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Three-State Sweep Revives Santorum's White House Hopes (Reuters)
Reuters News Agency ^ | 8 February 2012 | Steve Holland

Posted on 02/08/2012 2:27:58 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo

(Reuters) - Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum rejuvenated his presidential hopes on Tuesday with a shocking sweep of the three nominating contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, dealing a blow to wounded front-runner Mitt Romney.

Even though Romney still holds strong advantages in financing and organization, his campaign will now have to refocus to fight back the challenge from the surging conservative Santorum...

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 2012; colorado; minnesota; missouri; mittsmacked; mittzotted; norinozone; poormittens; primaries; ricksantorum; romney; santorum
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1 posted on 02/08/2012 2:28:09 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Rick Santorum 2012 ACTS 5:39


2 posted on 02/08/2012 2:40:46 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: All
Japanese TV Network ANN is running these election results and the larger impact, as a top story tonight, our time in Japan. Short streaming video here at link (just hit the white triangle in the photo in the center to stream), with a good Santorum quote on calling out Obama:

HERE

The upshot? (synposizing here): "The GOP race has been thrown into chaos, as it was assumed Romney would be the nominee. Romney was humiliated by Santorum's stunning win in three midwest and western states on Tuesday. Now things will build to a crescendo for Super Tuesday, and there are still 40 states to go for the GOP."

3 posted on 02/08/2012 2:43:20 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I saw that Romney was including attacks on Santorum in e-mails (to his supporters?) though he hadn’t had any anti-Santorum ads. Anyone know more about this?


4 posted on 02/08/2012 2:45:30 AM PST by maryz
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To: maryz

People in those three states yesterday might know better than me, I don’t. But for sure, the famous ROMNEY SLIME MACHINE is going to go into overdrive now. Hold on to your hats. The Bishop and his skunworks in the basement is going to get down and nasty on the Rick Santorum campaign! Guaranteed! It will all be good training though for the general when Obama throws even more mud out of sheer desperation and no record to run on.


5 posted on 02/08/2012 2:53:00 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Romney gets a taste of feathers.
I’ll have the schadenfreude platter.


6 posted on 02/08/2012 2:53:13 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Public education -- government cheese for the brain.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I am pleased that he slowed down Romney.

I have to say Rick is a big government spender guy.

He voted against a flat tax. Look at his record. He is a earmarks politician. He voted for Sonia Sotomayor, as a Circuit Judge knowing of her radical background now, she is USS justice.

If Santorum would have endorsed Toomey over Specter in 2004, perhaps Toomey would have beat Specter in the primary, Toomey would have beat the Democrat in the general, and Specter would not have been the 60th vote for Obamacare in the Senate; no Obamacare.

I am worried about him beating Obama. Same old politician.
I think Newt has the best chance and best ideas. I can't believe people think he is for limited government. Rush and Michele Malkin, too. What are they thinking.

7 posted on 02/08/2012 2:55:35 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Good news in my opinion.
I was glad to vote for him in SC.
If folks were paying closer attention he should be sweeping the thing at this point.
Hopefully the popularity contest is over.


8 posted on 02/08/2012 2:59:25 AM PST by cjmae (Sanity was not equally distributed)
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To: American Constitutionalist
If you read French, I also found this interesting, from Le Monde this morning, there is a good video of his victory speech last night, and following that, Romney looked like an absolute fool with all these shocked and dejected looking teenagers behind him on the dais:

GINGRICH DÉSTABILISÉ ... Ces succès permettent à Santorum de rivaliser avec Newt Gingrich pour devenir le principal rival de Mitt Romney, favori pour affronter Barack Obama le 6 novembre, mais qui est jugé trop modéré par certains membres du Grand Old Party. "Le conservatisme est toujours vivant et se porte bien au Missouri et au Minnesota", a déclaré Santorum devant ses partisans à Saint Charles, dans le Missouri, après les premières projections. "Je ne suis pas devant vous pour être l'alternative conservatrice à Mitt Romney, je suis ici devant vous pour être l'alternative conservatrice à Barack Obama", a-t-il ajouté, sous les acclamations de ses supporteurs.

9 posted on 02/08/2012 3:01:27 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: Christie at the beach

I have it on good sources that within the White House, the GOP candidate they MOST want to run against is ROMNEY. And the candidate they LEAST want to run against is SANTORUM. This has been picked up from multiple sources. The part A of this was already inadvertently leaked by high DNC organizational leaders (former). I think their opposition research yields the fact that there is the least amount of personal “dirt” on Rick Santorum. And since they cannot win on the issues or Obama’s track record, necessarily their campaign will HAVE to be on some personality defect or scandal surrounding their GOP opponent. That is my take at least.


10 posted on 02/08/2012 3:05:09 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I have it on good sources that within the White House, the GOP candidate they MOST want to run against is ROMNEY. And the candidate they LEAST want to run against is SANTORUM.

Interesting. You wouldn't know that from the brave face the White House was putting on last night - at least according to the supine MSM. The official line is that the White House was gleeful in the face of Santorum's success. I'm sure we'll be hearing much more of the same in an attempt to prop up "frontrunner" Romney and squash Santorum.

11 posted on 02/08/2012 3:19:05 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: AmericanInTokyo

“they” want this primary to drag out for as long as possible, into a brokered convention hopefully. Then they want us to go into the primary cycle with an impoverished candidate that doesn’t unify the party and who has spent the last year having every bit of poo that he has ever buried dug up and flung on him by his own party for the whole country to see. And guess what, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.


12 posted on 02/08/2012 3:19:54 AM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

This is how I read it...

These successes make it possible Santorum to compete with Newt Gingrich to become the principal rival of Mitt Romney, favourite to face Barack Obama on November 6, but which is considered too much moderated by certain members of Large Old Party.
“ Conservatism is always alive and goes well to Missouri and Minnesota” , Santorum declared in front of its partisans with Saint Charles, in Missouri, after the first projections. “ I am not in front of you to be l’ preserving alternative to Mitt Romney, I am here in front of you to be l’ preserving alternative to Barack Obama” , he added, under the acclamations of his supporteurs.


13 posted on 02/08/2012 3:25:48 AM PST by mcmuffin ("Wanting your country back is not the same thing as working to take it back.")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Blow to Romney? This was more of a blow to Newt. I’ve been for Newt since the second debate but he hit a wall. Look at the numbers... Romney still in the low 30’s. Rick is getting voters that are leaving Newt and looking for another anti-Romney.


14 posted on 02/08/2012 3:31:49 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Mitt’s best argument was that he was most electable. Shattered last night. Newt’s best argument was that he could out’debate Obama. Shattered in FL. This thing is outa control. The GOP-E needs an industrial size box of Depends.


15 posted on 02/08/2012 3:33:55 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: ez

Romney wins when there is a split among conservatives. If they can unite behind Santorum or Newt, (or whatever just unite behind someone darn it!) and Romney doesn’t have a chance.


16 posted on 02/08/2012 3:34:25 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Rove says his turn for vetting now. Romney is a terrible person for being so negative. Rick may be sparred some of those negative ads, after Newt took the most (people sick of those ads) though his record will come out. Most of his ideas are backed up to a government plan. Rick is stern social conservative. The media will focus there and pound him. The election is about jobs recovery. I prefer Newt/ideas of how he has got things done by reform with big solutions.


17 posted on 02/08/2012 3:36:13 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: ez

Before anyone gets too carried away they should glance at the delegate totals.

http://projects.wsj.com/campaign2012/delegates


18 posted on 02/08/2012 3:36:30 AM PST by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: csmusaret

I take great comfort in knowing there are 40 more states to go. Romney has a little over 100 delegates, big deal, while more than 1100 are required to win it. Romney must not win. If he does, we don’t win the presidency, it’s that simple.

I might add, that if Romney is the nominee, I don’t want republicans to win the presidency.

No Romney - ever!


19 posted on 02/08/2012 4:08:53 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: AmericanInTokyo

Joy...

6 more weeks of this guy and his “I’m the true perfect conservative from God” routine.

While Newt took all of the flak and bombs, he stood off in the corner like a coward and tossed some at him too, All with the idea that he is some super candidate when in fact he’s just been ignored.

Now the Romney/MSM blowtorch crew will take it to the show to his door.

I will just grab some popcorn.


20 posted on 02/08/2012 4:11:05 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Graybeard58

Be that as it may, the delegate total takes some of the luster off Santorums sweep. Here he had the best single night of any candidate so far and he STILL trails more than 2 to 1 in delegates.


21 posted on 02/08/2012 4:12:33 AM PST by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

All right! Go Rick! The “Rick revolution?” He’s the best family values candidate in my estimation.


22 posted on 02/08/2012 4:20:57 AM PST by corlorde (Drone strikes: the preferred method of killing by Nobel peace prize winners since 2009)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Mitt is going to have his Attack Monkey Ron Paul smear Santorum even more now.
23 posted on 02/08/2012 4:25:57 AM PST by Happy Rain ("If you're shiftless and in doubt-find a liberal whine and pout-pretty soon you're making out.")
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To: Christie at the beach

I agree with you Christie, I just don’t think Santorum has the “it” that we need to beat Obama. I KNOW Obama can beat Romney, but I think Obama would srtuggle with Newt.


24 posted on 02/08/2012 4:26:31 AM PST by lahargis (Every day is independence day)
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To: corlorde
I would love to stop Romney any way we can, but Santorum is no fiscal Conservative. And he has no real plan or clue how to fix the problems we face.

Santorum’s serious lack of Government management experience, added to his history of being a big Pork spender and somewhat moderate, in regards to his actual record, leaves more than mere qualities to be desired.

You can place your entire agenda on “family values” if you like, but that is not what will fix this mess. Hell, even Obama qualifies for your criteria. He is a good father, family man, etc,.

This whole primary is just getting insane and quite stupid. There is no way Santorum will win against Obama. He lacks the personality and the leadership ability, required to be President. It's just that simple. God help us all if he gets the nomination. But most of all, the foolish people who are making this happen is the part that alarms me the most.

25 posted on 02/08/2012 4:31:25 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: csmusaret
Before anyone gets too carried away they should glance at the delegate totals.

Romney may be ahead, but his "inevitability" meme is shattered, and his momentum is greatly damaged. He spent a lot in FL for just 50 delegates, and his ability to raise money was dependent on his being seen as inevitable.

We shall see what Super Tuesday brings.

26 posted on 02/08/2012 4:35:16 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Four states say you are full of bleep.

How many states have the others won?

27 posted on 02/08/2012 4:40:09 AM PST by Happy Rain ("If you're shiftless and in doubt-find a liberal whine and pout-pretty soon you're making out.")
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

That is how I feel. All of the candidates, he is the weakest one. When will this nightmare work itself out. People are voting for family values while the country is in dire straits financially and with corruption.


28 posted on 02/08/2012 4:40:29 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Christie at the beach

I would rather lose w newt or Rick fighting Obama to the death, than win w myth who is Obama-lite.


29 posted on 02/08/2012 4:41:49 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Well, Rick will now be the one that the MSM goes after with Nukes. And they'll go as low and STOO-PID as they can get.

Like dig up some long forgotten girl who went to HS with Rick that saw him eat meat on Friday during Lent. Wolf Blitzer would love that one! (the pompous ass)

30 posted on 02/08/2012 4:43:38 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Nasty Romney - the ineligible, backstabbing RINO:
"Me. Me. Me.
I am entitled. Me. Me.
I choose. I chose. I decide. Me. Me. Me.
BAIN, Marriott, and I already destroyed every single
other potential conservative candidate, and
BAIN and I already PAID everyone in the media
FOR MY nomination.
So, it is MINE. MINE. MINE.
Bow to me. Now. Bow. "

31 posted on 02/08/2012 4:47:39 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: ez
Mitt’s best argument was that he was most electable. Shattered last night. Newt’s best argument was that he could out’debate Obama. Shattered in FL. This thing is outa control. The GOP-E needs an industrial size box of Depends.

Right you are. We may wind up with Ron Paul before this is over. We are witnessing the implosion of the Republican Party. No way can we win an election after this house divided. Obama et al are laughing.

32 posted on 02/08/2012 4:48:58 AM PST by Hattie
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To: VanDeKoik
Exactly...I blew him off when he decided to play it safe like he was playing the game “survivor”. He even stated as much...

Sorry...I will no vote for a coward never less a big government social “conservative”..

BTW...How many of those “wins” were in states that Newt wasn't on the ballot?

33 posted on 02/08/2012 4:54:42 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I am one of about four folks who voted for Rick here in Florida.
He appears to blow the doors off mitt and newt when it comes to ethics and I am hoping he continues to show that mitt is NOT inevitable.


34 posted on 02/08/2012 4:56:39 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
can we now be spared the wisdom of the FOX ALL STARS?

enough of the Bill Chrystal, Chas. Krauthammer, Ted Baxter, Bret Beahr, Toyko Rove, Ann Colter, Sean Wannabe, et. al. Romney cheerleading squad

It's time for some honesty - the rank and file don't want mittens and don't want to be TOLD he's the chosen one

.

35 posted on 02/08/2012 4:59:27 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee

Beautifully said, Elle Bee!


36 posted on 02/08/2012 5:06:36 AM PST by AnnGora (I'm suing my tagline for sexual harrassment.)
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To: ez
I’ve been for Newt since the second debate but he hit a wall...

_________________________________________

The wife and I have been watching Newt's self destruction with dismay. He and Romney have been acting like un-disciplined, destructive children since SC.

Their styles are different but the net is the same...they both have made themselves less likeable and less presidential to those who were in their camps.

Santorum looks good in comparison by assuming the mantle of the only adult in the room.

37 posted on 02/08/2012 5:08:20 AM PST by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I think Santorum would be an awful candidate, for all the reasons that you have pointed out, but at least this makes Romney look bad.

Gingrich was not even on the ballot in one of these, and he was not expected to do well in either of the others; also, the caucuses are non-binding.

However, Romney was expected to do well in at least 2 of the states, and the only thing that this says is that people do not want Romney. Even what I would consider the RINO crowd, who are basically the majority of GOP voters and would be the majority of Santorum’s voters, don’t like Romney. So maybe this will get a message to the GOP that Romney is not “inevitable.”


38 posted on 02/08/2012 5:12:00 AM PST by livius
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To: maryz

I’m thinking that Santorum is angling for a VP slot.


39 posted on 02/08/2012 5:17:34 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
First of all; Congrats to former Senator Santorum on his triple wins last night; certainly an impressive accomplishment!

That said, as everyone probably knows, I started w/Cain and am now a Newt supporter. I have been clear that I have serious concerns about both Rick's record as an conservative and his apparent lack of depth in terms of having any sort of a vision and/or plan for saving America. It is all well and good to offer platitudes about freedom, liberty, right to life etc; but, where is the plan and the vision that will move us out of the current dire predicament and into the future?

Some things that to ponder regarding last nights results:

1. According to CNN the turnout in all three states was low. Why? Would this have changed if delegates were actually being assigned? Will the answer to those questions have a significant impact upon the actual election in these states?

2. Were these wins more a rebuke to Obama (directly related to his intransigent stance against the Catholic church and religious freedom/freedom of expression) rather than an endorsement of Santorum himself? (Santorum appears to have the most doctrinal “right to life” position and the most lengthy and consistent record of practicing his Catholic faith.) How will this issue affect the female vote in an actual election?

3. Why, if the “tag team” strategy that was rumored early Monday was true (Newt to concentrate on delegates in the South; Santorum in the Mid-West; w/the objective of arriving at a brokered convention) is Santorum projecting the image that he, alone, is now the “solid” alternative to BOTH Romney and Obama???

4. Why no immediate congratulatory speech from Newt??? Did Rick and Newt actually have some sort of accord as rumored; or, was that just a ruse??? If they had an agreement; has Santorum violated it in some manner; hence, no “congrats” from Newt; or, is Newt just being a “sore loser???”

There appear to be many "undercurrents" suddenly developing in this primary election cycle.

40 posted on 02/08/2012 5:18:21 AM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I have it on good sources that within the White House,

So, you have good sources that within the white hut? hahahaha

Some people say...conventional wisdom...your critics claim...your ex-wife said...I read on the internet...got any other solid sources?

41 posted on 02/08/2012 5:20:38 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Good analysis.

Obama can’t run on his record, so he’ll have to go negative. Santorum is the hardest guy to go negative on.

Yesterday, Santorum showed that Romney is not inevitable.
Your post shows that Santorum is in the best position to beat Obama.


42 posted on 02/08/2012 6:00:58 AM PST by kidd
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To: AmericanInTokyo

ping for sanity


43 posted on 02/08/2012 6:02:43 AM PST by alrea
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To: AmericanInTokyo
So now Romney will go after Santorum. We will see a barage of negative ads directed towards him like there was against Newt. All pundit talk will be, "He can't win!"

The result? Likely Newt will take the next primaries or the public will be sick of Romney's attack strategy and Santorum will win more.

Either way, I think good ol' Mitt is done! I could certainly breathe easier if our choice is between Gingrich and Santorum with Romney watching from the sidelines!

44 posted on 02/08/2012 6:13:09 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Newt or Rick.....either one works)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Is it time for Newt to drop out?


45 posted on 02/08/2012 6:31:39 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: USS Alaska

If you only knew. Believe what you want to believe. I know with whom I have talked.


46 posted on 02/08/2012 7:00:43 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: tjd1454

Could be reverse psychology perhaps? Pretend you would like to face the one you don’t want to face? Too many folks get sucked into the political process and fail to use their own judgment.


47 posted on 02/08/2012 2:31:59 PM PST by cjmae (Sanity was not equally distributed)
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To: cjmae
Could be reverse psychology perhaps? Pretend you would like to face the one you don’t want to face? Too many folks get sucked into the political process and fail to use their own judgment.

Exactly.

48 posted on 02/08/2012 4:33:19 PM PST by tjd1454
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To: csmusaret

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_delegate_count.html


49 posted on 02/08/2012 11:57:47 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Christie at the beach
" People are voting for family values while the country is in dire straits financially and with corruption. "

WOW ! for this to be a " Conservative " site, would have never though of hearing that here in 2012.... just amazing, it tells us how far we have fallen in this country....

If ? it was not for the fact that we have fallen as a country from our values and family values we would not be in this financial and corrupt mess that we see our country in today... just absolutely stunned and amazed by your statement...
50 posted on 02/09/2012 12:02:43 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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