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What exactly is wrong with Sarah Palin as a candidate?
The Gainesville Sun ^ | January 26, 2011 | LTC William Dixon, M.D.

Posted on 01/26/2011 9:43:02 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Rush Limbaugh is fond of saying the left will always tell you whom they fear by making that person the focus of their most virulent attacks. The left despises Sarah Palin. They say she is stupid and incapable of ever assuming the role of president. They mock her education, (B.S. University of Idaho), her small town background and her political accomplishments ( 2006 - 2009 Governor of Alaska ). When she resigned the governorship, they said she was a quitter. Just recently, the left indicted her as being responsible for the shooting of Congresswoman Gibbs in Arizona.

But what of pundits on the right, the Peggy Noonan-Karl Rove types? They hold Palin in equally low esteem. And what of conservative women? Many just viscerally dislike her. Ask them about Palin. You’ll get a response which begins with a shaking of the head and some comment about being inexperienced. Press them for facts. You will find most of these women ignorant of Palin’s background and remarkable accomplishments. Why is that?

Is it because Sarah Palin does not look at all like the admired but camera-challenged women in government, such as Hillary Clinton and Justice Sotomeyer? She has not the stern, formal look of a Maggie Thatcher, the British Prime Minister who turned around England’s economy nor of Golda Meir, the tough former leader of Israel. Palin is softer, attractive, plain spoken albeit with a sometimes irritating voice. Does her appearance put people, especially women, off?

All but three of our presidents in the last hundred years graduated from elite universities, often with law degrees. Truman did not attend college. Ike graduated from West Point, and Reagan graduated from Eureka College in Illinois. Those three are considered among the best of presidents by most. Reagan and Truman were thought stupid by some. Is it that Palin did not graduate from an elite university that causes some conservative pundits to reject her as unintelligent?

George W. Bush was considered stupid and incompetent by the governing elite because he actually believed in God and prayed daily. This despite two Ivy League degrees.

Sarah Palin is openly Christian and prays regularly. She was president of a Christian group in high school. She is “pro life” and rejected terminating her last pregnancy when she found she was carrying a baby with Down’s Syndrome. Perhaps that is the problem for some of her critics.

It seems unlikely that her performance as mayor of Wasilla, cutting taxes while expanding the town’s facilities so that it could grow, would be anything but a plus. Just so her role as a member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. She outed two corrupt officials, one of whom was chairman of the state Republican Party.

Was she wrong in running for governor to oust a corrupt and wasteful officer of her own political party? Was it lack of wisdom which led her to sell the state plane, cut expenses of her office by 75 percent and pass a bipartisan ethics bill? Was she impolite in chasing away the oil company lobbyists so that she could start work on a stalled pipeline for natural gas? Not likely.

President Obama was elected because he appeared to be extraordinary. His academic pedigree and soaring rhetoric shielded from voters his appalling lack of real-world experience and complete lack of substantial accomplishments. His presidency is struggling.

By contrast, Sarah Palin, despite her talents and obvious achievements, seems very ordinary. Americans, believing the smears and punditry, will likely reject Palin without really getting to know her. Once again the nod will go to a member of the cultural elite, a group which has routinely failed to govern well.

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William Dixon is a graduate of Columbia University, New York Medical College and the USF College of Business Administration. He was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Georgia before entering private practice. He served in the Army as a surgeon and as a Special Forces Officer, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Dixon can be reached at Wdixon16@yahoo.com.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; abortion; elites; obama; palin; presidentpalin; prolife; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 01/26/2011 9:43:04 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s a gurl?


2 posted on 01/26/2011 9:43:42 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 736 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

I love her dearly. But she is much like our Nancy Pelousy. Dearly beloved among party and conservative activists. Yet hated and despised with a passion by the other party. In other words... a lightening rod.


3 posted on 01/26/2011 9:46:13 AM PST by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Her ideology is perfect imo. But her debate skills are not up to ronald reagan standards.


4 posted on 01/26/2011 9:46:26 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

The great masses LOVED McCain so much they chose him for our presidential candidate.

That worked out well.


5 posted on 01/26/2011 9:47:53 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s a good looking, conservative woman, therefore she must be evil, or stupid, or both - Squared.


6 posted on 01/26/2011 9:48:03 AM PST by Jack of all Trades (Stop the change - I want to get off!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Commie propaganda works...even on Republicans/Conservative voters.

Which is why we have such spineless wusses in Congress...we ELECT them.

WE elect and nominate only the men and women WITHOUT media baggage, ie, men and women who refuse to fight.

7 posted on 01/26/2011 9:48:21 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Conservative Women not liking Sarah Palin are just being catty.

Since grade school,females have always been catty toward the popular girl.

Come election time, they’ll huff and puff yet in secrecy, vote for Palin.


8 posted on 01/26/2011 9:48:21 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: mamelukesabre

Good thing she won’t be debating President Reagan then. As someone who worked for both Presidents Carter and Reagan, I can tell you that she’s a lot closer to him than anyone else at that level currently. I’m sure she would tell you that she’s no Ronald Reagan, but we need to work with what we have. Who do you suggest instead of her?


9 posted on 01/26/2011 9:50:00 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

10 posted on 01/26/2011 9:50:04 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Are you a lady, by any chance?


11 posted on 01/26/2011 9:50:40 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Left and the establishment on the Right as well aren’t trying to prevent Palin from being President, they’re trying to prevent her from being a candidate. Once she is, the politics of personal destruction become much more difficult. Their challenge is to get damage done sufficient to the task before the effectiveness of the tactic wears off. With enough media participating it’s possible; in fact, it appears to be working, but it’s a race against time and she is hanging in there. Fascinating dynamic.


12 posted on 01/26/2011 9:51:46 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin is softer, attractive, plain spoken albeit with a sometimes irritating voice....Is it that Palin did not graduate from an elite university that causes some conservative pundits to reject her as unintelligent?

Ping for later

13 posted on 01/26/2011 9:52:04 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: listenhillary

I totally agree with you. McCain was a lousy candidate and whatever excitement we had in 2008 was all due to her. Puttung SP on the ticket was the smartest thing McCain ever did in his whole life. BTW—I don’t think SP is going to run. Just a hunch.


14 posted on 01/26/2011 9:53:06 AM PST by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah is more of a man than any liberal. She is a mother. She is more than bright. She is logical. She is not a Communist. She could take down Barry and his liberal establishment. What better blow to the muslem ego than to put a girl in charge of this country.
15 posted on 01/26/2011 9:53:06 AM PST by mountainlion (The government is not my god no matter how much they preach.)
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

Don’t let the enemy tell you who our candidate should be and who to vote for. Remember: It’s the leftist media who control 96.5% of those polls, and they want her to appear unpopular so we’ll go with Gomer McRomneylenty.


16 posted on 01/26/2011 9:53:50 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s a female and she’s not from their party. You really don’t expect them to say it’s because she’s female, or that she is a good candidate, do you? The same thing happens with both parties, neither is going to say much good about the opposition and they will both attempt to be PC about it.


17 posted on 01/26/2011 9:53:50 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They know she's inevitable.

They knew it the first time they saw her.

It's why they go insane ever time they think of her.

ineluctable

18 posted on 01/26/2011 9:54:04 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She is a goofball/showboat - I want a serious candidate like Chris Christie.... the boy plays hardball without drama.


19 posted on 01/26/2011 9:54:13 AM PST by Porterville (Methink'st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.)
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

If we continue to fall for this polarizing crap; we play right into the Lefts hands. We are involving ourselves in the problem; not solving the problem. So quit letting them dictate the rules to us.

This is how they win.


20 posted on 01/26/2011 9:54:13 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: mamelukesabre

Oh, I so don’t agree.

I thought about this while watching Michele Bachman. I like her a lot and her words were good.

But, where Michele had peole nodding approvingly, Sarah would have had us standing up and shouting.

If conservatives let the perception of the MSM turn us against Sarah, we will be playing into the Rinos hands.

They want a centrist like Romney and, if we don’t look out, they will get one.


21 posted on 01/26/2011 9:54:20 AM PST by altura
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What exactly is wrong with Sarah Palin as a candidate?”

Absolutely, positively NOTHING!

LLS


22 posted on 01/26/2011 9:54:33 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Abraham Lincoln was not college educated, was not a governor, senator, or general. He only served one two year term in the the U.S. House of Representatives, starting in 1846.Sarah has the right principles and values that are pro-life, pro-man,and pro-reality.


23 posted on 01/26/2011 9:54:46 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Porterville

My problem with Christie is is he for amnesty? He can do everything he can to clean up government in his state which is good; however; if he is for amnesty; he has done nothing.

Why, because the illegals cost and the money rightfully belongs to the American citizen taxpayer will go to the illegals negating anything he as done. It will leave the American people again holding the bag.

For the life of me I can not wrap my mind around these guys that say they are fiscally conservative but socially liberal. It just flat doesn’t play.


24 posted on 01/26/2011 9:54:49 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s her voice and not what she says is my best guess, she has a higher twangy Fargoesque style and somewhat homesy delivery. Presidential disqualifying kind of stuff?
No.

FRankly, she is what she is , there is nothing inherently wrong with that, and like Obama, if ya cain’t take no more, stuff some venison sausage in your ears or sumthin’.. or as many did last night, skip the SOTU. I did.

I’m sure Churchill would be seen in much the same way were there a modern-day media to wait on his every breath and stalk like a hawk, maybe Sarah could smoke a cigar now and then to lower her top end. :-)

I’m not wearing asbestos undies but will gladly take any heat I receive.


25 posted on 01/26/2011 9:54:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

not a clue. That’s the problem.

And here’s a bigger problem...Freepers are not representative of the american public...not even of republicans. It will take more than ideology to get elected. People really do vote for style and panache.


26 posted on 01/26/2011 9:55:25 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Porterville

The ‘boy’ is also not a total conservative.


27 posted on 01/26/2011 9:55:30 AM PST by altura
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m a woman and I would really like to see her as President.


28 posted on 01/26/2011 9:56:08 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it may have something to do with how she sounds.

Gov. Palin’s regionalism seems odd to me, even though I like just about everything she says.

Her hairdo is rather odd looking as well, but she sure is a lovely looking woman.

Resigning as governor of Alaska did not help. I think it would be very difficult to explain that decision to people who don’t know much about her.

Beyond that, I believe most of the criticism is based on jealousy and elitism.

Hell’s Bells, Abe Lincoln didn’t go to college either, but can you imagine America without Mr. Lincoln? God help us.


29 posted on 01/26/2011 9:56:17 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

>>Yet hated and despised with a passion by the other party. In other words... a lightening rod.<<

Are you saying we need to find someone that the left likes or at least knows will work with them on their agenda? Do you honestly think that a person who espouses a return to our roots of a Constitutional Republic will not be vilified by the LSM and left? How about for once we go all in and try to put in a person who works for US rather the capitulates.


30 posted on 01/26/2011 9:56:30 AM PST by CynicalBear
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I suspect that Liberals, knowing full well just how successful ‘populist’ candidates are in America, fear just that kind of appeal in Palin.

Liberals still can't believe their luck in running and winning with a populist (albeit unvetted/unvetable sp.??) candidate and they are shaking in their shoes that Conservatives can field a POPULIST candidate of their own, with as much and more experience, credentials and character than “O” could even dream of possessing!!

31 posted on 01/26/2011 9:56:31 AM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: freekitty
I really want somebody who can get the job done forcefully with absolute destruction to special gov. programs.

He seems to hold the biggest weapons.

32 posted on 01/26/2011 9:57:00 AM PST by Porterville (Methink'st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah I like.
her fans are as annoying, very annoying. Most of them are more about being in love with her, or seeking the second coming of Ronald Reagan.
It's a lot like in high school; there were bands that were pretty good, but their fanatic devotees turned me off to them.
She promulgates some things i like, some I disagree with, but the idiots who take any criticism of her personally are as annoying as Obamabots.
33 posted on 01/26/2011 9:57:25 AM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s scary that people as informed and passionately conservative as Freepers still let the perception of the media seep into their souls.

Sarah’s the man!


34 posted on 01/26/2011 9:57:38 AM PST by altura
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To: Porterville

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2011/01/governor-christies-dirty-islamist-ties.html


35 posted on 01/26/2011 9:57:44 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rush pretty regularly goes over this point.

SHE is not part of the Republican ‘club’. SHE hasn’t done her ‘time’. It’s not HER ‘turn’.

The mainstream Republicans are corrupt too. Sarah Palin isn’t.

She is like the honest citizen who joins the police academy because she believe in good and upholding the law honestly - then has to deal with the ‘good ol’ boy’s club who are lazy and corrupt and don’t want any green rookie rocking the boat.


36 posted on 01/26/2011 9:57:44 AM PST by J40000
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

If you’re not a lightning rod for the left, you’re a RINO.
It’s just that simple. I voted for my last Rino. There are only a handful of people that I’m willing to vote for, Palin is #1. If we nominate Mitt, or Huck just to name a few, I will write in...
If we nominate Palin, Demint, Buchmann, Pence, or maybe Cain, I’ll back’em with my money and my vote. I say maybe Cain, as I know the least about him. but at first blush he seems very conservative. However, I won’t vote for anyone that writes a check, like he’s buying the Nomination.
He needs to raise money like everybody else.


37 posted on 01/26/2011 9:59:04 AM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

LOL!

ineluctable, I love it!

I’m going to use that to taunt my liberal friends.


38 posted on 01/26/2011 9:59:11 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: RedStateRocker

Well, that is such a good reason to ignore Sarah and vote for Romney.

Sorry about annoying you for being passionate about a candidate.


39 posted on 01/26/2011 9:59:13 AM PST by altura
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To: freekitty

I LOVE SP. I am a big fan. I just don’t think she is going to run for POTUS based on everything I’ve seen so far.

Would love to see SP run for Mark Beigich’s senate seat in Alaska.

Would love to see Michele Bachmann run for Amy Klobuchar’s senate seat in Minnesota.

Would love to see Rudy Giuliani run for Kirsten Gillibrand’s senate seat in NY. Yes I know Rudy is RINO on social issues-—but we are talking about NY.

That’s the problem with our party....Everyone wants to run for president and start off at the top without paying their dues first.


40 posted on 01/26/2011 9:59:39 AM PST by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: Porterville

Yeah, he’s a regular Barry Goldwater:

N.J. Gov. Christie meets with Mitt Romney at governor’s mansion
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2663132/posts

Muslim Picked for New Jersey Bench [Gov. Chris Christie appointee]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2657006/posts

Gov. Christie signs ‘Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights’ (more “gay rights” laws)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2652399/posts

Half Cocked: Chris Christie Won’t Fight for Gun Rights
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2649169/posts


41 posted on 01/26/2011 10:00:03 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: Porterville

Yeah, cause he’s so pro-gun. /s


42 posted on 01/26/2011 10:00:13 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: mamelukesabre

Actually after her debate with Biden in 2008 - Tom Brokaw , some guest on MSNBC and another guy on PBS said that she was Reagan like.....while I don’t care much what libs are saying, it’s worth noting


43 posted on 01/26/2011 10:00:49 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Advertisers often know what's really going on in the country and make their commercials accordingly.

You may have seen the commercial for Dodge Challenger; it shows the British army all set up ready for battle, but turn tail when they see George Washington (in a Challenger) with a stern RESOLUTE look on his face, coming at the Brits full speed.

“Two things America got right - cars...and freedom” goes the narrator.

My point being these Republican upperclassmen have no clue how sick and tired we are of the unconstitutional goings on in government. ‘We the People’ want our country back and are as resolute as Washington is portrayed in the advertisement.

Those that don't recognize this is a new day and act accordingly will simply get left behind.

44 posted on 01/26/2011 10:01:02 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Sarah Palin is America's Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Porterville

>>I want a serious candidate like Chris Christie.... the boy plays hardball without drama.<<

By putting a Muslim on the court? That’s not going to work out well. While he’s good fiscally I haven’t seen much good about his social policy either.


45 posted on 01/26/2011 10:01:12 AM PST by CynicalBear
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To: Robbin

Is there anything in Cain’s past or present that could be a danger to his electibility?

‘Cuz if there is, the media will find it and magnify it.

I ask because I was thinking last night that a Palin/Cain ticket would be a good one and might even draw a few of the disillusioned blacks like the ones on Hannity last night.


46 posted on 01/26/2011 10:01:28 AM PST by altura
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To: Porterville

Christie is backing Romney....


47 posted on 01/26/2011 10:02:00 AM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: Bigtigermike

They say obama is reagan like


48 posted on 01/26/2011 10:03:01 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

She destroyed the best debater the dims have (that is what kennedy, obama and all of the dim talking heads claim biden is)... and I have it on DVD to prove it.

LLS


49 posted on 01/26/2011 10:03:53 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: mamelukesabre

How many debates have you seen her paticipate in???


50 posted on 01/26/2011 10:04:08 AM PST by BillM
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