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Ruben Navarrette: Everything's coming up Newt
NewsOK ^ | 11-19-2011 | Ruben Navarette

Posted on 11/19/2011 1:58:34 PM PST by TitansAFC

SAN DIEGO — Newt Gingrich got his new spot atop the GOP presidential field the old-fashioned way: He earned it.

You have to give him credit. And you have to respect his remarkable climb to the upper tier of GOP candidates.

After all, this is a candidate whose campaign was, just a few months ago, running on empty. Political experts all pronounced the Gingrich campaign over and done with.

But the ace up Gingrich's sleeve is that he rarely has a problem saying exactly what is on his mind, and — as someone whom Republican constituents and political pundits alike often describe as the smartest person in this race — he has a lot on his mind. The former House speaker is a master communicator, and Republican voters are hungry for someone who can express his views well.

Add to that a series of strong debates. While political observers say Rick Perry and Herman Cain have hurt their campaigns with poor performances, the opposite is true for Gingrich. Lately, whenever he debates his poll numbers go up. Part of this might be that many Republicans say they would love for Gingrich to be the party's nominee if for no other reason than to see him go one-on-one with Barack Obama. Now the second look that Gingrich is getting from voters has led him to first place.

A Fox News poll shows that Gingrich's support among GOP primary voters has doubled in the last three weeks — from 12 percent to 23 percent. Perry and Cain have lost support, and much of it seems to have found its way to Gingrich. Mitt Romney is stuck at 22 percent.

And, among those conservative voters who are part of the influential tea party movement, Gingrich is the top pick of 35 percent while Cain has the support of 20 percent and Romney is backed by just 15 percent. Not all the news is positive, however. Gingrich is still saddled with enough personal baggage to fill an airplane hangar.

There is the personal; both of his earlier marriages ended because of his infidelity, something he later tried to shrug off by telling an interviewer that he had made mistakes in his married life because he was working too hard. And the professional; Gingrich is currently fending off reporters' questions about his relationship with Freddie Mac. His consulting outfit, the Gingrich Group, was paid between $1.6 million and $1.8 million to offer what Gingrich claims was “strategic advice over a long period of time” to the government-backed mortgage lender.

There may still be more skeletons in this closet. But in the end, GOP primary voters might not care. In a struggling economy plagued with a flood of foreclosures and high unemployment, they might conclude that they're not as worried about a candidate's finances nearly as much as they are their own. And they may resent the media for trying to tell them that they should feel otherwise, and appreciate even more the fact that

Gingrich is so good at putting reporters in their place.

What makes his surge so impressive is that Gingrich has done it not through a massive infusion of funding, or with a national organization that comes from having run for president before, or by being the darling of the media. He has done it on perseverance and determination, and by showcasing his strengths. He has earned his new standing in the polls and his return to the spotlight through something as simple as talent and hard work. That's the way it ought to be.

There is no doubt that Gingrich is a divisive and polarizing figure. In fact, in that regard, he is not unlike the last three occupants of the White House.

But, as we have now learned, Gingrich is also a fighter who hits hard and doesn't give up. Come to think of it, those might not be bad qualities to have in a president.


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KEYWORDS: 2012; gingrich; newt; obama
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Good read on the heels of another poll showing Newt in first! :-)
1 posted on 11/19/2011 1:58:37 PM PST by TitansAFC
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To: TitansAFC

Another pro-amnesty lefty saying good things about a RINO.


2 posted on 11/19/2011 2:00:12 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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The "Newt Gingrich for President" ping list!

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---Newt Gingrich 2012.
3 posted on 11/19/2011 2:02:55 PM PST by TitansAFC (Doug Hoffman says it's good to support Newt, so stop being mad on his behalf when he doesn't want it)
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4 posted on 11/19/2011 2:04:28 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: TitansAFC

Reuben Navarette: No way Jose.


5 posted on 11/19/2011 2:09:08 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: GeronL

Ah, yes....the ever-malleable and now effectively meaningless “RINO” tag.

BTW - that “pro-amnesty” left was selling us Herman Cain a short while ago.


6 posted on 11/19/2011 2:09:43 PM PST by TitansAFC (Doug Hoffman says it's good to support Newt, so stop being mad on his behalf when he doesn't want it)
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

Ping!


7 posted on 11/19/2011 2:11:45 PM PST by TitansAFC (Doug Hoffman says it's good to support Newt, so stop being mad on his behalf when he doesn't want it)
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To: TitansAFC

? ? ?


8 posted on 11/19/2011 2:11:55 PM PST by CainConservative
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To: TitansAFC

Ruben Navarrett (or however its spelled), this writer, has never been on our side.


9 posted on 11/19/2011 2:12:22 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
There is no doubt that Gingrich is a divisive and polarizing figure.

Yep, that's a real compliment...LOL.

10 posted on 11/19/2011 2:18:42 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: TitansAFC

Newt Gingrich got his new spot atop the GOP presidential field the old-fashioned way: He earned it.

__________________________________________________________________________________

excuse me...i’ve got to puke.


11 posted on 11/19/2011 2:26:39 PM PST by ken21
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To: ken21

Are you finished?


12 posted on 11/19/2011 2:31:55 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: TitansAFC
There is nothing the left would love more than another cranky old has-been on the ticket.

See also: Bob Dole and John McCain.

I don't care how smart he is -- the country isn't going to get behind him. It is the media who is propping him up in recent polls.

13 posted on 11/19/2011 2:37:08 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: TitansAFC

That Newt Gingrich was paid by Freddie Mac over a $million for consultation work shows the value he commands in the Washington D.C. universe. Think of the value we will get if he were the consultation in chief as POTUS. We will get his services for pennies on the dollar and, for once, get something done for a change.


14 posted on 11/19/2011 2:42:03 PM PST by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: Semper911

Whatever your beliefs on electability, you lose credibility when you suggest the media is “pumping-up” Newt. A simple Google News search reveals a roughly 95% negative to 5% positive litany of stories on Newt.

The only positive thing that is reported is his poll position.


15 posted on 11/19/2011 2:42:57 PM PST by TitansAFC (Doug Hoffman says it's good to support Newt, so stop being mad on his behalf when he doesn't want it)
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To: GeronL

Here’s why Ruben likes him: http://2012.republican-candidates.org/Gingrich/Issues.php

On Amnesty

May 19, 2011, Iowa
“No serious citizen who’s concerned about solving this problem should get trapped into a yes/no answer in which you’re either for totally selling out protecting America or you’re for totally kicking out 20 million people in a heartless way. There are — there are humane, practical steps to solve this problem, if we can get the politicians and the news media to just deal with it honestly.”

Newt’s another “compassionate conservative” with a heart as big as Texas!

The Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal, National Association of Green Grocers, American Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO ... they probably all love this guy.
Like Ruben Navarette, La Raza, MECHA y todos los Bund Mexicano.


16 posted on 11/19/2011 2:43:56 PM PST by tumblindice (It's spinach and I say to hell with it.)
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To: Semper911

Sorry, but I can’t agree with you there. To put Newt in the same category as that doddering old grandpa Dole....or that slimy “hero”..ahem..McCain....is nothing short of ridiculous. Not even close.

Think whatever you want of him, but Newt’s IQ is off the charts. He’s a Constitutional scholar and historian. He is eloquent. He understands conservatism at its core. He learned the hard way that he can’t and shouldn’t always try to be popular or liked.

The man learned a lot from his mistakes, and he did one hell of a lot right back in the ‘90’s.

I’d vote for him in a heartbeat, while I had to hold my nose to vote for Dole and McCain.


17 posted on 11/19/2011 2:44:59 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: tumblindice

Is that the same reason he liked Cain?


18 posted on 11/19/2011 2:45:23 PM PST by TitansAFC (Doug Hoffman says it's good to support Newt, so stop being mad on his behalf when he doesn't want it)
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To: jonrick46; TitansAFC
We will get his services for pennies on the dollar and, for once, get something done for a change.

The question is will we get things done right.

Newt is very close to the beltway and tends to look at solutions through better mgmt of govt, not eliminating govt.

19 posted on 11/19/2011 2:53:58 PM PST by wmfights (PERRY 2012)
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To: TitansAFC

Think SCOTUS appointments!!


20 posted on 11/19/2011 2:56:10 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: tumblindice

bump


21 posted on 11/19/2011 3:00:27 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: wmfights

A fair question, though I would argue his record is one of a Conservative who does fight to eliminate government (Welfare Reform, et al). It is, however, an astronomically more difficult task to eliminate federal offices than state or local offices.

My primary concern begins with the SCOTUS, and my secondary concern is the National Debt/Federal Deficit. Aside from Romney, I think all contenders will come through on these things. Shrinking the government begins with starving the beast and forcing unwanted efficiency. Newt is a stalwart on these things.

BTW - I am truly sorry for Perry’s fall; it was not the least bit fair or deserved. He is the one guy in the running who actually took the time to serve his country in the Armed Forces, which does not get enough play these days. Such valor should earn more grace among Conservatives than it does these days.


22 posted on 11/19/2011 3:03:05 PM PST by TitansAFC (Doug Hoffman says it's good to support Newt, so stop being mad on his behalf when he doesn't want it)
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To: tumblindice

Yep..another Bush progressive. Navarette seals the deal.


23 posted on 11/19/2011 3:08:31 PM PST by magna carta
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To: RightOnline
Don't you see? We know him to be a smart guy and a potentially capable president. But the rest of the country sees a cranky old geezer.

See also: Andy Rooney.

Not going to win. It will be a disaster if he gets the nomination. The left (and the MSM) will have a field day with him.

24 posted on 11/19/2011 3:09:39 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: TitansAFC
My primary concern begins with the SCOTUS, and my secondary concern is the National Debt/Federal Deficit. Aside from Romney, I think all contenders will come through on these things.

I would add Cain to that list with Romney. He is a candidate with no record and no firm positions.

If Newt ends up the candidate I will support him. I don't think Perry is done yet. We will see where we are after SC & FL.

25 posted on 11/19/2011 3:10:22 PM PST by wmfights (PERRY 2012)
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To: TitansAFC

You tell me.
The sites I found were applying the word “Conservative” to Ruben.
Of course, they were doing this for Chrissie Matthews several years ago as well.*


26 posted on 11/19/2011 3:14:02 PM PST by tumblindice (*It's spinach and I say to hell with it.)
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To: Semper911
The only people who seem incapable of "getting behind" Newt are the cranky old spoiled conservatives who would rather eat their own than defeat Obama.

Oh yeah, apparently you missed the fact that "the media" are trying to destroy him, not "prop him up."

Try reality for a change. Get off "The Cain Train" and stop taking the new "hopium" he offers.
27 posted on 11/19/2011 3:14:48 PM PST by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: TitansAFC

Newt and Ruben are buddies, and agree on amnesty for illegals, er I mean a “path to citizenship” (as they fraudulently term it).


28 posted on 11/19/2011 3:16:44 PM PST by montag813
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To: TitansAFC
LOL! Ain't it the truth. RINO has ceased to have any meaning beyond "I don't agree with him."

According to the people who toss it around like candy, variously Ann Coulter, Charles Krauthammer, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, John Cornyn, and Orrin Hatch have all been labeled as "RINO's." People who have been in the forefront of the battle to elevate conservatism over the past several decades have been so labeled by the puerile intellects who have chosen to invest their emotions and their lives into their candidates.

Enthusiasm is one thing, but adoration is usually reserved for liberals and their candidates.
29 posted on 11/19/2011 3:23:53 PM PST by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: TitansAFC

Rush Limbaugh attested to that very issue on his radio show recently...the smear on Newt.... and David Limbaugh, wrote an article about the media smears on Newt and Cain. Anyone that thinks the media is pumping up Newt or his poll numbers is not in the real world.


30 posted on 11/19/2011 3:25:20 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: GeronL
...lefty saying good things about a RINO.

In some ways he's an unpredictable and unreliable RINO and often the same kind of conservative.

But, in the face of Obama, I'll support his effort.

31 posted on 11/19/2011 3:43:38 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Sudetenland

“cranky old spoiled conservatives who would rather eat their own than defeat Obama”

The Bachman, Perry and Romney folks have already read us that warning: “Vote for our guy or lose to Obama!”
whippersnapper ...


32 posted on 11/19/2011 3:44:38 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: Semper911

He’s not that old, he’s not a “geezer”, and he’d mop the floor with the competition. The left/MSM will have a field day with ANY conservative; surely you understand that. If not, get it now.


33 posted on 11/19/2011 3:50:30 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: TitansAFC

Sometimes a nation finds itself in such dire straights that only a low-down dirty bastard has what it takes to fix the problems.

I think Newt has what it takes. I prefer Cain at this point but could support Newt if Cain continues to falter.


34 posted on 11/19/2011 3:58:06 PM PST by Grunthor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heL2Czeraw)
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To: TitansAFC

What’s in it for La Raza? That’s all Reuben cares about.
As for him not being on our side (that would be Americans), that’s putting it mildly.


35 posted on 11/19/2011 3:59:36 PM PST by Rytas
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To: TitansAFC

The term RINO has lost it’s impact from over-use but surely you don’t deny that Newt has had his serious lapses in judgement that were not “conservative.”

Pelosi and Scozzafava to name two.


36 posted on 11/19/2011 4:00:01 PM PST by Grunthor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heL2Czeraw)
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To: Sudetenland
Get off "The Cain Train"

What the hell makes you think I am on the Cain Train? He seems like a nice man, but let's face it, he is not ready for prime time. I will vote for him in the general if he is the nominee, but not in the primary.

I am not currently backing any candidate. I can't believe we find ourselves at this point in the campaign with such a weak field. Incredibly disappointing, considering the weakness of Obama and the fact that this election should have been a cake walk for the GOP.

For whom will I vote in the primary? My vote doesn't count because I live in New England. My state will vote for Mitt.

But I still stand by what I said earlier: If Newt is the nominee, Obama will get four more years. And the MSM knows it and is starting to smell blood.

37 posted on 11/19/2011 4:00:24 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: RightOnline
What YOU said - every word.

I wish the bashers would at least be honest enough to tell us who they DO support, how they could beat obummer, and how they could act quickly and decisively enough to save our country.

All they want to do come in and "drive by bash".

That is demeaning to FR.

38 posted on 11/19/2011 4:46:17 PM PST by maine-iac7 (ALWAYS WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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To: TitansAFC

Appreciate the ping


39 posted on 11/19/2011 5:04:47 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Semper911

When Newt wins Iowa, what will that do to you?


40 posted on 11/19/2011 5:05:55 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

ping fyi


41 posted on 11/19/2011 5:12:28 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: maine-iac7

Their methodology also destroy the conservative momentum and works to suppress conservative turnout. It is so insidious, you might even think it’s coming from DNC fakers or Romney trolls.


42 posted on 11/19/2011 5:12:28 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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43 posted on 11/19/2011 5:22:25 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: MHGinTN
When Newt wins Iowa, what will that do to you?

To me personally? Nothing. If it translates into him getting the GOP nomination, Obama will be the happiest person in the room.

The country is not going to vote for an arrogant college professor. (Who also happens to be a cranky old geezer with a hell of a lot of baggage.)

And Iowa, I might add, is not likely to ignore the baggage. They are a family values kind of state.

44 posted on 11/19/2011 5:23:26 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Semper911

Pay closewr attention ... Newt is polling very high in Iowa and tonight the Iowans appeared to really like listening to him.


45 posted on 11/19/2011 5:27:16 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

Another presidential debate coming up this tuesday. Watch and see how everyone does. Newt’s numbers should go even higher.


46 posted on 11/19/2011 5:48:59 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1
Did you catch the Iowa event this evening? Herman Cain gave a response that should really resonate with Americans, well, except liberals. When he was giving his response to the question regarding if there is a reason to go to war and what should it be, he ended his remarks with he would not send our troops to carry out a war he would not send his son or daughter to, or something close to that. I thought that was a very personable answer.

Rick Perry gave a very personable answer when he explained why he didn't end up doing what he had grown up wanting to do --be a veterinarian. He was explaining how God seems to have a sense of humor and introduced Rick to Organic Chemistry when Rick was planning on becoming a Veterinarian. He became a pilot ...

Ron Paul was stump by Luntz's question of naming some faltering point in their lives, some mistake they may have made in life. I guess if you live through medical school and residency, you lose the tracks back through the life before that survival point.

Newt finished the response and it was apparent that the Iowans at that event were really taken by him and his answers. He obliquely answered the question of mistakes, but it gave a sort of unspoken answer for his failing at marriages. His answer seemed well received, like the folks there could identify with his answer.

Rick Santorum was doing so great until he got stuck in one category and just drifted off topic without seeming to realize he was doing so.

Michelle Bachmann acquitted herself very well. Her life experiences seem to have enhanced her resiliency and she appears to have great perspective born of adversity. But her answer on education seemed to drift into a non-answer to the question Luntz posed. I found the opportunity to watch the candidates as they listened to the others responses to be the most meaningful aspect of the hour I watched. They were a pleasant contrast to the Milt Rominy constant smirk and condescension when anyone but him is speaking. Shucks, I think I detected him smirking during one of his own self-aggrandizing answers in the last 'debate'.

47 posted on 11/19/2011 6:07:55 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN
Newt is polling very high in Iowa

I don't care about Iowa. I care about sending Obama packing. And you should too.

48 posted on 11/19/2011 6:47:46 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Semper911

Yup. Job One


49 posted on 11/19/2011 6:48:42 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

Newt said, “we don’t send our military to war...we send our family to war”


50 posted on 11/19/2011 6:51:12 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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