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Give Scott Brown a Break, OK?
Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2010 | Douglas Mackinnon

Posted on 02/26/2010 5:14:48 AM PST by Kaslin

After Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., voted in favor of a jobs bill endorsed by President Obama and the majority of Senate Democrats, I immediately heard from a number of Republican friends in and around Washington, D.C. who knew I am a conservative from Massachusetts.

The questions were rapid fire and the anger was surprising. “How dare he side with Obama?” “Is he just a Kennedy Republican?,” and “Where do I go to get my donation back?”

My response to all was, “You have got to be kidding me. This guy has not been in office a month, he’s only taken three votes, and you’re willing and anxious to label him a traitor to the GOP because he voted in the best interests of his constituents?”

The anger, name-calling, and profanity now being directed at Brown from a minority on the right is a perfect example of why I left the Republican party a few years ago. In columns and on the air, I now refer to myself as an “independent conservative.”

In the increasingly worrisome and dangerous Post-9/11 world we all inhabit, it’s more important than ever that we have adult and independent leadership in Washington.

As one who has worked in and around national politics for the last 20 years, I have become disgusted and horrified at the sight of politicians from both sides of the aisle who purposely put self and party before the welfare of our nation.

Again, in a pre-9/11 environment, while not acceptable, such behavior was not fatal. Today, terrorists literally plan night and day to attack our nation in the most lethal way possible.

In his victory night remarks, Brown made it clear that he recognized the pending and growing threat of terrorism. While most in Washington still choose to bury their heads in the sand on the subject, Brown would be wise to seek out former senators Bob Graham and Jim Talent, who now head up the bipartisan and congressionally mandated Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.

If he does, they will tell him quite candidly that they cited a recent study from the intelligence community, which projected that a one-to-two kilogram release of anthrax spores from a crop duster plane could kill over 400,000 Americans. They would further tell him that these anthrax spores are by far, the easiest WMD available to terrorists.

From all that I have seen and read about Brown, he is an honest and independent voice in Washington. A voice which needs to be welcomed for reasons of national security, independent thought, and civility. Not vilified immediately because he failed to vote in partisan lockstep with the Republican leadership.

With Brown’s somewhat surprising victory, the entrenched political machines of both the left and the right got a timely wake-up call. Not only were the voters of Massachusetts tired of the destructive politics-as-usual coming out of Washington, but the American people are beyond sick of it. So much so, that the majority of voters in our nation now rightfully label themselves independent.

For the moment, the Democrat party finds itself the target of that independent anger and worry. Soon, those same disappointed independents will turn their weary eyes toward the GOP. And when they do, they won’t like what they see. To paraphrase talk show host Glenn Beck, for the Republican Party to say “we suck less than the other guys” is not only not the answer, it’s an insult.

If independent-thinking Brown keeps voting his conscience, he, the Bay State, and our nation, will be the better for his convictions. He just needs to keep fighting that machine and its special interests.


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1 posted on 02/26/2010 5:14:48 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sorry, I am giving Scott Brown a raspberry on the “jobs” bill vote. At the very least, those of us who contributed to his campaign expected him to be a fiscal conservative. This vote shows that he isn’t even that.


2 posted on 02/26/2010 5:19:49 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Kaslin
No. I listened to him yesterday on the Howie Carr show, and it's clear that he's already been assimilated into the Senate collective, explaining that people just do not understand "cloture" and attributed angry callers to his office as being given marching orders from "special interests."

It's all here:

Scott Brown explains Jobs Bill vote to Howie Carr, Boston radio (17 min audio)

3 posted on 02/26/2010 5:23:18 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Kaslin

Why should he be given a break, if people don’t like his votes, they should complain...not sit quietly.

After all, it’s the peoples seat...not Scott Brown’s seat.


4 posted on 02/26/2010 5:25:15 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Kaslin
and you’re willing and anxious to label him a traitor to the GOP because he voted in the best interests of his constituents?

I think the problem is that conservatives thought in Brown there was someone who actually understood that this kind of legislation is not good for anyone's constituents.

In order for the government to "create jobs" it must first steal the money from someone else.

Liberals don't seem to understand that or don't care about it - in Scott Brown we hoped for something different.

5 posted on 02/26/2010 5:26:28 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: Kaslin
Weren't the first words out of his mouth on interview #1: "jobs, jobs, jobs"?

I'd say he is living up to the promise. Just because it is a Dimwit horse he decided to ride is not a reason to tar-and-feather him.

6 posted on 02/26/2010 5:28:56 AM PST by pointsal ( try MagicJack if you have had enough of Verizon)
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To: Kaslin

I also say give him a break.

Remember, this is a modest, scaled-back jobs bill, made up almost entirely of tax cuts, which Republicans claim to support, in the midst of an employment crisis. Nearly half of the Republicans in the Senate voted for the legislation - but with huge reservations saying they will turn around and vote against the final bill if items the Democrats are pushing in the House are added to it. Scott Brown was one of those who said he will watch carefully what the House does.


7 posted on 02/26/2010 5:29:42 AM PST by NavyCanDo (Palin 2012 Teleprompter Not Required)
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To: Kaslin

Kind of knew he wasn’t a hard conservative when he won. Just a shame he quickly fizzled so easily. Just a few weeks on the job and he made a bad vote.

Still if he is all that he said when running, and he’d better be for his sake, then he is better than a democrat and he will vote against health care.

But I am still saddened by his vote.


8 posted on 02/26/2010 5:34:40 AM PST by Mozilla
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To: chickadee
Sorry, I am giving Scott Brown a raspberry on the “jobs” bill vote. At the very least, those of us who contributed to his campaign expected him to be a fiscal conservative. This vote shows that he isn’t even that.

So one vote shows that he is not a fiscal conservative by you?

BTW I also contributed to his campaign

9 posted on 02/26/2010 5:38:34 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Irenic

“Why should he be given a break, if people don’t like his votes, they should complain...not sit quietly.”

Right. Should hold everyone accountable. This is no time to be voting with the left on anything.


10 posted on 02/26/2010 5:40:07 AM PST by Mozilla
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To: Kaslin

Disappointed yes, surprised no; he’s a NE Republican that voted for Romney’s HC bill. There are two bills that matter coming up and if he votes no on them HC and Cap/Tax he is an improvement.

Pray for America’s Freedom


11 posted on 02/26/2010 5:43:03 AM PST by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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To: NavyCanDo
You are wrong about what you are saying.

First, the bill does NOT give tax cuts. It gives tax CREDITS, so long as the business jumps through a maze of hoops in order to qualify. And the amount of the bill that gives those credits is around 19%. The bulk of the money will go to Union only construction firms paying Davis Bacon wages, which recently gave themselves an increase in pay, benefits and new expensive equipment.

This “Jobs” bill is a complete joke. To begin with, the so called incentive to hire new workers will not work. Under the countless stipulations to qualify, very few employers will even attempt to take advantage of it. It is lipstick on a pig and the benefits designed to help Democrats have lower, temporary unemployment numbers before the 2010 elections. Then they end in Jan. 2011. Which we all know will contribute to more layoffs.

Brown deserves our rage. His response that the angry calls he is getting is because of “Special Interest” manipulation, merely indicates what we can expect in the future from this slick Romney-classed RINO nude posing gigolo!

12 posted on 02/26/2010 5:44:20 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: Mozilla

“then he is better than a democrat and he will vote against health care.”

yeah but that’s what the Plan B plan is for: Vote against the first bill and show you are ‘productive’ by voting on the 2nd.


13 posted on 02/26/2010 5:45:17 AM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: bray

people didn’t donate all that money just for another RINO tease. Well, he’ll learn the hard way when he asks for more $ in 2 years.


14 posted on 02/26/2010 5:46:53 AM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: Kaslin

I’ll give Scott a break and Scott can give me a refund.


15 posted on 02/26/2010 5:48:39 AM PST by windsorknot (o o)
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To: Kaslin
Douglas Mackinnon,

You left the Republican party; for those of us Republican conservative members that want to bring the Republican party back to conservative philosophy, why should we listen to you?

16 posted on 02/26/2010 5:50:26 AM PST by celmak
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To: Kaslin

Didn’t the bill include tax cuts? Half a loaf is sometimes better than none...

I dunno.


17 posted on 02/26/2010 5:51:57 AM PST by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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To: NavyCanDo

That is exactly what happened, but the whiners in here are ignoring that. If you remember he also said that he will not always vote with the republicans


18 posted on 02/26/2010 5:52:44 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Scott Brown might have had his reasons for his vote. Perhaps he liked that it included tax cuts. Perhaps he’s just a RINO, I dunno.

However, this article seems to forget that there ought to actually be an ideological change, not just a “can’t we all do what’s best blah blah” attitude.

Sometimes, doing what’s best means saying NO.


19 posted on 02/26/2010 5:53:46 AM PST by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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To: Kaslin

One break, cooommmiinng up....


20 posted on 02/26/2010 5:55:45 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Kaslin

What’s with all the shock? The guy represents Massachusetts. If he doesn’t take liberal positions on some issues (probably a lot of issues), the voters will kick him out and vote in some Kennedy disciple before you can say “Martha Coakley.” He promised to oppose the administration’s current policies on healthcare and the handling of terrorists. If he sticks to his guns on those issues, I’ll be more than happy. I mean seriously, whatever conservatives can get out of Massachusetts should be considered icing on the cake.


21 posted on 02/26/2010 6:00:12 AM PST by FelixFelicis
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To: Kaslin
"...is a perfect example of why I left the Republican party a few years ago..."

No matter what anyone on the right - even two or three Republicans do - it's always the reason some journalist "left the Republican party".

I contend that these people were never true conservatives to begin with, as they seem to expect that all conservatives walk in lockstep with their own beliefs...sort of like democrat/progressives do.

Most true conservatives have and independent nature about them and realize that so do other people.

The people who donated to, and supported Scott Brown have every right to be upset about this, as the sheer number that are were obviously misled, by inuendo if not by actual words.

I wasn't too surprised, as I knew he was from Massachusetts, and his mentors seem to be Mitt "RINO" Romney, and Juan McCain't, the liberals best friend.

It's probably good he showed his colors right out of the chute, so there will be no more surprises...the old saying, "Don't expect ANYTHING, and you won't be DISAPPOINTED." comes into play.

Brown was an "asthetic" candidate, being carried largely by his good looks and pickup truck. He used that bit of "stagecraft" (borrowing obama's words) to imply he was a down-to-earth, conservative...a "good ol' boy" and his truck. Probably the only thing that pickup truck ever picked up, was "kennedy's" senate seat.

Also, the "fool me once..." adage comes into play, and the next "typically liberal" state candidate will be closer scrutinized before money is sent, and hopes are hung.

However, the example of lies and promise-breaking by the illegal alien we have in the White House has left everyone pretty raw to even the implication of lying...and Brown's bait and switch qualifies as that implication.

I suppose in the coming weeks several more journalist will give us their "I left the GOP because..." opus, due to conservatives' negative reactions to Brown's "sucker punch" to the people...but those that do, were never conservatives to start with, more like "CHINOs" (Conservative Hacks In Name Only">.

22 posted on 02/26/2010 6:04:51 AM PST by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: chickadee
Look, I may be flamed here; but we are not going to elect strong fiscal Conservatives in every part of the country. We are going to have to accept some moderate Republicans if we are going to get back both houses and the President. We are going to have to accept and welcome some “RINO'S”. That is part of the reason the dems won back both houses. They recruited conservative anti abortion dems in those parts of the country a liberal dem had no chance of winning.
23 posted on 02/26/2010 6:06:49 AM PST by martinidon
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To: martinidon

It’s asking us to embrace another mini-McCain. Many of us swallowed our bile about the lack of cultural conservatism in Scott Brown, but fiscal conservatism is the minimum requirement. The “jobs” bill is a travesty. Scott Brown and the other Repubs should have stood up and asked when TARP became the Dems’ private permanent slush fund.


24 posted on 02/26/2010 6:10:29 AM PST by chickadee
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To: FelixFelicis
you are 100% correct. This country is divided; you are not going to elect strong Conservative - anti abortion Republicans in every part of the country. We should be very thankful that the voters of Mass elected a Republican to replace Kennedy
25 posted on 02/26/2010 6:10:58 AM PST by martinidon
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To: Kaslin
No way. In fact, his feet should be held to the fire even more so. A departure from conservatism should ALWAYS result in scrutiny. If we do not, we get career progressive RINOs, unaccountable for their actions. The issue with Brown is he campaigned hard against out of control spending in DC, then turns around and votes for MORE spending.

We lamb basted McCain for the same hypocrisy. Brown should be NO DIFFERENT.

26 posted on 02/26/2010 6:17:12 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: Kaslin

Holy Holstein! This is like a mass psychosis where people, from various states, want a Senator from Massachusetts to vote EXACTLY like they want him to.

The people who supported Brown wanted him to win against Martha Coakley, he did that.
Seems you got what you wanted, yet you’re still not happy.


27 posted on 02/26/2010 6:29:42 AM PST by Peter Horry (Those who aren't responsible always know best.)
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To: NavyCanDo

I agree. Scott Brown was a trade up. And so is JD Hayworth a trade up from McCain. People might call that inconsistent thinking, but you fight a war with the tools you have.

A soldier would rather have an M-16 than a bolt action rifle. But he’d also rather have a grenade launcher [like Hayworth], attached to his weapon. Does that mean he allows himself to remain strapped with a bolt action rifle? “If I don’t have my grenade launcher, I’ll just keep this slow-shooter.”


28 posted on 02/26/2010 6:32:40 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Farah: "If [certifigate]'s been settled show us the birth certificate. Simple.")
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To: rintense

Please note post 28.


29 posted on 02/26/2010 6:34:09 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Farah: "If [certifigate]'s been settled show us the birth certificate. Simple.")
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To: rintense

Post 26

It’s refreshing to see someone represented by these Senators http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=MI so concerned about a newly elected Massachusetts Senator.


30 posted on 02/26/2010 6:37:10 AM PST by Peter Horry (Those who aren't responsible always know best.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

No excuses. Period. That’s how the GOP became the mess it is.


31 posted on 02/26/2010 6:37:25 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: Peter Horry

Your point would be valid if *I* voted for them. But I didn’t. So take your faux outrage elsewhere and have fun embracing your (R).


32 posted on 02/26/2010 6:39:20 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: Peter Horry

Bump to the best post of the whole thread


33 posted on 02/26/2010 6:48:45 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Peter Horry

I concur. Some are acting like the libs by their constant complaining and griping. I had no delusions that Scott would tow the Republican line on every vote. However, I was thrilled that he won that seat held by Ted Kennedy for nearly a half a century.

Why must conservatives eat their own and act like the libs they detest?


34 posted on 02/26/2010 6:49:31 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: Kaslin

Sen.Brown has a ‘break’. He has the opportunity
to change his ways and start siding with the GOP -—
instead of the Democrats, as he did in this case.

Politicians must be judged by their votes, and
not their claims (and lies) before their election.


35 posted on 02/26/2010 6:56:15 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: rintense

“take your faux outrage elsewhere and have fun embracing your”

Interesting that you accuse me of what you have demonstrated, that is so... DU.


36 posted on 02/26/2010 7:02:16 AM PST by Peter Horry (Those who aren't responsible always know best.)
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To: Kaslin
yeah, give him a break. after all, he's a republican, right. And he was a pinup boy. And he drives a pickup, at least when he's campaigning.

Be sure to give him a break when he catalyzes the "bipartisan compromise" on socialized medicine, kiddies.

An empty suit by any other name...

37 posted on 02/26/2010 7:12:49 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (yeah, you can quote me.)
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To: rintense

“No excuses. Period. That’s how the GOP became the mess it is.”

Third parties had a lot to do with it, and a smidgeon of corruption that has largely been purged.

God isn’t running this year, but ticket splitters probably will be.


38 posted on 02/26/2010 7:13:47 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Farah: "If [certifigate]'s been settled show us the birth certificate. Simple.")
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To: Peter Horry
Oh that's original.

Let me give you a little background, hon. Some of us here on FR do not embrace the (R) just because its an (R). That's called blind ideology. Now if you need someone to explain to you what that means, or the reasoning behind why some don't automatically vote for the (R) label, I have two words for you:

Arnold Schwarzenegger

39 posted on 02/26/2010 7:16:06 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: chickadee
those of us who contributed to his campaign expected him to be a fiscal conservative

Psst. Used bridge for sale. Interested? lol

40 posted on 02/26/2010 7:18:06 AM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: Catsrus
Eat their own? How about elected officials eating us instead?

Do you or do you not find it hypocritical that one of Scott Brown's campaign themes was out of control spending?

How many votes against conservative values or the people's will it take for you to begin to question him? Two, Ten, 20? And if you're not giving Scott a hard time for voting for this, then isn't it hypocritical to condemn liberals for the same vote?

If you had no delusions about Scott, is that a good enough reason to not hold his feet to the fire, especially when he directly contradicted his own words with his first vote?

When will you hold him accountable?

41 posted on 02/26/2010 7:24:41 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: Kaslin

Brown always said during the Senate campaign that he would represent his CONSTITUENTS, the people of Mass. to the best of his ability and with an independent mind.

Obviously he believes he has done just that on the Jobs (i.e., Stimulus II) Bill.

If the people of Mass. disagree, THEY will let him know.

If YOU were out of work with a family to support and not wanting to exist on unemployment benefits and food stamps, what would YOU want him to do?

Beat his chest and vote NO for a possible job for YOU in lock-step ideology purity with a political segment of society???

As long as Brown does what he sincerely in his heart and conscience believes is right—as he has a history of doing—he will get along just fine. More power to him.


42 posted on 02/26/2010 7:26:40 AM PST by mtntop3
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
No, a self-appointed God ran in 2008 and the fools elected him. His name is Obama.

One can not help but believe had McCain stuck to his now vanquished conservative principles, the election likely would have been different.

43 posted on 02/26/2010 7:28:39 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: mtntop3
As long as Brown does what he sincerely in his heart and conscience believes is right—as he has a history of doing—he will get along just fine. More power to him.

Isn't that the same line of thinking Freepers slam liberals for having?

44 posted on 02/26/2010 7:29:51 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: rintense
The author, Douglas Mackinnon, appears to be a paid defender of RINOs
while he conveniently ignores the dirty tricks of the RINOs.


GOP Wins White House in ’08
Mr. Romney is the mirror opposite of Mr. Warner in as much as he is a very successful
multimillionaire governor in an ultra-blue, northern state. Even with that, how does he
knock down the "Mormon" issue?
If someone does try to pull a "South Carolina" on Mr. Romney, we now have the
all-seeing Internet and armies of bloggers just waiting to assign fingerprints to those playing dirty."


Cowardly Gutter Politics
(Defending Romney’s dirty tricks) Residents of Iowa and New Hampshire received calls
that purported to be part of a poll, when in reality, they were a carefully planned assault
against Romney and his Mormon faith.
Mitt Romney is an incredibly decent person and a loving husband and father."


Mike Huckabee's renewed, juvenile, and un-Christian written assault on former rival Mitt
Romney compels me to admit that it was he who served as the inspiration for the evil character."


Whatever the real reason, Romney seems to have made the right decision not to call. At
least, based on the fact that Huckabee continues to pile-on the former governor of
Massachusetts with lines like, Romney was "anything but conservative until he changed
the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president."

45 posted on 02/26/2010 7:29:57 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Peter Horry

Aren’t you a Romney supporter?


46 posted on 02/26/2010 7:30:22 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: Diogenesis

Seemingly a Romneybot too. Why am I not surprised?


47 posted on 02/26/2010 7:31:14 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: rintense

It’s hard to hold the White House during an economic meltdown [which I believe was orchestrated and made possible by Fannie/FReddie].


48 posted on 02/26/2010 7:36:21 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (God isn’t running this year, but ticket splitters probably will be.)
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To: rintense

Awww, that hurt, what else you got. Show your POWER.


49 posted on 02/26/2010 7:39:56 AM PST by Peter Horry (Those who aren't responsible always know best.)
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To: rintense

Liberals are ideologues 24/7. Rational argument/discussion is beyond them.

Generally, they’re not the bit interested in what others, or their constituents believe and want—because they have appointed themselves as little, phony gods.


50 posted on 02/26/2010 7:46:38 AM PST by mtntop3
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