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10 Top Court Candidates (If Romney Wins)
The Fiscal Times ^ | April 25, 2012 | David Ingram

Posted on 05/06/2012 9:59:27 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Paul Clement, who served as U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush and is now a lawyer in private practice, is the favorite of many conservatives. Clement argued last month for the Supreme Court to strike down Obama's 2010 healthcare law, and he is defending laws that ban same-sex marriage and that target illegal immigrants. Clement, 45, would be "at the top of any short list right now," said Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, a group that advocates for conservative nominees.

Asked about Clement, Mary Ann Glendon, a co-chairwoman of Romney's Justice Advisory Committee, voiced "unbounded admiration" for him. "He's the type of person who fits the mold that the governor has pledged to look for," Glendon said, adding that "it's much too soon to speculate about names."

Mentioned as often as Clement is Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kavanaugh, 47, sits on a court that produced four sitting justices. He has deep roots in Washington, D.C., having worked in the Bush White House and assisted in the 1990s investigation that nearly led to President Bill Clinton's ouster. Kavanaugh is known for elaborate opinions such as a 65-page dissent he wrote in November exploring how an 1867 tax law barred courts from considering Obama's healthcare law until 2015.

A third possibility, Judge Diane Sykes, is often mentioned as a likely Romney nominee if the next person to leave the Supreme Court is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court's senior woman justice. Ginsburg has survived cancer twice. Sykes, 54, was appointed to a Chicago-based U.S. appeals court in 2004, overcoming Democratic criticism of her record in abortion-related cases.

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1 posted on 05/06/2012 9:59:30 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; JulieRNR21; EternalVigilance; cripplecreek; ...

If Romney does become President, I expect he’ll be cautious about his choice, depending heavily on the political climate.

Interestingly, two of the three top possibilities are from Wisconsin.


2 posted on 05/06/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Since the majority of his appointments as governor where liberal, why would he be different as prez (yea before you say , sure the Repubs in the senate would block liberals- ha ha & ha)


3 posted on 05/06/2012 10:04:14 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m glad to see Estrada mentioned. That would be a good choice.

Also Clement, he seems to be really top-notch.

And what about that woman we used to hear about, Janice Rogers Brown? Something like that. She’s not in the article, but I thought I saw her mentioned somewhere the other day, I think she’s on the bench somewhere still.

I just hope it is not Obama making these next few choices.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 10:04:54 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Clintonfatigued

Pure Romney Republican manipulation.

Meh.

Can anyone name a single conservative that Mitt Romney named to the courts in Massachusetts?


5 posted on 05/06/2012 10:06:03 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Act in faith, not out of fear.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just to put things into perspective, back when we saw lists of George W. Bush’s potential court picks floating around in 2000, Harriet Myers wasn’t on any of them.

In other words, a list of “good judges” floated by the Party to try to reassure the base about a bad GOP candidate doesn’t mean a whole lot.


6 posted on 05/06/2012 10:10:05 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: svcw

I could see Mitty looking out for his legacy and going down in the record books for being the first to appoint an openly homosexual judge.


7 posted on 05/06/2012 10:14:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: svcw
Because in Massachusetts, there exists a popularly-elected body known as the Governor's Council that has the sole power to review and approve judicial nominees. During Romney's tenure, 8 of the 9 seats were held by Democrats. In other words, he did not have the ability to appoint whomever he wanted. Of those he did appoint, the percentage of Republicans was much higher than the 1/9 support he had on the Governor's Council.
8 posted on 05/06/2012 10:17:11 AM PDT by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: jocon307

She’s on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The DemocRATS would really put up a fight on her, especially if a liberal judge were to retire.

We need to gain as many U.S. Senate seats as possible.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 10:24:33 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I am thinking for the two possible picks:

1. Miquel Estrada
2. Mark Levin


10 posted on 05/06/2012 10:34:16 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Would you rather eat dog food or cat food? Guess it's Romney 2012.)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

“......a list of “good judges” floated by the Party to try to reassure the base about a bad GOP candidate doesn’t mean a whole lot. “

You nailed THAT.

Floating outright lies, false narratives and to kill Romney’s record of severe socialism is the name of his game. What else has he?

Romney the Republican was first to supply the individual mandate, in MA.

Romney the Republican was first to inflict suppression of religious liberty on Catholic institutions, in MA.

Romney the Republican was first........Planned Parenthood, Pro Abortion representatives, liberal judges, DEBT....., before there WAS a Brack Obama.

More compromise, anyone?

VOTE FOR ROMNEY, THE OBAMA TEMPLATE.

See where that takes us, with a RINO senate, and a built in liberal Democrat fan base already.

Chances are Obama would be stopped cold, but Romney would not. After all, he wears the (R).


11 posted on 05/06/2012 10:42:44 AM PDT by RitaOK (Nevermind, Newt. Forget the convention. I'm trusting God for the rest.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“No other candidate will do more to advance the conservative judicial movement than Governor Mitt Romney … Governor Romney is committed to nominating judges who take their oath of office seriously and respect the rule of law in our nation.” -Judge Robert Bork in his 2008 endorsement of Mitt Romney


12 posted on 05/06/2012 10:42:54 AM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Clintonfatigued

delusional.

Romney has a record. Why should we ignore it?

His record shows he appoints leftist judges.


13 posted on 05/06/2012 10:44:26 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“Jeffrey Sutton, 51, joined a Cincinnati-based court after years in private practice and Ohio state government. Though long a favorite of conservatives, he wrote an opinion in June 2011 upholding the healthcare law that drew their disappointment.”

This one is automatically disqualified in my book!


14 posted on 05/06/2012 10:51:15 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: RitaOK

“Chances are Obama would be stopped cold...”

Can we really count on that? Sotomayor might have been one thing, but I think Kagan was really a hack. Nobody stopped her, they’ve stopped some of his nominees, or made it clear they would be stopped.

And who knows, after Obama’s “last election” maybe the Republicans in the Senate would develop stronger spines, but who knows?

Cass Sunstein, anyone? Eric Holder?


15 posted on 05/06/2012 10:59:31 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: svcw
ALL of Obama’s appointments will be liberals.
16 posted on 05/06/2012 11:03:14 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: RitaOK
Chances are Obama would be stopped cold

You're delusional. obama won't be stopped cold as long as linsey graham and orin"The Chicken Man" hatch are still wasting oxygen.

17 posted on 05/06/2012 11:17:28 AM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: jocon307

>> “ Can we really count on that? Sotomayor might have been one thing, but I think Kagan was really a hack. Nobody stopped her, they’ve stopped some of his nominees, or made it clear they would be stopped. “ <<

What you say is also true, but with no limits placed on moving the Party to the Left, the RINO Establishment, under a Romney presidency, will be freed up to indulge their own socialist traits, and strengthen their clear agenda to move the Republican Party to the left. They will vote FOR everything he shovels out, where as, Obama could offer up the same thing (and has), they would kill it dead.

I am thinking that if the RINO’s are so desperate to secure their own power and survival, that in a second term of Obamao, they would be forced to step back and fight tooth and nail everything Obama offered up.

Romney is a socialist with a proclivity toward the VERY same legislation Obama has moved forward that we call Marxist.

I have no answers, first of all, for myself, but continue to believe there is an “out” somewhere. I will have to vote “other” for the presidency, and trust God mightily for the rest, and bear the consequences.

God be with us.


18 posted on 05/06/2012 11:18:06 AM PDT by RitaOK (Nevermind, Newt. Forget the convention. I'm trusting God for the rest.)
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To: metalurgist; Yashcheritsiy; jocon307

I am not delusional.

The worst of Romney and Obama now sits in the Supreme Court of the United States to be decided.

The kind of gains these two posers (Romney & Obama) advanced on Americans first in MA, then to Congress, was a cram down, without a single vote from the GOPE in the US senate, and will likely be held unconstitutional, certainly in whole, or in part.

The GOPE was seen by everyone, but you evidently, to oppose all of it when it was advanced by Obama. In the Senate, Republicans gave him NOT A SINGLE VOTE.

I repeat, NOT A SINGLE VOTE.

This crap was first Romney’s agenda. It’s HIS RECORD, for crying out loud, in MA.

The GOPE will vote for every bit of it in the future, under a Romney White House.

Wake up. The GOPE drug this skunk to the party for a REASON.


19 posted on 05/06/2012 11:28:23 AM PDT by RitaOK (Nevermind, Newt. Forget the convention. I'm trusting God for the rest.)
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To: GeronL
You Romney haters are about as informed as Obama voters. Please read this quote from an actual informed freeper and spread the word to others that somehow still think Obama and Romney are one in the same. It's inexcusable to be that misinformed and be posting such drivel on a conservative blog. We need to save the country from Obama. Get with the program.

"Because in Massachusetts, there exists a popularly-elected body known as the Governor's Council that has the sole power to review and approve judicial nominees. During Romney's tenure, 8 of the 9 seats were held by Democrats. In other words, he did not have the ability to appoint whomever he wanted. Of those he did appoint, the percentage of Republicans was much higher than the 1/9 support he had on the Governor's Council."

20 posted on 05/06/2012 11:32:36 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

It seems he only picked judges they would agree upon. Why would he fight the Senate any more than he would fight the GC?


21 posted on 05/06/2012 11:33:39 AM PDT by Ingtar ("As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill")
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To: precisionshootist

Whatever.

I guess he was a “rock ribbed conservative”, or maybe that’s just the name brand condom he distributed to advance gay sex for kids


23 posted on 05/06/2012 11:35:49 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

So your reponce “he couldn’t help himself he was a governor of a liberal state”. I say he was governor there because he was a liberal - always was and always will be.


24 posted on 05/06/2012 12:10:44 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Kansas58

Yea I can see how 100% is way different than 95%.


25 posted on 05/06/2012 12:12:44 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: precisionshootist

Well count me in for being a Romney non believer. But if the nasty one’s hands were tied in Mass, they would be as well in the appointment of Supremes.

The GOP-E is going to expect to have alot o’influence(wink, wink) should they happen to luck out and drag their golden boy across the finish line....like “We had your unlikable back, Willard, so now it’s major payback time”.

Expect Rinos in the McConnell, Rove and McCain mold to have a Supreme weigh in.
A newly appointed justice could end up being fence sitter or a linguine spined “reacher across the aisle”.. but would be preferable to the deplorable and dangerous lefty feminazis Sotomayor and Kagens..

But just for the record, after Hussein and his Jarrett/Axelrod attack dogs finish off the Bishop with figurative oozies and pitbulls and very real money by fall, this conversation will probably be moot.


26 posted on 05/06/2012 12:13:11 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (One Nation Under God..."There I said it" ... Great One...)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Why couldn’t you name the candidates?

Paul Clement
Brett Kavanaugh
Diane Sykes
Steven Colloton
Neil Gorsuch
Jeffrey Sutton
Miguel Estrada
Viet Dinh
Michael Luttig
Michael McConnell


27 posted on 05/06/2012 1:03:04 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: EternalVigilance
Can anyone name a single conservative that Mitt Romney named to the courts in Massachusetts?

Good point. But can anyone name a single conservative that the Massachusetts legislature would have confirmed?

28 posted on 05/06/2012 1:03:13 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
"In other words, he did not have the ability to appoint whomever he wanted."


29 posted on 05/06/2012 1:04:17 PM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Well, Romney sure catered to them, that’s for sure. A heavy majority of his picks weren’t even Republicans, much less conservatives.

And the radical homosexual activists he appointed must have really sent a shiver up the leg of Mitt’s Democrat friends in the legislature.


30 posted on 05/06/2012 1:19:06 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Act in faith, not out of fear.)
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To: Vigilanteman

People who are unable to see the difference between between Governing Mass as a Republican and being President will never get it. “Romney had a record in Mass of appointing liberal judges...what makes you think he will be any different as President?” Michael Jordan had a record in the NBA but how did that work out when played baseball? Apples and Oranges.


31 posted on 05/06/2012 1:59:51 PM PDT by azcap (Who is John Galt ? www.conservativeshirts.com)
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To: Kansas58; Windflier; RitaOK; Czar; Dr. Sivana; Clintonfatigued; EternalVigilance

All of Robamney’s appointments would be liberal as well and, what’s more, the GOP Senators will march in lockstep because Robamney’s choices will be said to be “our guys” even if they include Bernardine Doehrn, openly homosexual flagrant faggots, practicing abortionists, animal, ummm, lovers, folks living in twelvesomes with space aliens, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Princess SummerFallWinterSpring Warren of the Hahvuhd Law Faculty after she loses her Senate race, Coupe DeVal, Dannell Malloy, Anthony Cuomo, Richard Durbin, Barack Insane Obozo, etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam as the Mittwit shows what a sport he is by “reaching across the aisle” and nominating every militant leftist nutcase in the land not named Willard and, boy, will THAT be a thrill for Muffy and Skipper down at the polo club.


32 posted on 05/06/2012 2:09:13 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
2. Mark Levin

Could he still do his radio show?

33 posted on 05/06/2012 2:10:13 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Leaving judgeships empty until the courts wither away is infinitely better than naming leftists, pro-aborts, homosexuality worshipers, gun grabbers, land grabbers, etc. to ANY bench vacancy. Tell the Governor’s Council that they are not getting the leftists THEY want and tell the same thing to the legislature when they start whining. Why is it that RINOs always seem to believe that it is better to totally cave to keep gummint in action rather than to stand for GOP principles??? Oh, wait, it is because RINOs have absolutely NO PRINCIPLES other than lining their pockets and Muffy’s Trust Fund with taxpayer moolah.


34 posted on 05/06/2012 2:18:27 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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To: jocon307; EternalVigilance; Clintonfatigued; Czar; Windflier; Tennessee Nana; cripplecreek; ...
jocon307:

Earl Warren, anyone? William Brennan? Potter Stewart? Herod Blackmun? Lewis Powell? Sandra Day O'Connor? Anthony Day O'Kennedy? David "Swish" Souter? There are others of lesser evil named by GOP presidents but no one is expecting Robamney to name actual conservatives if they are familiar with Robamney's utterly spineless record and non-stop excuse-making. The GOP-E threw this election away by funding Robamney's totally negative carpetbombing of every decent candidate. Time to get ready for 2016 when there may again be a meaningful POTUS election unlike 2012. Let Obozo use taxation to confiscate the ill-gotten warchests of the Romney backing Wall Street gang. Maybe 2016 can be fought as a ground war in which case the GOP-E is finished. Meanwhile, utterly destroy Lugar in Indiana on Tuesday, nominate Cruz in Texas over Dewhurst and make whatever paltry gains are still available in spite of Robamney's probable nomination, destroy Robamney, brace for the final four years pf Obozo, tell the GOP Senators (even the GOP-E) that ANY aid and comfort to Obozo will be treated as the treason that it is, wall to wall total RESISTANCE and bloodbath primaries followed by bloodbath elections every two years. No quarter! RULE OR RUIN!

As to BOTH Obozo and the GOP-E, follow the alleged and possibly apocryphal example of Scipio Aemilianus Africanus in the Third Punic War: Burn their houses. Salt their fields. Leave not a stone lying upon a stone until future generations will not know where it was that Carthage once existed. That is what is deserved for the persecution of the Roman Catholic (and, by necessary implication, each and every other pro-life and pro-family religion) Church under both Robamneycare and Obozocare, and the common traits of both candidates: gun grabbers, babykillers, enemies of family friendly policies, despisers of the religions of most Americans, nominators of leftist menaces to courts, anti-military (if you doubt this about Romney, name one male in his line who has EVER served in the military of this country), suckups to leftist intellectuals and poseurs, gilt-edged phonies, global "climate change" delusionaries; cap and trade enthusiasts, fashionable trendies; enemies of the Declaration of Independence and of the Constitution, etc.

35 posted on 05/06/2012 3:10:12 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz; Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; JulieRNR21; cripplecreek; ...
>> I am thinking for the two possible picks: 1. Miquel Estrada 2. Mark Levin <<

Estrada endorsed Kagan for SCOTUS (and he was a private citizen at the time, with nothing to gain by lending support to Obama's pick).

No thanks, he's shown his true colors now.

Miguel Estrada Endorses Kagan for High Court

36 posted on 05/06/2012 3:19:33 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: Clintonfatigued

What is the process for appointing or electing judges in MA. The process within the state would impact his submissions I’d expect. Does the governor have free reign to appoint anyone at his will or is there some type nominating commission that submits names to him from which he must choose? Who approves the selections, the legislature or someone else?

Anyone have any info?


37 posted on 05/06/2012 3:31:35 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m still very surprised Ginsburg didn’t retire when Obama could have easily replaced her with someone 25 years younger when they had the chance. Same for Breyer.

We conservatives seem to have lucked out with Scalia and Kennedy both lasting through Obama’s term from 73-76 but that was no guarantee, and if one of them had retired/stepped down for whatever reason we’d have bene totally screwed. The liberals would have controlled the Court for the next 20 years. Thankfully that didn’t happen.

I can only guess that Obama and the dems guaranteed a victory and that’s why she stayed on. If there was even the slightest chance the smart play was to retire last summer.


38 posted on 05/06/2012 3:56:10 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: Clintonfatigued; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsin Possible Romney SCOTUS picks: 2 from WI

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off this Wisconsin interest list.


39 posted on 05/06/2012 4:14:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: deport

The state Executive Council has to clear them and every member of it has been a DemocRAT for many, many years.


40 posted on 05/06/2012 5:03:46 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: BlackElk; jocon307; EternalVigilance; Clintonfatigued; Czar; Windflier; Tennessee Nana; ...

I agree.

I’m not interested in any strategic truces with the GOP-E, Nope. Not any more.

It’s time to crush them, drive them before us, and listen to the lamentation of their women.


41 posted on 05/06/2012 5:31:16 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: Clintonfatigued
The state Executive Council has to clear them and every member of it has been a DemocRAT for many, many years.

Nevertheless, Romney consistently chose the worst of the options, especially as that pertains to being the most gay agenda-friendly, every time.

42 posted on 05/06/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: svcw

Who is more likely to allow radical Islam to get a nuke?

Who is more likely to persecute religious believers?

Who is more likely to rule with an iron fist, and try his best to eliminate the ability of Conservatives to ever resist or roll back his programs?

OBAMA!


44 posted on 05/06/2012 6:03:27 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Yashcheritsiy
You are delusional.
Not a single elected official agrees with you on strategy or goals.
You have no clue how to advance the conservative cause, you simply advocate mindless, immature, sabotage:

“Lets teach the GOP a lesson by being a bunch of mindless jerks” -—

Ya, people will REALLY listen to you in 4 years, when the next nomination season is in full swing ——

Provided the Tyrant Obama does not outlaw the Republican Party and the Conservative movement, by then, of course!

45 posted on 05/06/2012 6:10:03 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: BlackElk

My favorite phrase here is “utterly destroy Lugar in Indiana”, a process now very much underway. Richard “Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)” Lugar should have been dumped long ago. He’s about as conservative as Romney.


46 posted on 05/06/2012 6:18:54 PM PDT by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: BlackElk

Whoo Hoo! and BRAVO! Who in the heck are you, and why aren’t you running for office?? Fantastic post. And, you’re a great writer!

Could not agree more, with both your posts.

Black Elk for PRESIDENT!


47 posted on 05/06/2012 6:54:22 PM PDT by RitaOK (Nevermind, Newt. Forget the convention. I'm trusting God for the rest.)
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To: Kansas58

How do you know?


48 posted on 05/06/2012 7:08:38 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I see you brought out all the Romney haters on this thread.


49 posted on 05/06/2012 7:48:35 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: RitaOK

WTF are you talking about. Drop the crack pipe.


50 posted on 05/06/2012 8:25:08 PM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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