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Gingrich strikes another blow for Obama's re-election
National Post ^ | 1/22/2012 | Kelly McParland

Posted on 01/22/2012 8:20:09 PM PST by Astronaut

If you were Barack Obama, or one of his advisers, you couldn’t ask for a greater gift than Newt Gingrich’s runaway victory in South Carolina. The Republicans will now be forced to spend the winter absorbing a cutthroat war between Gingrich and Mitt Romney, both forces pouring millions of dollars into high-profile media campaigns to tear down the other, rather than campaigning to defeat Obama next November.

Obama must love this. He barely has to campaign. Both Gingrich and Romney have demonstrated their willingness to be as nasty as it requires to tear down their rival. Now they’ll be going at it for weeks, or months, doing the Democrats’ job for them, and providing juicy material Democratic researchers might not even have been aware of.

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The circular firing squad continues. We waste ammunition on each other, instead of attacking Hussein Obama.
1 posted on 01/22/2012 8:20:20 PM PST by Astronaut
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To: Astronaut

Newt can destroy MittWitt and Zero at the same time.


2 posted on 01/22/2012 8:21:36 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Astronaut

Well Gingrich HAS been attacking Obama. But the other 2 seem to have a bad aim. Either they’re near-sighted or short-sighted.


3 posted on 01/22/2012 8:23:09 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Astronaut

Yes, just like the protracted battle between Clinton and Obama did so much to help McCain in 2008. Having the primary decided before 95% of he country has any input is much worse than a primary running strong for a cople months through super Tuesday.


4 posted on 01/22/2012 8:24:01 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: Astronaut

“Obama must love this.”

No, he is having nightmares about the possibility of facing Gingrich.


5 posted on 01/22/2012 8:24:16 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Astronaut

Yes, just like the protracted battle between Clinton and Obama did so much to help McCain in 2008. Having the primary decided before 95% of he country has any input is much worse than a primary running strong for a cople months through super Tuesday.


6 posted on 01/22/2012 8:24:26 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: Bobalu

You have to win the league championship before the super bowl.
We don’t need another milk toast.


7 posted on 01/22/2012 8:26:05 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Astronaut

LOL Canadians don’t have a clue.


8 posted on 01/22/2012 8:26:25 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: Astronaut

I should take up the practice of writing about Canadian politics, a subject of which I am at least as ignorant as Mr. McParland is of American politics.


9 posted on 01/22/2012 8:27:14 PM PST by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Astronaut

I could be wrong, but I don’t think it bothers too many people when Republicans are fighting amonst themselves. The length if time, imo, is a higher concern.


10 posted on 01/22/2012 8:27:37 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Bobalu
Newt can destroy MittWitt and Zero at the same time.

Precisely.
What's more, a high profile battle only keeps Gingrich's name front and center so that by the time the general election rolls around, even the densest mice of the mindless chattering class will know who he is and what he stands for.
It's "win-win".

11 posted on 01/22/2012 8:27:44 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Rennes Templar

There are many who will join the fight—the MSM will take Mittens side to destroy Newt before he upsets the apple cart. IF Newt gets the nod it will be a real long shot—I fear the lies and slander will not be enough and they will be reduced to taking Newt out with a bullet—he better watch his back or he could end up like George Wallace.


12 posted on 01/22/2012 8:28:06 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Big Horn

Newt has to defeat the GOP elites, the MSM, and MittWitt all at the same time. Newt’s just the guy that can do it too.


13 posted on 01/22/2012 8:28:46 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Astronaut
All of the pundits are desperate for the status quo to continue, and they all agree amongst themselves that Gingrich has no chance to beat Obama. They don't know anyone who would vote for Gingrich, but then again, they don't know many people outside of D.C. who isn't a progressive or a Rino.

Gingrich has been attacking the press for shielding Obama and the public is well aware of this fact as was witnessed Thursday.

I'm thinking of investing in Clorox and Febreze as the sheer number of exploding heads over the next several months will have to be cleaned up by someone!

14 posted on 01/22/2012 8:28:46 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Astronaut

Kelly, we’re in this position because the Republican Establishment has forced Mitt Romeny on us as THE GOP CHOICE.

Washington does not have the answers. The sooner the GOP Establishment figures that out, the sooner we get someone as a candidate who can actually solve the problems.


15 posted on 01/22/2012 8:30:19 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

That was not a very smart post...IMVHO


16 posted on 01/22/2012 8:30:46 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Astronaut

Getting very tired of this conventional wisdom.

Let’s assume Romney coasted through. He would be blindsided by the all out leftist attack.

Whoever emerges wil be red in tooth and claw from the nomination process and ready for more in the general.

Obama thinks he can play the same old hits and maybe he can with his idiot supporters but he has grown comfortable, even lazy, in office. Even he doesn’t believe what scrolls across his prompter screen and despite his fervent wishes he has an abysmal record to defend.


17 posted on 01/22/2012 8:31:19 PM PST by relictele (Green energy is neither)
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To: Bobalu

So true. This is just typical primary goings on every 4 years. Barry and Hillary were in a death duel and it all turned out fine. This article is a bunch of crapola. The primary this year is no nastier than normal. It will all get sorted out, we will nominate a candidate and they will win the election.


18 posted on 01/22/2012 8:33:01 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Astronaut

Ir you want to take your news North of the border, Astronaut, Peruse the Canadian Free Press not the National. LOL. When have Socialists ever a clue?


19 posted on 01/22/2012 8:33:50 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: Rennes Templar
This could be the "don't throw me in the briar patch" trick.
Kind of reminds me of the celebration in the Jimmy Crater white house and tinkling of the grape juice glasses when Ronald Reagan was winning the nomination in 1980. After all, he "couldn't possibly win" either!
20 posted on 01/22/2012 8:34:23 PM PST by stormhill
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To: Astronaut
I'm beginning to think that all of these nay-sayers need to go back to DU where they belong. They are trolls who are just trying to lay the seeds of every kind of negative attitude they can think of.
Take a hike. Most of us are sick and tired of your socialist crap. Go home to dummies unlimited and stay there.
21 posted on 01/22/2012 8:34:25 PM PST by oldenuff2no (Rangers lead the way...... Delta, the original European home land security)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Well Gingrich HAS been attacking Obama. But the other 2 seem to have a bad aim. Either they’re near-sighted or short-sighted.

Well darn. Sometimes someone else just says it perfectly before you get a chance to post. You said it perfectly. All I can add is that the firing squad does not HAVE to be circular. They could all aim at Obama and we could sit back and judge who had the best aim.

Then again, RS and Mitt know they lose that fight, so they turn circular.

22 posted on 01/22/2012 8:34:55 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Astronaut
http://thehill.com/video/campaign/203497-romney-likens-work-at-bain-to-obamas-auto-industry-bailout

Romney defends his ‘capitalism’ as being same as Obama’s bailing out the auto industry. Nothing ‘circular’ about it.

23 posted on 01/22/2012 8:36:03 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Then now is the time to pray like your Republic depended upon it, Because it does.


24 posted on 01/22/2012 8:38:11 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: ilgipper

The good part(if there is one) is they are using up Obama’s ammunition.

By the time either of them runs against Obama the world will have heard everything Obama could use against them.


25 posted on 01/22/2012 8:38:11 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Astronaut
"Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents -- including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights, a Globe review of the nominations has found. Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show. In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats." - Boston Globe 7/25/2005
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Romney Rewards one of the State's Leading Anti-Marriage Attorneys by Making him a Judge Romney told the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2004, that the "real threat to the States is not the constitutional amendment process, in which the states participate, but activist judges who disregard the law and redefine marriage . . ." Romney sounds tough but yet he had no qualms advancing the legal career of one of the leading anti-marriage attorneys. He nominated Stephen Abany to a District Court. Abany has been a key player in the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association which, in its own words, is "dedicated to ensuring that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision on marriage equality is upheld, and that any anti-gay amendment or legislation is defeated." - U.S. Senate testimony, 6/22/2004
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"Romney announces he won't fill judicial vacancies before term ends Despite his rhetoric about judicial activism, Romney announced that he won't fill all the remaining vacancies during his term - but instead leave them for his liberal Democrat successor! Governor Mitt Romney pledged yesterday not to make a flurry of lame-duck judicial appointments in the final days of his administration . . . David Yas, editor of Lawyers Weekly, said Romney is "bucking tradition" by resisting the urge to fill all remaining judgeships. "It is a tradition for governors to use that power to appoint judges aggressively in the waning moments of their administration," Yas said. He added that Romney has been criticized for failing to make judicial appointments. "The legal community has consistently criticized him for not filling open seats quickly enough and being a little too painstaking in the process and being dismissive of the input of the Judicial Nominating Commission," Yas said. - Boston Globe 11/2/2006

26 posted on 01/22/2012 8:38:39 PM PST by Lancey Howard (Thanks to freeper Diogenesis.)
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To: oldenuff2no

“I’m beginning to think that all of these nay-sayers need to go back to DU where they belong. They are trolls...”

Hmmmmm. Like Sanballat and Tobiah?


27 posted on 01/22/2012 8:40:22 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: Astronaut

I do not get the writer’s logic.

The MSM which do Barry’s dirty work thought their best shot against Newt was Marianne Gingrich and her open marriage charge in a conservative southern state like South Carolina.

If that mud did not stick in South Carolina, it ain’t going to stick anywhere else.

Barry has to be worried if he has to debate his record which is indefensible.

If Newt gets the nomination, Newt will be fully innoculated from any dirt Barry can throw at him and the politics of personal destruction will have little effect.

Newt will not have to attack Barry personally, all he has to do, is quote Rick Perry.

Are we better off today than we were three trillion dollars ago or whatever number it is.


28 posted on 01/22/2012 8:40:39 PM PST by Biblebelter
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To: Astronaut

A protracted primary season equals free publicity in the form of debates and election coverage. Once the primary is over, the GOP candidate will have to pay for every last bit of (good) publicity. Frankly, the longer it lasts, the better. There will be plenty of time to campaign after the convention.


29 posted on 01/22/2012 8:41:23 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Astronaut

Nonsense. The protracted Hillary/Zero fight didn’t do anything to hurt the ‘rats four years ago; in fact, contrary to Rush’s bloviation, the contest only focused attention and intensified interest in the democrat contest - lasting for months while the already decided republican nominee sat unnoticed and uncared for out of the spotlight.


30 posted on 01/22/2012 8:44:01 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

31 posted on 01/22/2012 8:44:07 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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“To: Astronaut

“Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents — including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights, a Globe review of the nominations has found. Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show. In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats.” - Boston Globe 7/25/2005


Romney Rewards one of the State’s Leading Anti-Marriage Attorneys by Making him a Judge Romney told the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2004, that the “real threat to the States is not the constitutional amendment process, in which the states participate, but activist judges who disregard the law and redefine marriage . . .” Romney sounds tough but yet he had no qualms advancing the legal career of one of the leading anti-marriage attorneys. He nominated Stephen Abany to a District Court. Abany has been a key player in the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association which, in its own words, is “dedicated to ensuring that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision on marriage equality is upheld, and that any anti-gay amendment or legislation is defeated.” - U.S. Senate testimony, 6/22/2004

“Romney announces he won’t fill judicial vacancies before term ends Despite his rhetoric about judicial activism, Romney announced that he won’t fill all the remaining vacancies during his term - but instead leave them for his liberal Democrat successor! Governor Mitt Romney pledged yesterday not to make a flurry of lame-duck judicial appointments in the final days of his administration . . . David Yas, editor of Lawyers Weekly, said Romney is “bucking tradition” by resisting the urge to fill all remaining judgeships. “It is a tradition for governors to use that power to appoint judges aggressively in the waning moments of their administration,” Yas said. He added that Romney has been criticized for failing to make judicial appointments. “The legal community has consistently criticized him for not filling open seats quickly enough and being a little too painstaking in the process and being dismissive of the input of the Judicial Nominating Commission,” Yas said. - Boston Globe 11/2/2006

26 posted on Sunday, January 22, 2012 9:38:39 PM by Lancey Howard (Thanks to freeper Diogenesis.)

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Gentlemen and Ladies,

If you can cast your vote for Rotney despite an open record like this, you are no Republican, you are no Conservative, and you are no American.


32 posted on 01/22/2012 8:44:56 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: Bobalu

And without a prompter and with fewer words.


33 posted on 01/22/2012 8:44:56 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Lancey Howard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jzno_apP1Q&feature=related


34 posted on 01/22/2012 8:45:27 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Astronaut
Gingrich strikes another blow for Obama's re-election

uh...bullogna.

35 posted on 01/22/2012 8:46:01 PM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: Astronaut

It’s called a presidential primary. They’re supposed to fight it out, to be the people’s choice as the best person for the job.

Moronic article.


36 posted on 01/22/2012 8:47:02 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Astronaut

I get the impression that the Republicans come off looking dynamic, active, involved, engaged, the public is watching these debates and hearing a pretty diverse, passionate collection of ideas and plans.

I’m not convinced that this isn’t an effective advertising campaign for a Republican option to the indifferent, regal, forever golfing and vacationing figure of a cold President who doesn’t even know what we are enduring out here, in this great recession.


37 posted on 01/22/2012 8:47:30 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Astronaut
The circular firing squad continues. We waste ammunition on each other, instead of attacking Hussein Obama.

Did you watch the debates on Thursday night? There was only one guy on that stage who was shooting all of his ammo at his fellow Republicans. The other three were taking it to Obama all night.

I don't want to mention any names, but his initials are R.S.

38 posted on 01/22/2012 8:49:50 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Astronaut

Some of the most conservative, morally conscious people in the country just gave him a landslide.

The primary drama only attracts more attention and when people start listening to what Newt is arguing for, they will buy it. Newt’s speeches and town hall meeting are wonderful.

Newt does have high negatives right now, but when compared to Obama’s pathetic record, most voters will side with us.

He is still a better alternative than Mitt who will be demonized as super rich fat cat who doesn’t care. Even many Republicans don’t trust Mitt, how much more will the average voter distrust him once the Obama machine starts to shred him?


39 posted on 01/22/2012 8:51:32 PM PST by garjog (If Not Newt, Who?)
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To: Astronaut

So we’re supposed to bend over, grab our ankles and vote for Mitt Romney?

No thanks, I’ll pass.


40 posted on 01/22/2012 8:56:42 PM PST by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: Astronaut

It doesnt matter. Nothing before Labor Day is going to have any bearing on the General election.


41 posted on 01/22/2012 8:57:31 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Bobalu

“Newt has to defeat the GOP elites, the MSM, and MittWitt all at the same time. Newt’s just the guy that can do it too.”

Yes he can because “We The People” are behind Newt. GO NEWT GO!


42 posted on 01/22/2012 9:02:16 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: garjog
This "high negatives" nonsense is misleading. A better metric is the "fire in the belly" one. Is anyone actually inspired, moved, motivated or fired up by...Romney?

What are you kiddin' me?

43 posted on 01/22/2012 9:03:17 PM PST by stormhill
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To: Astronaut

If you criticize Obama you are a racist.
If you criticize Willard you are a whiner who needs to put on his big boy pants.

They can both go to.......


44 posted on 01/22/2012 9:05:37 PM PST by DManA
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45 posted on 01/22/2012 9:11:38 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Astronaut

This is very typical primary sh*t. Nothing to worry about.

Obama will become the target at the appropriate time.


46 posted on 01/22/2012 9:14:57 PM PST by MindBender26 (New Army SF and Ranger Slogan: Vengence is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: Astronaut

Obliterating Romney’s political career is never a waste of ammunition.


47 posted on 01/22/2012 9:17:16 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: Astronaut

Newt may have committed adultery and pissed on family values that conservatives repeat often. However, he’s useful for the cause as he has chance to beat 0bama. So, we gladly embrace him. In the long run, the positives beat the negatives.


48 posted on 01/22/2012 9:19:12 PM PST by paudio (0bama is like a bad mechanic who couldn't fix your car - he just makes it worse. Get somebody else!)
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To: Astronaut

What is this “National Post” and why do we care what its bloggers say?


49 posted on 01/22/2012 9:19:18 PM PST by newzjunkey (Next up "winner-take-all" FL ... we must derail Romney's inevitability.)
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To: Windflier; Astronaut

“It’s called a presidential primary. They’re supposed to fight it out, to be the people’s choice as the best person for the job.

Moronic article.”

I think the real point of the definitely moronic article is: “Strike not Little Lord Fauntleroy! His nose now doth bleed, ye uncouth lout!”


50 posted on 01/22/2012 9:22:39 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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