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Top GOP Senator Says ‘If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate’
ABC News ^ | February 17, 2012

Posted on 02/17/2012 4:40:50 PM PST by Clintonfatigued

A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race.

“If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity.

The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not.

“We’d get killed,” the senator said if Romney manages to win the nomination after he failed to win the state in which he grew up.

“He’d be too damaged,” he said. “If he can’t even win in Michigan, where his family is from, where he grew up.”

What about Rick Santorum?

“He’d lose 35 states,” the senator said, predicting the same fate for Newt Gingrich.

It would have to be somebody else, the senator said. Who?

“Jeb Bush,” the former Florida governor.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; bigdigromney; loserromney; romneycareromney; romneydirtytricks; romneynastiness; spoilerromney; whatisnottolike
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1 posted on 02/17/2012 4:40:55 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

We could use a new candidate anyway.


2 posted on 02/17/2012 4:41:51 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Clintonfatigued
Why is this a story?

Rhetorical question.

3 posted on 02/17/2012 4:42:31 PM PST by skeeter
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; BillyBoy

The Establishment is starting to have second thoughts about Mittens. They think that “we” may need a new candidate, to hell with what us peons want.


4 posted on 02/17/2012 4:42:46 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Oooooohhh. Jeb Bush could certainly motivate me in November.... to pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep.

/johnny

5 posted on 02/17/2012 4:44:45 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Why do they think Jeb Bush would be an effective candidate against Obama in this election cycle, just 4 years after his brother was President? Maybe if W. had left office with a 70% approval rating or something I could understand this rationale...but not at this time.


6 posted on 02/17/2012 4:45:13 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Clintonfatigued
If the elite blue blood-sucking parasitic republicons try to shove jeb bush down out throats... well... TEA time!

LLS

7 posted on 02/17/2012 4:48:28 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Republican Wildcat; Impy; Liz; AuntB

It’s absurd to think that the U.S. wants a third President Bush. The first two were responsible for giving us Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.


8 posted on 02/17/2012 4:49:45 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Party leaders sometimes get upset when the little people start voting.


9 posted on 02/17/2012 4:50:32 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Clintonfatigued
“If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity.

Go Rick, go!!!

P.S. No more Bushes!

10 posted on 02/17/2012 4:54:44 PM PST by CrosscutSaw (Palin/West after brokered GOP convention in 2012.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Why wait?


11 posted on 02/17/2012 4:54:58 PM PST by SkyDancer ("No Matter How The People Vote There Will Always Be A Federal Judge To Over Turn It")
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To: Clintonfatigued

Too late now. We are stuck with this sad sack trio.


12 posted on 02/17/2012 4:56:13 PM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: Clintonfatigued
Too bad, they would not get a Palin (oh, she is right winger, my bad)

Jebby has ties to the home mortage collapses in Florida when his administration did nothing to stop the fraud here..so, yeah, bring that compassionate conservative to the ticket) The ruling class is kicking all of the way. Rick or Mitt will not beat Obama, so I give them that. Newt can kick butt on his economic policies. I want the country back on track, not a rino or a Mr Rogers.

13 posted on 02/17/2012 4:56:18 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

You mean that the photo of Jeb Bush, his father and Obama sitting around and grinning at each other does not impress you with how orderly and dignified the machine is? I mean, if Jeb Bush won’t warm the chair until it is Chelsea’s turn, then who?


14 posted on 02/17/2012 4:57:53 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips; but watch their hands!)
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To: Christie at the beach

If Romney loses Michigan the Republicans would need a new candidate.

They would have one. The winner of the Michigan primary.

Duh.


15 posted on 02/17/2012 4:58:37 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Most Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

In other words, the establishment will choose the candidate, this primary process is just a trick to fool the grass roots into thinking they have a voice. (I think we need a new party.)


16 posted on 02/17/2012 4:59:04 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Why do they think Jeb Bush would be an effective candidate against Obama in this election cycle

What makes you think establishment republicans have any desire to win?

17 posted on 02/17/2012 5:00:00 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
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To: Christie at the beach; onyx; dixiechick2000

JEB BUSH OR POKE IN THE EYE WITH A SHARP STICK POLLING WITHIN MARGIN OF ERROR

18 posted on 02/17/2012 5:00:16 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Clintonfatigued

So we have a prominent, but cowardly anonymous, senior RINO senator who’s so scared Rick will beat Mitt that he’s looking for some RINO come lately to rescue him. As a “prominent, senior senator” how about putting your own name out there!? Or is that too hard for one of Harry Reid’s lap dogs? I don’t recal, did Newt ever get the GOP-e this desperate? If not, all the more reason to GO RICK! Beat the establishment in both parties!


19 posted on 02/17/2012 5:02:28 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I think the light is dawning on the RINOs that Romney is a turkey, and that unless they can come up with another RINO they can force to the top quickly, then there will be a brokered convention, and *horrors*, it will almost certainly nominate a *real* conservative.

This is a terrible thing, as far as the RINOs are concerned, and they would probably support the reelection of Obama before they would support a real conservative. Because with Obama, they would still be “leaders”, even if only minority leaders.

If a real conservative is the nominee, he would probably win the election, then he would break the stranglehold the liberal RINOs have on the Republican party. It would be the end of their phoney-baloney jobs, power, prestige and money.

This would also be an enormous disaster for the Republican party supporting Beltway Bandits, the consultants, spin doctors, lobbyists, financiers and other such parasitical scum.


20 posted on 02/17/2012 5:09:20 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: EQAndyBuzz
>>They would have one. The winner of the Michigan primary. duh

Some of us want more than anyone but obama, like substance..

21 posted on 02/17/2012 5:10:51 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: PhilDragoo

Thank you for including me. I love this.


22 posted on 02/17/2012 5:12:35 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Brilliant
Who's the Senator who's bad mouthing all the candidates?

Maybe we need a new Senator!

No, take that back ~ we definitely need a new Senator. If that reporter won't talk there are ways ~ use them!

23 posted on 02/17/2012 5:13:59 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: JRandomFreeper
He's the one with the irredentist Mexican wife and the crack head daughter.

Jeb would be a disaster of the first order.

24 posted on 02/17/2012 5:15:12 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Clintonfatigued
“Jeb Bush,”

The hell it will. They'll have to convince 1.144 delegates on the convention floor to do that.

And that will NOT happen.

25 posted on 02/17/2012 5:16:31 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
I think the light is dawning on the RINOs that Romney is a turkey, and that unless they can come up with another RINO they can force to the top quickly, then there will be a brokered convention, and *horrors*, it will almost certainly nominate a *real* conservative.

So what's the over/under on these RINOs stepping into the fray?


26 posted on 02/17/2012 5:16:36 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - so severe, it hurts him to be conservative!)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

[ If not, all the more reason to GO RICK! Beat the establishment in both parties! ]

Newt is an Elephant, Santo is a mouse...


27 posted on 02/17/2012 5:17:39 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Clintonfatigued

What’s wrong with the one that beats Romney?


28 posted on 02/17/2012 5:26:34 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: Clintonfatigued
Typical Rino senator...unable/unwilling to be identified by name....McNasty and swishy guy from South Carolina....

No balls either way....

29 posted on 02/17/2012 5:28:32 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: erkelly

We do need a Newt party and we need Newt to lead it. If Newt wins, the Republican party will be on it’s way to becoming the new party.


30 posted on 02/17/2012 6:03:23 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Soo-praz, soo-praz.

Not.

31 posted on 02/17/2012 6:14:44 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: hosepipe
Newt is an Elephant, Santo is a mouse...

Sadly, too apt. But hey, Santo has only been married once. He must be better. Kind of like Romney -- a good family man. That's what we need in the White House, dammit!

Godspeed Newt Gingrich.

32 posted on 02/17/2012 6:22:02 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: duffee
If Newt wins, the Republican party will be on it’s way to becoming the new party.

At least there'd be a chance that that could happen, and Newt's pretty well seasoned at doing that kind of stuff.

With Santorum, we'd get more "compassionate" big government conservatism, and the Republican party would become identified as the Church Lady party.

With Romney, the test would be one from God. Vote for a man who used his office to sanction and promote Gay Youth Pride, practically the 21st century Poster Boy in neon lights of biblical leading children into sin, deviant and sick no matter how you spin it, this same man who created a system where taxpayers are forced to subsidize $50 on-demand abortions. Evil begets evil -- you may end up being tempted to vote for a man who has nourished and fed that kind of depravity. If that man became elected by us to our nation ... how could any one of us not weep and cringe when asking God to bless America? Why should we expect God to not to abandon such cowardly people?

Or, in God's test, you could vote such that Obama won a second term, and live in a country where people were willing to risk that over rationalizing a moral deal with the devil. And I truly believe that God would smile on us and come to our aid in one of His miraculous ways. When we asked Him to bless America, He might be more inclined to hear us.

For me, God comes before country so if it's Romney vs. Obama, my vote would be recorded as going to another candidate, I don't know who, and it probably wouldn't much matter, but as long as the numbers showed that whoever won has piss poor support.

We have such a good candidate now, a uniquely qualified guy that only God could place at so perfect a historical juncture, and with another little test of Christian pride.

I really wish people would compare, side by side, all of the info, from the details to the big picture, of this and this.

But in just the same way a shocking number of self-proclaimed "professionals" never actuallly read their emails and waste untold time and cause untold arguments because of it, a shocking number of people won't take the time to actually read and analyze and compare the actual, stated positions of Santorum and Gingrich.

Now Santorum has joined with Romney in declining the CNN debate for Georgia. The spin is "Hey, that's great, they're telling CNN where to stick it!" Yeah. Right. The fact that it was Georgia had nothing to do with it.

I hope Newt Gingrich creams both of their chickensh*t chump asses. And I REALLY hope that Santorum supporters have the fortitude to actually read Gingrich's plan, with all its flaws, and then read Santorum's page, see his priorities, notice things he leaves out.

Godspeed Newt Gingrich.

33 posted on 02/17/2012 6:57:10 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Finny

[ That’s what we need in the White House, dammit! ]

I’m looking for the meanest SOB I can find.. as President..
Obama is a SOB also but thats because his mother was a “B”..

Newt is an SOB because hes sneaky, crafty, and a backstabbing icehole..
Pretty whats needed to handle democrats.. Oh! and RINOs..


34 posted on 02/17/2012 7:04:52 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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Newt is an SOB because hes sneaky, crafty, and a backstabbing icehole..

So is Romney! [^)

I like to think Newt would be a front-stabbing icehole.

Godspeed Newt.

35 posted on 02/17/2012 7:07:01 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Finny

[ I like to think Newt would be a front-stabbing icehole. ]

What a concept a front stabbing icehole...
Whatever.. front or back.. trip them and spit on them.. walk away..


36 posted on 02/17/2012 7:12:06 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; sickoflibs; Arthur Wildfire! March

LOL well filing is very very closed. If Santorum wins the majority of delegates that’s not a g-damn thing this alleged anonymous Senator (and rocket scientist, more than 15 states are safe R unless maybe we nominate someone named Bush) can do about it.

If a Senator really said this he should come out of the closet and tell us his name rather than hiding like a little female dog.


37 posted on 02/17/2012 8:20:45 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Did anyone find out what the little meeting was between obimbo and Jeb and Daddy Bush?


38 posted on 02/17/2012 9:59:19 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: Clintonfatigued

Hmmm.... Prominant GOP Sen.?.... Only a couple that the MSM would refer to with that term.

McCain & Graham. Sounds more like something from McCain.


39 posted on 02/17/2012 10:19:52 PM PST by octex
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To: PhilDragoo; Christie at the beach

GREAT graphic, Phil!

So.........Adelson pledged another $10mil for Newt’s Super PAC. He doesn’t like Santorum and is willing to spend up to $25mil on Newt.

It appears to me that there are some high powered people who would like a brokered convention. I can’t say that I’m opposed to that...no siree...however, stay out da’ Bushes!!!

Christie, he included you because you wrote a very good post! Thank you for your comment. ;o)


40 posted on 02/18/2012 12:20:26 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: hosepipe
Newt is an SOB because hes sneaky, crafty, and a backstabbing icehole.. Pretty whats needed to handle democrats.. Oh! and RINOs..

This is the secret that is clearly out in the open. The major attraction to Newt Gingrich is that he has a history of being a fighter for conservative causes and he actually does fight, warts and all! I liken him to Lincoln's selection of that irreverent, cigar-smoking, hard-drinking, foul-mouthed general, U.S. Grant. He fights, by Pete's sake, he fights!

41 posted on 02/18/2012 5:42:42 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist)
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To: Brilliant; skeeter; Clintonfatigued

Why does this article have me immediately thinking of the line from Die Hard “We’re gonna need some new FBI guys.”


42 posted on 02/18/2012 7:12:57 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GSP.FAN; randita; Sun; BillyBoy
Actually, in theory “The Establishment” is right - this slate of candidates sucks ass. And the one amongst this Z team that MIGHT eek out a win in November (Milt), is horrid to say the least.

I'm still shocked that with the most important POTUS election since 1860 upon us, we have the weakest collective slate of candidates to run for any position ever running (my man love for “His (former) Rickness” notwithstanding).

43 posted on 02/18/2012 8:18:20 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Farewell sweet Rick, we barely knew ye...)
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To: Clintonfatigued

git out da Bushes. :-)


44 posted on 02/18/2012 8:24:50 AM PST by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: hosepipe

GOP-E are the elephants. Elephants are scared of mice. Mythbusters even proved it! A secret senator elephant is afraid Mitt will lose Michigan to the mouse, I don’t recall them ever being scared of the amphibian.


45 posted on 02/18/2012 9:02:22 AM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

[ Elephants are scared of mice. ]

Only in cartoons.. Real elephants step on mice, voles and lemming-like creatures and snakes all the time..

But I get yer metaphor tho.. there do be some snakes running the republican party there is no doubt.. Start with Juan McLaim and Sissy Graham.. and Misfire Luger..

Evidently Steele couldn’t stand the smell at the RNC..
What happened to Coulter surely she knows Willard is “Demon” possessed!!..

Poor old Santo should be too worried about his family to worry about the country..
Unless he is OWNED by the same folks that own Willard..

Newt seems to have all the right enemies.. the boy is receiving all the “FLAK” so he must be over the target..


46 posted on 02/18/2012 11:14:38 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

[ Elephants are scared of mice. ]

Only in cartoons.. Real elephants step on mice, voles and lemming-like creatures and snakes all the time..

But I get yer metaphor tho.. there do be some snakes running the republican party there is no doubt.. Start with Juan McLaim and Sissy Graham.. and Misfire Luger..

Evidently Steele couldn’t stand the smell at the RNC..
What happened to Coulter surely she knows Willard is “Demon” possessed!!..

Poor old Santo should be too worried about his family to worry about the country..
Unless he is OWNED by the same folks that own Willard..

Newt seems to have all the right enemies.. the boy is receiving all the “FLAK” so he must be over the target..


47 posted on 02/18/2012 11:18:04 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The thought of actually firing up the base and getting out the vote NEVER occurs to the e-GOP.


48 posted on 02/18/2012 11:18:14 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; randita; RygelXVI; Coop

I think you’re greatly underestimating Santorum’s chances in the general.

Both Romney and Santorum would easily win all 22 McCain states, plus IN and the Omaha CD. I think that both would carry NC, FL and VA (Romney would do better in NoVA, while Santorum would hsve higher margins in the rest of the state, but both would win). So each would start off with 248 EVs.

Then there’s OH, with 18 EVs. I think Romney’s odds of winning there are good, but Santorum’s are better. NH has 4 EVs: I think Santorum’s odds of carrying it are good, but Romney’s are better. With OH and NH, both Romney and Santorum would get to 270 and thus win.

And Santorum could also get to 270 if he lost NH but won one of PA, WI or IA (or one of MI, MN, NV, CO or NM, for that matter).

So while Santorum is not a perfect candidate, he can win, and he’ll make a terrific president. Unlike MA with its Senate race, the U.S. as a whole won’t have to face a choice between syphillis and herpes.


49 posted on 02/18/2012 11:25:55 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: hosepipe
NOT only in cartoons. In one of the more surprising Mythbusters results it was confirmed! Check it out here.
50 posted on 02/18/2012 12:10:50 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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