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There Will Be No Rush Endorsement
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 31, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 01/31/2012 12:59:00 PM PST by Kaslin

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RUSH: St. Louis. This is Greg. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Hey, Rush. God bless you, buddy. Been listening to you for a long time, and, like you, I'm an expert at what I do. I've got a painting company, funny story, I have the ability to listen to you at different job sites, particularly residential job sites, and it's a hoot when I'm at a liberal's house painting with Rush Limbaugh on. It drives 'em crazy.

RUSH: I can imagine that. I've heard such stories, guys on ladders with the radio on where the owner can't get to it. The wife, in particular, just goes batty.

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: Husbands, too. They can't do anything about it other than fire the painter, which they don't want to do.

CALLER: Right. Yeah. It's hysterical. It's really amusing. It's funny. I can almost tell neighborhood by neighborhood, you know, what kind of clientele I have and whether or not I'm gonna drive 'em crazy.

RUSH: How can you do that? How can you tell by neighborhood what kind of clientele you're gonna have?

CALLER: Yeah, well...

RUSH: Okay, you don't want answer, I caught you. The host caught you. Yeah, yeah, yeah, expert painter knows when he's going to a liberal neighborhood or a conservative neighborhood.

CALLER: You can tell.

RUSH: You can tell. Yep. Whether you got a car on concrete blocks in the front yard or not, I know.

CALLER: Yeah, right, right, especially election time when all the signs get put in the front yard, it's even more of a hoot.

RUSH: Yep.

CALLER: But, hey, the reason why I'm calling, you know, you're the guy that I listen to the most, and you're the guy that I get all my information from. I get why you couldn't endorse someone, but, boy, it sure would be helpful for me and your listeners for you, at the end of the day, say, "Here's the guy," because you're the expert, man. You know who's full of it, and you know who's legitimate, and it would be awesome if you would just, you know, come out and say, this is --
RUSH: Ah, see, wait a minute. You say you understand why I don't endorse. In fact, you said you understand why I can't endorse. And then you very sneakily and slyly try get me to endorse. If I tell you who I'm voting for, that's an endorsement. You're trying to tell me I can do that without actually endorsing anybody. Snerdley, I'm gonna tell you something. 'Cause Snerdley's behind this, folks. If I don't shut this down every call is gonna be somebody demanding or trying to pressure me. Snerdley is sitting in there thinking that I can change the outcome of elections if I would just say so. He really believes that.

You and I both know that's absurd, but he believes it. I'm just telling you, you could give me two more hours of this, I'm not gonna tell you. It isn't going to happen, because when this is all over, I am not gonna be in a position where my credibility is such that I can't support whoever the nominee is. 'Cause I am not voting Obama. I'm not supporting Obama. So whoever wins this, I can't sit here and pigeonhole myself in such a way that I don't have credibility supporting whoever the eventual nominee is, because Obama is the end result. I'll tell you right now, I'm not voting Obama. I'm the expert. And that's really all you need to know.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012endorsements; endorsements; fl2012; rush; rush2012; rushlimbaugh; talkradio
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1 posted on 01/31/2012 12:59:04 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I’ve moved past Rush. His mouth just does not inspire me any more. Old, tired, blowhard. Don’t listen to him any more.


2 posted on 01/31/2012 1:01:02 PM PST by RetiredArmy (POLITICIANS: Promise the moon. Deliever the shaft.)
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To: Kaslin

3 posted on 01/31/2012 1:01:38 PM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah right. Rush has taken the easy way out with the de facto support of Santorum. He has been trying to ride the fence in this election between the Tea Party Conservatives and the establishment RINOs. I thought he would have more guts than he has shown. Sarah Palin sure is not afraid to say what is on her mind. GO NEWT GO!


4 posted on 01/31/2012 1:03:13 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Kaslin

Fine, don’t endorse anyone. Just stop acting dumb when it comes to Romney. Go after him. Mark Levin is the only one who’s doing so at this point, and he deserves respect for it.


5 posted on 01/31/2012 1:03:45 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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6 posted on 01/31/2012 1:04:12 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: Kaslin

Ah, but we have another thread where a FReeper is telling us Rush is endorsing Santorum.


7 posted on 01/31/2012 1:05:03 PM PST by Clara Lou (nObama, noRomney (Obama-lite), noPaul-- Santorum in a pinch)
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To: Kaslin
I heard this idiot today and all I could think of is how pathetic he was.

It is not Rush's job to endorse anyone, it is his job to inform, to support the truth, and to endorse and promote conservatism.

If you need Rush to endorse someone so you know how to vote, then you probably shouldn't be voting.
8 posted on 01/31/2012 1:05:42 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

He has, repeatedly.


9 posted on 01/31/2012 1:07:23 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: Kaslin
There Will Be No Rush Endorsement

He's too busy talking about how influential he is and selling Ice Tea. His last comment of the day did sound like a back-handed endorsement of Rick.

10 posted on 01/31/2012 1:10:25 PM PST by vortigern
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To: Kaslin

Rush must be an elitist, Establishment RINO, eh? < s/o >.


11 posted on 01/31/2012 1:12:00 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Kaslin

At this point (other than ignoring the negatives on Romney) Rush has thrown plenty of bones to the Santorum camp, and the end result of this is an indirect endorsement of Romney. Encouraging Santorum to stay in the race is only hurting Gingrich, and it’s a chief strategy of the RINO establishment.


12 posted on 01/31/2012 1:12:50 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, and many others.)
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To: Kaslin

He may be considered an expert in what I have no idea but he’s not a Patriot. This is a Patriot.

Before being hanged, Nathan Hale said: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

Rush won’t even speak for his country unless he knows he’s right. But who needs his endorsement? Don’t people have minds of their own? Can’t they even see the huge difference between Newt and mitt? It really isn’t rocket science that they need another’s input.

Why and who would be drawn to a KNOWN LIAR like Mitt? An initiator of gay marriages? Why do voters have a magnet towards evil.


13 posted on 01/31/2012 1:13:34 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Kaslin

We even have people here at FR putting words into Rush’s mouth, then slapping it on the TITLE.

I cannot imagine how pissed that would make Rush at FR.

He was clear he’s not endorsing anyone at all, and then some Santorum fan posts, “Rush endorsing Santorum”.

He must be doing angry back-flips.

I can’t believe there are Freepers that stupid and blatant.


14 posted on 01/31/2012 1:18:10 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Kaslin

Well, I have endorsed Newt.


15 posted on 01/31/2012 1:24:28 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Parley Baer

Sarah Palin sure is not afraid to say what is on her mind.

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She has something in common with Rush. She hasn’t endorsed amyone either.


16 posted on 01/31/2012 1:24:59 PM PST by dmz
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To: Kaslin

I finally just turned him off, today. He spent the entire part of the show I heard explaining why he doesn’t endorse. And how much it upsets people and how he doesn’t understand, yada, yada, yada......It was boring.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 1:27:21 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: Kaslin

He’s voting for Santorum today......


18 posted on 01/31/2012 1:29:15 PM PST by Fawn (NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT!)
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To: Parley Baer

That’s what I was going to say

RIDE THAT FENCE RUSH

As we watch the votes being split making it tougher for Newt when we could use the help.

THANKS FOR NOTHING


19 posted on 01/31/2012 1:31:07 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: gaijin
"He was clear he’s not endorsing anyone at all, and then some Santorum fan posts, “Rush endorsing Santorum”."

Limbaugh (David) did endorse Santorum in much the same way that Palin (Todd) endorsed Gingrich....

20 posted on 01/31/2012 1:31:41 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Tribune7

In the third hour, rush told us that Santorum voters will move to Romney if he drops out, not to Newt.

I say that “Bloody Thursday” Rush is lying, what do you think?


21 posted on 01/31/2012 1:33:10 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Kaslin
I have been listening to Rush since the day he first hit the airwaves on the West Coast. He has never given an endorsement no matter how much callers goad him to do so. He expects more out of his listeners than to be the mind-numb robots liberals think Rush listeners are. He expects them to come to their own conclusion and to make up their own minds. The way it should be.
22 posted on 01/31/2012 1:33:53 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Sudetenland
If you need Rush to endorse someone so you know how to vote, then you probably shouldn't be voting.

In all my years of voting, no one's endorsement has ever swayed my voting.

23 posted on 01/31/2012 1:34:23 PM 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: Fawn

I think Rush will be voting for Romney again.


24 posted on 01/31/2012 1:34:58 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Kaslin

He ended both days of his show by saying that all the candidates had at one time or another supported federal mandates... EXCEPT SANTORUM. Very pointedly for two days. This is how Rush drops his private opinion into his oeuvre.


25 posted on 01/31/2012 1:36:02 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Clara Lou

Ah, but we have another thread where a FReeper is telling us Rush is endorsing Santorum.


Nope, my thread got pulled. Rush did hint that he was voting for Santorum. It’s kind of like an endorsement. But it was legally only my opinion.


26 posted on 01/31/2012 1:37:43 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: gaijin

I am the stupid and blatant one of which you speak. Don’t worry, my thread got pulled.

(Shhh, don’t tell anyone, promise? Rush has quoted my utter stupidity on FR at least 3 times so far... And read one of my emails to him on the air...)


27 posted on 01/31/2012 1:40:57 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: CatherineofAragon

Exactly, Rush has been playing dumb big time over the past month. It’s like he has no confidence in coming up with any new opinions. Today he spouted his re-hashed idea that Newt labeled the Ryan plan right wing social engineering because Newt was jealous. C’mon Rush; not everyone has an ego as big as yours.


28 posted on 01/31/2012 1:41:27 PM PST by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: Kaslin
Rush, with his policy of not endorsing primary candidates, is doing us no good this round. Ditto Sarah Palin. We need more than 50% support from these two. Right now we are losing to a northeast GOP-E and need all the help we can get.

When we look back at this election cycle many here will remember who supported the cause and who gave only halfhearted support or worked against us.

29 posted on 01/31/2012 1:42:08 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: Parley Baer
Guess we what we want to hear. Do not think for a moment; for as much as Rush may admire Santorum; that he is supporting a Conservative who cannot get above 12%; and has not 'real' record of Leadership; as of late; to refer to.

Might vote says; Rush will vote for Newt.

30 posted on 01/31/2012 1:44:33 PM PST by cricket (America restored;. . .Newt CAN make it happen.)
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To: dmz

The Palin couple has made it very clear who they support, and have continued to string out this national pro-Newt endorsement campaign for weeks.

Palin is maximizing her pro Newt effect.


31 posted on 01/31/2012 1:44:44 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: InterceptPoint

Rush took the same position in 08, and we got McCain. Even though I think his fav was Fred Thompson.


32 posted on 01/31/2012 1:45:14 PM PST by jaydubya2
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To: Sudetenland

Not as forcefully as he could have; he seems intent on fence-sitting. Today he told a caller that he doesn’t believe Romney is pro-abortion, and any claims to that effect are news to him. My jaw dropped. The caller said Romney would never hold his own against Obama in a debate because he gets flustered and sweaty; Rush replied he has never seen that happen.

Sorry, Rush is dropping the ball big-time.


33 posted on 01/31/2012 1:45:39 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: RetiredArmy
I still listen but with a lot more skepticism. Sometimes I'm really surprised at what he does not know. Recently he admitted that he didn't know that there was a debate that night (or the next). Huh?! How can you be a serious political analyst/commentator and not carefully follow the primary on the conservative side (your side!) in a presidential election year?
34 posted on 01/31/2012 1:46:33 PM PST by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: Kaslin
The thing is Rush, you could've made a bunch of money AND kept your integrity.

So enjoy your money . . .

35 posted on 01/31/2012 1:47:13 PM PST by tomkat (Romney _ A Whiter Shade of FAIL)
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To: Kaslin

Is that old windbag sell on the air


36 posted on 01/31/2012 1:48:09 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: cricket

Rush is for Romney, he even told us today that the Perry voters did not go for Newt, and that the Santorum voters will go to Romney instead of Newt.

Rush did that in the third hour on voting day, Rush is anti-Newt.


37 posted on 01/31/2012 1:49:38 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

No way. . .he plays antagonist; but Rush is NOT for Romney; guaranteed! Mitt is the ‘Liberal’ candidate; he is LEFT of center! NO way; does Rush go near, ‘LEFT’ of center. He has banged his drum all week that Romneycare just a few ‘zero’s away from Obamacare’ which he despises.


38 posted on 01/31/2012 1:52:45 PM PST by cricket (America restored;. . .Newt CAN make it happen.)
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To: Windy City Conservative
Today he spouted his re-hashed idea that Newt labeled the Ryan plan right wing social engineering because Newt was jealous. C’mon Rush; not everyone has an ego as big as yours.

And what's your opinion? It's as good s mine. And his.

39 posted on 01/31/2012 1:53:09 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: cricket

This time I think there is no doubt that he is not supporting Newt, and I think that it is clear that he prefers Mitt over Newt.

The thing that is undeniable, is that Rush could be as clear with Mitt and Gingrich, as he was with McCain and Romney last time.

RUSH: I think now, based on the way the campaign has shaken out, that there probably is a candidate on our side who does embody all three legs of the conservative stool, and that’s Romney.

“...national radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who endorsed Romney on Tuesday
[February 5, 2008]”
Newsmax - Feb 6, 2008


40 posted on 01/31/2012 2:01:54 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: F15Eagle
RIDE THAT FENCE RUSH

Remember how Rush used to rail against Moderates and Independents because they didn't stand for anything? Remember how Rush used to ask, "What have Moderates ever won?"

There is no passion, no fire in his belly. He sounds spent in my opinion, ever since he got married. I was a daily listener - all three hours. Now? I don't care if I miss part of his show (when he is there) because I am not really missing anything.

Boy, this series of debates has really revealed those in the media as to who they really are. I never thought Rush would turn out to be part of that GOP Establishment crowd.

41 posted on 01/31/2012 2:03:42 PM PST by JohnG45
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To: Yaelle

Dr. Laura used to read my emails on the air, too.


42 posted on 01/31/2012 2:10:27 PM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: Jrabbit
He spent the entire part of the show I heard explaining why he doesn’t endorse. And how much it upsets people and how he doesn’t understand, yada, yada, yada......It was boring.

Today's show was pretty much a wash. I had it on in the background all morning, and I was torn between two observations.

On one hand, Rush made it All About Him. Like we really care!

On the other hand, the MSM has made "it" an Awful Lot About Rush (not all, but a lot), describing things he's said about Newt and Romney in ways that Rush disagrees with.

I'm still glad for Rush, though, in pointing out things that need to be pointed out. He's eloquently defended Newt on many charges, and just as eloquently slammed Romney.

On balance, I think Rush was 100 PERCENT CORRECT when he said his endorsement wouldn't sway the election either way, and frankly, although I have often wished he'd just endorse "my guy" over the years, I totally respect and admire Rush's respect for ME and for his audience, in that he doesn't presume to tell us WHO to vote for. Rush screws up a LOT -- I think he's flirted with downright betrayal by not going after Romney with the same gusto he goes after OTHER anti-conservatives -- but his steadfast refusal to presume to tell me who to vote for, goes a long way to redeeming many faults, in my book.

43 posted on 01/31/2012 2:11:35 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Well, I have endorsed Newt.

Amen. GODSPEED NEWT GINGRICH.

44 posted on 01/31/2012 2:12:53 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: ansel12

I thought and felt the same; back in 2008; as did a lot of other people. That was then; this is now; and I prefer to ‘hear’ what Rush says now; not ‘then’. We are living in a time; where instant communication; makes for ‘fast learning’; and updating.


45 posted on 01/31/2012 2:13:54 PM PST by cricket (America restored;. . .Newt CAN make it happen.)
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To: ansel12
I say that “Bloody Thursday” Rush is lying, what do you think?

I think he's wrong but I don't think he's lying.

And some Santorum voters will probably move to Romney. I think Newt's marriages are a real issue for some.

46 posted on 01/31/2012 2:21:07 PM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: b9

correction FWIW - she would read FAXES, not emails.


47 posted on 01/31/2012 2:23:56 PM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: Kaslin

I love Rush and probably agree with him 95-99% of the time.

That said, I’m firmly convinced the reason he doesn’t endorse is because his ego cannot allow for the possibility that the one he endorses would LOSE.


48 posted on 01/31/2012 2:24:10 PM PST by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kaslin

He didn’t seem to be thinking clearly....stuttering a lot. Or maybe my hearing is worse than I thought.

Rush will back the nominee whenever that person is chosen. If a true conservative, such as Palin, were to run on a third party ticket, Rush would be all over her saying she should drop out to support the GOP candidate. He would never say “Mitt, you need to drop out and give all of your support to Palin.” He liked having SC Justices at his weddings in the past. And he wants one at all of his future weddings.


49 posted on 01/31/2012 2:29:56 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a second party.)
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To: Kaslin

Well if he spends three hours bashing Romney and tells you how great Newt is and how bad Romney’s ads are then you ought to be able to make a sensible deduction as to who he is for. Rush has become boring and the fun of the show has just not been there lately. I’m about through with Rush, Hannity, Greta. Actually CNN has been more fair lately.


50 posted on 01/31/2012 2:39:12 PM PST by Hattie
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