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The Case for the Lady with the Titanium Spine (Michele Bachmann)
American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2011 | Chidke Okeem

Posted on 12/31/2011 7:32:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind

When Michele Bachmann announced her candidacy for the presidency of the United States, she skyrocketed to the top of the Republican pack as the conservative specially anointed to be the anti-Romney candidate. Since then, other candidates emerged, rose, fell, and dropped out. However, despite all these tumultuous political changes, Michele Bachmann has steadfastly remained as the true consistent conservative -- one who can intellectually take the fight to Obama and represent the right in both rhetoric and record.

It is important to note that Bachmann has a life story with which Americans can identify. Unlike the pampered patrician Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann did not grow up in a household with excessive wealth. In her book Core of Conviction, Bachmann highlights her working-class upbringing and details how she learned frugality through experiencing financial hardship.

Having a candidate with a background that Americans can identify with is incredibly important, particularly at a time of serious economic malaise. A candidate like Romney who nonchalantly bets $10,000 over a line in a book is, frankly, the worst candidate to run in this political environment. Romney as the Republican nominee would be effortlessly presented as the personification of the "one percent" -- this is a narrative that cannot be successfully pulled off with Michele Bachmann.

Due to the fact that polls show that Obama is unpopular in both his agenda and leadership style, the GOP needs to nominate someone who is his diametric opposite. Frankly, no Republican candidate is more different to Obama than Michele Bachmann.

Is Michele Bachmann anathema to liberals and independents?

The idea that independent voters are most drawn by liberalism is glaringly ridiculous. If independent voters were liberals, they would simply register and vote Democratic. Independent voters are looking to be drawn by persuasion, argumentation, and charisma.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bachmann; bachmann4romney; michelebachmann; rollins; rollins4romney; romneydirtytricks
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1 posted on 12/31/2011 7:33:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

the problem is, in liberal America women like Bachmann or Palin are called stupid and told to get back to the kitchen.


2 posted on 12/31/2011 7:35:52 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: bigdirty
"...and told to get back to the kitchen."

Sammich woman!

But seriously, as much as I like Bachmann, I know she's not going anywhere. Our only hope for a real conservative is Santorum, and he is picking up momentum.

3 posted on 12/31/2011 7:40:03 AM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: bigdirty

and they are called that not just by liberals, but by conservatives as well. Just check out the other Bachmann threads here. It’s disgusting what this woman has to endure. We wouldn’t me in the mess were in now if we had had 217+ Bachmann’s in Congress and a Bachmann Speaker.


4 posted on 12/31/2011 7:41:51 AM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: parksstp

I was for her until she turned negative. When she was bashing Obama I was with her all the way. Then she turned on her friends, and I was done. Everyone but Romney, hmmm, I wonder what was up with that. I would not vote for her now if she was the last one.


5 posted on 12/31/2011 7:44:57 AM PST by david1313 (Newt all the way)
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To: NakedRampage

This is true and it’s pi$$ing off the Newtbots royally. Truth is the Bachmann/Santorum voters are pretty much interchangeable and satisfied with either candidate. Unfortunately, I think this will hurt Michele on Tuesday in the caucuses because the conservatives will not want to split the conservative vote too much and her supporters will probably rally around Santorum or even Perry.

Notice, Michele never really went after Santorum in the debates since they pretty much agree on most issues. The only thing Santorum called Michele out for was “showboating” in one of the earlier debates when Pawlenty was still in the race.


6 posted on 12/31/2011 7:45:13 AM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Depending on where she is when the race comes to Michigan, my vote will be for her or Santorum. I doubt either will beat Romney here but the only chance of someone other than Romney here went out with Herman Cain.


7 posted on 12/31/2011 7:45:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.


8 posted on 12/31/2011 7:47:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: david1313

She lost me when she went after Newt. I was all for her from the Ames point up until then and defended her regularly. I don’t care to even see that annoying ding bat in a VP slot now.


9 posted on 12/31/2011 7:48:48 AM PST by RC one (I will not vote for the gun grabbing, draft dodging, pro-choice, so called Republican Mitt Romney.)
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To: parksstp
We wouldn’t me in the mess were in now if we had had 217+ Bachmann’s in Congress and a Bachmann Speaker.

Would they be bringing their gaggles of 24 foster kids with them? Might get a little crowded.

Seriously though, the reason Bachmann is unfavored is because she's shown herself to be ineffectual—hasn't actually accomplished anything despite her boasts of a 'titanium spine'. And by far the biggest factor, is that she's revealed herself to be a shameless, downright sleazy opportunist who'll stoop to any level of lies and nasty demagoguery about other candidates if it might be to her gain. Disliking Bachmann has nothing to do with the fact that she's a woman, there are plenty of reasons to dislike her aside from that.
10 posted on 12/31/2011 7:50:21 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

She lost me quite some time ago, disappointingly so, when she started attacking the other candidates with half truths, reacting like a wounded animal. Her desperation and shrillness was a turnoff. She, in my opinion, is reaching way beyond her capabilities and should stay at the congressional level where she is much more useful.


11 posted on 12/31/2011 7:52:33 AM PST by Jukeman (God help us for we are deep in trouble.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, I lost all respect for Bachmann when she sent Ed Rollins out to kneecap her “friend” Sarah Palin, whom she insisted that she “loves.”

Bachmann also never seriously went after Mitt Romney because she had a contingency plan to be his running mate.

What a fraud and a hypocrite!

Live by the knife in the back, die by the knife in the back. Bachmann is political toast, and it’s by her own doing.


12 posted on 12/31/2011 7:52:59 AM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: parksstp

The only thing she managed to do was protect Romney.

She hasn’t run against him for one second. Guess because she “agrees” with him?

And now she is at nothing in the polls.


13 posted on 12/31/2011 7:56:39 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not knowing that Concord NH is not Concord MA and not knowing that John Wayne Gacy is not John Wayne makes it hard to believe she is prepared for the biggest executive job in history. She seems nice, bright and politically well adjusted, I just don’t think she’s up to the job and we just got a painful lesson in how well that works.


14 posted on 12/31/2011 7:58:59 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: muir_redwoods

RE: Not knowing that Concord NH is not Concord MA and not knowing that John Wayne Gacy is not John Wayne makes it hard to believe she is prepared for the biggest executive job in history

___________________

How about not knowing there are 50 states in the USA?


15 posted on 12/31/2011 8:01:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

spinal fortitude is no substitute for having held a statewide office and having executive experience. Bachmann is right on her principles, but the wrong person for the job.


16 posted on 12/31/2011 8:02:30 AM PST by bigbob
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To: bigdirty
The problem was that Ms. Bachmann enabled/had Mr. Rollins
attack Gov. Palin (for Mitt, no doubt, in several ways),
and then fawned all over the magic RINO
and lost ALL CREDIBILITY with conservatives.


17 posted on 12/31/2011 8:03:09 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s my humble prayer that next Wednesday Bachmann is still in the running. We need her as president


18 posted on 12/31/2011 8:06:19 AM PST by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: bigdirty

Problem is Liberal America is full of idiots! To liberal America black men were there to get them coffee(Bill Clinton said this!) The only way a Minority or Woman is going to be tolerable to Libs is for them to be an Uber Liberal! This is why they had to destroy Cain,Palin and now Bachmann. IF we keep it up were going to either end up with Romney or Paul....we have GOT to STOP letting the Liberals pick OUR canidates.


19 posted on 12/31/2011 8:08:20 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: SeekAndFind

No, only conservatives diss her, well the others do too.

Sad, but she stands no chance. I would vote for her in a heartbeat, but conservatives don’t cotten to proven conservatives. That is how beaten down conservatives have become. Always settling for fakes or the only next best.


20 posted on 12/31/2011 8:13:38 AM PST by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

Bachmann and Palin’s ultimate career and therefore most consequential political decisions (revealing their true CONSERVATIVE souls) will be who to endorse THIS cycle.

NEWT GINGRICH

or

Willard Romney

I STRONGLY suggest they decide wisely. If either endorses the Massachusettes Liberal, their conservative career is toast, imho.


21 posted on 12/31/2011 8:15:28 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: bigbob

Romney has plenty of executive experience. If we held that up as the reason to vote for a person, he would win.

All BS. We need a proven conservative. Someone who has never used executive orders and crony deals.

Statewide office means nothing on a national scale. Clinton and Carter had statewide office, would you think they are worth your vote?


22 posted on 12/31/2011 8:17:54 AM PST by dforest
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To: Diogenesis

Rollins attacked Palin for not being a serious candidate. So far he was right about that. She wasn’t.

Get over it.


23 posted on 12/31/2011 8:20:08 AM PST by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

The extended debate schedule has acomplished exactly what its political establishment and media organizers intended.

It has knee-capped Tea Party candidates and other conservative leaning candidates.


24 posted on 12/31/2011 8:22:39 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Josh Painter

What is amazing is some of people here on FR who just turn a blind eye on her, such as her new found support of deportation or her sudden outrange on Gardisil where she has never voiced any opinion before.


25 posted on 12/31/2011 8:24:23 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: SeekAndFind
I agree that Bachmann is conservative voting record wise.

But she has eviscerated Newt while paying scant attention to much less conservative Romney so yes it does appear she is covering her bases.

and yes I too liked her once and thought the Palinista extremists who attacked her here once she took off early and saw her as a threat to our dear Sarah ...who never even announced btw...were nasty and vile folks.

One of whom in particular who blasted Bachmann early on in his/her usual spite is now all glowing over her right on this thread....shows how shallow some here are.

I did not appreciate her tear down of Gingrich. I think she has stumbled elsewhere too and just appears diminished in debates compared to the men. It takes a different sort of woman not to do that on stage next to men...I think Palin could have likely.

For the record...I too like Santorum and he may have a future down the road.

But his ACU voting record is an 86-88 and Newt's is a 94.

I'm sure as is the wont of many here that is irrelevant. Facts like polls and ratings are considered meaningless here unless they ape the poster's position.

This race is now Newt's brain versus Romney's money and good looks. The rest is just bullshite and candidates vying to get book deals and TV shows or slots in the next administration....and then there is Ron Paul...what a nut

26 posted on 12/31/2011 8:26:10 AM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: SeekAndFind

there are 57, right?


27 posted on 12/31/2011 8:31:54 AM PST by brivette
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To: SeekAndFind

Every republican running is a better choice than the Kenyan, no argument there.


28 posted on 12/31/2011 8:37:19 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: indylindy
It's Bachmann who is the fake.

The woman has done Mitt's dirty work since she threw her hat in to the ring. All she wants is to find a way to get out of Minnesota where she can't advance. Doing the bidding of the RINO elites to take out other conservatives was a small price to pay to move up.

Patsies such as yourself who do the bidding of zotted ex posters are what we would call "useful idiots".

29 posted on 12/31/2011 8:41:28 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: wardaddy
This race is now Newt's brain versus Romney's money and good looks. The rest is just bullshite...

Summarized.

30 posted on 12/31/2011 8:49:11 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: parksstp

Wrong. Santorum was going after Mitt on Romneycare full throttle and MB interrupted him w/that loud mouth. I was waiting for Santorum to take her on that ‘show’ of hers. He didn’t, probably because he trusted the voters saw for themselves what just happened. He didn’t go after one of his own and he had everything on his side - right in public view to do so.

However he did show what he proposed he was successful in getting it through vs. MB who has failed. MB’s only accomplishment is her rhetoric. And just in case anyone thought she wasn’t a serious candidate, she told them she was. LOL! Why would anyone think that? Because she isn’t - she’s there to protect Mitt - she’s certainly not there because she’s has a record of successes w/proven leadership qualities.

Has she brought forth that lady who she claimed said the shot caused mental retardation on her daughter after her vicious attack on Perry? Why did she do that? Perry came into the race as the worst threat to Mitt, not her. MB is a liar - face it. I’d never trust her - what a disappointment she turned out to be. Her political rise is more important to her than our country - that’s not patriotism but being a sap for Mitt to gain political favor on the inside track.


31 posted on 12/31/2011 9:19:21 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

Yeah, go on and continue to bash Bachmann. Maybe we’ll get a RINO to replace her in Congress that will be in lock-step with Boehner and the Establishment Republicans.

When did she interrupt Santorum giving a response to RomneyCare? I’ve watched the debates and I don’t remember seeing anything of the sort. Where’s the link?


32 posted on 12/31/2011 9:30:02 AM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: Lakeshark

Happy New Year to you too, Sharkey. I am going to ignore your ignorant drivel because you can’t say Rollins was incorrect on this.

But, it is New Year, so I am going to lay it out for you.

Back in 2007-2008 around here, I was Freepmailing folks about how much I liked Palin. I voted for that SOB Juan, because of her.

When she quit her Governorship in 2009, I was heartbroken. I knew then that her cahances of going any higher were all but over. You can’t quit a high job because you were driven out by your opponents and still say you should be eligible for the top job. it won’t work in politics.

I even forgave her then until she showed up on FOX and started doing Reality TV. She lost me totally. I figured that if she resigned, she was going to have to prove herself in other ways, Reality TV where she makes ads saying that she doesn’t care about sitting in a stuffy office but would rather be out there wild and free, was a killer.

In reality, myself, I agree. I would rather do what she is doing than deal with a rotten declining country, sure sounds better.

Palin is a good cheerleader and spokesperson. She is effective because she can say what she wants. If she were running she would have been demolished by now.

Hate her, no, I don’t. Do I think she is politically viable now? No I don’t. Could she be in the future? maybe.


33 posted on 12/31/2011 9:31:39 AM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy
Whoa, she lives in your head rent free.

I thought this thread was about Michele Bachmann and her attempt to make herself relevant.

Didn't work......

34 posted on 12/31/2011 9:35:01 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: SeekAndFind
She has such a titanium spine that she hasn't laid a glove on Mitt Romney during the entire primary cycle.

Bachmann has been a titanium disappointment.
35 posted on 12/31/2011 9:38:26 AM PST by Antoninus (Defeat Romney--Defeat Obama.)
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To: cripplecreek
my vote will be for her or Santorum. I doubt either will beat Romney here

Same here but by the time Illinois primary rolls around, it will have already been decided. Illinois will almost certainly go for Romney in its wide open primary and all the rinos in the GOP ruling elite.

I live about 100 miles from the Iowa border, mmmmm wonder how hard it would be to slip across and vote in their caucus?

36 posted on 12/31/2011 9:39:03 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Lakeshark

Well anyway, I gave you an honest assessment of Palin. I really don’t think about her too much at all. Why? Because she is not a candidate. I think about people who have the guts to make policy that will affect my life in a positive way.

A person cannot do that appearing on FOX News every once in a blue moon.

Sorry Shark boy, you just look silly when hit with reality.


37 posted on 12/31/2011 9:39:17 AM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy
If you don't think of her, why do you constantly bring her up?

Once again, this thread is about the nonsensical campaign of Michele Bachmann (brought to us by Mitt Romney).

38 posted on 12/31/2011 9:43:46 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: parksstp

If you are interested you will find it. Perhaps you were too bias to notice the antics when it happened. I had no dog in the race - I was able to see things since I wasn’t routing for anyone at the time. Let her stay in Congress if her constituents want her after her display of protecting mitt. I’m not bashing her - I’m not against her, I am against Mitt. Telling the truth on what was televised doesn’t hurt her - she hurt herself and America, IMO. If anyone gives mitt an inch is not anyone I see as a conservative no matter what comes out of the ‘I am’ mouth. Convenient conservatism is more her speed.


39 posted on 12/31/2011 9:48:28 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Lakeshark

I only brouhgt her up because you posted to me. Are you ignorant or what?

I know where you come from. Where you come from is a losing battle. That has already been proved.

Is Palin running to save the US? Or is she not running? What is truth?

Are you even able to face any reality at all?


40 posted on 12/31/2011 9:48:52 AM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy
I may not have posted about Palin since the day she said she was not going to run. Maybe once or twice in passing, I'd have to check my own posting history.

I've moved on, you on the other hand can't let her go and have this crazy idea she's the subject of this thread.

41 posted on 12/31/2011 9:57:02 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: SeekAndFind
"Michele Bachmann has steadfastly remained as the true consistent conservative..."

Yes, all conservatives are consistently for corn subsidies. We need to subsidize corn farmers even more, so they can continue their efforts towards greenness and protecting us from global warming!

While I'll probably vote for her if Santorum is out, I don't like that she is in bed with big corn and wasting money on ethanol initiatives. That negates any thoughts of her being a "true conservative".

42 posted on 12/31/2011 9:58:40 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: david1313
"Everyone but Romney, hmmm,"

Can't you even remember her coining the name of "Newt Romney?" She was rightfully trying to slow both of them down and so your criticism rings a little hollow it seems to me.

43 posted on 12/31/2011 10:02:12 AM PST by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: Lakeshark

What a bunch of BS, Sharkey. But whatever. I wish you a Happy New Year!

We are going to need it.


44 posted on 12/31/2011 10:09:13 AM PST by dforest
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To: david1313

I agree


45 posted on 12/31/2011 11:39:26 AM PST by TJA
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To: SeekAndFind

I predict that Michele Bachmann will come in dead last in Iowa.

There was a time that I supported Bachmann, but can stand to even hear her voice anymore.

Even after she loses miserably in Iowa, she probably won’t drop out until her bill collectors run her off.

But things aren’t all bad for Bachmann, she can still go off and work as a tax attorney and raise a couple dozen kids..


46 posted on 12/31/2011 12:13:30 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: indylindy

Cheer up... she can still get work as a tax attorney.

I also think she would do well as an announcer for professional wrestling events.


47 posted on 12/31/2011 12:18:53 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: Gator113

Perhaps you should look at it as she has been a strong conservative vote in Congress from a state of liberals.

We ar quite lucky to have her on our side.

Perhaps you will see someone else who won’t even qualify as a tax attorney doing wrestling events in the future. Have a Good New Year.


48 posted on 12/31/2011 12:50:04 PM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy

Have a Good New Year.


49 posted on 12/31/2011 12:59:20 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Check out this really powerful endorsement of Michele Bachmann.

http://stevedeace.com/news/iowa-politics/new-york-to-iowa-why-i-traveled-to-help-michele-bachmann/


50 posted on 12/31/2011 9:21:19 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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