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Why Rick Perry's Brain Freeze Matters
The American Spectator ^ | 11.9.11 | W. James Antle, III

Posted on 11/09/2011 8:50:24 PM PST by This Just In

Why Rick Perry's Brain Freeze Matters

By W. James Antle, III on 11.9.11 @ 10:49PM

Everybody has at some point lost their train of thought. I've set out to make multiple points on television and forgotten one, or forgotten if I had run through them all, before myself. So on one level, Rick Perry's inability to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate is simply part of being human.

Unfortunately, it also seems to be a big part of what it means to be candidate Rick Perry. There are small debate gaffes that seem to sum up what's wrong with an entire campaign -- Bob Dole's "Democrat wars" line in 1976, George Bush looking at his watch in 1992, Al Gore sighing prissily and behaving like a lunatic in 2000. This is one of them.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brainless; heartless; oops; perry; perrythecowboy; rickperry
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To: Luther1917

Look. I loathe Obama. But someone else’s stupidity is irrelevant as it pertains to another. Saying, essentially, “well they did it too” doesn’t address the problem at all. Yeah, Obama is horrid and needs to go. But Perry is STILL a moron and needs to go too.


51 posted on 11/09/2011 10:01:24 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: This Just In
It is hard to imagine him successfully debating President Obama.

On the other hand, it is very easy to imagine him being utterly humiliated by Obama in debate after debate. It is also easy to imagine the MSM ripping him to shreds and Perry being unable to defend himself or defend conservative viewpoints. I remember Perry being called a "slick politician" here on FR. Was that ever wrong!

52 posted on 11/09/2011 10:05:19 PM PST by TChad
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To: af_vet_rr

He had spinal fusion surgery just a few months ago. I wouldn’t assume there are not some ongoing physical effects and perhaps ongoing medication.

He does not look alert, except in brief moments, and he looks physically uncomfortable, even when he is not speaking but merely watching the other candidates.


53 posted on 11/09/2011 10:07:28 PM PST by Meet the New Boss
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To: Srdubya

If I liked his record as governor, I suppose I could find a way to overlook this - perhaps. Adding this shot in his own foot to the others and piling on the major goofs he has made as governor as well leaves me thinking:

MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN


54 posted on 11/09/2011 10:11:36 PM PST by Ingtar
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To: corbe

Chris Bell should challenge Barack for the Democrat nomination. He lost races for Houston Mayor, House of Reps., Governor. He should put in onward and upward to prove the Peter Principle.

Chris Bell will forever be a footnote in the anus of history for launching the “ethics” probe against Tom DeLay as a lame duck congressman when he found himself voted out of office because redistricting permitted a BLACK democrat to take his seat. What a racist putz rat. Just the Democrat the challenge Obama.


55 posted on 11/09/2011 10:12:01 PM PST by a fool in paradise ('Are now or have you ever been a member of the tea party?' is NOT a legitimate debate question.)
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To: Meet the New Boss

My wife had that surgery, followed by a heart cath. I have known others to have issues with their heart following the surgery as well. I wonder if he has been checked out recently as low blood oxygen could explain some of the lack of concentration and fatigue as well.


56 posted on 11/09/2011 10:13:48 PM PST by Ingtar
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To: Meet the New Boss
He had spinal fusion surgery just a few months ago. I wouldn’t assume there are not some ongoing physical effects and perhaps ongoing medication.

He does not look alert, except in brief moments, and he looks physically uncomfortable, even when he is not speaking but merely watching the other candidates.


It's been a little longer than "just a few months ago." If he needs painkillers, then he shouldn't be out jogging. But he said he's fine and has gotten back into his exercise routine.

Debating is just not his strong suit, it never has been.
57 posted on 11/09/2011 10:16:27 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Srdubya; All

Good grief. It’s Perry’s record as governor that I like not whether or not he’s silver-tongued and slick like that weasel Obama.
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Please. Give it up!!! Perry dude doesn’t have it. He’s my Governor (embarrassing to have to admit that) and I’ve said for years that the guy is a light-weight who is the Governor of a State where the Guv’s office is a “weak” position in Texas; almost ceremonial. After tonight’s Debate, put a fork in him; he’s done. Why do the Perry supporters prolong the inevitable. LET IT GO!!!


58 posted on 11/09/2011 10:20:39 PM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: af_vet_rr
It's been a little longer than "just a few months ago."

His surgery was in June.

The jogging might be trying to put on a good show so as not to raise questions of his health, who knows.

59 posted on 11/09/2011 10:22:40 PM PST by Meet the New Boss
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To: varina davis

If the country had not suffered Bush’s inability to verbally fight with the Left and explain and defend his actions, people would not be intolerant of Perry’s weakness in verbal expression. He had no slick representatives to fight in the media and he could not do it. I am not prone to being for slick talkers as a priority in a candidate - normally.

But it’s not okay at this time after Bush (Rove) failed so miserably to fight off the Dems on every major issue facing his presidency beginning with the 911 investigation when he put Jamie Gorlick on the panel to cover up for Clinton, and rampaging through the Iraq war where Condi Rice got him to say there were no WMD, and finally the bankster real estate loan scam Clinton worked out with the banksters during his term and the bankster bailouts that no one thought was right.

Tooooooo much unsaid and all the communist spins, cover ups and lies stuck.


60 posted on 11/09/2011 10:34:05 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: MHGinTN

I haven’t posted to you since you told me not to while you were defending Cain’s inconsistency on abortion law a few weeks ago. However, you have crossed a very important line here by giving a medical opinion that you are not in any way qualified to make. A practicing neurologist wouldn’t be able to make a positive diagnosis from these debates.

However, as a Family Physician, I can rule out syndromes.

I would be very comfortable confirming that forgetting a point while speaking is not a sign of a neurological problem. He is logical, goal oriented, his memory is otherwise intact and organized and connected for complex concepts and collections.

The pattern that I’ve noticed is that he appears to be thinking the issues through anew, as he goes along, rather than spewing slogans and sound bites.


61 posted on 11/09/2011 10:37:53 PM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed: Will use. Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: This Just In

This statement is illogical:
“Perry has also raised questions about his two biggest assets: his conservatism relative to Mitt Romney and his electablity relative to all the non-Romney candidates. Perry’s slip symbolizes both problems.”


62 posted on 11/09/2011 10:43:36 PM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed: Will use. Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: MHGinTN
Wow, I actually totally agree with everything you said in that comment.

I wonder if people who know Perry have noticed any changes in the last few years.

63 posted on 11/09/2011 10:44:20 PM PST by wideminded
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To: varina davis
I love the way Perry is able to laugh at himself and that he is human. Makes all the others appear so robotic.

Yeah, that's what happened, ROTFLMOBAMAO!

64 posted on 11/09/2011 10:46:09 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Ah, the old Hope-a-Dope.)
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To: This Just In

The sad thing is that in the future the revisionists will blame this brain freeze rather than the “Heartless” comment for the demise of his campaign. It was already over, this was just window dressing.


65 posted on 11/09/2011 10:46:57 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: samtheman

Even so...he recovered nicely and handled it well...and I don’t support him in fact would oppose him and have. However his response of.... “glad I had my boots on tonight for I sure stepped into it out there”..... was excellant.

I give credit where due and further do not expect perfection from any candidate in these debates...especially in THESE debates.

Still he does continue to make blunders with some frequency but I suspect he’s just never going to do well in debates much..just not in his makeup for whatever reasons...and we hear plenty of those here on FR.


66 posted on 11/09/2011 10:54:37 PM PST by caww
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To: hocndoc
The pattern that I’ve noticed is that he appears to be thinking the issues through anew, as he goes along, rather than spewing slogans and sound bites.

I thought the opposite - I thought he was relying on campaign slogans and sound bites too much. That business about planting a flag in the middle of America that says "America is open for business again" was right out of his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, just substitute "Texas" with "America".

But I can't explain the stumble. The point he was making was right out of his campaign and should have been a simple soundbite - he's talked a lot about cutting or reducing those departments. He didn't come up with that off the cuff, which makes it all the more strange.
67 posted on 11/09/2011 10:56:47 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: This Just In

Texas — have you no shame? My Gawd, that boy is stooooopid!


68 posted on 11/09/2011 11:00:38 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: This Just In
"Perry has bombed every debate since he entered the race.

He has generally seemed uniformed and uninterested in matters of substance. His forgetfulness was the only memorable thing about his entire performance.

Fairly or not, it has raised questions about his intellect.

Perry has also raised questions about his two biggest assets: his conservatism relative to Mitt Romney and his electablity relative to all the non-Romney candidates. Perry's slip symbolizes both problems.

It is hard to imagine him successfully debating President Obama.

And what conservative can't come up with considerably more than three agencies he would like to abolish?"

69 posted on 11/09/2011 11:01:27 PM PST by NoLibZone (Occupy is the DNC's use of children,indigent & infirm to push back TeaParty calls for smaller gov't)
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To: This Just In
My analogy is not at all flawed....look it up..it's well understood for informed minds. And I never stated Perry or you stated that..you've gone overboard ...read it again and it's specifically examples to support what I stated.

Some people need to get off their high horse and pay attention to what they are reading instead of framing it thereafter “out of context”.

It's no secret Perry's done poorly at debates...nobody needed this article to inform them except those not paying attention.

Sheesh...I'm suspecting you're likely one of those who jumps at every chance and assumes an awful lot in order to make your claims...wrongful as they may be.

70 posted on 11/09/2011 11:03:27 PM PST by caww
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To: meadsjn

thems fightin words. Of course Texas has shame. Weve made mistakes, we joined the USA, didn’t we.
Had we not The Republ;ic of Texas would be the 6th largest economy in the world, we’d be shipping you your earl (Oil for you yankees) and karl rove would be our president. Again we do make mistakes.


71 posted on 11/09/2011 11:15:44 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: caww

I believe Preparation H will help with the swelling. A diaper change will alleviate that nasty rash, and a nap should clear your head.

Let’s take this from the top.........

caww said:

“It is known that when “three” of anything is presented as a question the first two will always come to mind quickly but the third hangs most people up...they have to think and often get it wrong.

Example...

What are the top three cola beverages? ...and there are three. I venture all would be fast to say Coke and Pepsi...but what of the third?”

You’re using Perry’s “Brain Freeze” to qualify your “cola” point. It’s a flawed analogy. Antle makes a case by drawing on Perry’s consistent inability to effectively debate other candidates. Furthermore, he specifically sights the fact that Perry couldn’t even recall an agency, and yet it was Perry who introduced the “abolish” topic. It was his own baby, so to speak, and Perry couldn’t remember one of his own childs name.

Your cola analogy is an illogical hypothetical because you’ve chosen an arbitrary example. The question presented to Perry wasn’t an arbitrary one.

You also quote Antle in an effort to draw the parallel. You said:

“Rick Perry’s inability to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate is simply part of being human.”

This is taken out of context, which is why I posted Antle’s following paragraph. The above sentence, on its own, appears to justify Rick Perry’s lapse of memory, but, in fact that’s not Antle’s point. He goes on to clarify his observation.


72 posted on 11/09/2011 11:26:26 PM PST by This Just In
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To: icwhatudo; NautiNurse; Nick Danger
The sad thing is that in the future the revisionists will blame this brain freeze rather than the “Heartless” comment for the demise of his campaign. It was already over, this was just window dressing.

BINGO

73 posted on 11/09/2011 11:29:12 PM PST by nutmeg (Yes We CAIN !! Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Meet the New Boss

“He does not look alert, except in brief moments, and he looks physically uncomfortable, even when he is not speaking but merely watching the other candidates.”

Nah, he’s just not the brightest bulb in the pack. I think his wife is the brains behind the throne.


74 posted on 11/09/2011 11:29:15 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: This Just In
The folks defending Perry would be all over a democrat who did the same thing. When you`re a candidate talking big about how you`re going to take a wrecking ball to Washington, you should STILL be listing cuts you`d make three hours after the debate is over.

Saying Perry is human is insulting--they`re all human. He`s up for the job of most powerful person on the planet, and this is the interview.

I`ve kept an open mind, but Perry failed tonight. Looking at the whole field, I am convinced of two things that scare the heck out of me--Romney is going to get the nomination, and Obama is going to win as of now.

We have to turn this around, and fast. I have no idea who can do it. I like Cain, but if I hear `9-9-9` again as the answer to everything, I`m gonna hurl. The Princess line may make us chuckle, but one thing independents hate about Obama is his divisiveness--enjoy the yucks, but Cain is marginalizing himself. Newt is smart but he will be destroyed by a year of personal stuff. Depressing.

75 posted on 11/10/2011 12:11:28 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Obama: The stupid person`s idea of a smart person.)
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To: achilles2000
Cain is probably the best of what is left.

The best??? So that's all we can do? We are the conservatives - we are supposed to be the brightest and that's all we can do, Cain? The guy who does note even know where is Israel - the settlements..er...what settlements...the right of return..gasp..and Oh dear Cair, I am so sorry I said I will not employ muslims in my administration..THAT CAIN??? The one who is only able to repeat 999 -that's about all he can say to answer ANY type of question? That Cain?

Besides his business years, which I admire but that was 20-30 years ago or more, he run but has never won public office at any level while also being a "conservative" associate minister at a liberal black mega-church in Atlanta and being a 2nd or 3rd tier radio talk show host. Does that sound like the kind of resume you want for our President of the US?

His stupid 9-9-9 tax scheme - a new vat tax thank you very much.

THAT CAIN? Boy..how low are we going to put the bar.

Of course, I can hear you from here already saying "he will be better - or less worst than obama". So that's our criteria now to be better than the worst thug who ever lived in the White House?

That's our ONLY criteria these days - knowing that here is only 50 states in the US then we are all jumping of joy and pride of our candidates?

You know what - I think we are AS STUPID as the other side. Only difference is : we DON'T FIGHT for our values - they do!

And I am not talking about the fact that Cain is black - are we AGAIN - playing the guilt card??? I sincerely hope not. If we don't then PLEASE THINK!!!

Now of course the next step is" Ok..where do we go from here - no cain, no perry, certainly no romney. If Palin does not come back, I am going with Newt. At least, even with his baggage he is the ONLY ONE who can beat obama. The ONLY ONE! He is very bright and has a good answer to every question. Obama without his teleprompter is dead meat in front of Newt.

But honestly..I don't have big hope neither on his character than the fact that he could win the nom.

With our stupidity of never backed Sarah and now such a ridiculous field, I am afraid Romney is in to win it, with the help of obama, the gop and even the teaparty.

And of course, obama wins. Yup. Great job guys.
76 posted on 11/10/2011 12:43:02 AM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: This Just In
A little help:

A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

P.S. — FRiends, don't EVEN click that link unless you REALLY want to be disgusted.

77 posted on 11/10/2011 1:13:04 AM PST by HKMk23 (YHVH NEVER PLAYS DEFENSE)
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To: American Dream 246

A fine rant! I concur!


78 posted on 11/10/2011 2:14:48 AM PST by Lady Lucky
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To: caww

Bottom line:

Do we want Rick Perry representing us in the campaign against Obama?

To ask the question is to answer it.

It’s better that this happened now, early in the primary, than later, in the middle of the general election.


79 posted on 11/10/2011 3:15:26 AM PST by samtheman
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To: American Dream 246; Darkwolf377

Newt has his problems, but he’s now my choice.


80 posted on 11/10/2011 3:26:24 AM PST by samtheman
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To: This Just In

The problem of the debates with Obama can be easily solved by having Perry’s teleprompter debate TOTUS. Perry can go back to has mansion in Texas, and Obama can go on vacation.


81 posted on 11/10/2011 3:27:23 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: This Just In

Actually, the gaffe wasn’t all that bad. The problem was not knowing how to move on and dwelling on it.

Perry should have simply said, “It’ll come to me. It happens.”

His problem was in extending the moment into embarrassing silence and continuing to fumble it. Using that football analogy, you’re not supposed to pick up a fumble. You’re supposed to just fall on it.

That’s also the rule in public speaking. Short cover and then move on.


82 posted on 11/10/2011 3:31:17 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: hocndoc
The pattern that I’ve noticed is that he appears to be thinking the issues through anew, as he goes along, rather than spewing slogans and sound bites.

This is his signature issue. It should not require "thinking the issues through anew".

I have read your bio and done a little research on the organizations you highlight there. It seems that you have done considerable work with Mrs. Perry in the past and perhaps know the Perrys rather well.

With all due respect, (and I honestly mean respect) you may, perhaps, be too close to the family to be offering objective opinions regarding his performance tonight and his overall fitness for the position of President of the United States.

83 posted on 11/10/2011 3:50:58 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( The Prudential Governor... Have you bought your piece of the Rick)
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To: This Just In

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84 posted on 11/10/2011 4:31:55 AM PST by caww
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To: gov_bean_ counter

No, I’m just a pro-life activist. I’ve talked to Mrs. Perry once, and to him only in meet and greet lines and events. The Governor is unfailingly pro-life and pro-family, and he has won my loyalty that way. He attends pro-life Rallies and stays the whole time - he doesn’t just speak and leave or send a video.

My usual line is “I’m like Ronald Reagan, and believe in voting with the candidate who agrees with me 80% of the time. It’s just that pro-life is 90%.”

Losing a word or phrase is not pathological, it’s normal. We were watching for gaffes, and it was more obvious to us than usual because he gave a number up front.

From what I can tell, he’s genuine, knows how to say, “I stepped in it,” and seems to learn from his mistakes. I’ve seen him be polite to a man that followed him around with a video camera, hounding him with “Truther” questions.

But he reacts to the interviewers and/or other speakers and the situation, mixing what he knows for the situation, rather than giving canned answers.


85 posted on 11/10/2011 5:58:39 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed: Will use. Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc

Fair enough. Have a blessed day.


86 posted on 11/10/2011 6:10:52 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( The Prudential Governor... Have you bought your piece of the Rick)
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To: no dems

Because the only choice left is Newt and we’re not ready to go there yet. Florida is January 31...we’ll see what happens at that point.

No, I’m not supporting Cain. He’s got absolutely nothing to offer with any substance.


87 posted on 11/10/2011 6:17:04 AM PST by magritte
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To: magritte

No, I’m not supporting Cain. He’s got absolutely nothing to offer with any substance.
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PULEEEEEZE!!! He’s the ONLY one who has submitted an Economic /Jobs plan that is understandable and doable. Maybe you haven’t heard of it; it’s called the 9/9/9/ Plan. Whether you agree with him or not, he has offered a lot of substance in this process.

Have a nice day!


88 posted on 11/10/2011 6:31:13 AM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: This Just In
Likable Dud of a Dude.
89 posted on 11/10/2011 6:33:57 AM PST by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: This Just In; All

I’m really starting to wonder if, since his back surgery, Perry might be on some strong pain meds. Every Debate a disaster and the bizarre speech in NH where many thought he was drunk..... Something is seriously wrong here.


90 posted on 11/10/2011 6:34:04 AM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: This Just In
To paraphrase an old, old, Doonesbury strip:

Debate Moderator: Question for you, Former Speaker Gingrich. What's your biology term paper on?

Newt: Juxtabronchial organ secretions in the higher mollusks.

Debate Moderator: And you, Gov. Perry?

Perry: Our Friend the Beaver.

Cheers!

91 posted on 11/10/2011 7:26:19 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: American Dream 246

It appears you are as frustrated as I am.


92 posted on 11/10/2011 8:05:56 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: no dems

Sorry, can’t back anybody who wants to add another revenue stream for the Federal government...it’s a suckers bet.


93 posted on 11/10/2011 8:40:48 AM PST by magritte
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To: achilles2000
It appears you are as frustrated as I am.

Frustated is not even close. I am exploding of rage!!! I love this country so much - that makes me so sick to see what American people have become - because after all, we are the one who vote. I come from Europe. Believe me, for us American "not born here" it is very very hard to watch. Very painful.

Only one person can save this country and it is Palin. The only one with a pristine record of 20 years as executive, a fully vetted history and the guts to say it how it is to obama and to both sides of the isle. And now she is not running probably because of all the hatred she encountered against her and her children from us on our side also.

So yes, I am VERY pissed of!
94 posted on 11/10/2011 12:20:18 PM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: SaraJohnson

RINO Rove gave the country RINO Bush and he’sw trying everything in his power to give the country RINO Romney.

If the liberal Romney somehow manages to buy the presidency, conservatives in the GOP is dead and two parties have effectively merged.

He still gets a pass for being the architect of ObamaCare and all the other candidates basically refuse to call him out on it. Fox News gives him a pass on his liberal ways and are in the tank for him. Hell would freeze over before I voted for the liberal Romney and I am not alone in that regard.


95 posted on 11/10/2011 6:58:15 PM PST by Luther1917
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