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Sarah Palin's bus tour leaves GOP cold
Politico ^ | 06/03/2011 | ALEXANDER BURNS & DAN HIRSCHHORN

Posted on 06/03/2011 5:25:06 AM PDT by Hawk720

MANCHESTER, N.H. - As it played out on TV this week, Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” road trip of U.S. historical sites was a masterpiece of political mischief-making – a wild dash up the East Coast that delighted her fans and cornered the market on 2012 coverage for days on end.

That’s not how the bus tour looked to Republicans on the ground, many of whom are more convinced than ever that the former Alaska governor is simply not serious about running for president.

While Palin has reveled in giving an extended one-fingered salute to the national press, refusing to give out details about her travel schedule and forcing reporters to literally chase her vehicle up I-95 in order to cover her, she reached out to precious few activists and party leaders in the states she visited. And the locals have noticed, leaving them scratching their heads and looking for a rationale for a candidacy.

Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason, whose state hosted Palin on visits to Gettysburg and the Liberty Bell, voiced a common exasperation about Palin’s tour: “I don’t think theater wins elections.”

“Running for president is a very serious thing and you need to deal with it as such,” Gleason said. “I’m looking for party builders.”

In New York – where Palin stopped at Ellis Island – GOP Rep. Peter King mused that the Alaskan “probably has more hardcore support than any other candidate.”

“But she needs to show that she can go beyond that, and this tour doesn’t accomplish that,” said King, who is urging Rudy Giuliani to enter the 2012 race.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


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1 posted on 06/03/2011 5:25:09 AM PDT by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

Anything she does to leave the GOP and the MSM cold, probably makes me smile.

:)


2 posted on 06/03/2011 5:26:25 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Hawk720

The usual suspects in the republican party are whining that Palin isn’t following their script. What a shocker! More proof that there needs to be plenty more purging of rinos.


3 posted on 06/03/2011 5:28:20 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Hawk720

Dude:

She doesn’t give a rat’s a@@ about “The Party”.

That’s what’s so refreshing.

She’s CONSERVATIVE. Get it?


4 posted on 06/03/2011 5:29:00 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Hawk720

A poster at HotAir...

I like Ryan; however, I’m not settled on any candidate yet. That’s partly because I have this recurring nightmare that the eventual nominee will be Lindsey Graham, just because that’s the way the Republicans roll.
IrishEi on June 2, 2011 at 10:09 PM


5 posted on 06/03/2011 5:29:53 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: Hawk720

“That’s not how the bus tour looked to Republicans on the ground, many of whom are more convinced than ever that the former Alaska governor is simply not serious about running for president....”

Guess I’m not “on the ground” then. I loved it.

Really. The woman could come out and have pancakes for breakfast and these pissy little !@(#*s would write an article that she’s setting a bad nutrition example for kids, proving once and for all that she should never even remotely be considered for President.

Tell you what... if she runs, for the first time in my life, I’m going to sign up to help any way I can. Because she won’t be running against Obama alone – she’ll be running against Obama, every media outlet (except talk radio) and many members of her own party.


6 posted on 06/03/2011 5:30:28 AM PDT by Pravious
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To: Hawk720

Hahahaha Politico stokes the fire. Gret the pitchforks! Get the torches! They pressed the button, now let the salivation betgin. ;-)


7 posted on 06/03/2011 5:32:09 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Hawk720

She didn’t do it for the GOP...


8 posted on 06/03/2011 5:32:33 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Pravious

“Tell you what... if she runs, for the first time in my life, I’m going to sign up to help any way I can.”

I’m patiently waiting on her announcement...

PS: Lindsay Graham because that’s the way Republicans roll. lol


9 posted on 06/03/2011 5:33:21 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: Hawk720

Why are these people trying to hold this tour to that of a presidential election campaign? Why are they complaining that it does not show that Palin is serious about running when she has never said she is running?

Goofy. And smells of sour grapes.

The old game is over. Get used to it. It’s the party that is going to have to adapt, not the other way around.

Palin has repeatedly said this tour is not a campaign swing and she does not intend to work it that way. So, of course, she is not spending her time reaching out to local party officials and so on.

Does that mean that she wouldn’t recognize the need to actually, um, CAMPAIGN if she were in fact CAMPAIGNING for President in the future?

I don’t think so.


10 posted on 06/03/2011 5:35:12 AM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Hawk720
"Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason,"

Gleason is the reason we have Critz in Murtha's old district.

Gleason is the reason we have idiot Casey as our Senator.

I will never contribute to Pennsylvania Republicans as long as Gleason is the Chairman.

11 posted on 06/03/2011 5:35:28 AM PDT by eCSMaster (We will fight for America and it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now.)
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To: Hawk720

Gleason??? Gleason??? It is to laugh.


12 posted on 06/03/2011 5:36:09 AM PDT by MestaMachine (If you want to pillage,plunder,destroy, blaspheme,or defile, become a muslim, or name yourself obama)
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To: Hawk720

God, I love this woman.

The GOP just doesn’t get it. “Same old” isn’t going to cut it this time around.


13 posted on 06/03/2011 5:37:14 AM PDT by Reagan69 (If it ain't broke, the government will fix it till it is.)
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To: Daisyjane69

Aside from the MSM propaganda ministry, the GOP is the second biggest problem in the country next to that “other” party.


14 posted on 06/03/2011 5:37:33 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe ( "Failure to speak out against evil is evil itself" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
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To: Pravious

“A man gets tied up to the ground,
He gives the world
Its saddest sound,
Its saddest sound.” — El Condor Pasa, Simon/Milchberg


15 posted on 06/03/2011 5:38:29 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Hawk720

The nation needs saving.

It becomes more clear every day that the GOP does not believe that.


16 posted on 06/03/2011 5:40:24 AM PDT by Jim Noble (The Constitution is overthrown. The Revolution is betrayed.)
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To: Hawk720
Politico is disrespectful of Gov. Palin.

Romney attacking Gov. Palin ---- for Politico and Obama in 2008

Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."


The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"I’m told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palin’s people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romney’s former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
… aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.


"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off ….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."


"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the “Diva” leak was Nicolle Wallace’s husband."


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



17 posted on 06/03/2011 5:40:59 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: eCSMaster

“I don’t think theater wins elections.”

He musta slept through 2008 then. He is the most deliberately inneffective rino on G-d’s green earth in PA.


18 posted on 06/03/2011 5:41:03 AM PDT by MestaMachine (If you want to pillage,plunder,destroy, blaspheme,or defile, become a muslim, or name yourself obama)
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To: Hawk720

‘career’ politicians HAVE TO GO! I don’t care what party they belong to!


19 posted on 06/03/2011 5:42:24 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: Hawk720
“But she needs to show that she can go beyond that, and this tour doesn’t accomplish that,” said King, who is urging Rudy Giuliani to enter the 2012 race.

If King does not understand how breathtakingly provincial a candidate Giuliani is, his opinion is all but worthless.

20 posted on 06/03/2011 5:44:55 AM PDT by papertyger
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To: Hawk720
“I don’t think theater wins elections.”

Hear that, Obama? Theatrics won't work, no Greek amphitheater with marble columns, no faux triumphal marches across Europe...

21 posted on 06/03/2011 5:45:40 AM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: MestaMachine
“I don’t think theater wins elections.”

He musta slept through 2008 then. He is the most deliberately inneffective rino on G-d’s green earth in PA.

Maybe he meant it this way.....

"I don't think. Theater wins elections."

22 posted on 06/03/2011 5:47:49 AM PDT by N. Theknow (The MSM is to 0bama what the Broom-n-Scoop Detail is to a circus parade.)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Well, those "usual suspects" in January and February will be the ones enlisting the walkers, the mail-stuffers, the phone bank workers, the ad campaigns, and so on. Everyone here revels in how she tweaks the media, as do I. But tweaking the media doesn't produce turnout on election day. It WILL produce a crowd where she it, but what about the other 99.9 percent of the state not in sight?

That requires something called a party organization. I have never, ever, seen any candidate come close to winning without such an organization. And it's not just money: money helps BUY it, but does not organize it. So I would have very much liked to have seen her actually developing a solid GOP/grass roots organization on this tour.

23 posted on 06/03/2011 5:47:49 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Hawk720

She must not kiss the gop establishments butts enough, they want to tell her what to say.


24 posted on 06/03/2011 5:48:22 AM PDT by ravenwolf (Just a bit of the long list of proofs)
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To: Hawk720
She did not give out a schedule, but just showed up and was spontaneously greeted by friendly people. If she had given out a schedule, Obama would have had advanced noticed where to send in his thugs to protest her.
25 posted on 06/03/2011 5:50:18 AM PDT by HapaxLegamenon
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To: Scotsman will be Free
I wouldn't give this article any validity. This is simply the daily Politico hit piece, today throwing a temper tantrum that Gov. Palin is doing things their way.
26 posted on 06/03/2011 5:52:07 AM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Hawk720
“But she needs to show that she can go beyond that, and this tour doesn’t accomplish that,” said King, who is urging Rudy Giuliani to enter the 2012 race.

If King does not understand how breathtakingly provincial a candidate Giuliani is, his opinion is all but worthless.

27 posted on 06/03/2011 5:53:14 AM PDT by papertyger
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To: Hawk720
Yeah, bummer. No one cares except for Politico.

ML/NJ

28 posted on 06/03/2011 5:53:22 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Hawk720
“But she needs to show that she can go beyond that, and this tour doesn’t accomplish that,” said King, who is urging Rudy Giuliani to enter the 2012 race.

If King does not understand how breathtakingly provincial a candidate Giuliani is, his opinion is all but worthless.

29 posted on 06/03/2011 5:53:27 AM PDT by papertyger
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To: The Bronze Titan

‘career’ politicians HAVE TO GO! I don’t care what party they belong to!


You said it.


30 posted on 06/03/2011 5:53:36 AM PDT by ravenwolf (Just a bit of the long list of proofs)
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To: LS

Is it your position that the repub party establishmentdoesn’t have a bunch of rinos that need to be purged?
Is it your position that the repub party establishment which delights in such candidates as Romney, Guiliani, Dole, etc and fights against the DeMints, Rubios and other real conservatives doesn’t have a rino problem? The “usual suspects” are the party leaders who insist on running rinos. Not the foot soldiers who do the work.


31 posted on 06/03/2011 5:55:04 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Hawk720

I can hear the checked pants rustling and white loafers tapping everywhere!


32 posted on 06/03/2011 5:58:10 AM PDT by jetson
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To: Pravious; All
"Tell you what... if she runs, for the first time in my life, I’m going to sign up to help any way I can. Because she won’t be running against Obama alone – she’ll be running against Obama, every media outlet (except talk radio) and many members of her own party

Pravious...

Why wait, go here :http://www.organize4palin.com/

They are setting up shop in all states, some have met already and some have even printed up fliers. I am trying to find some locals to get started, with not a lot of success just yet....

33 posted on 06/03/2011 6:00:32 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Hawk720

I do not think she will run for President. She can be a kingmaker, which is better in some ways.


34 posted on 06/03/2011 6:01:23 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Sea Parrot; gov_bean_ counter; Silentgypsy; Grenada; betsyross60; trisham; Berlin_Freeper; ...
(((((PING))))))
35 posted on 06/03/2011 6:01:33 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: bronxville

Lindsay Graham??? Oh, man, the prospect trull sucks. That is the way the RNC rolls though. egads.


36 posted on 06/03/2011 6:04:59 AM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: MestaMachine
“I don’t think theater wins elections.” Hypocrites!
37 posted on 06/03/2011 6:10:54 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Purged? Sounds Stalinist to me. I work in the Montgomery Co. GOP and we have all types here. We are trying to put more conservatives in leadership throughout, and I think we've been wildly successful (Jim Jordan, who may run against Brown; Josh Mandel; Kasich---who is a vast improvement over most of the other Republicans who had sought the governorship). Our county chairman is very conservative. Most (not all) of our leadership is.

No, I don't want them "purged." I want them to turn out and vote on election day, preferably for the conservative. Guiliani can't do a thing to DeMint and neither can Romney or Dole. It's interesting you cite two has-beens and a wanna-be vs. two conservatives who actually won. So who really has the power?

If by the "usual suspects" you mean the hundreds of state and thousands of local chairmen/precinct workers who will do all the dirty work in a campaign that everyone here (and, so far, apparently Palin) feels are unimportant, then that's a prescription for disaster. My chairman worked just as hard for Ken Blackwell (a conservative) as he did for one of our local RINO legislators. I think it is a (so far) fatal flaw of the Palin "strategy" that she thinks she can ignore the mainstream organization. It is absolutely true that the Tea Party has the fire and the enthusiasm, and when in 2010 that was properly married to good organization, it won. When it wasn't, it lost.

38 posted on 06/03/2011 6:12:27 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Recovering_Democrat

As a moderate/Mitt-supporting type of Democrat, you would support her sitting on the sidelines—but you wouldn’t want to see anyone she’d make king on the throne.


39 posted on 06/03/2011 6:13:16 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: LS

As soon as you threw the Stalinist name out I quit reading your comment.
Good bye.


40 posted on 06/03/2011 6:15:37 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: LS

That darned Sarah!
She leaves the GOP cold........

Oh yeah, by the way here’s a recent tweet and pic from Scott Conroy @ RCP:

“GOP frontrunner announces. Palin clambake..who makes front page?”
http://twitpic.com/56acth


41 posted on 06/03/2011 6:16:40 AM PDT by sillsfan (Reagan and Sarah are right- WE win, they lose!)
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To: Hawk720
I am sure the 2012 Republican nominee will be Romney, Pawlenty or Houseman.
I have no doubt that the elites of the party are not above stuffing a few ballot boxes to insure this.

Palin, Cain, Bachmann, Santorum. Any one or two of them. That is it. I am very tired of voting GOP because it is the lesser of two evils.

42 posted on 06/03/2011 6:22:23 AM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTY or no party)
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To: Hawk720

We should be so used to this negative spin Politico-style story by now. Quote a few GOP operatives from Palin’s less-gifted competitors and make it out as if she’s not popular within her party—when poll after poll shows she’s the most favorably viewed among GOP voters.


43 posted on 06/03/2011 6:26:49 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Ah, so “purge” isn’t Stalinist?


44 posted on 06/03/2011 6:31:40 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: LS
I would have very much liked to have seen her actually developing a solid GOP/grass roots organization on this tour.

You do not understand what the TP is, how it continues to grow in real, local political clout. This is the largest and most powerful political elction machine in the history of the country.

45 posted on 06/03/2011 6:35:19 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

To the GOP:

Sarah Palin is American, then Conservative, then Republican, and don’t you forget it. That’s why she’s getting more popular while your RINO ideas and go-along-to-get-along attitude in Washington are falling by the wayside. Wake up, you idiots.


46 posted on 06/03/2011 6:51:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: roaddog727
Dude:

She doesn’t give a rat’s a@@ about “The Party”.

That’s what’s so refreshing.

She’s CONSERVATIVE.

Get it?

Needs to be repeated and repeated and repeated and.............

47 posted on 06/03/2011 6:56:33 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Diogenesis

Great links! bttt


48 posted on 06/03/2011 6:58:05 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (In the latter times the man [or woman] of virtue appears vile. --Tao Te Ching)
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To: Hawk720

Gleason, you’re the one who’s not serious.

If you want to be a leader, you go to the people and you ignore the ruling class. Mr. Gleason, take another look at what Sarah Palin is doing.


49 posted on 06/03/2011 6:58:52 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Pray for Israel.)
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To: LS
Why should Gov Palin or any conservative make nice with any organization that continues to embrace its backstabbing weasels?

Yes, Gov Palin is engaged in a raw power play cloaked in an innocuous appearing bus tour. This should serve as a wake-up call to the elites in the party that they are the ones out of step with mainstream/main street America and change direction.

Sadly the Chardonnay and Cheese crowd in the GOP will probably miss the message.

50 posted on 06/03/2011 7:05:38 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO and I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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