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Romney is the winner in Kansas, if not D.C.
MSNBC ^ | May 4, 2007 | Joe Scarborough

Posted on 05/05/2007 4:12:43 PM PDT by Unmarked Package

America is not purple. It is very red and it is very blue.

For those of us who have been arguing that there is little difference between Republicans and Democrats, last night was a reminder of the stark differences that still divide our country. The GOP contenders were so much more conservative in tone and content than last week’s Democratic pack that we should all expect another divisive general election.

Republicans were so much more hawkish on matters of war and peace. Last week, Hillary Clinton got praised from pundits for promising “retaliation” against any power that nukes two American cities. Last night, John McCain promised to follow Osama bin Laden to the “gates of Hell” while Mitt Romney simply said, “He will die.”

That’s a far cry from Obama’s promise to face terrorist attacks by focusing on first responders and studying the lessons of Hurricane relief.

Republicans also struck a tougher tone against illegal immigrants, abortion and foreign types running for president. The Democratic field all defended the practice of partial birth abortion, while Republicans were overwhelmingly pro-life. That may be why Rudy Giuliani’s worst moment for Republican voters was when he said overturning Roe v. Wade would be “okay.”

Okay? Good Lord, man. Get yourself a pithy two minute abortion answer and repeat it in front of the mirror a hundred times.

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Last night’s debate also showed a huge gulf between the reporters who cover such events and Republican voters who follow campaigns. I hope it is not a shock to anyone that most journalists covering D.C. politics relate to Democratic world views much more than those held by Republicans. My peers do a great job of putting their biases in check (myself included, I hope) but many are tone deaf when figuring out why Republican primary voters would embrace a guy like Mitt Romney who is now pro-life, pro-family and pro-everything-that-evangelical-voters-could-want-him-to-be.

During the debate I was flooded by e-mails from Republican activists and voters who told me Romney was dominating the debate. Meanwhile, my friends from D.C., Manhattan and L.A. were calling him “creepy,” “fake” and “scary as hell.”

By that reaction alone, Mitt Romney carried the mantle of Reagan off the stage last night. Like Romney, the 40th president was derided as a jingoistic right-wing nut. The greatest Reagan moment for the former Massachusetts governor came when he was asked what he hated most about America.

You could almost hear the Gipper’s laughs rising from his grave outside the auditorium.

“Clueless,” he would chuckle. “After all these years and all those Republican victories, the press still doesn’t get it.”

But Mitt Romney did, and he delivered an answer that would have made most angst-ridden reporters (and Democratic candidates) wince. It was an unapologetically delivered sermon on American Exceptionalism. The sort of speech that made media elites roll their eyes at Ronald Reagan while American voters were electing him in landslide margins.

And while most media commentators missed Romney’s victory, they also underplayed John McCain’s stumbles. That’s probably because McCain still scares reporters less than the Sam Brownbacks of the world. Regardless, this first debate was not good for John McCain, a politician for whom I have great respect and admiration. Reporters gave his uneven performance a free pass. GOP voters may not be so forgiving.

I’m not saying that Romney is Reagan anymore than I’m predicting the collapse of John McCain’s campaign. But there were clear winners and losers in last night’s contest. Among those Red State Republicans (who will elect their party’s next nominee), Mitt Romney won while McCain and Giuliani failed to meet expectations.

That may not be how it looks in Georgetown or the Upper West Side, but that’s how it is playing in Kansas. And what’s the matter with Kansas? Not a damn thing.


1 posted on 05/05/2007 4:12:45 PM PDT by Unmarked Package
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To: AmericanMade1776; bcbuster; bethtopaz; Bluestateredman; Capt. Cox; cardinal4; carton253; cgk; ...
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2 posted on 05/05/2007 4:14:11 PM PDT by Unmarked Package (<<<< Click to learn more about the conservative record and platform of Governor Mitt Romney)
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To: Unmarked Package

I’m a Kansan and I’m most definitely not for Romney.


3 posted on 05/05/2007 4:14:50 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Unmarked Package

There’s no doubt that Romney gained the most from the debate and was very polished and assured. Can he keep up the momentum?


4 posted on 05/05/2007 4:15:58 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: Unmarked Package

Fred! Will take Kansas


5 posted on 05/05/2007 4:16:07 PM PDT by bnelson44 (http://www.appealforcourage.org)
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To: Unmarked Package
America is Black and White, and read all over.

Red & Blue is crap and we all know it.

Calling the red states blue, and the blue states red is simply more evidence that the media is determined to regularly redefine words, ideas, connotations, and just about everything else.

I am honestly confounded and frustrated by the fact that the next President of our Nation is going to come somehow out of this motley crew.

The only one that I have any respect for at all is Romney, and that man sold his soul to the Devil some while ago.

Too bad for me that moving to the South Pacific is simply not an option.

I suppose that I’ll have to work harder in order to give myself more options.

6 posted on 05/05/2007 4:21:04 PM PDT by Radix (I live my life like there is no yesterday!)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
Given that the MSM wants a third term for the Impeached Clintons
one can bet they will push the loser RINO to the top of the GOP ticket.
7 posted on 05/05/2007 4:21:47 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Unmarked Package

That’s the best analysis of the debate so far.

“Mitt Romney carried the mantle of Reagan off the stage last night. Like Romney, the 40th president was derided as a jingoistic right-wing nut.

The greatest Reagan moment for the former Massachusetts governor came when he was asked what he hated most about America. You could almost hear the Gipper’s laughs rising from his grave outside the auditorium.”

He nailed it.


8 posted on 05/05/2007 4:23:02 PM PDT by Capt. Cox (evangelicalsformitt.org)
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To: bnelson44

Don’t bet your home on that one!!!


9 posted on 05/05/2007 4:27:20 PM PDT by zerosix
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To: Unmarked Package

I really liked his comments about cloning/stem-cell research. I hope a lot of Americans were listening.


10 posted on 05/05/2007 4:28:59 PM PDT by James W. Fannin
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To: Unmarked Package

Romney cannot be trusted. Any Republican who wins election in a state that has not had one single county vote Republican in a Presidential election since 1988 is no Republican.

Romney is nothing more than a prevaricating actor (the reason he looked so polished during the debate was because he rehearsed his fake answers through the whole thing) that wouldn’t even be a realistic choice if it wasn’t for the media deliberately hyping him up. Romney’s candidacy is a ploy by the media to plant their own candidate as the Republican nominee so that if it comes to between Clinton or Obama and the Republican, they win either way. Romney is no more deserving of hype than any other governor like Huckabee or Gilmore, but he gets top billing while the latter two get has-been status.

And they say there’s no liberal agenda in the press.


11 posted on 05/05/2007 4:36:04 PM PDT by jmyrlefuller
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To: Unmarked Package
Hillary Clinton got praised from pundits for promising “retaliation” against any power that nukes two American cities.

Does this answer mean that nuking ONE American city is acceptable to Hillary Rotten?

12 posted on 05/05/2007 4:36:44 PM PDT by etradervic (In 2008, anyone but a Democrat!)
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To: Radix
"and that man sold his soul to the Devil some while ago."

Calm Down buddy.
13 posted on 05/05/2007 4:47:50 PM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (May the West and Republicans Always Win...)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Can he keep up the momentum?

That's his strong suit, organization and planning, which equals momentum.

14 posted on 05/05/2007 4:54:51 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/poststo retain civilization. So, I am not about to)
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To: Radix

There is always repentance, and forgiveness and redemption.

No matter what you have done, Christ can get your soul back from Satan if you repent and believe.


15 posted on 05/05/2007 4:58:04 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/poststo retain civilization. So, I am not about to)
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To: Unmarked Package
Thanks for the post.

While not a full-fledged supporter, I can get behind a Romney for President campaign. Romney has the business experience, he is pro-family and pro-life, and he's very sharp. People will say he's too "polished" or "just like Clinton" but I disagree. He's a very smart person who can think on his feet.

16 posted on 05/05/2007 4:59:39 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Ben Franklin, we tried but we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Unmarked Package
Mitt Romney carried the mantle of Reagan off the stage last night.

I agree. Someone we all know and respect put it perfectly:

Does anyone believe that Ronald Reagan would have been as successful without his actor’s good looks, smart attire, self-deprecating humor, and grandfatherly charm? Mitt Romney has the intelligence, verbal communication skill, wit and handsome countenance to be the best ambassador and salesman for conservatism in a generation and I include Ronald Reagan in that comparison. ~~UP

17 posted on 05/05/2007 5:13:58 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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To: jmyrlefuller
"Any Republican who wins election in a state that has not had one single county vote Republican in a Presidential election since 1988 is no Republican."
Mitt Romney's record of fiscal and social conservatism in Massachusetts working with an 85% Dem Legislature (see my tagline) is more impressive by far than the record of Republican Gov. Rick Perry in my home state of Texas with a Republican Legislature. That's why Romney is such a remarkable figure in U.S. politics.
"...(the reason he looked so polished during the debate was because he rehearsed his fake answers through the whole thing)..."
Romney has a history of excelling in debates where the format is unscripted and adversarial. The format of last week's MSNBC/Politico GOP debate, with so many candidates on stage and little time to respond, is actually a setting where Romney is least likely to stand out. This is a man who can hold his own very well with 40 Senior Fellows at the Hoover Institution in a 90-minute exchange on Middle East foreign policy.
Talk radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed professor of military history and noted author Victor Davis Hanson who observed Mitt Romney's ability to discuss Middle East foreign policy at length with experts at the Hoover Institution:
Hugh Hewitt: What I like is that he’s a voracious reader, not only your books, but things like The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright, Mark Steyn’s America Alone. I think this is pretty rare these days, to find curiosity at that level, and at that sort of voracious appetite for information. What do you talk about with him?

Victor Davis Hanson: Well, we talk about history just like you and I talk about. We talk about foreign policy, he talked about the plan or the effort to democratize the Middle East, the shortfalls, the problems, the liabilities, and you know what? He came to the Hoover Institution and got in front of 40 senior fellows. And in that room there were Nobel Prize winners, a lot of egos, too. And he held court with them, and there were a lot of hostile questions, and he went for an hour and a half, head to head, with these people. When he walked out of that room, I think everybody was impressed with him. He didn’t pull any punches, and he could argue and was as logical as any Hoover fellow, and I was more impressed with him than I was with my colleagues.
(The Hugh Hewitt Show, March 13, 2007)

For another example, FReeper Obilisk18 provided this research regarding Romney in debates:
"Indeed. I've been searching Lexis Nexus a bit recently, and I ran into some information that supports this wholeheartedly. Some key quotes from a Herald article on the final 2002 debate between Romney and Shannon O'Brien (a fine debater): “Nearly 44 percent of likely voters said they watched the debate. Among that group, Romney holds a 7-point lead over O’Brien, while voters who didn’t see the televised clash back O’Brien by a 5-point margin.” And then most illuminating this: “Among independent voters who viewed the debate, Romney holds a whopping 63-19 percent lead. Romney’s lead among independent voters who said they didn’t watch the debate is at 10 points, the same level as five days ago.” That’s a 34 point swing. 34 points. In one night. There are barely words to describe the depth of that shift. Get Romney before the American people, against a Democratic opponent, and you’ll be weeping with joy."

18 posted on 05/05/2007 5:16:26 PM PDT by Unmarked Package (<<<< Click to learn more about the conservative record and platform of Governor Mitt Romney)
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To: Unmarked Package

You have got to be happy after this debate!


19 posted on 05/05/2007 5:20:10 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: jmyrlefuller

“Any Republican who wins election in a state that has not had one single county vote Republican in a Presidential election since 1988 is no Republican.”

That only covers the clinton and bush years. Hardly enough time to draw such stark conclusions. Plus, Romney also lost an election during this period so you gotta give him credit for that.


20 posted on 05/05/2007 5:25:56 PM PDT by Capt. Cox (evangelicalsformitt.org)
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To: Radix

No respect for Hunter?


21 posted on 05/05/2007 5:29:30 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Why vote for Duncan Hunter in 2008? Look at my profile.)
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To: jmyrlefuller

What the hell does how massachusetts voted have to do with anything? Bob Dole was from Kansas, which, like ND, SD, NE, OK, ID, WY, UT, and AK has not voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate since 1964.

That didn’t mean a damn thing when the votes were cast.


22 posted on 05/05/2007 5:39:12 PM PDT by republicanwizard
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
"No respect for Hunter?"

The truth is, other than some FRee Republic stuff, I simply have no idea who the man is.

What I do know for certain is that I ain't ever voting for a Democrat, and that includes McCain, and Giuliani.

I want to vote for someone who is proved to be consistent, and not a compromiser or BS Artist.

In the end though, I'll vote for the Republican candidate, as long as it ain't Rudy or "Mad McCain".

23 posted on 05/05/2007 5:39:46 PM PDT by Radix (I live my life like there is no yesterday!)
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To: tantiboh; greyfoxx39; Unmarked Package
(Pssst. Over here.)

At the risk of dragging that other thread over here, take a look at this new one.

I think Romney made a fan out of Joe Scarborough. This info on Romney's debate performance and his passing muster with the Hoover Institution is something we haven't heard much about just yet.

I'm not ready to grant that Romney walked away with the Reagan mantle. But Scarborough makes some good points here, probably the best writing on the debate outcome that I've seen so far.
24 posted on 05/05/2007 5:51:40 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: Unmarked Package

I think the biggest difference between the Democrat and Republican debates has gone largely unreported. In the Republican debate, all of the candidates recognized the reality that we are at war. At the Democrat debate, half of their candidates denied the War On Terror’s existence and of those who said they do recognize it, two of them agreed only after seeing Hillary and Obama raise their hands. Talk about being out of touch with reality. That is the biggest lesson I took from the two debates.


25 posted on 05/05/2007 7:46:56 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Unmarked Package; Obilisk18; tantiboh
"Indeed. I've been searching Lexis Nexus a bit recently, and I ran into some information that supports this wholeheartedly. Some key quotes from a Herald article on the final 2002 debate between Romney and Shannon O'Brien (a fine debater): “Nearly 44 percent of likely voters said they watched the debate. Among that group, Romney holds a 7-point lead over O’Brien, while voters who didn’t see the televised clash back O’Brien by a 5-point margin.” And then most illuminating this: “Among independent voters who viewed the debate, Romney holds a whopping 63-19 percent lead. Romney’s lead among independent voters who said they didn’t watch the debate is at 10 points, the same level as five days ago.” That’s a 34 point swing. 34 points. In one night. There are barely words to describe the depth of that shift. Get Romney before the American people, against a Democratic opponent, and you’ll be weeping with joy."
That is a remarkable account, one that should be considered more widely.

The Bush machine, both W. and Jeb, are quietly lining up behind Romney. This is a good example why. I also see Coulter, Levin, Hewitt, Victor Davis Hanson and others either for him or very open to him and urging others to consider him seriously. Some of these are still keeping their options open on a Fred Thompson run which is smart. Too early for us to pick yet anyway.

Not bad for Romney. An indication of the possibility that he might at least carry MA for us.

Very unlike the Rooty faction which (falsely) claimed so many times that the leftwing mayor would carry NYC against Hitlery as the polling evidence continued to mount that Rudi couldn't beat Hitlery or Obama or Edwards in NY and that the voters there liked their new mayor better and think he would be a much better candidate than Rudi for the Republican nomination.
26 posted on 05/05/2007 8:15:08 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Romney’s the kind of guy who could match wits with [Bill] Clinton - even beat him - in a debate (he’s destroy Hillary), and that’s what the country needs or we’ll have 4-8 years of the press and liberal cultural establishment steamrolling another poorly communicating Republican president.

‘Polished’ and ‘smooth’ are only negatives if one lacks substance. When one has substance these qualities amplify, if not follow from, substance.


27 posted on 05/05/2007 8:19:11 PM PDT by Swordfished
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Interestingly, the only person who seems to have given Hunter any praise outside of FR has been....Romney.

When asked who else he thought had done well, Romney said he thought Hunter had spoken very well on some key issues.


28 posted on 05/05/2007 9:27:52 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: CheyennePress

That is indeed true.

We’ll see what comes of this in the coming months.


29 posted on 05/05/2007 9:33:16 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Why vote for Duncan Hunter in 2008? Look at my profile.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Hey, I want Hunter around. He absolutely has the right idea on illegal immigration. And when it comes to national defense, he’s head and shoulders above anyone else.

I’m pulling for Romney, but I want to hear more from Hunter. And even if he doesn’t take the Oval Office, he’d make a very good VP.


30 posted on 05/05/2007 9:36:15 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: everyone

How nice of Scarborough to say something positive about the Republicans. (Sarc.)


31 posted on 05/05/2007 9:38:05 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: CheyennePress

After hearing about Romney’s praise for Hunter, I immediately thought of a Romney/Hunter ticket.

I’d prefer Hunter to be in the main hot seat, but I wouldn’t mind him as VP or Sec. of Defense. I mean, he turns 60 next year; he’s surprisingly young (relatively speaking, compared to McCain or Giuliani). If this year doesn’t work, I could see him trying again next time.


32 posted on 05/05/2007 9:49:05 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Why vote for Duncan Hunter in 2008? Look at my profile.)
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To: Unmarked Package
"Meanwhile, my friends from D.C., Manhattan and L.A. were calling him “creepy,” “fake” and “scary as hell.”

That's interesting. Republicans in the Liberalist of areas dislike Romney. That can only mean one thing...Romney is *gasp* TOO conservative for them.

33 posted on 05/05/2007 9:52:46 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Mitt Romney for President '08)
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To: Unmarked Package; redgirlinabluestate

Joe Scarborough, former Republican CongressCritter from Florida, should have hosted the debate. He would have been more fair than Matthews or Politico.com, both big liberals. The quality of questions was antagonistic and/or just plain stupid.

Now we know at least there are some big differences between the parties. I see that as giving voters a choice not as a way to divide one against the other. Do you want your president to be for partial birth abortion oor not? For sticking with the plan of the military surge or no? Now the voter can choose.


34 posted on 05/05/2007 9:56:40 PM PDT by circumbendibus
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

Why aren`t you supporting Mitt? If he gets the nomination, will you vote for him?


35 posted on 05/05/2007 9:58:11 PM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I aggree with you, Romney is very sharp and sincere. I believe he is the man that we need and alot of junk is being projected onto him because he is good. Happens to all good people to some degree. I remember how Reagan was made out to be dumb and not a hard worker. Yet he was very sharp too, and always witty.


36 posted on 05/05/2007 10:08:10 PM PDT by fabian
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To: Unmarked Package

You just don`t get it——we need stupid nominees from states like Wyoming (nice place but)to defeat the Rats and their pals in the MSM. Romney is to smart, to capable, and he doesn`t even own a M-60!I`ve heard he likes tacos and once read a whole book that didn`t even have pictures.


37 posted on 05/05/2007 10:08:16 PM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: CheyennePress
When asked who else he thought had done well, Romney said he thought Hunter had spoken very well on some key issues.

It is a little disquieting, isn't it? The Gipper had his missteps ("We bomb in five minutes"). Bush can hardly give a speech, just painful to watch, apparently a genetic trait he inherited from his dad.

Romney does have real brains.

I noticed something else very scary about him: he pronounces the word "nuclear" correctly. Unlike the "nukular engineer" president, Jimmy Carter, for instance (a glorified reactor technician who was inflating his military resume).

I'm trying to figure out if he's going after the frustrated southern science teacher vote with that "nuclear" crack. I'm quite certain I heard his pronounce it correctly. Twice!

Very provocative.
38 posted on 05/05/2007 10:52:12 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: neverhillorat
Romney is to smart, to capable, and he doesn`t even own a M-60!

Before you throw him off that pedestal, I'll remind you that he is a self-described lifelong "rodent hunter". And that is his own description from his press conference. He also explained his rodent kills improved when his cousins let him use a semi-automatic .22 to plink those rabbits with. And he still doesn't seem to grasp the connection to AWB and semi-auto bans.

You just have to laugh. The NRA is going to have its work cut out trying to vet a guy this out of touch with gun culture. He's not disqualified yet by any means. But this is one subject that apparently will have to be explained to him in detail before anyone can determine whether he can be endorsed by RKBA organizations.

Romney is kind of like a young sheltered city girl when it comes to understanding the whole gun issue, especially that the Second isn't about sporting goods. But he is a quick study and seems willing.
39 posted on 05/05/2007 11:00:57 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

“I’m a Kansan and I’m most definitely not for Romney.”

I’m a Mormon and I’m not for Romney. Although I like him a bet better than Harry Reid.


40 posted on 05/05/2007 11:52:19 PM PDT by Old Student (We have a name for the people who think indiscriminate killing is fine. They're called "The Bad Guys)
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To: George W. Bush

We are decided who is going to be responsible for running the country for the next four years. That person will be in charge of our foreign policy, the military, and the war plus

all of the Federal Government. Now, you are concerned about rabbits?


41 posted on 05/06/2007 12:26:35 AM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: neverhillorat
Try to find the Rodent Hunter video on YouTube. It's pretty funny.

You know, we aren't picking the nominee tomorrow. If you don't keep a sense of humor, you'll go bats by next spring, let alone November '08. It's a very long election season.
42 posted on 05/06/2007 1:22:14 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: lonevoice

bookmark


43 posted on 05/06/2007 2:17:08 AM PDT by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: George W. Bush
The Bush machine, both W. and Jeb, are quietly lining up behind Romney.

I am not necessarily disputing this, but just wondering where you get this from? I have not noticed any evidence of this. I find it interesting and smart and surprising.

44 posted on 05/06/2007 2:23:02 AM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: napscoordinator
A while back, Jeb was caught advocating for Romney with his fellow-governors. Some of Jeb's people were reported going to work for Romney, though that might just be finding a new political job. Some of W.'s big fundraisers also got on board with Romney early.

Naturally, our president will not take sides publicly. It would be resented and, beyond that, being the man that he is, he would know that Romney doesn't need that kind of help from him and that winning the office is that much sweeter if you do it standing on your own two legs. A president doesn't want to issue too many IOUs on the way to the Oval Office. Any of these old political families know this.

Beyond that, while the media rarely mentions it and focuses on how Bush attended Andover and Yale, Bush is himself a Harvard MBA, just like Romney. Romney is also Harvard JD. Near the top of his class in both, dual simultaneous degree. Now, at Harvard, guys like Romney who can excel in two difficult majors at once, are the smartest guys in the room. Bush knows plenty of these folks.

One of the Romney advantages is Ha-a-aava'd. I think the Harvard alumni might be hungry to notch their presidential scorecard in '08. And that is something that represents tens of billions in cash in corporate America and in the old money families.

If it's Yalie Hillary vs. Harvard Mitt, who do you think a Harvard man is going to back? These people are cynical about parties anyway but they are Harvard alumni.

Given Romney's excellent speeches on the WOT and his raw intelligence and his clear family values that are so much like Bush's, who else would W. want to have there to finish the job in Iraq? Giuliani, the hothead prima donna? McStain, the decaying maverick? And Fred Thompson, if he runs, would make sound choices but I think Bush might conclude Fred's health isn't up to the sixteen hour days because that's one reason why Dick Cheney can't run either.

Romney's not inevitable. But he's playing a game no one can ignore. He's the guy to watch.
45 posted on 05/06/2007 6:38:43 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: napscoordinator; George W. Bush
I can add some details to what FReeper George W. Bush has already provided.

While President George W. Bush and Laura will not publicly endorse any candidate, Laura has made some supportive comments in a filmed interview about Romney's qualifications and their friendship with Mitt and Ann and statements about Romney's religion not being an issue for them. Similar statements from Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush were made in a recent filmed interview I've seen.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has steered several of his allies and former staff members to Mitt Romney. Another of the president's brothers, Neil, and his sister, Dorothy, have helped Romney raise money.

The Romney campaign gained the support of the influential Lindner family in Ohio. For the past 20 years, the Lindners have helped fund the campaigns of President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush. The head of the family, Carl H. Lindner Jr., will serve as the honorary co-chairman of the Ohio finance committee and the co-chairman of the national finance committee. S. Craig Lindner is co-chairman of Romney's Ohio fund-raising effort.

The Texas Statewide Finance Committee for Romney includes the following people among several others:

Five Bush Pioneers • raised more than $100,000 each for Bush-Cheney
Louis Beecherl, Jr. • North Texas Finance Chair for Bush-Cheney 2004
David Jones • Member of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Advisory Council
Logan Walters • Former Assistant to George W. Bush
Jim McGrath • staff writer and editor for the White House in the Executive Office of President George H. W. Bush, Deputy Press Secretary for George W. Bush’s re-election campaign for Governor of Texas in 1998 and current speechwriter for George H. W. Bush

46 posted on 05/06/2007 8:24:26 AM PDT by Unmarked Package (<<<< Click to learn more about the conservative record and platform of Governor Mitt Romney)
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To: Unmarked Package

Even though people don’t like to admit it, the more attractive candidate has the best chance of winning in the general.


47 posted on 05/06/2007 9:06:36 AM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: neverhillorat
Why aren`t you supporting Mitt?

Because I don't trust him.

If he gets the nomination, will you vote for him?

If that happens neither party will have provided me with a candidate who can represent me. So I will still vote, but for president I will write in Judge Roy Moore just for the sake of making a statement. I don't care what anybody thinks of that. It's my vote. I don't trust Romney any more than I trust the Democrats. It really won't matter to me which side wins in that case. No, I would really rather have the Democrats win with a liberal than have the Republicans win with a liberal or an opportunist. I won't help them do it, but neither will I try to stop it. It's not my fault none of the top contenders support the Republican platform, or have supported it prior to becoming a presidential candidate. I want a Republican who has a history of supporting the party platform.

48 posted on 05/06/2007 12:50:44 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: George W. Bush

iT IS A LONG WAY TO THE ELECTION, YOU ARE RIGHT.......JUST DON`T MAKE A HABIT OF BEING RIGHT............WE WILL BE WATCHING YOU


49 posted on 05/06/2007 6:45:49 PM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: neverhillorat

Heh-heh. I’m not in much danger of forming a nasty habit of being right.


50 posted on 05/06/2007 8:41:31 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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