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Team Romney forced ‘undemocratic rules’ to disenfranchise pro-life Republicans, Rush says
Life Site News ^ | 8/31/2012 | Ben Johnson

Posted on 09/01/2012 7:21:30 AM PDT by IbJensen

TAMPA, August 31, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – While political observers watched Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, and Marco Rubio, the Republican National Committee pushed through new rules that could change the face of the party for some time – including one rule that Rush Limbaugh said was designed to freeze pro-life Christians out of the GOP.

Under rules proposed by election lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who said he was acting on behalf of the Romney campaign, the presidential candidate who wins a state primary would get to select all state delegates to the convention and “disavow” anyone who meets his disapproval. The delegates, in turn, draw up the platform and formally nominate candidates.

The new code was opposed by the Family Research Center, Leadership Institute founder Morton Blackwell, and attorney James Bopp, who helped draw up the original pro-life plank in 1980.

House Speaker John Boehner presided over the voice vote on the rule, which appeared to have an even number of yes and no votes.

The controversy deepened after a video showed a teleprompter with a prerecorded message that the change had been approved, leading to speculation the vote was fixed.

Limbaugh revealed the behind-the-scenes moves of the GOP establishment.

Dean Clancy of FreedomWorks called the move “a transparent attempt to neuter the grassroots and head off future insurgencies like those of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and Ron Paul.”

Richard Viguerie of ConservativeHQ.com rapped the Romney campaign and the Republican Establishment. “Competing candidates and issues are what makes a party strong and brings new voters into the party as candidates and issues vie for support,” he wrote.

More than a few believe the change is intended to deprive pro-life, pro-family Republicans from having a voice and venue in the party of Lincoln.

“The establishment Republicans want to kick the conservatives out of the party. They don’t want the conservatives having any say-so in the party whatsoever,” said Rush Limbaugh on his radio program on Tuesday.

Limbaugh said “major figures” used to approach him to ask, “What are you gonna do about the Christians?”

“This abortion, it’s killing us!” he says they told him. “You gotta get them to shut up about this.”

“We don’t want ‘em! It’s not good. It’s embarrassing.”

He said the rules change was “about the establishment finally being at its wits’ end on this ‘War on Women.’”

In 1968, the Democratic Party began its liberalization by changing its formula for selecting delegates, transforming the disparate national party into an advocacy group for feminists, unions, and the far-Left. Four years later, the party nominated George McGovern.

Former Congressman Jim Kolbe, who is openly homosexual, has said this will be the last Republican Party platform to defend marriage.

Sarah Palin stated recently that a conservative third party could replace the Republicans if they ignore their traditional platform.

A second vote, presided over by former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, passed a rule that shortened the primary season, which critics say will undermine grassroots campaigns while assisting those with abundant financial resources or insider connections.

Romney surrogates say they have adopted the rules to assist him if he is running for re-election in 2016.

Rush Limbaugh indicated another reason behind the change in delegate selection by quoting an Associated Press story, which states conservatives are leaving the GOP “badly out of step with a nation that’s rapidly becoming less white.”

“[A]ccording to the AP, when you boil it all down, the biggest problem with the Republican Party is its ‘whiteness,’” Limbaugh said. ”We gotta get rid of ‘em. The AP wants us gone. The Democrat Party wants us gone. And the Republican establishment doesn’t want the hassle of dealing with this.”

“Even if you were able to cleanse the party of all these white conservatives, do you think the AP is gonna start writing love stories about you?” he asked.

Columnist Michelle Malkin, an outspoken conservative, told the party’s conservatives to remain engaged and take their party back.

“The bottom line: Get organized, get loud, and stay vigilant,” she wrote. “No matter who ends up in the White House in January, no matter what letter follows the names of the people in power in Washington, the grass-roots conservative movement must be prepared to stand its ground.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; assclownposting; clownsforo; gop; howtolose; idiotswhining; romney; rush
Video at link.

Spineless, gonadless, gutless Republicrat Party.

That's why I'll be holding my nose at the voting booth. The GOP Establishment is Democrat Lite. I have to choose between being hit by a moped and being hit by a semi truck.

1 posted on 09/01/2012 7:21:34 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

I won’t be holding my nose, I had enough of that in 2008. I’ll be voting for a real conservative, although he will lose.

This is just a small foretaste of the betrayal in store for conservatives when Romney is elected.


2 posted on 09/01/2012 7:27:08 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: IbJensen

” “This abortion, it’s killing us!” “

Huh.


3 posted on 09/01/2012 7:27:17 AM PDT by Humble Servant (Work for the most conservative one in the race, and keep up the pressure.)
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To: IbJensen

Just my opinion..........but this could backfire in the long run.

The people who go to conventions now from the states - both D’s and R’s - are the ones for the most part who are involved and have tight circles of other workers/volunteers.

Start freezing them out and you’ll see a drop off in the folks doing the heavy lifting down in the lower levels.


4 posted on 09/01/2012 7:29:25 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: IbJensen

I kept warning that Romney will run the GOP further to the Left.

And look how soon!


5 posted on 09/01/2012 7:32:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I used to want to change the world. Now, I want to stop the world from changing me.)
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To: IbJensen

Doing some research. Do we know which precinct chairman or rules committee member actually sponsored the rule change?


6 posted on 09/01/2012 7:33:18 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Berlin_Freeper

But...but... we were going to keep him in the straight and narrow, with Boehner and the congress and we were all goin’ to feel alright!


7 posted on 09/01/2012 7:35:25 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: IbJensen

I am glad Rush came out with this information. Waiting for the Rombots to scream at Rush in 3...2...1.


8 posted on 09/01/2012 7:37:54 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: fwdude

“This is just a small foretaste of the betrayal in store for conservatives when Romney is elected.”

Yes. Every time I can almost turn the engine over to sell myself out one more time...

Nah.

‘You knew what I was when you picked me up.’


9 posted on 09/01/2012 7:38:34 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: fwdude
We got the EXACT same treatment from W and Laura, who was pro-abortion.

It's the WIVES of these RINOs.

What's different now? We loved W. And all he loved was Papa's legacy. He let conservatives believe he was one of them. Then he stuck us in the back.

We don't love Romney--but we're voting for him, anyway. He's no worse than W.

When he's in office, Rove will look around and understand that we don't have any loyalty for Romney or Treacherous Karl. And we'll have more and more Tea Party conservatives in the House and Senate.

I'd advise expressing your ire by sending a small donation to Aikin or Sarah Pac rather than voting for Obama. Sarah's going to be very active after Romney wins, making his treachery difficult.

10 posted on 09/01/2012 7:38:54 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: mnehring

I don’t. There are quite a few. This one doesn’t want to be recognized for obvious reasons.


11 posted on 09/01/2012 7:39:04 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: fwdude

Dr. Paul or Gary Johnson?


12 posted on 09/01/2012 7:41:37 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: IbJensen

Can’t figure out that ever 4 years of support for garbage gets you nowhere? Carry on!

It’s working so well that you are VOTING for a Mormon Democrat!


13 posted on 09/01/2012 7:52:04 AM PDT by Afronaut (It's 1984)
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To: IbJensen

Here’s my problem: a no vote is a vote for obammy. A vote for Romney has it’s faults, too.

The only thing I know to do is to vote for Romney, and hope we can pick up enough seats in both Houses with conservatives who may be able to hold Romney’s feet to the fire.

Of course, if we had majorities in both Houses, we could slow obammy down a bit, too—but then he turns to Executive orders to get his agenda accomplished.

Every way I look at it, America as we know it, is over.

Or maybe it’s just that I’m old and don’t know anything.


14 posted on 09/01/2012 7:53:02 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: IbJensen
The Ron Paul kooks caused this, in my opinion.

Ron Paul supporters are liars and misrepresented themselves as Santorum or Romney supporters, to get most of their Delegate slots.

Point taken that the rules could be abused by future candidates, but this was a reaction to Paul's nuts.

15 posted on 09/01/2012 7:54:34 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Afronaut

Bingo! We have “progressed” to a candidate who has implemented BO and lib style thuggish tactics to exclude those who don’t kiss his ring, or fit the 30% segment of the party.


16 posted on 09/01/2012 8:00:24 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: IbJensen

I don’t like the fact that we have Romney as the nominee.
I agree with the founding statements of Free Republic.
But the fact is, either Romney or Obama is going to be president.
I don’t believe that the US can recover for a very long time, if at all from
4 more years of Obama. Obama’s reelection will mean implementation of Obamacare, picking of left wing supreme court justices, and quite possibly him ruling by executive orders.
I’m struggling to even think this, but it looks like the only way to save our country for now is for Obama to be defeated. And if Romney governs liberally, then form a 3rd party for 2016.


17 posted on 09/01/2012 8:03:06 AM PDT by kygolfman
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To: Kansas58
The Ron Paul kooks caused this, in my opinion.

And Alinsky raises his ugly head once again. Despite all the non Paul Freepers who are mad about this you're going to keep repeating the lie.

Welcome to the left.
18 posted on 09/01/2012 8:05:17 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: kygolfman
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Have at it! Votes like yours are not even considered. They are in the bag every election. You are ignored by your party that you support. They do not ever even think about your vote. They OWN it.

19 posted on 09/01/2012 8:11:20 AM PDT by Afronaut (It's 1984)
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To: basil

“hope we can pick up enough seats in both Houses with conservatives who may be able to hold Romney’s feet to the fire.”

You might want to put some salve on the charred stumps where your feet used to be. The Geriatric Old Plotters hold the torch. Not conservatives.


20 posted on 09/01/2012 8:17:38 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
And look how soon!

His plan all along and his own words condemn the IMPOSTER Romney - saying 'he was to the left of Kennedy' and backed it up w/his 'accomplishments'. Nothing was hidden, voters simply refused to believe reality.

Then he got support from Santorum - who campaigned for him in '08 going around claiming Romney is a conservative! Since 'supposed' conservative 'take one for the team' Santorum was so 'useable' Romney used him again in '12 to keep the real conservative NEWT at bay. NEWT was Romney's only threat.

Santorum is a POS while going around now hoping his dumb clueless voters aren't the wiser. Santorum is the GOP lackey - to draw in conservatives and drop them once his/GOP mission is accomplished.

21 posted on 09/01/2012 8:18:09 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Kansas58

“The Ron Paul kooks caused this, in my opinion.”

Revanchist kulaks caused the crops to fail!


22 posted on 09/01/2012 8:27:09 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: IbJensen
"“[A]ccording to the AP, when you boil it all down, the biggest problem with the Republican Party is its ‘whiteness,’” Limbaugh said.
”We gotta get rid of ‘em. The AP wants us gone.
The Democrat Party wants us gone.
And the Republican establishment doesn’t want the hassle of dealing with this.”

“Even if you were able to cleanse the party of all these white conservatives, do you think the AP is gonna start writing love stories about you?” he asked."

As usual, Limbaugh makes the key point here -- a serious problem with Republican conventions is: they look "too white" and "too male".
This gives Democrats and media pundits (but I repeat myself) the opportunity to decry that Republican "whiteness" represents underlying "racism", "sexism", etc.

In the future, Republican candidates will be certain to chose enough delegates of color to neutralize such criticisms.

In short, it's more about appearance than substance.

23 posted on 09/01/2012 8:28:34 AM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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To: BroJoeK

The irony to all of this is that the two best bridges to MOST minorities are 1) social conservatism generally, and 2) strong domestic economy. These things resonate with most Latins, Indians (both kinds), Asians and many blacks. These things also resonate with with many white labor union types outside of the education racket and government.

Reagan understood this. The Voodoo Republicans of the Northeast never have, or do not care.


24 posted on 09/01/2012 8:34:07 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Running the party to the left is a given, most hold their nose voters are aware of this. My concern is that he will make it impossible to ever have a conservative on the ballot. He has silently disavowed the Tea Party and conservatives. I am not sure which is worse 4 more years of Obama with hope for next time or 8 years of Romney with no hope. Remember it was Romney and his staffers that started the attacks on Sarah Palin so that he could run again in 4 years.


25 posted on 09/01/2012 8:34:55 AM PDT by brightright
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To: IbJensen

This is a long-term fight. We will win some, we will lose some, but we will never stop fighting for what we believe in. Next battle, imho - is to get Obama and his Chicago Thugs OUT, and that, my friends, needs to be done in order to save this country. We will continue the pro-life, heterosexual marriage message, which actually DOES resonate with most of the citizenry in this country, immigrants and native born alike.

It is never easy and it never happens overnight.


26 posted on 09/01/2012 8:44:23 AM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: IbJensen

I am working with several friends to do some research because we think there is something else going on here.

I think a game is going on and it isn’t between the GOPe and Grassroots. That is what someone else wants to happen.


27 posted on 09/01/2012 8:44:44 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: IbJensen

partial agreement with rush..

these rules were not only adopted to marginalize pro life republicant’s.. but also the conservative / constitutionalist wing of the republican party..

the gop-e has created a perfect storm..

with so many obsessed with getting rid of the socialist in the white house, they fail to see the socialist the gop-e has planted right within our midst...

the election of mcromney will spell the end of the conservative / constitutionalist wing of the gop-e..

you see, they just don’t need us now..

they got plenty of dems that are pissed at fubo to make up for our voting block...

this is not even in doubt.. the question is, when faced with extinction, what should you do??

I would like answers, not attacks please..


28 posted on 09/01/2012 8:46:43 AM PDT by joe fonebone (I am the 15%)
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To: Psalm 144
Psalm 144: "The Voodoo Republicans of the Northeast never have, or do not care."

I don't know any of those "Voodoo Republicans" you mention, though it is certainly true that in heavily blue-dominated states, the only way Republicans ever get elected is by appearing more purple than red, so to speak.

Again, I think the issue being addressed here is more the appearance of "whiteness" at the convention than any dispute over Conservative principles.

29 posted on 09/01/2012 8:48:07 AM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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To: brightright

“I am not sure which is worse 4 more years of Obama with hope for next time or 8 years of Romney with no hope.”

The horns of the dilemma, to be sure. Boehner tipped it for me, just as I was starting to wobble. The Voodoo Republicans will not get my support anymore. I have disliked every one of them since 1988, but did in the end vote for them. Not this time. Boehner is the face of the GOP. That is the party. Expect more of those kinds of actions.


30 posted on 09/01/2012 8:49:14 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: IbJensen

Hi, IbJ.

Holding your nose is not a solution. The solution is so much work, though, and so full of pitfalls and scorn that it will be the last gasp effort.

A new 2d party....whether a thoroughly destroyed republican name brand that is resurrected from the ashes by those who purchase the name, OR a real, brand new 2nd party, OR a restructured current 3rd party...the current rino party has outlived its usefulness.


31 posted on 09/01/2012 8:52:22 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: BroJoeK

It is my term for the type of old guard Rockefeller Republicans. An homage to George Herbert Walker Bush and his sneering insult to Reagan’s economic policies.

http://www.investopedia.com/terms/v/voodooeconomics.asp#axzz25EaSYULl

Here Voodoo Republicanism of the past:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP9_kkzfN-w

Here it is today:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMSY9gZT-6I


32 posted on 09/01/2012 9:04:25 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: fwdude

“I won’t be holding my nose, I had enough of that in 2008. I’ll be voting for a real conservative, although he will lose.”

I hear that!
In ‘08 I voted for Palin & against Obama... (McCain should’ve never made it out of the Primaries.)

I am still weighing voting for Ryan & against Obama...

But I don’t like people telling me that if I don’t vote for Romney then I am in essence voting for Obama.
No, I am voting for the person that most aligns w/my personal political philosophy.

I think we need 3rd parties. And 4th parties. And 5th parties... smash both parties & release the stranglehold they have over our country.
They are merely opposite sides of the same coin - and too many care more about power/privilege than principle.


33 posted on 09/01/2012 9:06:25 AM PDT by Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust
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To: joe fonebone

“when faced with extinction, what should you do??

I would like answers, not attacks please..”

Recognize what is closest to you which threatens your survival.

Recognize what is most stealthy and difficult to guard against which threatens your survival.

Recognize what most consistently and perpetually threatens your survival.

Once that thing is recognized quit feeding it and kill it. Your survival depends upon victory.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero


34 posted on 09/01/2012 9:13:41 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: presently no screen name

Like Romney, Santorum switched to pro-life to run for office in 1990, he had been anti-Reagan in the 1980s.

In 1996, Santorum endorsed the presidential candidate Specter, running on the agenda to remove life from the GOP party platform, Santorum remained always loyal to Specter.

In 2008, Santorum became a Romney man, 2012 a Romney stalking horse.

This week August 27 (CBS News) In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, Mitt Romney said his views on abortion rights are more lenient than those put forward in the Republican party platform.


35 posted on 09/01/2012 9:21:41 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Aug. 27, 2012-Mitt Romney said his views on abortion are more lenient than the Republican Platform)
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To: kygolfman

It’s like the copmment made today by another FReeper:

Hold your nose and pull the Republicrat lever on election day. Would you rather be hit by a moped or a Mack truck?


36 posted on 09/01/2012 9:24:21 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: basil
Or maybe it’s just that I’m old and don’t know anything.

If that's true then there's at least two of us.

37 posted on 09/01/2012 9:26:45 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: IbJensen

“Would you rather be hit by a moped or a Mack truck?”

A good question, which begs others. Which left wing culture of death statist is the most dangerous? A sober, diligent and competent one, or a dissolute, idle and inexperienced one? Elagabalus or Diocletian?


38 posted on 09/01/2012 9:33:06 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: kygolfman

ObamaCare will be replaced with RomneyCare. Romney just said how proud he is of it. And the big difference between them is that RomneyCare has less pages. Romney appointed democratic and liberal judges and defended it by saying they were mostly appointed to lower courts.


39 posted on 09/01/2012 9:36:16 AM PDT by brightright
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To: joe fonebone
The way I see it is the only choice we have is to pack Congress and the Senate with conservatives. I'll cast my vote for Mitt only because he's not Obama but all of my choices, from local to State to Federal are for conservatives. Especially my judiciary choices.
40 posted on 09/01/2012 9:42:58 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: IbJensen

Why is it that most conservatives agree that to get out of this financial disaster it will take long term hardships and sacrifice but are willing to do it because it is best for the Country. But when it comes to the social decay they will not endure for 4 more years to make real change. Holding your nose while voting is giving the liberals the OK sign.


41 posted on 09/01/2012 10:17:37 AM PDT by brightright
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To: Kansas58; IbJensen
The Ron Paul kooks caused this, in my opinion.

Ron Paul supporters are liars and misrepresented themselves as Santorum or Romney supporters, to get most of their Delegate slots.

Point taken that the rules could be abused by future candidates, but this was a reaction to Paul's nuts.

We'll see if Rush and Sarah highlight the Ron Paul angle on this. I tend to disagree with you. The GOPe leaves a foul taste in my mouth.

From the article:
"Under rules proposed by election lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who said he was acting on behalf of the Romney campaign, the presidential candidate who wins a state primary would get to select all state delegates to the convention and “disavow” anyone who meets his disapproval. The delegates, in turn, draw up the platform and formally nominate candidates."

42 posted on 09/01/2012 10:59:22 AM PDT by bondserv (God governs our universe and has seen fit to offer us a pardon.)
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To: IbJensen

Any GOP claim that they are still prolife is just election boob bait for the bubbas. Money comes before babies and everything else.


43 posted on 09/01/2012 11:09:39 AM PDT by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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To: kygolfman

I’ll vote Romney this time just to get rid of the imposter in the WH, but I will not vote for him in 2016. Obama is really awful. It would be unpatriotic to not do everything we can within the law to vote him out.


44 posted on 09/01/2012 12:27:48 PM PDT by virgil
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