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Reid faces task of mending fences with GOP after campaign attacks
The Hill ^ | 11/24/12 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 11/24/2012 5:57:42 AM PST by Libloather

Reid faces task of mending fences with GOP after campaign attacks
By Alexander Bolton - 11/24/12 06:00 AM ET

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) infuriated Republicans during the campaign with his harsh partisan attacks and now faces the delicate task of mending his relationship with the GOP.

Some Republicans say Reid poisoned his relationship with their party by waging controversial attacks against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. They were most angered by Reid’s charge that Romney had not paid taxes in ten years, attributing the information to an anonymous source.

"I do think he lost more credibility with Republicans because of his aggressive comments during the campaign,” said Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist and former leadership aide who served in the Senate and House.

“The make-up of the Senate is almost the same and I think Sen. Reid is likely to produce the same type of gridlock he did before because of his unusually partisan stance," Bonjean added.

Reid said Romney, a fellow Mormon, “sullied” their shared faith after the GOP nominee told a group of donors that 47 percent of Americans suffered from a sense of victimhood and mooched off the government. Reid declared in the closing days of the campaign that Senate Democrats would not work with Romney to pass his “severely conservative” agenda.

But sources who know the Democratic leader, a former amateur boxer, say it’s a classic case of Reid being Reid. He punches hard during the campaign but is willing to pivot to constructive bipartisan relationships after Election Day, just as fighter is willing to embrace his opponent after the final bell.

“Sen. Reid knows as well as anyone there’s a time for politics and a time for governing,” said Rodell Mollineau, a former senior aide to Reid. “The time for politics has passed. First and foremost, Sen. Reid cares about governing. So now that the election is over, he would want to find a consensus to move things forward.”

Reid immediately extended a peace offering to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) after Democrats picked up Senate seats.

“I look at the challenges that we have ahead of us and I reach out to my Republican colleagues in the Senate and the House. Let’s come together. We know what the issues are, let’s solve them,” he told a boisterous audience and stand of television cameras packing the ballroom of the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel on Election Night.

The following day, Reid reiterated his offer and made an overture to his home-state colleague, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), another target of his campaign barbs. During Heller’s race against Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), Reid accused his colleague of “a failure in leadership” for not rounding up GOP votes for an online poker bill.

Heller said during the campaign he often felt like he was running against Berkley and Reid, who mobilized his state network against the Republican.

The day after the election, however, Reid warmly praised Heller as a longtime friend.

“Dean Heller and I have been friends for 25 years,” Reid said, recalling Heller’s role as Nevada secretary of state when Reid almost lost his seat in 1998 in a race decided by a recount. “He was so helpful. I have affection for Dean Heller. I like him a lot. We’ll be able to work together.”

Reid also formed a non-aggression pact with former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who almost defeated him in 1998, after Ensign won election to the Senate. Their staffs used to hold joint holiday receptions in the Mansfield Room.

Reid said he had a “pleasant conversation” with Boehner after Election Day.

“I have a fine relationship with him. My staff works well with his staff,” he said.

The relationship was much less cordial before the election, especially in 2011, when Reid criticized Boehner for threatening to let the debt ceiling expire and letting the House take a weekend off as their negotiations neared a climax.

Former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who served 18 years with Reid in the Senate, predicted Reid’s partisan rhetoric would not damage negotiations with Republicans on avoiding the "fiscal cliff."

"Not at all," Gregg said. "We have what I call a once-every-four-year period where the music stops and everyone has their portfolio of power. Governing comes first and politics comes second. The window lasts for about eight months. All the payers involved played aggressively in political roles. They have to change hats and govern. Harry Reid is very capable of doing that."

Reid’s colleague, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who has been at the forefront of efforts to reach a bipartisan agreement on tax reform, also said he is not concerned.

“Sen. Reid has a long history of negotiating these agreements. Elections are in effect renewals. Gov. Romney didn’t win the election so he’s not at the table,” Wyden said.

One GOP strategist said the pressure to get a deficit-reduction deal is too high to let bitter feelings left over from the campaign get in the way. Memories of Reid’s harsh attacks could complicate progress on other issues.

“When there’s less pressure to get a deal done, some of the stuff he pulled on the campaign trail against Romney could come back to haunt him,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “Somewhere down the line Republicans may pick a time to get even with Harry Reid because he went off the reservation on some of that stuff. In politics, what goes around comes around.”

A senior Democratic aide, however, said it would be foolish for Republicans to contemplate retaliation.

“Reid has outflanked and outsmarted Republicans again and again - they simply can't figure out how to beat him. But at the end of the day, he is and has always been a dealmaker,” the aide said. “Republicans would be wise to stop playing Lucy with the football, give up on trying to beat him, and instead seek to work with him to get the best deal possible.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: attacks; campaign; demagogicparty; dingyharry; gop; mafiaties; nevada; reid
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Screw this little rodent.

Harry Reid Pledges Not To Work With Mitt Romney If He Is Elected

“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Reid said in a statement. “In fact, Mitt Romney’s Tea Party agenda has already been rejected in the Senate.”

1 posted on 11/24/2012 5:57:47 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

No way Reid will try to “mend fences” with republicans. Nasty little weasel. He can’t live forever.


2 posted on 11/24/2012 5:59:37 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Libloather

whoknew


3 posted on 11/24/2012 6:02:28 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Libloather
Reid said Romney, a fellow Mormon, “sullied” their shared faith after the GOP nominee told a group of donors that 47 percent of Americans suffered from a sense of victimhood and mooched off the government.

I don't know whether making a political statement "sullies" a faith, but I do know that Reid clearly violated the ninth commandment "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" with his tax charges against Romney. In fact, he's made a career of it.

4 posted on 11/24/2012 6:05:53 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: Libloather

Is this from The Onion?


5 posted on 11/24/2012 6:10:10 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: gusopol3

I don’t want the republicans to work with this slimeball or any socialist democrat. Call them out every day for exactly what they are.


6 posted on 11/24/2012 6:12:15 AM PST by wewereright
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To: Libloather
'...a former amateur boxer'

One too many shots to the head, Harry?

8 posted on 11/24/2012 6:18:48 AM PST by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: wewereright

I hope Romney sets aside a few million to lay a little retribution on Reid’s head . Some of those high tech billboards with his pic and scrolling through his lies, distrotions and outright crimes, posted in prominent places in Washington DC and Nevada would be a start. He can start with Reid’s comments about Obama:”He [Reid] was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ “ Halperin and Heilemann say.


9 posted on 11/24/2012 6:20:09 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: Libloather

There’s no need for Reid to act in a conciliatory manner, he knows the GOP is a bunch of sissy’s and will cave to Barry’s directives.


10 posted on 11/24/2012 6:20:26 AM PST by GP100
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To: ilovesarah2012
Horse Pucky! All Reid has to do is sit in his office, make a few speeches and tell the press what to write and say. Then the GOPe in the Senate will come crawling. Same $hit different day. Same old, same old.
12 posted on 11/24/2012 6:23:35 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Why should Reid try to mend fences.
He has the majority, he has the Senate by the balls. The Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell is soft and pliable, and is no danger to anything Reid wants to do/

As for Boehner he is even softer than McConnell, and certainly he and Reid have a good relationship, because Boehner isn’t going to fight for anything. Boehner may whine and cry a bit , but when it comes down to the Nitty Gritty, he will fold like a cheap suit.

Reid is partisan because they let him get aay with it, if once in a while they pulled his chain he would straighten up fast, but they don’t, they just whine and back off.

If we had one Republican who would speak up and continue speaking up Republicans would gain strength. The Republican strength died when Gingrich left. No one has taken his place.


13 posted on 11/24/2012 6:26:05 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Libloather

Reid can’t get a simple budget in 4 years so little should be expected of him.


14 posted on 11/24/2012 6:28:06 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: baddog 219

“Hey GOP.... If you had a pair, You would tell Reid to go f@#k himself....”

Hey US Senators, why doesn’t a man amongst you go and bitch slap lil’ Harry til he pouts. I’ll pay. What do you say John?


15 posted on 11/24/2012 6:28:34 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Venturer

There is/was Sarah Palin; but Democan and Republicrats together did a number on her. Talk about “War on Women”.


16 posted on 11/24/2012 6:29:40 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Libloather

If the Republicans were smart, they would nominate Mitt Romney for Speaker of the House. He has the knowledge, the facts and the issues on his side. He could beat Reid one-on-one quite convincingly. We know from the debates how he holds up against Obama. This would be a smart move.


17 posted on 11/24/2012 6:30:19 AM PST by untwist
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To: ilovesarah2012
Yea, but there's always another nasty little weasel to take his place.

Why would Reid care about working with Republicans? He knows he has the press on his side--to hell with Republicans, who needs them?

18 posted on 11/24/2012 6:31:13 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Venturer

I believe Allen West could have been a great leader but voter fraud made sure they didn’t happen.


19 posted on 11/24/2012 6:32:10 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Libloather
Harry Reid, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stephanie Cutter, Nancy Pelosi, etc, etc etc. They all started 'controversies' with lies and USA-Pravda ran with the lies. This kept the spotlight off all of the Obama scandals for the whole of the Presidential campaign. They are nothing but gossip mongers but their lies dominated the national narrative. It is tough when USA-Pravda refuses to report the real news. Too bad so many have bought the lie that FoxNews tells lies. I weep for the future of our once prosperous, successful country. The next 4 years belong to the Socialists. IF we can get control back, it will be decades unraveling all the destruction.
20 posted on 11/24/2012 6:38:36 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Libloather

“...and now faces the delicate task of mending his relationship with the GOP.”

Does anyone really thinks he ‘shives-a-git’?


21 posted on 11/24/2012 6:40:26 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Tell Reid: GFY.


22 posted on 11/24/2012 6:48:52 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Mouton

Nah, he’d enjoy that.


23 posted on 11/24/2012 6:51:56 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: untwist; All
If the Republicans were smart, they would nominate Mitt Romney for Speaker of the House.

LOL!!

Is there any wonder why this nation is in the state it's in?

24 posted on 11/24/2012 6:52:53 AM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: Libloather
"Sen. Reid knows as well as anyone there's a time for politics and a time for governing" said Rodell Mollineau, a former senior aide to Reid. "The time for politics has passed. First and foremost, Sen. Reid cares about governing. So now that the election is over, he would want to find a consensus to move things forward."

What a bunch of codswallop.

25 posted on 11/24/2012 6:53:30 AM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: Artie
Hey GOP.... If you had a pair, You would tell Reid to go f@#k himself

Never happen. Seeing themselves as "gentlemen" and "above the fray", the Republican leadership (and many if not most in the Senate caucus) will want to "get along" and "get things done" with the Democrat Socialists.

Yet another reminder of the validity of the alternate name for the Republican Party -- i.e., the "Stupid Party".

26 posted on 11/24/2012 7:01:51 AM PST by glennaro
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To: ilovesarah2012

Let me tell you this story.

Charles Lollar ran for Steny Hoyers seat in 2010 he was a man running much as Allen West. A brilliant black man, Conservative, Well spoken, he beat Steny in every debate they had, I worked hard to get him elected, but his fellow blacks in Northern Charles County and Prince George’s County were too used to Steny’s entitlements ,and he was beaten.

This year we had Mr. O’Donnell run for Steny’s seat. Mr. O’Donnell worked hard, but the odds were stacked against him. Mr. O’Donnell was well qualifies as he had served as a State representative for many years and was head of the Minority in the State legislature.

Mr. Lollar was asked to help Mr. O’Donnell , but he did not.

Now Charles Lollar is thinking of running for Governor, and because of his refusal to help O’Donnell I am having a hard time making up my mind whether or not to back Mr. Lollar.

I like Mr. West a lot, a helluva lot, but let’s wait and see what he does in the next two years to help Republcans before we reach an ironclad devotion.


27 posted on 11/24/2012 7:03:41 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Libloather

Reid will lie to anyone anytime to advance his leftist agenda. He has carried water for Pelosi and Obama for the last 4 years and I don’t see that changing as Reid doesn’t know any better. We lost a good chance to rid ourselves of the Nevada idiot in 2010 and now are stuck with him throughout Obama’s reign. Look for him to smooze with the republicans, but then blame them for everything bad in the past, current or the future. Harry is a human loser and except for the unions in Vegas would have been herding goats in the Nevada desert by now.


28 posted on 11/24/2012 7:04:59 AM PST by 2010Freeper
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To: Libloather

Reid belongs in the mental ward of a federal prison and it is where he should live out the remainder of his bitter insanity.

Any republican who cooperates with him or does not actively work to destroy him politically is not keeping his or her oath of office.


29 posted on 11/24/2012 7:09:58 AM PST by Iron Munro (Big Moo & Bronco 'Bama = Robbing From The Hood and Boy Blunder)
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To: Libloather

The Republicans TALK a big story, but they’ll work with “their good friend across the aisle”.


30 posted on 11/24/2012 7:10:01 AM PST by radioone
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To: Libloather

Who is kidding whom? The GOP will go behind closed doors and begin to take apart the taxpayer like wolves in the wild.


31 posted on 11/24/2012 7:19:03 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Libloather

... and the horse he rode in on!!!


32 posted on 11/24/2012 7:31:54 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Libloather

Yea, this is a puff piece. Setting up for GOP refuses to work with Reid type deal.


33 posted on 11/24/2012 7:33:23 AM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: ilovesarah2012

Hold him with his loose tongue accountable.


34 posted on 11/24/2012 7:38:52 AM PST by YukonGreen
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To: ilovesarah2012
I believe Allen West could have been a great leader but voter fraud made sure they didn’t happen.

You forget (or ignore) the Republicans who re-drew his district to make sure he wouldn't return to office.

35 posted on 11/24/2012 7:45:02 AM PST by EricT. (The GOP's sole purpose is to serve as an ineffective alternative to the Democrat Party.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I would like West to come back to Tennessee where he can run for Senator against Alexander. Alexander will side with Dingy more often than not.


36 posted on 11/24/2012 7:57:13 AM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Venturer
Why should Reid try to mend fences.

Precisely. This article is nothing more than an a false-front effort to prop up Reid's reputation after all the good work he did for the DemocRAT cause.

37 posted on 11/24/2012 8:02:23 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The GOP-e said "Beat a Marxist with a Liberal!" What a colossal blunder.)
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To: Libloather

Reed is just Obama’s mouth piece.


38 posted on 11/24/2012 8:07:33 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Roccus

Not seeing a sarcasm tag, I just rolled my eyes and moved on. But if this was a serious proposal, then you’re right.


39 posted on 11/24/2012 8:20:27 AM PST by MCH
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To: Libloather
“Sen. Reid knows as well as anyone there’s a time for politics and a time for governing,” said Rodell Mollineau, a former senior aide to Reid. “The time for politics has passed. First and foremost, Sen. Reid cares about governing. So now that the election is over, he would want to find a consensus to move things forward.”

Go F*** yourself Reid. You only want Republicans so you can pin the next government dictated disaster on them. You and the Dems own this mess.

40 posted on 11/24/2012 8:27:03 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Libloather
Dingy Harry and Nazi Pelosi extend surrender terms. GOP accepts. McAuliffe "Nuts" monument, General Anthony Clement McAuliffe (July 2, 1898 - August 11, 1975) was the United States Army general who commanded the defending 101st Airborne troops during the Battle of Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He is famous for his single-word reply to a German surrender ultimatum: "Nuts!" "Nuts!" FR
41 posted on 11/24/2012 9:05:52 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Libloather

What crap. He says a bunch of dirty BS during the campaign and then says, hey, it’s ok, let’s work together fella’s. who doesn’t want to throttle the little weasel?


42 posted on 11/24/2012 9:20:24 AM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Libloather

Filibuster everything . .. I mean everything . . . until the Pond Scum agrees to resign.


43 posted on 11/24/2012 9:26:28 AM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Libloather

Any Republican who “works with” this piece of sh!+ Reid should get primaried out.


44 posted on 11/24/2012 9:29:00 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ilovesarah2012

Harry Reid is constitutionally incapable of mending any fences, his agenda is to create scorched earth wherever he has direct dealings with Republicans and especially conservative Republicans.

Leaving the region of potential compromise sown with radioactivity is an effective way to never have to build, tear down, or repair any fence. And since he has to answer to nobody except the Democrat majority in the Senate, he is not likely to ever listen to constructive criticism.

Neat little suzerainty he has built up for himself. Harry is no Darth Vader, but he certainly is Senator Palpatine, and has mastered the Dark Side.


45 posted on 11/24/2012 9:45:42 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: alloysteel

Just why would anyone work with this anti-American dimwit criminal. The only things that should “reach across the aisle” are warrants and handcuffs.


46 posted on 11/24/2012 9:56:42 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Libloather

When the heck has that little pipsqueak ever cared about mending fences?


47 posted on 11/24/2012 10:42:30 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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To: Libloather
Garbage from start to finish. Reid is a criminal psychopath who will never work with the gop, unless you define it as gop surrender. If McConnell and Boehner think otherwise they will be dreaming.
48 posted on 11/24/2012 11:05:06 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Libloather

But sources who know the Democratic leader, a former amateur boxer, say it’s a classic case of Reid being Reid. He punches hard during the campaign but is willing to pivot to constructive bipartisan relationships after Election Day, just as fighter is willing to embrace his opponent after the final bell.

OH BS...thats a pantload.


49 posted on 11/24/2012 11:24:34 AM PST by JohnD9207 (Isn't freedom worth fighting for?)
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To: EricT.

I didn’t forget and I doubt West will, either.


50 posted on 11/24/2012 1:21:12 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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