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The Return of Christine O'Donnell
The American Spectator ^ | August 9, 2011 | Jeffrey Lord

Posted on 08/09/2011 9:36:51 PM PDT by This Just In

The Return of Christine O'Donnell

By Jeffrey Lord on 8.9.11 @ 6:08AM

"You think I'm licked. You all think I'm licked! Well I'm not licked! And I'm gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause… even if this room gets filled with lies like these.… Somebody will listen to me."

-- Jimmy Stewart as anti-Establishment Senator Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.

The woman the Ruling Class spent so much time scorning in 2010 isn't going quietly. As a matter of fact, there's not the slightest sign she's going -- period. And -- among others -- Texas Senator John Cornyn, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman, along with former Bush White House aide Karl Rove and the elites of the Delaware Republican Party, will decidedly not be happy to hear it.

On the other hand, sitting across from me last week on the sunlit patio of a local Starbucks, the first hot-off the presses copy of her newly published book Troublemaker in hand, a distinctly upbeat and enthusiastic Christine O'Donnell looked and sounded pretty sunny herself.

With considerable justification.

The subjects she talked about with such passion in last year's campaign season are today the center of Washington politics. An irony considering Ms. O'Donnell was derided not only by elitist Delaware Democrats but Ruling Class elites of both the Delaware Republican Party and, amazingly in a movement that celebrates such anti-liberal Establishment stars from Buckley to Reagan to Fox and talk radio, some conservatives. In the latter case, to be fair, there were conservatives who took umbrage at an O'Donnell lawsuit against the conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute. The issue involved was gender discrimination, and was dropped by O'Donnell in January 2008. But in fact this was decidedly not the driving issue surrounding her

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: 2012; christineodonnell; delaware; gop; obama; odonnel; odonnell; palin; rino; rove; senate
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I wish the best for O'Donnell. I hope her book will be of benefit to Conservatives. I have no doubt that the liberal dogs will be barking.
1 posted on 08/09/2011 9:36:52 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In
Good. And this time Rove’s immature BS won't be tolerated.
2 posted on 08/09/2011 9:54:38 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Those who love liberty love Sarah)
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To: This Just In

Shes not alone she has the TpCaucus behind her.. i.e. 900 lb. Gorilla.. whos gaining weight..


3 posted on 08/09/2011 9:54:48 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: This Just In

I have no doubt that the liberal dogs will be barking.

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I have no doubt the Vichy Republicans will clenching their soft and slender fists as well. Lotta beads of sweat gathering under some toupees out there.


4 posted on 08/09/2011 9:55:31 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Psalm 144; hosepipe; MichaelCorleone

The article’s a good read.


5 posted on 08/09/2011 10:00:32 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: This Just In

I wonder how much better Christine might have done had Castle and his people not tried to undermine her.

I would lay money that Castle and his boys voted for Coons.


6 posted on 08/09/2011 10:02:29 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: This Just In

7 posted on 08/09/2011 10:06:15 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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8 posted on 08/09/2011 10:08:17 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

I wouldn’t doubt that at all.


9 posted on 08/09/2011 10:15:14 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Christine would have been a much better Senator than that idiot Coons that got elected.

She is a class act. She unseated Mike Castle in DE, a former governor and congressman who had served 45 years in DE politics. Castle was a horrible global warming RINO.

Mrs. exit82 and I worked on her campaign, a real grassroots effort.

We saw her in many settings and crowds—she didn’t change her beliefs.

Indirectly, she can claim that since November she has unseated Tom Ross and the RINO GOP establishment here in DE.

We were at her primary election night win, which was a magical moment. We were also at her concession speech in November, where she and her family proved to be a class act.

She has some detractors here on FR, but I have seen her up close and she is the real deal. She is not a quitter.

But northern DE is heavily DEM—that is how Biden kept getting returned to the Senate. We keep fighting here in the conservative south of the state.

I’ll never forgive Rove for his cowardly attacks on her. It turned out later, Rove was in the employ of the Castle campaign the previous December trying to unite the right behind Castle, but after Cap and Trade, Castle was toast.

Of course, Rove never disclosed that.


10 posted on 08/09/2011 10:18:27 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: This Just In
The woman the Ruling Class spent so much time scorning in 2010 isn't going quietly.

Good for her! We need all the Christine O'Donnells we can find!

11 posted on 08/09/2011 10:21:05 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: TBP
I wonder how much better Christine might have done had Castle and his people not tried to undermine her.

Don't forget backstabbing, RINO Rove. He began trashing her immediately after her primary win. Anybody here still believe the GOP supports the constituents?

12 posted on 08/09/2011 10:21:54 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: exit82
A ditzy "activist" with ZERO accomplishments in her life is only slightly more qualified for public office than a "community organizer."

why so many on this site defend this dumb broad is beyond me. The "protect the damsel in distress" tendency never manifested itself in me I guess.

13 posted on 08/09/2011 10:29:33 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: exit82; upsdriver; Grizzled Bear

I was in O’Donnell’s corner.

Rove and his RINO comrades, along with the Beltway establishment were working overtime to defeat her. We won’t soon forget.

From the article:

“One of six kids from a working class Irish-Italian American family, as she details in Troublemaker she has had nothing in life handed to her. Everything, from her education to professional achievements has come at the price of exceptionally hard work. Yet in the style of Emerson’s admonition she has been a nanny, cleaned bathroom floors to survive (including, incredibly, after losing her second Senate run) and learned instinctively how to calm her Alzheimer’s- besieged grandmother by singing a favorite hymn.

She has worked in marketing, owned a house and had to give up a house. She has been subjected to clearly politically inspired IRS audits. And she has paid her taxes and an expensive college tuition. She has studied at Oxford, is versed in the theology of her Catholic faith, writes about everything from papal encyclicals (Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae on human dignity and personhood is a favorite) to socialism in France and property rights as a fundamental of economic freedom. Her early pro-life activism came out of long discussions she had with a childhood friend — and it was O’Donnell who was supporting the pro-abortion position. A position she abandoned in horror after reading up on the subject in detail.

She has traveled in the Middle East, by chance coming upon a young Jordanian woman who, right in front of O’Donnell, “had come within a half step of being killed for shaming her family and her village” for the “crime” of stepping a foot in a spring where O’Donnell and other male and female American tourists were cooling off together. Quickly surrounded and dragged away by angry male relatives shouting in Arabic, a shaken O’Donnell was informed by her guide that had the girl merely touched the water she would have been killed in an Islamic “honor killing.” O’Donnell was interviewed and seriously considered as a television co-host by Barbara Walters for Walters’ famous show The View (O’Donnell lost out to Lucy Ling), was hired by Mel Gibson’s production company to help with the marketing of Gibson’s blockbuster film The Passion of the Christ, and defeated a sitting congressman and former governor for a nomination to the United States Senate.”


14 posted on 08/09/2011 10:30:39 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: Clemenza

I’ll take her “dumb broad” to your “genius” any day.

“protect the damsel in distress”? Nah, Conservatives were just supporting another Conservative compared to the rest of the field.


15 posted on 08/09/2011 10:37:39 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

she’s back? actually she’s never left. i’ve continued to support her through her pac since the special last year.

she’s one of our own. we can’t afford to let a patriot like her go. the’re too valuable and too rare.

she is our tea party secretariat. us old handicappers call her a router. if she keeps running, she’ll have her day. our job is to keep her running.


16 posted on 08/09/2011 10:39:35 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: Clemenza

She must have you spooked somethin’ fierce!


17 posted on 08/09/2011 10:41:49 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Clemenza

She’s not ditzy. She is articulate and knew the Constituiton, which Coons did not.

Coons s the ditz, as he is heading up a subcommitte lloking into overturning the Defense of MArriage Act, a passion he evidently hid during the Senate campaign.

You show your ignorance. Christine was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, nor was she ever supported by the powers that be.

But normal folk could see the goodness and grit she has, and her patriotic love for her country.

Reread my post. She performed a great accomplishment by derailing Castle and the entire RINO establishment here in DE.

Which is something you never accomplished.


18 posted on 08/09/2011 10:43:57 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: This Just In
Conservative she is!

Go Christine!

19 posted on 08/09/2011 10:44:59 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: exit82; Clemenza; Palladin

When will Clemenza and his intimate friend resume posting anti-O’Donnell articles from a homosexual advocacy website?

They say you can tell a lot about a man by the establisments he frequents and the company he keeps.


20 posted on 08/09/2011 10:46:47 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear

Clemenza is about as much a limited government Conservative as Obama is Catholic. Honestly.... Coons? Well, if you’re a true Conservative, the choice would be a no-brainer. Or one would think.

Perhaps Clemenza is a Windsock Conservative.


21 posted on 08/09/2011 10:51:16 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: MichaelCorleone

So happy to hear that. She IS one of us! Go Christine.


22 posted on 08/09/2011 11:06:57 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: Clemenza

I agree... She ran a terrible campaign, let herself get sucked into every sideline discussion that detracted from any semblance of a message, and never put forth a consistent message to start with.

But she looks good, and throws red meat to the Right, so I guess she’s gonna have some level of support around here...


23 posted on 08/09/2011 11:14:07 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: FromTheSidelines

IBTZ?


24 posted on 08/09/2011 11:18:56 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

By God she took out Castle...and for that alone millions of us were grateful.

She also smoked out Rove for the entire conservative community to see what he really was. Over-rated and vindictive.
God speed COD!


25 posted on 08/09/2011 11:30:57 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Psalm 144

That’s the best post I’ve read in awhile.

“Vichy Republicans will clenching their soft and slender fists as well. Lotta beads of sweat gathering under some toupees out there”

That’s damn funny and damn true.


26 posted on 08/09/2011 11:33:10 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: This Just In; Fishtalk

I can’t wait for Fishtalk to wake up and weigh in.


27 posted on 08/09/2011 11:34:55 PM PDT by Former War Criminal (...and proud Hobbit.)
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To: This Just In

??? Huh?

She ran a terrible campaign, never stayed on message, and was all over the place. You don’t get trounced by 17 points UNLESS you run a lousy campaign.

Sometimes it’s OK to admit errors, you know...


28 posted on 08/09/2011 11:52:34 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: Grizzled Bear; TBP; This Just In

>>> I wonder how much better Christine might have done had Castle and his people not tried to undermine her.

Zip. She lost on her own. I’ve never seen a campaign so totally disconnected from reality.

1) She wasn’t an unknown quantity. She had run statewide before, and lost then too. The general public knew who she was already and just weren’t impressed.

2) The voters in that state don’t take their cues from Karl Rove. It’s a liberal area, and Rove is the “enemy” to such. If anything Rove’s (accurate) skepticism would have endeared her to them just out of spite. That is, if she brought anything to the table the voters bought in to.


29 posted on 08/09/2011 11:53:24 PM PDT by tlb
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To: FromTheSidelines

“Sometimes it’s OK to admit errors, you know...”

OK, I admit you’re in error.


30 posted on 08/09/2011 11:55:16 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Huh. So in your mind, a well-run campaign is:

1. One that gets spanked by 17 points
2. That the FEC found broke campaign finance laws
3. Raised $4 million and still lost big-time
4. Raised twice the amount of money as her opponent and lost big-time
5. Ends the race with over $1 million unspent (25% of funds raised)
6. Spends an inordinate amount of time defending 25+ year old stories

Wow, you have an interesting take on what’s a good campaign! She biffed it big-time. It should have been her’s to take, and she wasn’t even close.

Why do you think she lost so badly even though having twice the funds of her opponent? Why do you think she chose to not spend 1 out of 4 dollars donated to her campaign? Why did she end up fumbling simple questions about irrelevant crap that happened decades ago?

The simplest explanation: she just ran a poor campaign.


31 posted on 08/10/2011 12:02:18 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: FromTheSidelines

“Huh. So in your mind, a well-run campaign is:”

What are ya, David Copperfield? You’re pullin’ ‘em out of nowhere.

How about a little game of hide-and-go-seek. You go and seek all those comments which I apparently posted concerning her campaign.


32 posted on 08/10/2011 12:12:49 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

You said I was in error - and didn’t explain why. I stated she ran a terrible campaign, and here are some reasons why I believe it.

So what’s your reason why she got trounced by 17 points?


33 posted on 08/10/2011 12:25:32 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: This Just In

never stopped supporting her. she is a patriot. to rare and valuable to let the rino collective take away. she is still my tea party secrtariat. always running from behind. ready to kick past the rinos if given a chance.


34 posted on 08/10/2011 12:26:28 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: Clemenza

List the qualifications one must possess to be an elected representative. Then explain how Castle met these and the “broad” didn’t.


35 posted on 08/10/2011 12:34:46 AM PDT by jla
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To: FromTheSidelines

“You said I was in error - and didn’t explain why. I stated she ran a terrible campaign, and here are some reasons why I believe it.”

Gotta love that backstroke. Couldn’t find anything, huh.

Actually, you said:

“Huh. So in your mind, a well-run campaign is:”

Not only are you trying (and poorly, I might add) to pull a Copperfield, but you’re apparently a mind reader (and poorly, I might add) as well.

My posts had absolutely nothing to do with O’Donnell’s “well-run campaign”, as you discovered when you tried to seek my invisible comments.

Here are the facts: Judging by your posts, you believe she ran a poor campaign and you probably don’t care for her. I admire O’Donnell, and had hoped she would defeat Coons.


36 posted on 08/10/2011 12:38:19 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

and another thing. i worked the phones for weeks in that campaign. when i talked to her supporters, they knew exactly what was going on with castle and his attacks on her. they all said so.

the people, republicans, who opposed her were biggoted and vicious. they spouted the establisment/rove/castle talking points word for word back to me on the phone. they called her an “idiot or stupid” on the phone. they wanted to get their digs in so bad they didn’t pull the usual and just hang up the phone. that’s how much damage the repubicans had done.

the people here saying that she ran a poor campaign couldn’t be more wrong. she ran a great campaign given the challenges thrown up by her own state party. and the fact that she was running in one of the bluest of the blue.

God’s speed christine. we’ll always have your back.


37 posted on 08/10/2011 12:42:04 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: This Just In

IMHO, Christine O’Donnell is not a good candidate for public office. She’s gotten much attention in life from her beauty and I think it has taught her the wrong lessons. I don’t buy in to her profession of faith and moral high ground because she has spent more than a decade selling it on MTV and anything Bill Mahar happens to be hosting this week. Her “fame” prior to her efforts for public office has been posing as a boogeyman for the left’s talking points. I have a hard time supporting someone who makes a living that way.

That said, she was the candidate conservatives needed in Delaware in 2010 precisely because she didn’t know any better. She took on the Delaware GOP establishment, which had been satisfied with going along to get along, and she defeated it. She also didn’t know to listen to all those people who told her she was punching above her weight class in the general election. She gave the election her all and was smacked down by both the GOP machine as well as her opponent. Were she afforded a supportive Republican party in the general election, it would have been a much closer result. I’m certain that other men and women around the nation who had not ever thought about running for public office have watched and learned from both Christine O’Donnell and her campaign. I’m also certain that well entrenched GOP party machines are a little less entrenched each day because of efforts by dreamers like Christine.


38 posted on 08/10/2011 12:47:21 AM PDT by jz638
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To: This Just In

What are ya, David Copperfield? You’re pullin’ ‘em out of nowhere.

How about a little game of hide-and-go-seek. You go and seek all those comments which I apparently posted saying I probably don’t care for her.

Take your own medicine much?


39 posted on 08/10/2011 12:47:25 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: dadfly

I’m of the opinion that the naysayers didn’t support O’Donnell from the get-go. They probably dislike her as much as those “charming” callers. So their claims of “poor campaigning” are about as penetrating as a Special Report with Joy Behar.

There were a number of factors which contributed to O’Donnell’s defeat. To reduce it to “poor campaigning” is either dishonest, or simplistic, or both.

I wish Christine O’Donnell all the best.


40 posted on 08/10/2011 12:50:36 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: FromTheSidelines

“Take your own medicine much?”

No, I believe you have that department covered.

“You go and seek all those comments which I apparently posted saying I probably don’t care for her.”

Why should I when you did it for all of us. All one has to do is read your comments. It is quite clear, you know. You may not possess any talent in the Illusionist or Psychic reader department, but you made yourself perfect clear concerning any opinion of O’Donnell.


41 posted on 08/10/2011 12:57:53 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

So, you can’t show where I stated what you think.

Thanks!


42 posted on 08/10/2011 1:02:09 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: jz638

I greatly appreciate and respect your comments. I disagree, to some degree, with some of your points, but my time has run out here.

I’ll try to clarify my position tomorrow. If I should fail to respond in a timely manner, you must pardon me.

Good night,
TJI


43 posted on 08/10/2011 1:02:32 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: Clemenza

Karl! Karl! Is that you?


44 posted on 08/10/2011 1:37:41 AM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Catholics=John 6:53-58 Everyone else=John 6:60-66)
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To: Grizzled Bear

Don’t forget the RION,scum bag, Cornyn either.


45 posted on 08/10/2011 2:05:05 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: tennmountainman
By God she took out Castle...and for that alone millions of us were grateful.

Damn straight dittos!

47 posted on 08/10/2011 2:55:03 AM PDT by hattend (And ... as always...FUJM)
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To: exit82

Hello to another Delawarian. Christine has been nothing but a class act since last November's election. She has been supporting the Sussex GOP via her PAC, never insinuating herself into the picture.

She did NOT go on Dancing With the Stars though few would have held it against her.

She got exonerated from that FEC charge, done by the Delaware GOP Chairman...NOW RESIGNED as he was forced.

Above a pic of Christine with my granddaughter.

Becuase the Blue Blood Ruling Class GOP will reach across the aisle to the Democrats with perfectly polished fingernails and superb coiffed hair. Who will they beat the hell out of as if in an alley cat fight?

THEIR OWN DAMN BASE!!!!

48 posted on 08/10/2011 5:12:25 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/201102/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: This Just In

Tokyo Rove will be deeply disappointed.

49 posted on 08/10/2011 5:16:24 AM PDT by McGruff (a Sarah Palin supporter and proud of it.)
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To: FromTheSidelines

Don’t forget losing by 17 points in the midst of a massive Republican landslide elsewhere.


50 posted on 08/10/2011 5:17:53 AM PDT by Strategerist (There is only so much stupidity one man can prevent - Andrew Marshall)
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