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Ann Coulter: If Akin loves his country, he will step aside
Human Events ^ | August 20, 2012 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 08/20/2012 3:20:03 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

I won’t hate Todd Akin officially unless he refuses to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race. If he does withdraw, honorably sacrificing his personal interests to save the country, it will be time for all good men to rally around Akin as an American patriot.

Akin was one of nine GOP candidates in the primary to challenge Missouri’s left-wing, tax-cheat sitting Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill. McCaskill is Chuck Schumer in a dress. Totally out of step with the good voters of Missouri, her seat should be an easy win for Republicans this year.

Curiously, Democrats ferociously supported Akin in the GOP primary. McCaskill’s supporters spent $2 million to make Akin her opponent and also crossed over to vote for Akin in the Republican primary – and that’s been admitted in The New York Times.

Now we know why. The rape comment was a totally unforced error on a day that should have been a smashing triumph for the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Akin wasn’t asked some out of the blue question no Republican candidate has ever been asked: He was asked the most jejune, obvious question every Republican is asked in any race for any office. How can a Republican not have an answer for: “What about abortion in the case of rape and incest?”

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Instead, Akin rambled about “legitimate rape” – violating an ironclad rule of politicians that the word “legitimate” should never appear within 15 yards of the word “rape.” And he talked about the medical possibility of becoming pregnant from a single traumatizing rape.

He’s not a talk radio host. He’s not sitting around shooting the breeze in a college dorm room. This is a politician who should have a clear, nonthreatening answer at the ready for the most cliched question in the MSM’s playbook.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; coulter; missouri; mo2012; rape; sarahsteelman; toddakin
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1 posted on 08/20/2012 3:20:09 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Conservative arbiter Coulter, eh?


2 posted on 08/20/2012 3:26:24 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Clintonfatigued

Although this is a distraction we don’t need right now, it looks like McCaskill outsmarted herself. She worked to get the weakest opponent for herself - she just didn’t realize he would blow himself out of the race in time for someone stronger to take his place.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 3:26:47 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; Las Vegas Dave; ...

As Ann Coulter points out (picutes, please), this was a completely unforced and stupid gaffe from soemone who ought to know better. It’s true that a liberal Democrat wouldn’t be condemned like this, but why did Akin have to do it at all? If he stays in the race, there will likely be other such stumbles. Word on the block is that Akin will be dropping out tomorrow.

http://www.humanevents.com/2012/08/20/what-happens-if-akin-leaves-the-race/

A lot of prominent Republicans are calling on him to drop out, and he probably will. Ann Coulter correctly points out that Sarah Steelman would be a good choice who would take the gender issue off the table. IMHO, other good choices include ex-Senator Jim Talent and state Auditor Tom Schwich. Other oossible replacement candidates include ex-Senator John Ashcroft (not a good idea, IMHO) and businessman John Brunner.


4 posted on 08/20/2012 3:27:54 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

She’s right but I bet Akins stays in.


5 posted on 08/20/2012 3:28:45 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: CA Conservative

“Although this is a distraction we don’t need right now, it looks like McCaskill outsmarted herself. She worked to get the weakest opponent for herself - she just didn’t realize he would blow himself out of the race in time for someone stronger to take his place.”

Excellent point. I’ll bet you play a mean game of chess.


6 posted on 08/20/2012 3:29:11 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I agree with Coulter. Even if there is some likelihood that Akin could survive, there is way too much at stake to take any chances. Get out now, buddy.


7 posted on 08/20/2012 3:29:20 PM PDT by PAR
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To: CA Conservative

This. If he’s out by 5 PM tomorrow, the Dems can go and pound sand. Bring in Brunner or Steelman and take the fight to McCaskill, go after her for her tax issues, her shoddy voting record as an Obama puppet and more, enough of these goofy shenanigans, let’s go!!!!


8 posted on 08/20/2012 3:29:55 PM PDT by PhxTM06
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To: Clintonfatigued; All

Sarah Steelman inspires me to shoot heroin.


9 posted on 08/20/2012 3:30:10 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: MtBaldy

Errr, Akin, no S. Sure miss that edit function.


10 posted on 08/20/2012 3:30:14 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Paging Sarah Steelman!


11 posted on 08/20/2012 3:33:01 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Clintonfatigued

STFU Anne


12 posted on 08/20/2012 3:33:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Clintonfatigued

If Anne loved America she’d be asking a whole crapload of RINOs to step down but its apparently more important to her that the inside the beltway crowd likes her.


13 posted on 08/20/2012 3:37:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Can’t believe how stupid politicians can be. They get in front of a microphone and do not have enough sense to shut the - - - k up. Have to babble on just to tallk.


14 posted on 08/20/2012 3:41:16 PM PDT by YukonGreen
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To: cripplecreek
If Anne loved America she’d be asking a whole crapload of RINOs to step down but its apparently more important to her that the inside the beltway crowd likes her.

That implies that there are candidates out there who could "step up" and replace them and actually get elected.

But there aren't, so what would be the point? Should Romney step down and let Alan Keyes run against Obama? Because he was so successful in 2004?

15 posted on 08/20/2012 3:42:53 PM PDT by x
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To: Clintonfatigued

Hopefully there are means to force this imbecile to get out of the race. If he continues with his stupidity he could cause a lot more damage than he has already.

At this point he only has democrats wanting him to continue being a moron.


16 posted on 08/20/2012 3:47:53 PM PDT by soycd
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To: x

Actually virtually anyone who Romney faced in the primaries would be a far more acceptable choice. After all Mitt is pretty good at shoving his feet in his mouth.

But hey, thanks for exposing the hypocrisy for me.


17 posted on 08/20/2012 3:51:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: x

Exactly. If Akin steps down there will be no one “rallying” around him. He will just be an also-ran loser, and will be forgotten by the party. Many pro-life groups have rallied to his defense, if he hangs tough, this tempest in a teapot will be over within the next news cycle. If he steps down, there will be a whole other round of news surrounding the new pick... will it be the 2nd place guy, or the 3rd place gal? Another week of distraction and not talking about Obama’s great depression. Akins had it spot on this morning when he clarified his remarks. Repubs are only helping the Dems muddy the water right now...


18 posted on 08/20/2012 3:51:32 PM PDT by PauldArco
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ann Coulter is an idiot. Akin needs to double down on the side of life and stand on his principles.

It is not legal to kill the rapist, but it is legal to murder the baby.

Something is seriously broke.


19 posted on 08/20/2012 3:52:24 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: PauldArco
Many pro-life groups have rallied to his defense, if he hangs tough, this tempest in a teapot will be over within the next news cycle.

You really think that?

20 posted on 08/20/2012 3:53:54 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Clear political vision, as always, from Ann.


21 posted on 08/20/2012 3:58:51 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Vendome
STFU Anne

Anne's right. Why should she "STFU?"

22 posted on 08/20/2012 4:01:32 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Without economic freedom, no other form of freedom can have material meaning.)
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To: Vendome
STFU Anne

Anne's right. Why should she "STFU?"

23 posted on 08/20/2012 4:01:43 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Without economic freedom, no other form of freedom can have material meaning.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Akin tramped through the biggest pile of dogsh!t he could find with hiking boots, and now people are upset with Coulter for telling him to take his shoes off before he comes in the house.


24 posted on 08/20/2012 4:06:39 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BfloGuy

Why isn’t she calling for Romney to step aside? Why is it only Christian conservatives who get thrown under the bus by their fellow Republicans but not narcissistic, liberal New England RINOs who spend half of their campaign making excuses for not releasing their tax returns, with no possible perceived benefit to the party or the campaign for doing so?


25 posted on 08/20/2012 4:07:42 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This is the same Ann Coulter that helped give us Romney as the GOP candidate. She is hardly a moral authority on right and wrong. She most certainly is a poor judge of character.

Let the people of Missouri deal with this. It is a State issue. Most her on FR scream about “States Rights.” Well here is a good case for you. The PEOPLE of the state need to decide....that cowardly pols throughout the country.


26 posted on 08/20/2012 4:09:57 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: x
That implies that there are candidates out there who could "step up" and replace them and actually get elected. But there aren't, so what would be the point? Should Romney step down and let Alan Keyes run against Obama? Because he was so successful in 2004?

We had an entire primary full of candidates who could do a better job than Romney has been doing. Ryan, Gingrich and Santorum to name three. Romney was destroyed in the South Carolina debate and primary because he wouldn't agree to releasing his tax returns. And he's failing to learn from his mistake and setting himself up for the exact same catastrophic fall. There is nothing in those tax returns that could be any worse than the fear of the unknown that the Democrats will inculcate up to a fever pitch. And if Romney does eventually release them, how will he justify wasting all this media air time making excuses for himself when he could have been running an actual campaign against Obama?

27 posted on 08/20/2012 4:14:07 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: xzins
"Ann Coulter is an idiot. Akin needs to double down on the side of life and stand on his principles. It is not legal to kill the rapist, but it is legal to murder the baby."

Sorry xzins, I have to disagree with you on this one. In the primaries, Santorum was hit with essentially the same question and handled it with great aplomb. He pointed out a recent Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana Law making rape a capital crime (under some circumstances). Rick pointed out that the same system of laws that prevents the execution of the criminal, protects the killing of the unborn child, and spoke about how one act of violence should not beget another. All Akin had to do was parrot Rick.

Nowhere did Santorum discuss female biological responses to trauma, "legitimate" rape, etc. For everybody that says Akin was boldly defending life, it seems, in comparison to Santorum's remarks, Akin was the one trying to split hairs, and exploring extraneous detail.

This is how it's done.

28 posted on 08/20/2012 4:17:21 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Many pro-life groups have rallied to his defense, if he hangs tough, this tempest in a teapot will be over within the next news cycle. You really think that?

Absolutely, because it was just a simple gaffe of poor word choice. His message was absolutely correct and is exactly what the Republican party is supposed to stand for and believe If someone believes or does something crazy, then that's a problem. But most candidates make a verbal gaffe and have a poor choice of words at some point. Voters don't tend to make their final decision based on that kind of shallow judgment.

29 posted on 08/20/2012 4:19:30 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Nowhere did Santorum discuss female biological responses to trauma, "legitimate" rape, etc. For everybody that says Akin was boldly defending life, it seems, in comparison to Santorum's remarks, Akin was the one trying to split hairs, and exploring extraneous detail.

And is this why Coulter, Rove, etc., supported Santorum so intensely in the primaries and why the GOP elites didn't at all try to get him to drop out of the race and pave the way for their RINO golden boy?

30 posted on 08/20/2012 4:24:04 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Not to mention, Santorum was savaged in just the same way by the same kind of people when he tried to make the case against same-sex marriage to college students in New Hampshire. He was ridiculed for talking too much, speaking poorly, whatever. Bottom line is if you offend the sensibilities of liberals and RINOs by speaking out against same-sex marriage or abortion, you will be savaged and torn apart if you don’t make an absolutely unimpeachable case and say every word perfectly. They will look for any opening to tear you down, and that’s what they’re doing here. We should not be going along with them by holding up people on our side to the same impossible standard of perfection.


31 posted on 08/20/2012 4:27:55 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Vendome
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32 posted on 08/20/2012 4:28:58 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: JediJones
I know it's impolitic to say so here, but Santorum was taken out not only by the Romney camp, but also by the Gingrich campaign being kept on artificial life support by Sheldon Adelson, who detests Santorum. Santorum was fighting a two-front war.

Say what you will, all Akin had to do was repeat Santorum's response word for word, and this whole issue would be dead in the water.

33 posted on 08/20/2012 4:31:20 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: xzins

34 posted on 08/20/2012 4:32:07 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Sola Veritas; All
There's no opportunity for the "people of Missouri" to "deal with this" because the primary seasons over. If he doesn't quit in the next 24 hours the party cannot replace him.

He needs to be a grown up and step aside. His foolishness went not only national but international.

Coulter, Allen West, Sen. Johnson, Mark Levin, many freepers and others want Akin out for the good of the country. He'll have no funds because the RNCC has pledged to spent no money on Akin's race vs. McCaskill.

35 posted on 08/20/2012 4:32:20 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 77 days away.)
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To: JediJones
"They will look for any opening to tear you down, and that’s what they’re doing here."

So why give them an opening?

36 posted on 08/20/2012 4:34:00 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: PauldArco
Many pro-life groups have rallied to his defense, if he hangs tough, this tempest in a teapot will be over within the next news cycle.

Name them with links to their statements

37 posted on 08/20/2012 4:36:31 PM PDT by paltz
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To: JediJones
We had an entire primary full of candidates who could do a better job than Romney has been doing. Ryan, Gingrich and Santorum to name three.

Ryan wasn't in the presidential primaries. If Gingrich or Santorum really was a stronger candidate than Romney, they would have beaten him.

You might like them better, you might agree with them more, but they can't be stronger candidates than Mitt if they couldn't beat him.

It is possible that a candidate is more popular outside the party than he is inside, and the losing primary candidate could be a better candidate in the general election, but that's not true of Rick Santorum or of Newt.

Romney may be a poor candidate, but there aren't a lot of independents who would line up to vote for Gingrich.

You can't win if you don't have the candidates.

38 posted on 08/20/2012 4:36:31 PM PDT by x
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To: JediJones
"Not to mention, Santorum was savaged in just the same way by the same kind of people when he tried to make the case against same-sex marriage to college students in New Hampshire. He was ridiculed for talking too much, speaking poorly, whatever."

I don't seem to recall Santorum making any groveling apologies for anything he said the way I heard Akin blubbering on Hannity today. Unapologetic means just that. Akin may have sincerely profound pro-life beliefs; more power to him. But if that' the case, he should have taken the opportunity to dismiss his critics, explain fully what he intended to say, correct his mispoken words and drive home the point he was trying to make.

39 posted on 08/20/2012 4:38:36 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Akin 98% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. He had to be taken out. We can’t have conservative representatives.


40 posted on 08/20/2012 4:41:32 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary
"We can’t have conservative representatives."

Not if they keep stepping on landmines.

41 posted on 08/20/2012 4:45:31 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: listenhillary
Akin 98% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. He had to be taken out. We can’t have conservative representatives.

Voting conservative is one thing, backing up those points properly is another. It is not that difficult to take a congressional voting card and shove it in a slot when it's time to go to the floor. However, defending your views is a whole other ball game and if Akin cannot express those well, that is a problem.

42 posted on 08/20/2012 4:46:51 PM PDT by paltz
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To: Clintonfatigued

If Ann Coulter loves her country she’ll keep her “somebody please look at me/attention grabbing” opinions to herself.


43 posted on 08/20/2012 4:47:37 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: JediJones

You must be confused: Aikin is a Republican. If he were a Democrat, I might be inclined to agree with you, but this gaffe from a Pubbie is 100% fatal. If he selfishly toughs it out and stays in, not only will he lose big, he’ll take Romney’s chances in MO with him. And we won’t gain the Senate.

If you don’t think the enemedia will beat this drum each and every day between now and November, you are a *fool.*


44 posted on 08/20/2012 4:51:22 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I agree. This has to be fixed now. The Professional Right usually shoots first and asks questions later. This time they got it right.


45 posted on 08/20/2012 4:52:08 PM PDT by juggernaut
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To: paltz

If Mr. Akin drops out of the race, the state Republican committee would choose a replacement.

That rules out Steelman. State party hates her.
Brunner- Possibly.
Akin stepped into a deliberately set trap. He used poorly chosen words and conservatives want his hide.

Claire McCaskill keeps her senate seat. She is laughing her ass off at how easy this was.


46 posted on 08/20/2012 4:53:26 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Clintonfatigued

While campaigning for the pro-abortion Romney, Ann takes a break to kick around the pro-life Akin. What is the world coming to?


47 posted on 08/20/2012 4:54:34 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Cyber Liberty

LOL, the media beats EVERY drum against Republicans all the time. Which Republican candidates are going to get a pass from the media this cycle, in your estimation? The fact that Democrats will attack our candidate is not a reason for them to withdraw, because then they’d all have to withdraw. The media’s going to beat up Paul Ryan on his prior Medicare policies and say he’ll be dumping granny over the cliff. Should he withdraw too? No candidate should withdraw because of a simple verbal gaffe. People can understand that and if the Democrats keep harping on it, people will vote against them because they’ll be upset they’re wasting their time on a shallow issue of no substance.


48 posted on 08/20/2012 4:55:04 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Clintonfatigued

If Coulter loved the country, she never would have endorsed Romney before the primaries began.


49 posted on 08/20/2012 4:55:19 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: firebrand
Clear political vision, as always, from Ann.

As always? Like her support for Romney before primaries even began? Or her decision to serve as a GOProud board member?

50 posted on 08/20/2012 4:57:03 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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