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Palin Edorsement of New Hampshire Hopeful Draws Ire of Conservative Paper
Politics Daily ^ | July 21, 2010 | Tom Diemer

Posted on 07/21/2010 3:47:17 PM PDT by neverdem

Sarah Palin got some push-back Wednesday, but not from one of her liberal critics in the "mainstream" media. No, it was a conservative -- and influential -- New Hampshire newspaper that tartly dismissed the former Alaska governor's recent endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte.

In a front-page editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid wrote that Palin's endorsement should "neither surprise nor upset the other campaigns" since voters in the state are "rarely impressed by what outsiders have to say."

Better pay attention: in a state that traditionally hosts the first presidential primary -- and will again in 2012 -- the Manchester newspaper wields considerable clout, particularly among Republican voters.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, "isn't making these endorsements because, as she claims, she had spent time in New Hampshire and thus knows that the people here are a lot like Alaskans. She spent a few hours here one day during the 2008 presidential election. That's still more time than she spent getting to know Ayotte, but it takes quite a lot longer to know New Hampshire," McQuaid said in the editorial. The publisher called Ayotte a formidable, legitimate contender in a four-person race for the GOP Senate nomination. But he advised other candidates: "Don't fret over what a 'Mama Grizzly' from Alaska does. Right now, Granite Staters have more to worry about in keeping bears away from bird feeders."

In a Facebook posting, Palin praised Ayotte as a "Mama Grizzly" and said she was the "strongest common-sense conservative who can win in the fall."

Ayotte, the former New Hampshire attorney general, is well financed and the front-runner in polls heading into the Sept. 14 Republican Senate primary. Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) is the likely Democratic nominee in a contest to succeed Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-N.H.), who chose not to seek a fourth term.


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1 posted on 07/21/2010 3:47:25 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Did she endorse another open-borders RINO like McCain?


2 posted on 07/21/2010 3:49:45 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: neverdem

Incoming!!!


3 posted on 07/21/2010 3:51:05 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: neverdem

It’s a shame that the word “conservative” has to be qualified with “common-sense”.

Remember when a conservative was a conservative? Now we have Compassionate Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, Common-Sense Conservatives, etc.


4 posted on 07/21/2010 3:54:14 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: neverdem

The Union Leader stopped being a Conservative paper in 2000.


5 posted on 07/21/2010 3:54:41 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny...its principles are the founding principles." - M. Levin)
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To: neverdem

Suck it up, folk.
Sarah paddles her own canoe.
Nothing new here.


6 posted on 07/21/2010 3:57:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: jessduntno

Yep, you are right ... My Wife worked there a long time ago. But when Loeb died ... poof and look there was a RINO.


7 posted on 07/21/2010 3:59:00 PM PDT by Tarpon (Obama-Speak ... the fusion of sophistry and Newspeak. It's not a gift, it's just lies.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
I really wish someone would tell Palin to drop the idiotic common sense BS.

A real conservative has common sense naturally.

It is becoming tiresome, repetitive and means nothing.

8 posted on 07/21/2010 3:59:06 PM PDT by dforest
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To: jessduntno

“The Union Leader stopped being a Conservative paper in 2000.”

Oh?


9 posted on 07/21/2010 3:59:15 PM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Remember when a conservative was a conservative? Now we have Compassionate Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, Common-Sense Conservatives, etc.

That is true too..

I’m shocked that a conservative paper even exists in the Northeast.. :-]


10 posted on 07/21/2010 3:59:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: neverdem

I don’t know Kelly Ayotte, but some of the Freepers on an earlier thread did not speak well of her.


11 posted on 07/21/2010 4:02:32 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Retired Greyhound
It’s a shame that the word “conservative” has to be qualified with “common-sense”. Remember when a conservative was a conservative? Now we have Compassionate Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, Common-Sense Conservatives, etc.

Conservatism IS common sense. What's the problem?

12 posted on 07/21/2010 4:02:44 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Retired Greyhound
-—”Remember when a conservative was a conservative?”-—

Yes, but to be fair, 90% Conservative used to be acceptably Conservative. Also, back in the day of Reagan, people weren't excommunicated for things like endorsements. Do you recognize how many Freepers would have refused to vote for Reagan after amnesty, or for that matter, choosing Bush for a V.P.?

These days, even at FR, candidates like Hayworth, Palin, Rubio, Haley, Coats, Ayotte, Rand Paul, and more than a few others get blasted as traitors, RINOs, etc.

I stick to the 90% rule - I'll take any of the above any day. Also, stances on issues mean 1,000,000 times more to me than whether or not Palin endorsed Fiorina, or Hunter endorsed McCain, or DeMint endorsed Graham. I love every damn one of those folks, still.

13 posted on 07/21/2010 4:03:31 PM PDT by TitansAFC ("At that point in time (2000 race), McCain was as conservative if not more so than GWB." --- pissant)
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To: indylindy

-—”It is becoming tiresome, repetitive and means nothing”-—

So is Palin bashing, but I doubt that’ll stop you.


14 posted on 07/21/2010 4:04:36 PM PDT by TitansAFC ("At that point in time (2000 race), McCain was as conservative if not more so than GWB." --- pissant)
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To: NormsRevenge

New Hampshire should no longer be thought of as a conservative state...according to former Governor Sununu; more people are moving out than moving in fior the first time in 40 years. NH = Boston suburb, and getting worse.


15 posted on 07/21/2010 4:05:24 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: indylindy
I really wish someone would tell Palin to drop the idiotic common sense BS. A real conservative has common sense naturally

That's the point. It's a pitch to people who don't consider themselves conservative. It's telling these people that conservatism IS common sense (and the liberalism isn't).

16 posted on 07/21/2010 4:05:25 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Frantzie
Did she endorse another open-borders RINO like McCain?

According to her website her views on immigration mirror Palin's - secure the border, enforce the laws, and not a clue on what to do with those already here.

17 posted on 07/21/2010 4:06:12 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: indylindy

I completely agree. I agree with just about everything Palin stands for, but I have to confess she grates on me sometimes. I don’t like “common sense conservative” and the whole “mama grizzly” thing is really off-putting. That said, I do support her and wish her the best, but I wish she would drop some of that business.


18 posted on 07/21/2010 4:07:30 PM PDT by Chester Jones
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To: TitansAFC

Bring it on. Can you tell me what a common sense conservative is? Tell me, what is it? McCain? FioRINO? Linseed? Maybe Bachmann?

Words mean something. Or they should. Slogans are like HopenChange.


19 posted on 07/21/2010 4:08:18 PM PDT by dforest
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To: jessduntno

The Union Leader, which was so instrumental to Reagan’s success in 1980, and backed his strong showing in 1976 as well, has fallen from the high place it once held in Conservatives’ esteem. Joe McQuaid isn’t fit to carry Bill Loeb’s briefcase.

The Union Leader can’t move the needle at all anymore. But Sarah Palin sure can. And she will do it in NH.

If Loeb and his wife were still alive, the Union Leader would be trumpeting her endorsement of Kelly Ayotte. And the Union Leader would be promoting Palin 24/7 just as they did Reagan.

Her endorsement is a huge boost for Ayotte and means she will easily crush her primary opponents and then dispatch the hapless Dem Hodes in November.

And Palin will have yet one more ally in a key early state. And the beat goes on.


20 posted on 07/21/2010 4:08:31 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: Frantzie
Did she endorse another open-borders RINO like McCain?

So who is your Pres. pick Frantzie? Who do you like and why and who do you dislike and why?

Considering your opinionated nature, these questions should be pretty easy for you to answer...........

Lets go dude, let's hear your picks!

21 posted on 07/21/2010 4:09:12 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: neverdem
Nice new word: an "edorsement" on Facebook.
Fits.
22 posted on 07/21/2010 4:10:02 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: Tarpon

“Yep, you are right ... My Wife worked there a long time ago. But when Loeb died ... poof and look there was a RINO.”

Ironic...the Massholes moved to NH ...most of them because they hated the high taxes and crap in MA...and changed it so much...no one told them “no matter where you go, there you are.”

Or, I guess, they are just too stupid to realize it. Now they bitch about NH. I wish CWll would start and we could just get on with it. Wonder who will take Third Manassas?


23 posted on 07/21/2010 4:10:48 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny...its principles are the founding principles." - M. Levin)
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To: FreeReign

BS. I guess compassionate conservatism told people that we were actually very feeling.


24 posted on 07/21/2010 4:10:55 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Retired Greyhound

Fiscal conservative makes complete sense to me. It suggests someone that is otherwise socially moderate. Probably the majority of the country.


25 posted on 07/21/2010 4:11:37 PM PDT by 03A3
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To: Brices Crossroads
Dadgum shame. A "Nacky" Loeb endorsement used to infuriate liberal Republicans. Reagan loved them and they right back. Now the paper is RINO merde.
26 posted on 07/21/2010 4:12:12 PM PDT by section9
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To: Chester Jones

Exactly, I agree. It is hard to disagree with much of what she says, it is her sloganeering that grates me.


27 posted on 07/21/2010 4:13:03 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Retired Greyhound
I like my term....an everyday conservative. That's what I tell everyone I am when they ask me
28 posted on 07/21/2010 4:21:11 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Promoted by God to be a mother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................Thanks, Susan!)
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To: FreeReign

Why say it twice, then?

Saying “common-sense conservative” implies that conservatism may not be sensible.

It’s a dumb generic phrase. I wish Palin would drop it.


29 posted on 07/21/2010 4:22:53 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: TitansAFC

well said.


30 posted on 07/21/2010 4:23:33 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: jessduntno

Yep, Massholes is right ...

You have to wonder what happens when the US economy collapses around them. I heard today the bond rating companies would rate munis anymore, because of the horrendous liabilities for them in the Finance Bill.

I wonder when the whole pile will be declared unconstitutional


31 posted on 07/21/2010 4:24:21 PM PDT by Tarpon (Obama-Speak ... the fusion of sophistry and Newspeak. It's not a gift, it's just lies.)
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To: indylindy
That's the point. It's a pitch to people who don't consider themselves conservative. It's telling these people that conservatism IS common sense (and that liberalism isn't).

BS. I guess compassionate conservatism told people that we were actually very feeling.

No not BS, PDS.

Palin never used the term "compassionate conservatism". Don't blame her for GWB's use of the term.

She saying that conservatism is common sense.

32 posted on 07/21/2010 4:28:22 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: MadelineZapeezda

I love that.

From now on I will also tell people that I am an “everyday conservative.”


33 posted on 07/21/2010 4:28:46 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: NormsRevenge

It doesn’t. At least not this one. They haven’t had that wine there since 2000...


34 posted on 07/21/2010 4:28:54 PM PDT by piytar (Another day in obama's "America." Another day in the march to fascism...)
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To: Retired Greyhound
Why say it twice, then?

She is describing what conservatism is to people who think conservatism is bad.

She is saying that conservtism IS common sense to these people.

35 posted on 07/21/2010 4:33:54 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: indylindy

Remember, though, that sloganeering is critical to getting elected given the dumbed down voting populace. After all - and sadly - “Hope and Change” WORKED.

The vast majority of the electorate is nowhere near as informed as most freepers. We should recognize slogans and ignore them, realizing they are (1) necessary and (2) NOT aimed at us.


36 posted on 07/21/2010 4:34:41 PM PDT by piytar (Another day in obama's "America." Another day in the march to fascism...)
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To: indylindy
I really wish someone would tell Palin to drop the idiotic common sense BS.
A real conservative has common sense naturally.


A REAL conservative doesn't endorse liberal RINOs one day, and conservatives the next. That is called 'inconsistency'.

It is becoming tiresome, repetitive and means nothing.

Slogans and mottos are fine if used like seasoning. Just a pinch will do, dump too much into the stew and it becomes unbearable.
37 posted on 07/21/2010 4:36:26 PM PDT by mkjessup (Do you support John McCain? He's nothing but '0bama-lite'!! (and Sarah Palin KNOWS this!.)
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To: FreeReign

It doesn’t need to be repeated over and over. It makes it seem like we have to say we are for common sense because the other kinds of conservatism aren’t for common sense.

Conservatives are not Republicans.

Wake me when the dems add on common sense democrats....or maybe fiscally reponsible democrats.


38 posted on 07/21/2010 4:36:34 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Retired Greyhound

“It’s a shame that the word “conservative” has to be qualified with “common-sense”.”

No. It is not. Words mean something. You can have a person who refuses to budge an inch. Reagan wanted a 30% tax cut in 1980. He campaigned on it. But he compromised in 1981 and got 25%. A doctrinaire, inflexible “conservative” could have taken the position that it was 30% or nothing.

Most genuine conservatives would, I think, favor a flat tax over the current system. A doctrinaire conservative would reject any tax reductions unless he got his way. And a flat tax is undeniably superior to a general rate cut because it defangs the IRS and is much more efficient and cheap for business and individuals. A common sense conservative would accept another form of tax reduction, if that was the best that could be done.

In 1976, Reagan selected Liberal Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker as his running mate, infuriating doctrinaire conservatives. Although it was not altogether defensible as conservative (It wasn’t that bad in retrospect. Schweiker became more Conservative after 1976), it was a common sense move to preserve his chances at the nomination.

Jesse Helms, a great Senator was a doctrinaire conservative. Ronald Reagan was a common sense conservative. The actual differences were slight, and Reagan as President was more effective than Helms would have been, although Helms was the more unbending conservative.

Sometimes the difference between common sense and intellectual conservatives is no more than how they explain conservatism. In this sense Reagan was the quintessential common sense conservative and Bill Buckley would be the quintessential intellectual conservative. They both agreed on nearly everything, but they would explain it in different ways. Reagan would use stories, jokes, humor and pithy sayings, as does Palin. Some intellectuals never liked this about him. But most of them either got over it. Or they got run over by it.

A list of Reagan’s commonsense conservative wisdom is linked below:

http://www.reagansense.com/common-sense/


39 posted on 07/21/2010 4:37:38 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid
I hated him in "Total Recall". Thanks neverdem.
40 posted on 07/21/2010 4:40:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: neverdem

I’ve been a reader of FreeRepublic for years, but this is the first time I have ever posted anything. I feel what I have to say is that important. Many, many voters of Tn. 08 hope to goodness that Sarah does not endorse the congressional candidate the NRCC has chosen to support and fund. His name is Stephen Fincher. He voted in a democratic primary as late as May ‘10. His voting record shows he has an 80% record of voting democrat. The NRCC did not do their homework on this guy it turns out. He also has taken over 3 million in farm subsidies over the years. He has the backing of all the farmers around here. He looked good on paper, but now I’m sure they wish they had not chosen him. It’s too late now, and they are still going to try to push him through to save face. I don’t know how Sarah picks them, but I sure hope she does her homework.


41 posted on 07/21/2010 4:42:16 PM PDT by Sallygal
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To: indylindy
It doesn’t need to be repeated over and over.

Okay, that's your opinion.

I think it needs to be repeated over and over again until at least 51% of the country understands that conservatism IS common sense.

42 posted on 07/21/2010 4:46:52 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Brices Crossroads
Reagan also found it necessary to use the words "common sense" to remind voters how he -- as a conservative -- would govern as oppose to the out-of-control liberals:

We will simply apply to government the common sense we all use in our daily lives.

-- Ronald Reagan, GOP convention acceptance speech, July 17, 1980

43 posted on 07/21/2010 4:48:35 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: FreeReign

I agree. I’d also add that the term ‘common sense’ completely separates herself from the inside the beltway, establishment GOP- who haven’t been common sense for a few decades. I proudly call myself a common sense conservative, mainly because there are too few people today who apply common sense to anything, let alone politics.


44 posted on 07/21/2010 4:52:41 PM PDT by rintense
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To: FreeReign

That isn’t going to happen because most people have no idea what that is. Articulating how it would apply to policy and values puts a face on the slogan.

You see, HopemChange was whatever anyone wanted it to be. Obama created the situation he is in now. Yes, He WON, but he also mislead people to get there.

I don’t think too many intelligent voters are into slogans at this point in time.

Maybe in a year or so.


45 posted on 07/21/2010 4:52:43 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Sallygal
Welcome aboard!☺
46 posted on 07/21/2010 4:56:33 PM PDT by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion. Mamas don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies..)
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To: indylindy
I don’t think too many intelligent voters are into slogans at this point in time.

Intelligent voters know that elections are won by winning the voters that don't pay real attention, using a phrase like "common sense" is for them, surely you as an "intelligent voter" can handle hearing it.

47 posted on 07/21/2010 4:57:26 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush")
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To: TitansAFC
...how many Freepers would have refused to vote for Reagan after amnesty, or for that matter, choosing Bush for a V.P.?

Amnesty was in 1986. Otherwise, your point is well taken.

48 posted on 07/21/2010 4:58:07 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: 03A3
'Fiscal conservative makes complete sense to me. It suggests someone that is otherwise socially moderate. Probably the majority of the country."

Bingo. We had PLENTY of social conservatism with Bush, but not dime's worth of fiscal conservatism. What was the result? We alienated the educated and affluent Republican voters. And, what was the practical implication? We only have 40-seats in the Senate, lost the House and the Presidency.

If the Republican party doesn't get back to its fiscally conservatives roots, it's doomed. They'll be able to carry a few Southern states with the people who vote exclusively on cultural issues. That's it.

People (the fiscal conservatives and social moderates) voted for Obama because he campaigned like a fiscal conservative. Sure, he was lying and people are on to him now, but that how he campaigned. So, he won.

49 posted on 07/21/2010 5:04:16 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: ansel12

The people that have to be told that will vote for Obozo. The truth is that the GOP to be successful has to be careful that when they promise something, they will deliver. It will not be skittles and rainbows to undo the extreme damage Obama has done. Somehow they will need to inform people of the damage with specifics and prepare them for the difficult task of getting the country healthy again.

If they fail, it will be their last chance for a long time to come. The outcome in 2012 will depend heavily on what happens if the GOP wins one or both houses in 2010.

I will worry about 2012 sometime next year. By then people will start to really feel the pain Obozo and the dems have strapped them with.


50 posted on 07/21/2010 5:06:55 PM PDT by dforest
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