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Helen Thomas: "Candidates Collide" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]
FCNP.com ^ | 5 Jan 2012 | Helen "Senior Moments" Thomas

Posted on 01/06/2012 1:11:49 PM PST by seanmerc

The leading Republican candidates made their last-minute blitz for supporters in Iowa. They each personalized their credentials. The election struggle was a classic, with the candidates trying to out-rival each other over their dedication to conservatism.

A call for smaller government, lower taxes, and balancing the budget topped the agendas of nearly all the ultra-conservative candidates. One wonders why they seek to be at the helm of a powerless federal government.

Candidate Ron Paul hopes to eliminate the Social Security system, which has been in effect since 1935 when former President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed the Social Security Act in his New Deal. He supports Medicare, if it is run at the state level.

Paul, a medical doctor, took the strongest stand against the U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other candidates in the Republican race took a more conservative stance, but none offered any viable solution to the nation's economic woes. All ridiculed "Obamacare," President Barack Obama's health care program, and called for its elimination.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had a sudden leap in the polls - riding high one moment, and a flash in the pan the next. He nearly finished last, barely beating Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Utah Governor and Ambassador Jon Huntsman in the Iowa caucus. Gingrich is liked, but his baggage - three marriages - seemed to hurt him in conservative Iowa.

Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania congressman and senator, gave Bachmann a run for her money on conservative issues. Santorum is not only against abortion, but seems to oppose birth control as well. He opposes same sex marriage, and took heat in 2005 for an article he wrote in a Catholic publication implying there may be a connection between the church's sex scandal and liberalism, which both center in Boston. Not only is he Catholic, he regularly attends Latin Mass in Northern Virginia. Campaigning paid off for Santorum, who showed up at 99 precinct battles and attended nearly 400 town meetings. Despite a late entry, Santorum finished with an impressive 24 percent of the votes in the Iowa caucus - second only to Mitt Romney.

Texas Governor Rick Perry had a late start, but has fizzled out. Perry denounced big government and praised free enterprise as our economic solution. He had a quick rise in support when he first appeared on the national stage, but his flubs and senior moments ultimately cost him the candidacy.

The clear front-runner before and after the Iowa caucus is Mitt Romney, businessman and former governor of Massachusetts. Romney has been viewed as the only candidate who could possibly give Obama a run for his money. Romney is the only moderate Republican candidate who has not aligned with the Tea Party.

The Republican Party presidential nomination for 2012 ultimately became a showdown between Romney and Santorum, as they each struggled to be to be the front-runner in the Iowa caucus. The Iowa contest is the first in a string of other contests in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Florida.

Santorum's sudden rise as a close No. 2 to Romney shook up the race and brought into question the direction of the Republican Party. The party has rarely faced such a politically philosophical divide. Only a few votes separated Romney, who has deep pockets and well-padded resources to go the mile. He even managed to buy an ad in Times Square as we watched the ball fall directly in front of his ad on national television as we rang in the New Year.

The Iowa battle did not resolve the future of the Republican Party. Each of the Republican candidates called the current election the most important for the nation. We have not seen an election of this importance since ultra-conservative Barry Goldwater ran against former President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. All we can do is watch and hope the Republicans will ultimately choose a more moderate candidate.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antisemite; helenthomas; liberalmeathead; senileoldbat
Want to collide with me?
1 posted on 01/06/2012 1:11:58 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: beckysueb; Bookwoman; DirtyHarryY2K; Dominic01; freedomlover; greatdefender; holly go-rightly; ...
Yoo-hoo, Helen Thomas ping list members!
2 posted on 01/06/2012 1:14:03 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
As if all the stuff Obama’s been doing isn't scary enough, you have to post a life-sized picture of Helebeast?
3 posted on 01/06/2012 1:15:45 PM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: seanmerc

That was just BIG nasty!!


4 posted on 01/06/2012 1:19:55 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: seanmerc
One wonders why they seek to be at the helm of a powerless federal government.

Gee, Helen. Do you suppose it might be because they see a presidential election as more than a choice between Dictator A and Dictator B?

5 posted on 01/06/2012 1:20:17 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: liberalh8ter

6 posted on 01/06/2012 1:22:30 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: PALIN SMITH

I consider it a public service. :-)


7 posted on 01/06/2012 1:23:18 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
"If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts." - Satchel Paige

Sage advice after looking at this page so soon after lunch!

8 posted on 01/06/2012 1:24:22 PM PST by ssaftler ("John Galt, we need you!")
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To: seanmerc

Helen is so hot.


9 posted on 01/06/2012 1:25:22 PM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: Lazamataz

Your girlfriend’s off her meds again.


10 posted on 01/06/2012 1:25:26 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Vigilanteman

She can’t help it - she’s an Arab.


11 posted on 01/06/2012 1:27:02 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: seanmerc
You realize people have been zotted for less, right? Now, where did I put that eye bleach???
12 posted on 01/06/2012 1:28:16 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: VicVega

13 posted on 01/06/2012 1:29:16 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: Slings and Arrows; Lazamataz

Now Laz, remember your resolution!


14 posted on 01/06/2012 1:30:19 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: liberalh8ter

Oh God I didn’t see that.


15 posted on 01/06/2012 1:32:42 PM PST by steve8714 (Hitchens was wrong.)
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To: seanmerc

I had an `almost 5 PM Friday’ pre-party starting in my pants.
You killed it.


16 posted on 01/06/2012 1:56:34 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: seanmerc

OK, you warned me there would be graphic images. I didn’t know they would be that graphic!! Thanks for the ‘barf’ alert.


17 posted on 01/06/2012 2:20:16 PM PST by mtg
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To: seanmerc

From the title, I thought that maybe Helen Thomas was still alive. But, looking at the pictures, I can see that she isn’t.


18 posted on 01/06/2012 3:22:41 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (I also think that Obama should be defeated.)
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19 posted on 01/06/2012 3:41:16 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: seanmerc
Helen Thomas ANTIDOTE for the Antique Dolt!


20 posted on 01/06/2012 3:45:08 PM PST by Young Werther
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To: seanmerc

I know everytime someone posts a Helen Thomas (with graphic warning) these pictures are going to be there. They never fail to scream in terror and fright. I will have nightmares tonight! ROTFL


21 posted on 01/06/2012 8:10:43 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: seanmerc

OMG!!.......just got this new ‘puter.
How can i clean screen! :/


22 posted on 01/07/2012 12:48:47 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, $pend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: seanmerc

I’m concerned that the media wants Romney. I’m leaning toward Newt and Santorum. We’ll see who can stand the heat and run a campaign.


23 posted on 01/07/2012 6:06:10 PM PST by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: Melian

So far I like Santorum. The Republican establishment is attacking him because they favor Romney and want to destroy anyone who threatens him. If someone is the preferred candidate of the party elites, that’s a good indication you shouldn’t have anything to do with them.


24 posted on 01/07/2012 9:23:53 PM PST by seanmerc
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