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"Uncommitted" Dick Morris - a deadlocked convention makes the case to back Mitt Romney
Live Dash Transcript ^ | March 1, 2012 | Dick Morris on Greta Van Susteren

Posted on 03/02/2012 1:00:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

March 1, 2012 Livedash transcript [only place I could find it]: Dick Morris followed Greta Van Susteren's interview with Newt Gingrich -- Morris transcript begins at 00:12:28 (it's rough and Greta chimes in but it's mostly Morris). Emphasis mine.

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00:13:24 The thing that I am focused on in michigan, though, and I am very serious about it and grossly upset by it is that romney won michigan by a huge margin among the republicans and the independents.

00:13:37 It was only that 1 voter out of 10 was a democrat and the democrats voted for santorum 3-1.

00:13:45 There were 100,000 democrats who came out to the polls in michigan who backed santorum.

00:13:52 That doesn't happen just by accident that.

00:13:54 Happens because they were pulled out by the uaw and the democratic party.

00:13:58 I will tell you, greta i am not for romney and I am not for santorum and I am not for gingrich.

00:14:05 I am uncommitted.

00:14:06 But I will be darned with barack obama is going to tell me who the republican candidate ought to be.

00:14:11 If he says that he is for santorum, which is effectively what he did because he's easy to beat, I think we should all take account of that.

00:14:20 the only thing I will say in senator santorum's defense is that he got cheated in iowa.

00:14:28 He got iowa, but he didn't get to do the victory speech.

00:14:32 I guess, you know, while there may have been mischief as you suggest, democrats voting for santorum, I think it's disheartening to sort of, not a big deal, one delegate.

00:14:43 But when you work your heart out and you think you got cheated and even mike cox, a romney supporter, said he thought it wasn't fair to santorum.

00:14:53 One delegate, but it's -- you know, it's not fun.

00:14:56 >> It's a more important issue here.

00:14:59 These proportional representation primary, 54% of the delegates are chosen by proportional representation.

00:15:08 46 Are winner take all.

00:15:09 If santorum loses almost every single primary in the north, midwest and the west and gingrich and he divide up the south, which I think will probably happen, I think gingrich will win georgia and santorum will win tennessee and oklahoma and romney will win all the other states.

00:15:26 But if that happens and romney loses one or two of those northern states, this thing becomes deadlocked.

00:15:33 And we go to the convention with romney with 100 votes short, 1100 delegates and santorum 400, gingrich, 4 hundred and ron paul, 2 hundred and we have to wait for september 1 for a nominee.

00:15:47 That would be a catastrophe if he felt the best argument I have ever seen for voting for romney -- and I am because I like santorum's issue positions -- it is clear that barack obama and the democratic party are dying to run against santorum and scared to death against running against romney.

00:16:05 That's very persuasive to me.

00:16:08 is there any way that we have said the speaker of the house, newt gingrich if he wins georgia, does he have wind in his sail?

00:16:18 Is he back in the game?

00:16:20 He hasn't won since south carolina.

00:16:22 >> He is back in the game because there is a real chance of this whole thing deadlocking and becoming destructive to the republican party.

00:16:28 If he wins georgia, I think he will probably win mississippi.

00:16:32 He will probably win alabama.

00:16:34 He has a decent shot in louisiana.

00:16:36 He has south carolina.

00:16:38 He might do very well in north carolina.

00:16:41 And that might give him 300 delegates, not enough to win.

00:16:45 You need 1144.

00:16:46 But if he gets 3 hundred and paul gets 2 hundred and santorum gets 400, they could block romney from a scmairjt that could kill our chances because we will be fighting over this darn thing until september 1.

00:17:00 The convention is late this year.

00:17:03 It's august 27.

00:17:04 And if we don't get a nominee by may or june, we can kiss our chances against obama goodbye. .....


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: foxnews; gopprimary; msm; romney2012
And that might give [Newt] 300 delegates, not enough to win.

Morris doesn't mention California (172) June 5th, or Texas (155) now scheduled for May 29th...

Primary schedule, states' rules, delegates and rules for each state's delegates at the national convention

GO NEWT!!

1 posted on 03/02/2012 1:00:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Typical Fox News in the tank for Willard...

...gonna be a great campaign if Mendacious Mitt gets the nomination:

“OUR CANDIDATE IS A PERFIDIOUS FLIP-FLOPPING MEAN-SPIRITED CRYPTO-COMMIE SOB WITH ALL THE CHARM, GRACE AND CHARISMA OF RAT DUNG..............but he is better than Obama.”

Yeah, that will get us to the polls in droves.

2 posted on 03/02/2012 1:19:42 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Better add another wing to The White House cause the Santorum clan is coming.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This race is shaping up to be the worst presidential election in my lifetime. Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney? That’s like having to choose between eating a dog turd sandwhich or a cat turd sandwhich. It’s a turd sandwhich either way.


3 posted on 03/02/2012 1:28:32 AM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I am of the Opinion that Tn is still winnable for Newt.

Santorum can bolster all he Wants about GA. With the 16-14 instead of 15-15 in MI(yeah I know it stinks), Santorum has to have OH.

Last night Santorum was complaining about limited Staffing and funding.

Newt has March 3,4,5 three days. He needs to visit Tenn, Alaska, Oklahoma or Idaho have several events in each and then have a big rally somewhere in Ga Monday night. He could easily walk away with 150 Delegates on Super Tuesday alone.

Same applies to Santorum but would do the states slightly different.

This is the Pre-Season If either wants to beat Obammy in the GE this will be the commentment required.

At least they gets free press for his effort.

4 posted on 03/02/2012 1:31:08 AM PST by Bailee (Vote Newt the Pitt bull we need. Energy Independence and we bow to NO foreign dictator.)
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To: Happy Rain; RC one

I believe Morris is attempting to sway the likelihood that more and more states/voters will start turning away from Romney (the party elites’ pick).


5 posted on 03/02/2012 1:33:44 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Bailee

I believe that they are committed (unlike *cough* Dick Morris).


6 posted on 03/02/2012 1:37:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think Morris is trying to maintain the illusion of his own relevance in order to keep getting air time on Bill O’Reilly. He wants to be able to say "I told you so" IOW.
7 posted on 03/02/2012 1:40:39 AM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: RC one
True enough.

This is priceless! -- Newt debates Barack!

8 posted on 03/02/2012 1:43:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That is priceless. It is also the reason I began to back Newt......he is the one I want standing across the debate stage from President Obama. Period. While Obama waxes lyrically, Newt cuts to the point, and would not hesitate to disembowel each of the President’s policies for all to see. I fear that Obama may not agree to debate him, or would insist on such stringent regulations of the debate as to neuter Newt’s effectiveness. For all of Obama’s vaunted intellect, I have never seen it, and he would never be able to counter Newt’s quick grasp of facts. He needs to be our candidate.


9 posted on 03/02/2012 2:10:37 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

‘there is a real chance of this whole thing deadlocking and becoming destructive to the republican party’.-—————

But wait, it was just a month ago, Morris and Rove were telling us that couldn’t happen!

hmmmm

Do you think we have the Republican parties attention, yet?


10 posted on 03/02/2012 2:46:59 AM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yes, Morris is saying HURRY to nominate Obamney.


11 posted on 03/02/2012 2:48:09 AM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Toe Jam Dick saying the Democrats fear Romney and that Democrats came out for Santorum in Michigan is pimping for Mitt by trying to turn off the conservative base on Santorum.

First of all, where did this “100,000 Dems for Rick” come from?—oh yeah, liberal MSM exit polls run by the DNC.
And if the ratio of 3-1 Dems for Santorum versus Romney is true and like hell any of it is—then Romney got at least 33,000 Dem votes but we don't hear anything about THAT!

But Newt people are so bummed out they swallow and spread Mitt's and the Dems'’s anti-Santorum lies to the hilt.

12 posted on 03/02/2012 2:55:19 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Better add another wing to The White House cause the Santorum clan is coming.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Under no conditions will I vote for Romney, none.


13 posted on 03/02/2012 3:05:58 AM PST by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican SOCIALISTelites, are Big Government socialists,)
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To: stockpirate
Mitt like McCain did is pointing his finger at us and snickering:

“Who are you dumass conservatives gonna vote for...Obama?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...SUCKERS!!!”

14 posted on 03/02/2012 3:13:58 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Better add another wing to The White House cause the Santorum clan is coming.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t buy Morris’ logic and daresay he is projecting what the media has been doing since last year; foisting Romney on us by decree - same as they did McCain.

And if it’s Romney vs Obama - we will have a repeat of ‘08.

The fact these morons keep telling us that Obama is afraid of running against Romney and all the others are sure losers to Obama, tells me that the wannabe kingmakers for Obama WANT Romney.

There is no wisdom left it seems among either our candidates or the electorate. We’ve been given over into strong delusion, and we would rather believe the lies than the hard truths.

As Jefferson said: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is Just, and His Justice will not sleep forever”.


15 posted on 03/02/2012 3:23:58 AM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Happy Rain

Well if it comes down to Obammy or Mittens, then this Dumass redneck conservative gonna stay home.

Caus thar aint no Conservative run’in.


16 posted on 03/02/2012 3:24:33 AM PST by Bailee (Vote Newt the Pitt bull we need. Energy Independence and we bow to NO foreign dictator.)
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To: Freddd
Do you think we have the Republican parties attention, yet?

[Thanks to the Republican presidential race, political correctness has taken a beating it won't recover from.] -- I Stand Corrected ...."My overall sense remains one of exultation. These candidates may or may not defeat Obama, but two of them, Gingrich and Santorum, have accomplished a far more significant victory, one which may hold greater ramifications. Between them they are dismantling, piece by brittle piece, the structure of political correctness that has stifled our debate in this society for decades. For the first time, we have politicians who can gab without first kissing the Blarney Stone.".....

17 posted on 03/02/2012 4:09:32 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I SLAM the phone down when toe sucker’s people call for $$$$$$$.

LLS


18 posted on 03/02/2012 4:13:51 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Happy Rain

I think Dick Morris is spinning for Mitt with his slam on Rick and the MI voters. Just as he’s spinning for Mitt with his alarm about Newt causing trouble and getting O elected; it’s Morris’ bid to assist the bruised and bleeding Mitt.

Don’t be so quick to slam Newt supporters HR.


19 posted on 03/02/2012 4:14:09 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Freddd
Only destructive to the gop/e and I want them airdropped into Somalia.

LLS

20 posted on 03/02/2012 4:15:06 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Bailee
I will write in Sarah Palin if mitt is the nominee... ON MY SACRED HONOR! Even Rush will not be able to sway me... and if mitt gets the nod... Rush will try. Sorry El Rushbo... many of us will vote... but we will write in our choice for president if mitt the commie is our choice.

LLS

21 posted on 03/02/2012 4:17:45 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
I SLAM the phone down when toe sucker’s people call for $$$$$$

They haven't called me for quite some time :).

Now the GOP is calling. I tell them what I think about how they've handled things and that I will not give them money (I give my opinion immediately upon hearing who's calling) that I will give to the Republican Governor's Association and to candidates of my choosing but NOT to them.

22 posted on 03/02/2012 4:20:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m still waiting for the Condi vs. Hillary contest, Dick.


23 posted on 03/02/2012 4:21:51 AM PST by PalmettoMason (South Carolinians need to start choosing a primary challenger to Nikki Haley NOW!!!!!!!)
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To: INVAR

The GOP thinks they can isolate the base in that frog pot; keep hitting the conservatives running and take them out one by one with their cycle of praise to divide and conquer, attack and then ignore or dismiss with contempt and then describe as flailing, employ news blackouts and eventually decry them as spoilers who will get Obama reelected.

But we don’t have to buy their line of bs, follow their lead or listen to their lies.


24 posted on 03/02/2012 4:26:13 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Happy Rain

Happy Rain: “OUR CANDIDATE IS A PERFIDIOUS FLIP-FLOPPING MEAN-SPIRITED CRYPTO-COMMIE SOB WITH ALL THE CHARM, GRACE AND CHARISMA OF RAT DUNG..............but he is better than Obama.”

You sure convinced me. Mitt, Mitt, Mitt! Go Mitt! Mitt may be flip-flopping, anti-conservative scum, but at least he’s our scum!

(Now I’m going to crawl away and be sick...)


25 posted on 03/02/2012 4:26:24 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: PalmettoMason
I’m still waiting for the Condi vs. Hillary contest, Dick.

NO kidding!

26 posted on 03/02/2012 4:31:56 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: LibLieSlayer

Agree, Except this hick town doesnt allow write ins or didnt at last election.

FIL always said we need to have write in or at least give us the option of voting for “None of the Above”.


27 posted on 03/02/2012 4:36:51 AM PST by Bailee (Vote Newt the Pitt bull we need. Energy Independence and we bow to NO foreign dictator.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
00:17:04 And if we don't get a nominee by may or june, we can kiss our chances against obama goodbye. .....

Why? If we have a late selection for a candidate, it narrows down the rats time to destroy them.

I'd rather give them a moving target they can't lock on to until it's too late.

They are going to have billions in their war chest to destroy opponents. Why even give them a target?

The fact is, people will vote on gas prices, groceries, home values and the perceived economy, not the one the leftist failures try to sell them.

Obama's a goner when this happens.

This is why we defeat snippymcmittcare now. The winner of the primary is the next president.

28 posted on 03/02/2012 4:38:21 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: RC one

I am not a fan of Romney. (Cain was my man). But, I will tell you what I say to other cranky freepers and the trolls that populate the site, “If you cannot make a distinction between Romney and Obama, you should face the distinct possiblity that you are either intellectually incapable or volitionally unwilling to make distinctions”.

Vote out the Kenyan Communist!


29 posted on 03/02/2012 4:42:59 AM PST by neocon1984
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To: stockpirate
Under no conditions will I vote for Romney, none.

DITTO. If 0bama wins re-election, America will continue to have that bottle labeled 'socialism' poured down it's throat, if Romney wins, we still get socialism, but served up in exquisite crystal goblets (with complimentary golden underwear).
30 posted on 03/02/2012 4:43:58 AM PST by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what e.coli is to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. NO ROMNEY!!!)
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To: Caipirabob

Excellent points.


31 posted on 03/02/2012 4:51:13 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: neocon1984; Jim Robinson
I am not a fan of Romney. (Cain was my man). But, I will tell you what I say to other cranky freepers and the trolls that populate the site, “If you cannot make a distinction between Romney and Obama, you should face the distinct possiblity that you are either intellectually incapable or volitionally unwilling to make distinctions”.

Give your head a shake. The only true “distinction” between 0bama and 0Romney is that one has a slightly darker tan than the other.

If you need further qualification, I submit to you the wise words of our Founder:

"Free Republic is a pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-small government, pro-constitution, pro-liberty site. Governor Romney is none of the above. His record is that of an abortionist, gay rights pushing, gun grabbing, global warming advocating, big government, mandate loving, constitution trampling, flip-flopping liberal progressive with no core values. That and the fact that he is the chief architect and advocate for ObamaCare disqualifies him for any consideration whatsoever on Free Republic as a potential nominee for the presidency."
~ Jim Robinson / 1 November 2011

Happy to be of help in getting your mind right there FRiend.
32 posted on 03/02/2012 4:56:48 AM PST by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what e.coli is to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. NO ROMNEY!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thank you, I wish I was as optimistic as I may have sounded when making them... Cheers!


33 posted on 03/02/2012 5:11:43 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: neocon1984
. But, I will tell you what I say to other cranky freepers and the trolls that populate the site, “If you cannot make a distinction between Romney and Obama, you should face the distinct possiblity that you are either intellectually incapable or volitionally unwilling to make distinctions”.

The time to make that assertion (with which I disagree) is AFTER the primary. Our job is to get rid of Romney, or the Republican party will shove Romneys down our throat in saecula saeculorum.

AFTER the convention, Freepers will split among those who believe that the republic cannot survive another four years of Obama, but can survive four years of Romney; those who believe that there will be a collapse under either, and may as well have the blame where it belongs; and those who believe a collapse may or may not happen under either, but want a true two party system, not a bi-partite one party system based on who's getting the goodies and spending the money alone.

THAT is the time to make the case for Romney as a lesser evil (but still evil), and not a moment before.
34 posted on 03/02/2012 5:17:01 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
And if we don't get a nominee by may or june, we can kiss our chances against obama goodbye. .....

BS!

35 posted on 03/02/2012 5:28:19 AM PST by McGruff (The south shall rise again.)
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To: neocon1984

You are exactley right if you can’t tell the difference between Romney and Obama you need serious help.

Romney is a good man. So is Rick.Newt well, is the smartest of the bunch.
Any one of these guys I am voting for over Obama without any hesitation.
People are going to find out Mitt is a hell of a lot better than McCain and will side a hell of lot more closer to conservative principals than McCain ever will/would.
Mitt would also be twice the President the last republican president was intellectually and buisness wise.


36 posted on 03/02/2012 5:38:04 AM PST by TShaunK
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is priceless! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiaw0hgB-fg&feature=share)

Thanks for posting this! It was terrific!

GO NEWT!

37 posted on 03/02/2012 5:46:28 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: TShaunK
“Mitt would also be twice the President the last republican president was intellectually and business wise.”

HUH? What are you smoking? Dole = McCain = Romney.

George W. owned successful oil businesses and a pro baseball team.

Romney destroyed companies for enormous profit and managed the Olympics. The Olympics? I laugh every time this is mentioned. Mr. president, we just moved a tank battalion into Poland. So? Can you do a triple Lutz?

38 posted on 03/02/2012 5:58:28 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I LOVE Dick Morris, I HATE Dick Morris. I love him when I agree with him, I hate him when I don’t. If you don’t like what he says, just wait .... and he will say what you do like.

Morris is so full of shite I don’t know why I listen to him. His predictions are very often, WRONG. President Hillary?

He is entertaining and convincing. He is also WRONG 50% of the time.
FUDM.


39 posted on 03/02/2012 6:04:07 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That was hysterical on Greta last night with Morris’ having to keep denying he supported Romney because he kept pushing Romney’s talking points.

I’m convinced the guy is a democrat. For that matter, Morris and Romney both.


40 posted on 03/02/2012 6:34:00 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I do the exact same thing... they beg... I laugh in their face!

LLS


41 posted on 03/02/2012 6:34:50 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Bailee
We have a write in box and it will be used if romney is the nominee... the republican party will have to be rebuilt or destroyed after this election... either way is fine with me... and as Rhett Butler said, “Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"!

LLS

42 posted on 03/02/2012 6:40:20 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: xzins
That was hysterical on Greta last night with Morris’ having to keep denying he supported Romney because he kept pushing Romney’s talking points.

I think Greta was hard pressed to keep a straight face.

43 posted on 03/02/2012 6:51:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Happy Rain

LOL, Happy Rain.


44 posted on 03/02/2012 7:13:23 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: faucetman

Morris, the toe sucker: an obsese blowhard, Democrat, opportunist, giving new meaning to the word PLUGS.

Next time he’s on, let’s have a contest to see who can guess the number of seconds until he mentions Dickmorris.com.


45 posted on 03/02/2012 7:17:20 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Obama versus Romney = me voting for a third party.

I will not cast a vote for a liberal creep, regardless of party affiliation.
46 posted on 03/02/2012 7:19:27 AM PST by Antoninus (In states where Newt is ahead, vote Newt. In states where Rick is ahead, vote Rick. Defeat Romney.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
PRETTY FEET ARE...WELL...PRETTY DARN CUTE...AND GENETIC LUCK BUT MORRIS IS NUTS...AND A CONVENTION LIKELY GIVES US ROMNEY SINCE THE GOPE WILL CONTROL THE CONVENTION
47 posted on 03/02/2012 7:38:37 AM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: TShaunK; neocon1984
Mitt would also be twice the President the last republican president was intellectually and buisness wise.

You support the homosexual agenda, are anti-gun, pro-abortion, want liberal judges?

48 posted on 03/02/2012 8:26:49 AM PST by ansel12 (Newt Gingrich knows how to deconstruct Obama in a head to head race, and that is what it will take.)
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To: neocon1984

Sure, there’s a distinction. One is an anti-business communist big-government egotist and the other is a pro-business socialist big-government egotist.

Neither is the pro-America small-government blunt commonsense fiscal conservative FReepers should favor. That title belongs to Newt.


49 posted on 03/02/2012 11:09:22 AM PST by Kellis91789 (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.)
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To: Happy Rain
FOX certainly seems to like Romney but an uncertain nominee until Sept 1 maybe be trouble. Not that we're not already looking at 4 more years of Obama, baring a miracle, but a brokered convention, while fascinating from a political watching viewpoint, may not be helpful. It means Obama has that many more months to sit back and collect his billion to dump on the final challenger during a three month window.

Morris' warning is worth hearing out.

50 posted on 03/03/2012 4:38:49 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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