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The Beginning of the End
Red State ^ | 8/28/2012 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 08/28/2012 4:34:36 AM PDT by IbJensen

Today marks the beginning of the end of Campaign 2012. This week, here in Tampa, Republicans will go through a well scripted event designed to make Mitt Romney their nominee. Democrats will reciprocate next week in Charlotte, NC.

The GOP’s convention almost became unscripted with a heavy handed move designed to ensure a coronation and shut out the grassroots from nomination fights. According to press reports, the Romney campaign is in retreat on this issue and the grassroots have won. They should not get complacent.

Regardless of that hiccup, the energy in Tampa is much different from 2008.

In 2008, the crowd had a lot of energy for Sarah Palin, but little for John McCain. Privately, the crowd would whisper that the odds were against them. Here in Tampa, the crowd is struggling with a feeling of victory. They think they can win.

Both sides think they can win, but privately, in real and honest assessments, even the base is capable of a reality check. The reality check in Tampa is that momentum is with the GOP. The Democrats, unable to run against the economy, intend to make the election about the female uterus, not an economic recovery. At 8.3% unemployment, people are much more interested in putting food on their tables than over killing kids.

The mood in Tampa is upbeat and not just in public.

This is the beginning of the end. We are now in the homestretch for Campaign 2012. Thank God it is almost over.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: evilobamaregime; republicrats
We may indeed thank God it's nearly over; however, we must pray that the White Hut usurper is soundly defeated.

The Democrats will blame everything on Bush 43 and continue with thie evil regime's politics of scorched earth. Discussion of their 'accomplishments' will be verboten as these past 3+ years have been horrible regression into evil.

1 posted on 08/28/2012 4:34:39 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

There are people here on FR who would rather see 0bama win just to prove a point. We have to stay focus.


2 posted on 08/28/2012 4:41:29 AM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: IbJensen
Yes, we should work to defeat 0bama. As lame as our nominee is 0bama must be defeated.

What I fear though is that ‘soundly’ defeating 0bama is just the beginning and it is this truth we must surrender too.

Some 47% or more of our nation no longer believes in how our nation was founded, nor the principals on which truly freemen live.

3 posted on 08/28/2012 4:47:42 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: IbJensen
According to press reports, the Romney campaign is in retreat on this issue
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MYTH: What happens now?
Scott Toomey: Well, now, uh, Ken Mehlman, R. Clarke Cooper, Meghan McCain, Mary Cheney and I wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the Fithcally Conthervative log cabin, taking The Party(tm) by surprise -- not only by surprise, but totally unarmed!
MYTH: Who leaps out?
Scott Toomey: Uh, Ken Mehlman,  R. Clarke Cooper, Meghan McCain, Mary Cheney and I. Uh, leap out of the log cabin, uh and uh....
MYTH: Oh....
Scott Toomey: Oh.... Um, l-look, if we built this large wooden Rhinocerous -- [twong]
ALL:  Run away!  Run away!  Run away!  Run away!
      [splat]
 
FUMR


4 posted on 08/28/2012 4:54:29 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: Perdogg
There are people here on FR who would rather see 0bama win just to prove a point

I used to notice a "darkest before the dawn" mentality by some - meaning when things get so bad people will have to come around to our way of thinking.

I don't see that much of late, perhaps because things HAVE gotten so bad.

5 posted on 08/28/2012 4:58:06 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Perdogg

You’re right. We have good people who say they will not help defeat Obama.

It leads me to believe that true evil is at work.


6 posted on 08/28/2012 5:04:10 AM PDT by Loud Mime (I'll claim I speak for God only after I do a few lines of coke and half a bottle of bourbon.)
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To: Perdogg

If principle is merely “proving a point” to you, then you deserve the political black hole that we are in. I’m free at last.


7 posted on 08/28/2012 5:04:17 AM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: IbJensen
>>Here in Tampa, the crowd is struggling with a feeling of victory.
 
Uhuh.  Because every day their base of DemocRATs grows.
 
>>White Hut usurper is soundly defeated.
 
The White Hive's deseretian King won't be much of an improvement.
 
Look at the crap the Bishop who would Bee King and his minions tried pulling out of their arse to consolidate their Fabian power on the convention floor.
 
Either way, the next four years are going to bee the most corrupt and dangerous in this Republic's history.
 
ETERNAL VIGILANCE.

8 posted on 08/28/2012 5:08:22 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: Perdogg
"There are people here on FR who would rather see 0bama win just to prove a point" What a terrible point to prove. With the ages of our supreme court justices 3 or 4 at 78 & bader-ginsburg at 81, the next president could appoint at least 2 if not more justices. What an impact that would have on our nation, children & grand kids. Think long & hard on that tid-bit Romney isn't my first choice but given the alternative, I rather Romney made those appointments than 0'bimbo for sure.
9 posted on 08/28/2012 5:10:42 AM PDT by Fighter@heart (Ask The American Indian how ignoring immigration worked out for them!!! WAKE UP!!)
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To: Perdogg

perdogg you keep repeating that lie your tongue will break eh!


10 posted on 08/28/2012 5:17:44 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: EBH

[Some 47% or more of our nation no longer believes in how our nation was founded, nor the principals on which truly freemen live.]

They can’t even tell you what the Berlin Wall was - or why the Soviets had to build it to keep their bipedal state property inside.

Useful Idiots.


11 posted on 08/28/2012 5:19:27 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: Loud Mime
You have far more good people here who were TOLD to stay away.

You need to fix that problem first.

Remember, the belief that the Forces of Romney wanted to lose arose out of hearing their blather and watching what they did.

12 posted on 08/28/2012 5:21:31 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: OldEarlGray

It’s more than 47% ~ the folks who have no idea what the Berlin Wall was about are, true enough, Democrats, but they are also ALL the GOP-e. They share a naive view of history and imagine that if it happened in the past it will never happen again.


13 posted on 08/28/2012 5:23:24 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Theophilus

It has nothing to do with principle; It is selfishness. Romney was not my first choice or second choice. But as an adult who has to make adult decessions, there is no other choice I can make. Life doesn’t always give us perfect choices, in fact it rarely does.

I have two choices, 0bama or Romney. Like the song says “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice”.

One of the men is going to win on Nov 6th. The better choice for America is Romney.


14 posted on 08/28/2012 5:25:54 AM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: Perdogg

Indeed!


15 posted on 08/28/2012 5:28:06 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Theophilus
If principle is merely “proving a point” to you, then you deserve the political black hole that we are in. I’m free at last.

And freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose....

16 posted on 08/28/2012 5:35:24 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: EBH
What I fear though is that ‘soundly’ defeating 0bama is just the beginning and it is this truth we must surrender too.

Most conservatives do not realize the power that has grown in Mordor on the Potomac.

I just spent four days there. It's one of my favorite cities (YMMV). I've been spending time there since I was a teenager in the 60s.

Three things impressed me:

1) The sheer SCALE of it all. When I was young, the executive departments fit along Constitution and Independence. Now, they stretch out to beyond Rockville, beyond Vienna, almost to Baltimore.

2) The sheer WEALTH of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and NW DC. Rents in white DC are higher than in white Manhattan. Practically every ranch house within a mile of Lee Highway has been torn down and replaced with a mini mansion, or is under agreement for same.

3) The size of the workforce. I drove out 270 Monday morning, and for an hour, on the other side, a river of Federal orcs, seemingly without end, crawling in to Mordor to loot us, control us, and most importantly to continue to rewrite the rules so that elections won't matter.

It may well be that voting for Congress, whose power is shrinking by the hour, and electing a President of the right (political) hue, will not reverse the growth and power of this imperial city. They will not go without a fight.

17 posted on 08/28/2012 5:53:50 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: IbJensen

Erick, never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


18 posted on 08/28/2012 6:15:12 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: muawiyah

I do not understand your message.

people are here who were told to stay away?

The last sentence makes no sense to me.


19 posted on 08/28/2012 6:18:50 AM PDT by Loud Mime (I'll claim I speak for God only after I do acid, a few lines of coke and half a bottle of bourbon.)
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To: Jim Noble

YEP —


20 posted on 08/28/2012 6:20:44 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Jim Noble

And to think...how much 0bama has added to it in 3 years.

“the private sector is doing fine...”


21 posted on 08/28/2012 6:29:55 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: Loud Mime
We are no longer fighting the primaries, but they got the message during the primaries that their Conservative efforts were NOT WANTED, so some folks accept that as the final word.

Far be it for me to attempt to interfere in the finely nuanced campaign waged by the Mittbots ~ uh, you guys are going to mount a campaign, right? It's not just smoke and mirrors at the convention ~ there's something planned somewhere?

Been looking around ~ no one has signs up anywhere around here.

22 posted on 08/28/2012 6:30:42 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Jim Noble
The whole area continues the urban development initially located around Boston and New York.

Most of the current development around DC, and now lurching towards Richmond, is private sector. We've had incredible population growth in Virginia and now in North Carolina.

Did you realize NC is one of America's major manufacturing and industrial centers now, and for the last couple of decades has been #2 among states in total value of agricultural production ~ a lot of that having to do with 5 million pigs (snork).

23 posted on 08/28/2012 6:34:55 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Perdogg

Your are so on-target. It has been so evident that there are so many whiny, spoiled brats calling themselves ‘conservatives’, Christians, or Tea-Partiers, that are totally pissed THEIR annointed one was not nominated they’d just as soon burn down the house as vote for the consensus candidate. This is Politics 101, people. It’s about everybody getting SOME of what they wanted, not all.


24 posted on 08/28/2012 6:54:58 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Perdogg

Your are so on-target. It has been so evident that there are so many whiny, spoiled brats calling themselves ‘conservatives’, Christians, or Tea-Partiers, that are totally pissed THEIR annointed one was not nominated they’d just as soon burn down the house as vote for the consensus candidate. This is Politics 101, people. It’s about everybody getting SOME of what they wanted, not all.


25 posted on 08/28/2012 6:55:20 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Perdogg

Your are so on-target. It has been so evident that there are so many whiny, spoiled brats calling themselves ‘conservatives’, Christians, or Tea-Partiers, that are totally pissed THEIR annointed one was not nominated they’d just as soon burn down the house as vote for the consensus candidate. This is Politics 101, people. It’s about everybody getting SOME of what they wanted, not all.


26 posted on 08/28/2012 6:55:23 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: P.O.E.

Anybody bought groceries lately? My wife says that fresh produce is spoiling in the store because people can’t afford to buy it any longer.


27 posted on 08/28/2012 8:22:52 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average, they voted for oblabla.)
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To: Sequoyah101

Beef prices were great last year (due to drought, they were slaughtering stock to save on feed costs). Not so much this year - I’ve seen sales on pork & chicken, but not beef (and even these sale prices are high).

I’ve been buying the “soon to be past sale date” meats that go on sale, then freezing them to kill whatever might be brewing in there. They don’t taste as good as fresh, but better than none, I suppose.


28 posted on 08/28/2012 8:41:54 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: arrdon
"Your are so on-target. It has been so evident that there are so many whiny, spoiled brats calling themselves ‘conservatives’, Christians, or Tea-Partiers, that are totally pissed THEIR annointed one was not nominated they’d just as soon burn down the house as vote for the consensus candidate. This is Politics 101, people. It’s about everybody getting SOME of what they wanted, not all."

What do you have against Conservatives, Christians and Tea-Partiers? Were it not for us, the political landscape would have looked much different after the 2010 mid-terms than now if Democrats still controlled The House.

Look, I supported Newt in the primaries... but I would have gladly gotten behind Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, or even Rick Santorum... but the RNC had the deck stacked in favor of their chosen golden boy and have always done so since the Reagan/Ford showdown in 1976, which is how we got McCain last time around.

Conservatives aren't whining because "our guy" didn't win... we're upset with the same old crap every 4 years. WE DON'T WANT ANY MORE RINOS!!!

As for "burning down the house"... maybe that is exactly what needs to happen to the RNC/GOPe.
29 posted on 08/28/2012 8:45:29 AM PDT by EventuallyYouWillLearn ("If you're not brave, you're not going to be free." - Newt Gingrich)
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To: muawiyah

Mittbott? You’re using a W-I-D-E paint roller there.

I hate it when conservatives act like liberals. I believe we’re smarter and more principled; maybe I’m wrong.


30 posted on 08/28/2012 11:31:54 AM PDT by Loud Mime (I'll claim I speak for God only after I do acid, a few lines of coke and half a bottle of bourbon.)
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To: arrdon
You need to peg that with a good ol' (/s) 'cause the problem is THERE IS NO CONSENSUS CANDIDATE.

Hope you didn't get that idea just because people despise Obama and want to get rid of him in this election. Doesn't mean the winner is loved ~ or even barely tolerated. He's already on double deep secret probation with the greater number of Republican voters as it is so he'd better not screw it up ~ and I know you guys so much want to do that ~ just totally screw up everything ~ just to show us who's boss.

31 posted on 08/28/2012 1:00:04 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: arrdon; Perdogg
Knew he was in here somewhere ~ his holiness the Pope.

So, tell us again what the requirements are to be a Christian ~ ......

32 posted on 08/28/2012 1:02:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Loud Mime

So, what do we call the peeps closest to the candidate?


33 posted on 08/28/2012 1:04:18 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen

We need super majorites as well to repeal OB care.


34 posted on 08/28/2012 1:06:03 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: P.O.E.
Just a few years back Fairfax County Virginia had numerous herds of dear ~ so many that you didn't need a lawnmower ~ the state game folks said there were well over 100,000 deer in this one small area.

Well, this Summer we started having fewer and fewer deer. My lawn needs cut but they simply aren't out there. I think people are doing a bit of culling.

35 posted on 08/28/2012 1:43:42 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
So, what do we call the peeps closest to the candidate?

They have names, don't they?

36 posted on 08/28/2012 4:04:39 PM PDT by Loud Mime (I'll claim I speak for God only after I do acid, a few lines of coke and half a bottle of bourbon.)
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To: Loud Mime

i have no idea if they have names ~ we need to find out who they are first. Are they attached together like muskmelons on a vine


37 posted on 08/28/2012 4:31:26 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Perdogg
The better choice for America is Romney.

I can honestly say that I have no idea which is worse, Romney or Obama, both have the same father.

38 posted on 09/03/2012 4:45:16 AM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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