around CPAC,etc.andwhy she won’t be there. She has plans already and will announce or not,based on her owntiming and the needs of her family.

As far as I’m concerned, she could wait until July or August of next year before she makes a decision. But if she decides to go for it, I’m in. She’s standing the Republican establishment on its head...not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all.


30 posted on 02/09/2011 6:31:44 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...the next in line syndrome...


31 posted on 02/09/2011 6:32:09 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope that the second name on the ballot is NONE OF THE ABOVE.


32 posted on 02/09/2011 6:34:36 PM PST by festusbanjo (Liberals see success and ask,When is enough enough?Conservatives see taxes and ask the same question)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt Romney: "I'm not running as the Republican view or a continuation of Republican values.
That's not what brings me to the race.

(Romney Video, accessed 9/19/07)



"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
 over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
 to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn’t make any sense at all.""

--  President Ronald Reagan



33 posted on 02/09/2011 6:35:35 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: RichInOC
Mitt will make a spiffy-looking Vice President.

He must have as many suits as Imelda Marcos had shoes.

34 posted on 02/09/2011 6:38:46 PM PST by CedarDave (What is DADT? Obama's response when inquiries are made about his birth certificate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well the Republican party doesn't work the way it used to, thank God! So maybe we will pick a winner this time and there is only one winner among our possible candidates. Sarah Palin.

Might as well elect a democrat as to elect one of those others.

35 posted on 02/09/2011 6:40:08 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (America is ailin' and the one and ONLY cure is Palin.)
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To: RobertClark
Agreed. If a has-been never-was like John McCain can leave Romney sucking wind in the dust, imagine what Sarah Palin will do to him. He'll be sitting by the side of the road checking his watch pocket to try to find where his nuts went to.
36 posted on 02/09/2011 6:44:26 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney should’a been the nominee in ‘08. Too late for him now.


37 posted on 02/09/2011 6:44:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Emperor Palpatine
And his (MORMON cult) supporters here can all go pound salt.

After electing Willard, every MORMON cult member gets his own planet and 3 wives.

38 posted on 02/09/2011 6:45:35 PM PST by STD (Stock Up on Precious Metals While You Still Can)
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To: Diogenesis


39 posted on 02/09/2011 6:46:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
God save from some soulless ghoul who has spent his entire life running for President.

I'm looking at you, Mitt.

40 posted on 02/09/2011 6:51:55 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Third parties are for losers but if we get McCained again hopefully a Conservative Party candidate is on the ballot in 50 states.


41 posted on 02/09/2011 6:53:38 PM PST by RushingWater
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To: dalereed

“Why does that pile of crap get one of the spots?”

Gotta give Obama credit. He doesn’t want Obamacare. He wants another 4 years of mandates without the permission of congress and SCOTUS.

Why would the RATS want Romney when they can destroy him based on RomneyCare. A failed program that if done at the national level would destroy the country.

Obama is going to pivot to the middle negotiating away ObamaCare one item at a time. One item I am willing to bet is only one of a hundred that are going to be tossed over the next 18 months.

Romney needs to be taken out soon.


42 posted on 02/09/2011 6:56:41 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The way to beat a terrorist is to terrorize him.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BS


43 posted on 02/09/2011 7:03:41 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ROMNEY SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Please excuse my raw language, I only use when absolutely necessary.


44 posted on 02/09/2011 7:15:14 PM PST by MissMack99 (Mitt Romney is a FRAUD, he RUINED Mass. Don't let him finish Obama's job.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

TOTAL BS!


45 posted on 02/09/2011 7:21:27 PM PST by A. Morgan
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To: STD
And his (MORMON cult) supporters here can all go pound salt.

I'm not Mormon nor, by any stretch, am I a Romney supporter, but your bigoted rants about the Mormon religion are quite offensive. Are you sure you wouldn't feel more comfortable at some site like Stormfront? FReepers might be conservative, but we're not bigoted haters.

46 posted on 02/09/2011 7:41:19 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I voted for McCain and obviously wasted my vote. I won’t waste the next one but if I do it’ll be because I’ve voting my choice and the RNC’s choice.


47 posted on 02/09/2011 7:44:18 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Aglooka
Please get the first in the nation primary out of NH. Most of us are tired of it.

Mitt Romney: Turning America into New England...

48 posted on 02/09/2011 7:50:39 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: darkwing104
The libs are trying to pick the Republican Candidate again...

Unfortunately, too many boot-lickers on FR are more than happy to facilitate it.

49 posted on 02/09/2011 7:54:12 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: RichInOC

Palin wouldn’t do that, would she? Palin/Romney? Yikes. I shudder to think of that man being one heartbeat away from the presidency. But what a deliciously disorienting ticket that would make for the dems.

Preemptive clarification. I would hate having Romney on the ticket. Cain, West or Bolton would all be better VPs.


50 posted on 02/09/2011 8:06:51 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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