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Why isnít Sarah running?
Hot Air ^ | 2/12/12 | J.E. Dyer

Posted on 02/12/2012 3:21:23 PM PST by Lakeshark

Her CPAC speech today was a barn-burner, hitting every conservative, small-government point and pumping out soundbites that will no doubt resonate in the public dialogue for days to come. Some of my favorites:

“Drain the Jacuzzi!”

“This government isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed.”

“We don’t want an economy built to last, we want an economy built to grow.”

“This is Obama’s Washington.”

Her signature line in this speech was “The door is open.” She meant that political conditions are becoming conducive to a renewed commitment to small government and liberty. People’s mindsets are changing. We are not governed by the “rules” of political seasons past; the door is open to choosing our candidates and charting our nation’s future on a different basis. The door is open to not accepting a continuation of the false compromises of previous decades.
**snip**
We can’t have a candidate who sounds like Mitt Romney, but will lead the way a small-government conservative would. That’s not an option. What we’re doing in this primary season is coming to grips with that reality. I think Palin knew instinctively that we would have to, before it would make sense for her to jump back into the electoral fray.

She believes God has a plan for her life, and that He gives her a certainty in her spirit about the big choices she has to make. I suspect she has had a peaceful certainty that joining the campaign as a candidate for 2012 was not something she should do. If she were to analyze it, she might say that God knows better than any of us how the voters’ concerns and expectations are going to change.

Meanwhile, the door is open.

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To: Bruinator

I’m sure none here ever uttered the words ‘Ronaldus Magnus” in reference to, in in place of the name Ronald Reagan, and immediately had every reader knowing who we were talking about ;).


51 posted on 02/12/2012 4:33:16 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: Randy Larsen

I watched woogums have his his spaz attack immediately following her announcement. Your post history does not lie Randy. And in the post above you again whine about how ‘used’ you were.

Man up and stop acting like a liberal.


52 posted on 02/12/2012 4:35:25 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: humblegunner
Why isn’t Sarah running?
She's scared and nobody will pay her enough.
She's not running for the same reason that Ronald Reagan couldn't have run in 1980 under present law - McCain-Feingold.

Thanks, John! Thanks, Dubbya! Thanks, Sandra Day O'Connor! </sarcasm>


53 posted on 02/12/2012 4:38:22 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
she makes more money doing ONE appearance then he will make in his lifetime

She's just like one of us! Never an elite.

I'll just drive my custom bus to my private plane and fly away to a speaking engagement!

Just like Our Sarah, who is one of us.

55 posted on 02/12/2012 4:45:20 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: LaybackLenny

Maybe a GONG or a trap door.


56 posted on 02/12/2012 4:46:43 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: Pravious
Hey, are you talking about Slick, SuperEgo, Sanctimonious and Screwball?

How could Sarah stand up to those boys!

(see tagline)

57 posted on 02/12/2012 4:47:59 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: humblegunner

Just cause your bus has “County Prisoners” written
on the side is no reason to feel bad.

At least you got to ride.


58 posted on 02/12/2012 4:49:25 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Ronin
‘Could it be that she’s right where she planned to be at this stage of the game?’

Considering the high quality of her speeches and articles, she is getting great advice from professionals. Clearly expressed core issues, witty counter punches, and strategic positioning.
She has not even came close to the “If nominated, I shall not run, and if elected, I shall not serve.” statement.
She has earned the money, whether by working on a fishing boat(damned hard job and not for wusses), writing books, doing documentaries or as a commentator on TV and seems to be spending it very shrewdly. She has been a success in what she has done and we could use a real person with a history of self made success in the White House.
Draft Palin 2012
TWB

59 posted on 02/12/2012 4:51:21 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: tet68

So how much did you donate to pay for HER bus?


60 posted on 02/12/2012 4:53:00 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Bruinator

Give ‘em hell, Harry might be surprised to hear that. So would Jimmah, Teddy, Jack, Ike, Abe, and a few others whose first names weren’t quite debasing enough.


61 posted on 02/12/2012 4:57:21 PM PST by Mach9
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To: Bruinator
Because there will never be an American President elected whose “fans” (supporters) refer to said person by their first name.

Counterexample: Nixon (after Watergate).

Granted, he got elected first and then they started calling him that, but still...

Cheers!

63 posted on 02/12/2012 5:06:28 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Lakeshark

Sarah Palin has long impressed me as the only figure out there to have internalized the lessons of Reaganism, not just the policies but the approach to politics and gaining office. She probably has calculated that this time is too soon and is actually running for the nomination in 2016. She probably expects the kenyan to win this time whoever the Republican nominee is and probably figures she doesn’t need to have to fight the Romney campaign budget which is second only to the Obama budget, albeit a distant second. Romney cannot win himself the Presidency but he can destroy the prospects of other Republicans while trying.
1976 was a similar situation for Reagan. Probably no Republican could have won that year. Replacing a sitting president in the primary doesn’t translate into electoral victory. Running as the Nixon successor was not propitious either. Reagan ran in the primaries but seemed almost relieved when it went to Ford. But he got his chops in for 1980. Palin isn’t running in this year’s primaries but she is maintaining herself as the Voice of serious conservatives and is effectively the conscience of the party. The problem, of course, is will there be a country whose office is even available in 2016.


64 posted on 02/12/2012 5:11:48 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Bruinator
Because there will never be an American President elected whose “fans” (supporters) refer to said person by their first name.

Well, I guess you think Newt's Just SOL, then.

65 posted on 02/12/2012 5:19:51 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Lakeshark

I’m convinced that we need to forget about getting a Republican President, and work towards a Veto-proof Congress. Failing that, we can have gridlock...the last time we had that in the 1990’s the Economy boomed.


66 posted on 02/12/2012 5:29:55 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Bruinator
Because there will never be an American President elected whose “fans” (supporters) refer to said person by their first name.

What about Give-em-Hell Harry?

67 posted on 02/12/2012 5:30:20 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Personally I LIKE IKE


68 posted on 02/12/2012 5:34:51 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: Lakeshark

Blah blah blah. The world and everyone in it are pwn3d. Get yer houses in order.


69 posted on 02/12/2012 5:36:55 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: humblegunner

Ever dawn on you that it’s worth it to some of us to have her bus hauling her around saying the things we believe in?

I hope she buys a Ferarri next to get to the stops faster.

You hate her. We know. We don’t care, but we know. I’m sorry she didn’t ball up and roll away to make you happy Gunner. Really I am. But she ain’t going away. And IF she does manage to have a positive influence on the election, you get the benefit to.

Now if she stood there spouting anti-American commie crap, I’d be right there with you. But since she is out there pushing for the things we as Freepers believe in, your attempts at smearing her, by logical reasoning, put you on the other team.

If you aren’t, then please explain why the edict laid down about ‘no more bashing conservatives’ doesn’t apply to you and your petty sniping comments. And considering she was included in that edict (for good reason), good luck being the special exception.


70 posted on 02/12/2012 5:47:10 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: Norm Lenhart
please explain why the edict laid down about ‘no more bashing conservatives’ doesn’t apply to you and your petty sniping comments.

Candidates. It's unwise to bash conservative candidates.

She ain't one, never was.

I don't smear her. I just point out the facts and my own views on them.

It's called an opinion.

Would you prefer that I didn't have an opinion? Or that I didn't state it?

Pick one, but I doubt you'll get your wish.

71 posted on 02/12/2012 5:54:12 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

I’d prefer you acted like an adult rather than a catty schoolgirl. And no, split hairs on ‘candidates’ all you like but I doubt I’ll get my wish.

That the best you got Gunner?


72 posted on 02/12/2012 5:58:00 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: Lakeshark

The US population is not conservative enough (yet) to vote for a true conservative — whether it’s Palin or anyone else. Sure, the country is in transition, but it’s not there yet. That’s why Romney is still succeeding.

If you don’t agree with me, consider the lady at the Tea Party rally with the sign, “Hands off my social security!”. That lady self-identifies as a conservative but she’s really a liberal who believes in gov’t largess.

The senior citizens and the Baby Boomers are not happy with Obama, but they sure aren’t conservative enough to vote for a true conservative. And those two groups together are still the biggest voting block.


73 posted on 02/12/2012 6:08:11 PM PST by webstersII
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To: tet68; humblegunner

“Just cause your bus has “County Prisoners” written
on the side is no reason to feel bad.

At least you got to ride.”

Now that’s funny! I don’t care who you are! heh heh

JC


74 posted on 02/12/2012 6:12:15 PM PST by cracker45
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To: webstersII

Largely true IMO, but I’d add this. That woman and a few million like here would be in the street without SS. We have to transition out of the system they spent a lifetime paying into. The Dems tell them someone (evil Republicans) will just strip SS from them. And the stupid GOP PR depr has done a horrid job explaining to them that privatizing SS is not an immediate all or nothing proposition that leaves them homeless.


75 posted on 02/12/2012 6:14:50 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: webstersII
“Hands off my social security!”

Send me a check for what I have paid in and stop taking it out and I fine with SS going away.

76 posted on 02/12/2012 6:26:07 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Lakeshark
I think family obligations, especially the little boy, vetoed a Presidential run. Sarah is young. I believe she will be a great President in 8 years. The kids will be mostly grown & Todd will have settled down a bit more.

I'd like to see SP as Sec. of the Interior in a Pub administration in 2013.

77 posted on 02/12/2012 6:51:44 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; All

Good analysis!


78 posted on 02/12/2012 7:36:15 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Farewell sweet Rick, we barely knew ye...)
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To: Lakeshark

Palin isn’t running because she knows that we Conservatives
have a penchant for self-cannibalization.


79 posted on 02/12/2012 8:05:30 PM PST by The Duke
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To: Adder

You are correct???


80 posted on 02/12/2012 8:32:44 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Exactly right.....and that shows how the MSM uses it's power to denigrate the best among us! Biden and Obama could easily be made into 'cartoon characters' but the Left protects its own!
81 posted on 02/12/2012 8:53:56 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (*OMG ...means Obama Must Go in 2012!)
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To: Eaker; sickoflibs
keep the money, just let me off the merry-go-round of more 'contributions' to the black hole...

was that racist ???

82 posted on 02/12/2012 9:34:58 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I admit up front I have an issue with Sarah Palin. I like her. I hoped McCain would choose her for his running mate before he did. Old guys should choose young guys as Vp, young guys should choose old guys.

I would vote for any one of the 4 ‘front runners’ over Obama. I would vote for Mitt, Newt, Rick, or Ron. I would be glad to vote for Sarah.

Sarah resigned from a oil board to fight corruption, and it ended up not hurting her, rather, it made her governor. She resigned from Governor, and that permitted her to not bankrupt her family.

Sara-cuda is a great talent. If I could, I would have Mitt as Pres, Newt as VP, Ron Paul as Sec Treasury. I would hope that who ever is president could get Bolton at State. I would put Sarah as Sec of Energy, with instructions to clean house and get energy production up. Lower energy prices would do much to accelerate the economy.


83 posted on 02/12/2012 10:24:26 PM PST by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: donmeaker; humblegunner; SatinDoll
I would put Sarah as Sec of Energy, with instructions to clean house and get energy production up. Lower energy prices would do much to accelerate the economy.

We're still talking about the United States Government, aren't we, and not GOSPLAN?

84 posted on 02/13/2012 3:04:40 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: goseminoles
The msm has trashed her and she is a joke to the average American? Let’s be honest. The average person views her as a ditz and not a viable candidate? Just being honest..

Helluva argument against overextending the franchise. Just as the Maureen Dowd-Peggy Noonan-Kathleen Parker-led female bitchiness of a couple of years ago was a surprise reminder of the wisdom of the Framers' having not extended the franchise to the pushier sex.

This woman bears comparison to Ronnie Raygun, who maybe belongs on Rushmore; and some people think she's a bad copy of Tina Fey.

85 posted on 02/13/2012 3:12:03 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Norm Lenhart; Randy Larsen
We were all disappointed Randy. You took it as a personal affront turned disappointment into a ‘Palin Sucks” crusade.

Bump. Honest critique, Randy, honestly given. Free clue for the clueful.

I was disappointed too, very keenly. I just didn't give anyone any money (because it was still too early for that), so perhaps you have the right to be considerably more disappointed than I.

But the woman had to deal with the reality of the situation, one cogent dimension of which has been that there is only enough early political money around to support one conservative challenger to the moneybags Yacht Club and their pet candidate; and the PTB were wily enough and smoothly forked-tongued enough to swamp the wading pool by sweet-talking a number of conservatives into running. Rick Perry is probably the best example, but Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich might be two more. Eventually the book will be written, and we'll all find out who was getting grease jobs from Karl Rove and Charles Black et al.

86 posted on 02/13/2012 3:20:55 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Bruinator
Because there will never be an American President elected whose “fans” (supporters) refer to said person by their first name.

You mean, like "Jack" (Kennedy)? Or "Honest Abe"? Or "Andy" (Jackson), or "Old Tippecanoe", or "Teddy", or "Silent Cal"?

Think again.

87 posted on 02/13/2012 3:26:16 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: humblegunner
She's scared and nobody will pay her enough.

Seems a lot like a smear to me.

Both of your assertions are patently negative and ludicrous.

88 posted on 02/13/2012 3:29:28 AM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: lentulusgracchus

Don’t forget “I like Ike.”


89 posted on 02/13/2012 3:34:31 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Ronin
One thing for sure, her CPAC speech does prove one thing — her star power is undiminished and if anyone could throw a million volt charge into the Conservative base, it’s Sarah.

You have a good argument, and I've suspected for a while that Sarah's non-announcement was actually a sidestep (like the Alaskan resignation, when Rahm had her thoroughly dialed-in for political, legal, and financial destruction).

Her big problem, as she has no doubt recognized, is double-headed:

But she doesn't strike me as the kind of "quitter" some think she is, and she is not in the pursuit of power as a hobby. And people who are not treating it as a hobby, or as noblesse oblige, like Poppy Bush and his kind, don't ever back off.

As for the Slime Machine, simply avoiding it -- however that can be done -- is a very obvious strategy, and the easiest way to do that is simply to say "I'm not running", and bide one's time, to see if the other candidates can do any better against the Machine. (Hint: So far, they haven't -- except for Rick Santorum, who has not been strong enough so far to merit the Death Star's mighty Death Ray.)

If she can slide past them to June or July, that would be a huge amount of waste/useless effort avoided, and a great chance to do some Teflon-coating and image-repair work. I wouldn't be surprised to hear she's been spending four hours a week watching video of old Ronald Reagan pressers.

See you at the convention. I think it's at least, or better than, 50/50 she and her supporters will try a stampede, if the nomination is still hanging up for grabs.

90 posted on 02/13/2012 3:40:45 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: webstersII
....consider the lady at the Tea Party rally with the sign, “Hands off my social security!”

That was an old Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) rallying cry, his way of jerking the hook and twisting it real good ..... he used to stage rallies with seniors jumping up and down and yelping with fear and anger, full of old Claude's b.s. that the Evil Republicans were just about to fixin' to start shutting off the check-presses.

His pronunciation was slightly different, though:

"Lay youah filthih hainds off'n ouah Soshuh Secyooitih!!"

Proof there's no fart like an old fart. He was old enough to have voted for Teddy Roosevelt, but acted like he didn't know any better. He had to have been one of the original New Dealers.

91 posted on 02/13/2012 3:57:31 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: ez
Don’t forget “I like Ike.”

Well, yes, but strictly speaking, that was his last name.

And "Tippecanoe" and "Old Hickory" were nicks .... couple of others in there, too, I'm sure.

92 posted on 02/13/2012 4:03:16 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

That was an old Claude Pepper (D-Fla.)

He look or act like the Lousisana pol in O Brother Where Art Thou


93 posted on 02/13/2012 4:06:54 AM PST by Nailbiter
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To: Nailbiter
Thought O Brother Where Art Thou was about Mississippi ...... but S. Mississippi, S. Alabama, and N. Florida people all sound very, very similar. (Northern Alabama is a whole different sound, ditto most of the Upper South accents.)

For the accent I'm thinking about, Jerry Reed and Bo Hopkins both had it.

94 posted on 02/13/2012 4:14:10 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: humblegunner

Yep.

She will starting making noises again when she runs out of money.


95 posted on 02/13/2012 5:37:01 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Dispite the overall tone of the discussion on this thread so far...

The “Door is open” comment is rather appropriate and applicable to a lot of people...

Still kickin’ muhself...hehe


96 posted on 02/13/2012 5:45:26 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: humblegunner

And I will say again: Cram it Gunner

Will you reply the same as last time with “YO MAMA”?


97 posted on 02/13/2012 7:19:04 AM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: W. W. SMITH
Will you reply the same as last time with “YO MAMA”?

I think it's probably sufficient to allow you to repeat yourself.

I need not do so.

98 posted on 02/13/2012 7:22:36 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: lentulusgracchus

Those are nick names. Look at the titles on these very pages. There is one now with Abraham Lincoln in the title. Not Honest Abe, or Abe etc.... She is a pop icon and that is how she will always be viewed. People want her to run, or be part of a ticket. Been there, done that. Call it PDS or whatever you choose, but I would say that those who are rabid supporters and cannot look at things outside of the Palin prism suffer from PWS. Get it? If not see below:

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”


99 posted on 02/13/2012 7:26:34 AM PST by Bruinator ("For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question")
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To: SoConPubbie; humblegunner; Lakeshark; Eaker
Has it occurred to anybody to think that perhaps she actually was scared out of the race by Chicago-thug threats against her and/or her family?

Maybe no one can pay her enough money to put her family in that kind of jeopardy.

Never underestimate the perfidy of the left, especially the murderous marxist criminals whom we stupidly put in charge of the fate of our country.

You and others are ragging on humblegunner without really thinking about what his comment might mean. Take off your Palin-rosy-colored glasses and at least think about the possibility.

BTW, humblegunner is neither old nor stupid nor left of Ronald Reagan.
100 posted on 02/13/2012 7:41:20 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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