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Democrats, Meet Your Biggest Nightmare
American Thinker ^ | February 09, 2010 | Carol Peracchio

Posted on 02/08/2010 10:38:32 PM PST by neverdem

My husband's cousin Paulette called me the morning of January 20 from Massachusetts. Breathless with excitement, her words tumbling out so fast I could barely keep up, she recounted the joy of Scott Brown's win in the special election to the U.S. Senate.

Paulette is 66 years old. She and her husband are retired. She has an active social life which includes lots of friends and competitive amateur tennis. She babysits her granddaughter and checks on her 92-year-old father in Florida every day. She told me she'd never been politically active, "except for voting, of course."

But all that changed after Barack Obama's election. Paulette started watching FOX News and listening to Rush Limbaugh. Health care reform, with its 500-billion-dollar Medicare cuts, scared her out of her wits. When she learned I write articles for AT, mostly about health care, she started calling me periodically last summer. We'd commiserate on how discouraging it was that no one in Washington is listening, or even seems to care. Paulette, like so many of us, felt frustrated and helpless.

Then Senator Kennedy passed away, and a political activist was born.

Paulette described her first meeting with Scott Brown. A friend called one morning in late November to tell her that State Senator Brown was coming to town that day to open a campaign office.

"I barely had time to throw on clothes. I didn't care how I looked," she told me. She rushed over to the office and signed up that day to work. "I told Scott Brown that we are going to win this." I asked her how she could be so certain back in November, when absolutely no one out here believed Brown had a chance.

"I knew we would win because I lived there. I talk to lots of people. I knew how we all felt about what Obama and the Democrats were doing."

Then she added, "I just couldn't take any more."

So Paulette went to work. She staffed the office several days per week, answering phones and handing out signs and literature. She knocked on doors all over her neighborhood. She visited shut-ins and helped them request absentee ballots. She helped organize volunteers to drive voters to the polls. Just before Christmas, she called to give me another update. She was off to follow up on some of those absentee ballots. "There's a family down the street that has four. I need to make sure they got mailed."

Every day when Paulette would drive to the elementary school to pick up her granddaughter, she would stand next to her car and wave her "Scott Brown for U.S. Senate" sign at the passing traffic. "I get a few thumbs down," she reported, "but most people honk their horns and smile."

When Paulette called me the Friday before the election, she hadn't a scintilla of doubt that Brown would win. "We're going to do it, Carol!" she exclaimed. "We're going to stop Obama!" The polls reflected her optimism. But on the political shows over the weekend, conservatives appeared afraid to be hopeful. More than once I heard it expressed that a Brown win was a long shot. They consoled themselves by saying that even if he lost by a narrow margin, that would be a victory in blue, blue Massachusetts.

A loss for Brown wouldn't be a victory for Paulette, however. To Paulette, victory meant Scott Brown would be senator.

Conservative internet forums were just as pessimistic as the TV pundits. Over and over I read comments gloomily describing how Brown would have to win by double digits to overcome the inevitable ACORN and union fraud. I asked Paulette about it. She laughed it off. "We're going to win," she repeated.

So on Tuesday night, as Martha Coakley conceded hours, if not days, earlier than the conventional wisdom predicted, I had the feeling that Paulette was the only person who wasn't surprised. The next morning, I could do nothing but offer my deep gratitude to Paulette and the others in Massachusetts who "just couldn't take any more."

Scott Brown deserves credit, of course, for fighting an amazing campaign. But I think it's the Paulettes in Massachusetts who have the most to teach us. Such as:

1. There are a lot of voters out there who agree with us. Poll after poll shows that conservatives make up the largest voting bloc in America. It's high time we conservatives actually believed it.

2. There is no substitute, absolutely none, for personal, grassroots involvement in campaigns. Too many of us want to just "mail in" our support. That way, none of our neighbors will know that we are actually (gasp!) conservative. Go back and reread #1. There's a good chance your neighbors are conservatives, too.

3. Democrat and ACORN fraud cannot overcome a tidal wave of conservative and like-minded independent voters, even in liberal Massachusetts and New Jersey. For far too long we have accepted the inevitability of losing because of Democrat voter fraud. Then we just throw in the towel and don't even try to defeat the entrenched liberals. I'm certainly not saying fraud doesn't exist and that we don't need to be diligent in our efforts to combat it. But ACORN is no match for energized, intelligent, informed conservatives.

4. We have to get involved early. Signing up to make telephone calls the last weekend of a campaign, while better than nothing, isn't good enough. It was almost sad to see busloads of SEIU members rolling into Boston for President Obama's speech two days before the election. Outside of giving the media a thrill and depressing Beltway conservatives, the whole effort was a waste of time. Primaries(pdf) for this year's congressional elections are starting now.

The time for conservative involvement is yesterday. Brown's win taught us that no seat is 100% safe. (My dream is to see that proved again in Barney Frank's district.) My own congressman is a blue dog Democrat who voted for cap-and-trade. I wonder if he has any idea what's in store for him this election year.

So here's to you, Paulette, and all your fellow patriots in Massachusetts. I can almost hear our Founders saying, "Ya done good!"

Carol Peracchio is a registered nurse.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010midterms; conservativism; donttreadonme; elections; liberalism; ma; ma2010; massachusetts; scottbrown

1 posted on 02/08/2010 10:38:32 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Over and over I read comments gloomily describing how Brown would have to win by double digits to overcome the inevitable ACORN and union fraud.

Ah, so she's a freeper!

2 posted on 02/08/2010 10:44:44 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: neverdem
IMG_2513 - 1 That's why he won!
3 posted on 02/08/2010 10:48:27 PM PST by Sparky1776 (N)
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To: STARWISE; maggief; Texas Eagle; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Bahbah; onyx; bitt; jhw61; Jet Jaguar; ...

Ping


4 posted on 02/08/2010 10:53:38 PM PST by Sparky1776 (N)
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To: randog
Ah, so she's a freeper!

My exact thought, when I read that.

5 posted on 02/08/2010 10:54:15 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: neverdem

Great article. Everyone here should read it. Great job by the lady in MA, the other volunteers and others who helped Scott.


6 posted on 02/08/2010 10:56:25 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: neverdem

Obviously a fictionalized article. Everyone in the MSM told me that conservative activists are all toothless redneck racists, and they wouldn’t lie.


7 posted on 02/08/2010 11:01:48 PM PST by denydenydeny (The Left sees taxpayers the way Dr Frankenstein saw the local cemetery; raw material for experiments)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

ping!


8 posted on 02/08/2010 11:05:44 PM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: neverdem

Have a feeling these types of wonderful stories will be filling the airwaves with each election. It’s amazing...finally the people are waking up from a very bad dream of “hopie and changie.”


9 posted on 02/08/2010 11:23:49 PM PST by TatieBug
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To: neverdem

great article

for each election & each district people need to catch the fire


10 posted on 02/08/2010 11:29:23 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: denydenydeny

LOL ddd


11 posted on 02/08/2010 11:29:55 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: neverdem

Yea Paulette and all the Paulettes out there.


12 posted on 02/08/2010 11:34:43 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: neverdem

I hope the leaders of the Stupid Party down in Washington sincerely listen to the Carols and Paulettes of America.


13 posted on 02/09/2010 12:37:29 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: randog
This article is a fine illustration of why the Corruptocrat elites and their MSM flunkies have been reacting the way they have for the last 7 months.

We see the "public polls" but each party runs their own internal polls which are much more detailed and accurate then anything we generally see. They also do not have the excessive oversampling of liberals/progressives/populists that is rife in the MSM push polls.

Right now the Corruptocrats internal polls are telling them that they and the Corruptocrat Axis of Evil's* agenda is toast. Not only that but they are telling them that getting reelected may be the very least of their worries. To put it simply if they do not dump their delusions of totalitarian rule they will be looking at a revolution and it isn't the revolution they have been waiting for, either.

The Corruptocrat Axis of Evil has run out of time and they know it. They are running out of options, too. The coming months will be a dangerous time because this is the last chance for the Corruptocrats and their liberals/progressives/populist allies to destroy this country. They have come so close to succeeding and their final victory is slipping through their hands. Watch for them to pull some very desperate acts in order to try snatching victory from the rapidly closing jaws of defeat.

*Obamao, Reid, Pelosi.

14 posted on 02/09/2010 12:42:36 AM PST by Nahanni
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To: Sparky1776; onyx; maggief; STARWISE
They ignore Paulette at their own Peril....AKA the Perils of Paulette.
15 posted on 02/09/2010 2:20:50 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: TatieBug

There are a lot of old school democrats who are now waking up to the fact that anti-American, radical commies have taken over their party.


16 posted on 02/09/2010 2:42:35 AM PST by MrDem
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To: neverdem

And thank you to all those Tea Party members who drove to MA and volunteered their time and money to the Brown campaign. God bless them.


17 posted on 02/09/2010 3:31:37 AM PST by hershey
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To: neverdem

There were a lot of us working the phones and standing in the snow carry signs. We didn’t quit or go home. You should have seen the roof raise at Mechanics Hall rally for Brown. The Brown win was truly a major event and a sight to behold. We overwhelmed the opposition. It can be done.


18 posted on 02/09/2010 4:43:06 AM PST by pt17
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To: pt17; Sparky1776; GOPsterinMA; nutmeg; Madame Dufarge; onyx; penelopesire; seekthetruth; ...

Thank you for all you did to achieve
the Massachusetts Miracle .. splendid
job and recipe for success!!


19 posted on 02/09/2010 6:33:58 AM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: neverdem

The sheeple are finally getting it. If they don’t stop the madness, it will affect them, their pocketbook and their children.

Anectdotal evidence isn’t proof, but hear this. My daughter was apolitical for years. She didn’t understand my interest in history and activism in politics.

All of a sudden, at age 40 she thinks Glen Beck is a guru emails conservative and anti-Obama stuff to all her friends and goes to tea parties.


20 posted on 02/09/2010 6:54:31 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; bitt; Bitsy; seekthetruth; freekitty; massgopguy; SouthTexas; Piquaboy; ...

PING


21 posted on 02/09/2010 7:08:43 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: STARWISE; pt17
You're so right, STARWISE.

Thanks to pt17 and all the Bay Staters who made The Surge such a resounding success!

22 posted on 02/09/2010 7:09:30 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: STARWISE; pt17; Sparky1776; GOPsterinMA; nutmeg; Madame Dufarge; onyx; penelopesire; ...
THIS ABOUT SUMS IT UP:

FReeper incredulousjoe posted: The electorate is not rising up in opposition to any single issue, they are awakening to the "historic and unprecedented" corruption of the Democratic Party.

Congress critters are going to get their clocks cleaned in 2010. Biden's kid, Chris Dodd and Byron Dorgan have already folded, Reid, Lincoln, Bennet, Feingold and Specter are likely to be rejected by voters, possibly Boxer, too. Webb, Casey, McCaskill and Nelson will be swept out with Obama in 2012. Begich, Landrieu and Franken in 2014.

I'll entertain wagers that Curt Schilling will unseat Jean Francois Kerry in that same cycle. Watch for Hilary's resignation in November of this year.

If things go as predicted, could you imagine what Obama might say at the SOTU next year??

I actually think Obama will not be around in 2012; he will either have stepped aside, stepped down or been thrown under the bus by his own team. Obama is already a lame duck in the wake of Coakley-Brown.

Americans are fed up with this guy, and the Chicago toads, occupying our Oval Office.

23 posted on 02/09/2010 7:15:30 AM PST by Liz (A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat nearby.)
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To: neverdem
Brown's win taught us that no seat is 100% safe. My dream is to see that proven again in Barney Frank's district.

BEST NEWS YET Bwaney Frank’s 4th congressional district went overwhelmingly for Scott Brown; just five of the 24 cities and towns voted for Coakley. Frank acknowledges that it may be a tougher race than he’s used to. “But, if I want to get re-elected it’s my job to talk about the issues and my record, and that’s the nature of democracy,” he said.........fierce competition or not, Frank said he will “definitely” seek re-election this November.

NOT HIS DECISION TO MAKE What this self-absorbed Lipless Wonder fails to fathom is that his constituients (including those townhallers he sneered at) will decide whether he is fit to run for reelection. Now Frank wants to talk about his "record?" Fine. Here it is.

Let The Inquisition Start With Barney Frank
Investor's Business Daily | 3/6/09
FR Posted on 03/08/2009 by FreeManN

Congressman Barney Frank says he wants some of those responsible for our current financial meltdown to be prosecuted. And we couldn't agree more. First up in the court dock: Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Even by the extraordinarily loose standards of Congress, it takes some chutzpah for someone such as Frank to suggest that he'll seek prosecutions for those behind the housing and financial crunch and for what he called "a strongly empowered systemic risk regulator." Frank: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's point man in Washington.

For Frank, perhaps more than any single individual in private or public life, is responsible for both the housing market mess and subsequent bank disaster. And no, this isn't partisan hyperbole or historical exaggeration. But first, a little trip down memory lane. (Excerpt) Read more at ibdeditorial.com ...

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THE WORM TURNS Barney Frank: The Poor Should Rent, Not Own (Dem admits disastrous mistake)
The Atlantic | 02/01/10 | Daniel Indiviglio /
FR Posted 02/02/2010 by TigerLikesRooster

In its final installment of the Big Think's "Went Went Wrong" Series on the financial crisis, they interviewed Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA). Much of the interview was predictable: Frank mostly explained what anyone closely following the financial regulation push in Congress already knew. But there was one fascinating gem in discussing where Fannie and Freddie went wrong. Frank views ushering the poor to own homes as a mistake and believes they should rent instead.

Frank was responding to the question about how Fannie and Freddie could be structured to avoid moral hazard and a too cozy relationship with the regulators.

After stating that we should separate the liquidity creation function from the subsidy objective (which we already knew he supported), Frank said: "I think the answer is you separate out the function of providing the equity in general for the mortgage market and doing some subsidy and in my judgment, the subsidy again, as I said before, should be focused on affordable rental housing, not in pushing low income people into owning homes that they can't afford." (Excerpt) Read more at business.theatlantic.com ...

24 posted on 02/09/2010 7:21:19 AM PST by Liz (A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat nearby.)
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To: All
ARTICLE EXCERPT 1. There are lots of voters out there who agree with us. Poll after poll shows that conservatives are the largest voting bloc in America. 2. There is no substitute for personal, grassroots involvement. 3. Democrat and ACORN fraud cannot overcome a tidal wave of conservative and like-minded independent voters, even in liberal Mass and NJ. ACORN is no match for energized, intelligent, informed conservatives. 4. Get involved early. Making last minute telephone calls is better than nothing, but it isn't good enough.

ACTION MEMO

Under no circumstances should conservatives allow the GOP and/or the RNC to hijack the tea party and the grass roots movements that elected Scott Brown. REMEMBER: They don't use us to get elected----we use them to achieve conservative goals.

WE WILL HOLD CANDIDATES' FEET TO THE FIRE It's in our hands to dictate the terms by which we support candidates. Below are the terms under which conservatives permit candidates to earn our support:

(1) Your conservative group holds an official position within the campaign;

(2) Your group's issue is affirmed in the candidate's platform;

(3) Your group is in attendance at all campaign strategy meetings;

(4) Your group holds a paid job in the campaign;

(5) Your group holds a paid position in the winning candidate's elective office.

(6) The candidate must renounce RINOS and pukeneos before he/she gets conservative endorsement.

PASS THE WORD Contact tea partiers, 9/12 marchers, pro-lifers; defense of marriage, 2nd amendment, anti ObamaCare, anti-amnesty, anti-cap/trade conservatives.

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HOW TO HANDLE THE RNC

When you receive an RNC fundraising call or letter, simply reply: " In lieu of a contribution to the RNC, a donation in your name has been sent to the Scott Brown Relection Committee, The Ntl RTL Committee, 2nd Amendment Committee," etc.

25 posted on 02/09/2010 7:30:36 AM PST by Liz (A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat nearby.)
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To: neverdem

This is AWESOME!

Another way to change things is to get involved!

I got in touch with my local city administrators and inquired about becoming a commission member or some other committee in my hometown as positions opened up. Lo-n-behold I am now on one of those! I can make a difference in my hometown and become a leader that way.

We get caught up in how HUGE the nation is and how small we are individually. One person can change the dynamic of many. Be the one that changes the dynamic! At any level! It all adds up!


26 posted on 02/09/2010 7:51:35 AM PST by Danae (Don't think the Constitution matters? Try living in a country without one.)
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To: neverdem

Great piece!


27 posted on 02/09/2010 8:49:02 AM PST by ezfindit (ConservativeDatingSite.com - The Right Place for Conservative Singles)
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To: neverdem

MSNBCABCCBSCNNNYTIMESWASHINGTONPOSTREUTERS, Media Matters, Daily KOS, DU, etc said the Tea Bag movement is not a grass-roots, liberty loving, patriotic movement but a vapid, racist klan-inspired, birther revolutionary conspiracy seeking to take over the government.

During recent conversations with people that consider themselves liberals, I learned that they faithfully believe Marxism is the idea of the nation not capitalism. They all hate christianity, more than is rational. To them, governments grant rights and take rights away, so the part about God and inalienable rights makes them shutter with sudden hate. Swear they believe this. Dissuading them founding fathers were capitalists and marxism is unconstitutional is near impossible.


28 posted on 02/09/2010 8:53:57 AM PST by egannacht (Inalienable rights granted by...)
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To: neverdem

Democrat and ACORN fraud cannot overcome a tidal wave of conservative and like-minded independent voters....

&&&
That to me is key. We must turn out the vote in huge numbers just to counter all of their fraudulent votes.


29 posted on 02/09/2010 8:59:01 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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30 posted on 02/09/2010 10:41:10 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Liz

it seemed like 100,000 people were working on the campaign. They were doing it at home, just talking it up with their circle of contacts.

Paulette is a superstar!


31 posted on 02/09/2010 10:45:30 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT ("pray without ceasing" - Paul of Tarsus)
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To: Liz
Bwaney Frank’s 4th congressional district went overwhelmingly for Scott Brown . . .

So that was the reason he did the 180 on FannieMae and FreddieMac?

32 posted on 02/09/2010 10:45:49 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: neverdem

When I read that headline and the opening, for a minute I thought the article would say that the Democrats’ biggest nightmare was Scott Brown.

No way.

But Paulette, and all of those other angry and motivated citizens, yes.


33 posted on 02/09/2010 10:50:37 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: neverdem

The youngest little mm is going to be voting age this year. I already have voter registration forms for her to fill out.

That’s now three new conservative voters making the total five just in the mm immediate family.

Whoo Hoo!!!


34 posted on 02/09/2010 10:51:49 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Politicalmom

Ping


35 posted on 02/09/2010 10:53:07 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: neverdem

What it looks like is going to happen is that as usually happens when we get a rat controlled government for a couple years, is that it’s going to swing back to Republican, only to a degree that they’ve never seen before.

I sense and hope that it wouldn’t be just Republican, but conservative Republican.


36 posted on 02/09/2010 10:54:59 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping.


37 posted on 02/09/2010 11:13:29 AM PST by GOPJ (Prius - - unsafe at any speed.)
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To: Bigg Red
We must turn out the vote in huge numbers just to counter all of their fraudulent votes.

IIRC, they can't cheat if it's not close.

38 posted on 02/09/2010 11:45:23 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: FormerACLUmember

“...leadership of the Stupid Party...”

Ya gotta be referring to the leadership of the Republican Party...


39 posted on 02/09/2010 11:57:59 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Bigg Red
What gets me is why we tolerate ACORN and union fraud. It's so openly blatant, and yet the Republicans do nothing about it. Christine Gregoire in Washington, Al Franken in Minnesota - so obviously stolen, yet nothing gets done.

It started in California when Loretta Sanchez stole the congressional seat from B-1 Bob Dornan. She got away with it, and it's been going on ever since. Why are the Republicans such abject cowards? Norm Coleman tried fighting it in Minnesota, and the RNC didn't lift a finger to help him.

40 posted on 02/09/2010 7:20:50 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Inspectorette

It’s so openly blatant, and yet the Republicans do nothing about it.

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I know. It is infuriating.


41 posted on 02/09/2010 7:33:40 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


42 posted on 02/09/2010 8:35:55 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


43 posted on 02/09/2010 8:40:36 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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