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Top 10 Revelations From Robert Gatesís Memoir
Wall Street Journal ^ | January 7, 2014 | Dion Nissenbaum

Posted on 01/08/2014 7:06:51 AM PST by Zakeet

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is releasing his memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” a 600-page book that offers a stark, insider’s view of Washington, the Pentagon, Congress and America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (You can read an exclusive WSJ excerpt.) Here’s a look at some of the book’s most riveting revelations:

1. Contempt for Congress Mr. Gates expresses open disdain for Congress and the way lawmakers treated him when he testified at hearings. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.” Mr. Gates said he fantasized about storming out of hearings and quitting. “There is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that,” he writes of his fantasy.

2. Contempt for Vice President Biden Mr. Gates expresses particular dissatisfaction with Vice President Joe Biden. He describes Mr. Biden as a “man of integrity” who “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Specifically, Mr. Gates said he opposed Mr. Biden’s proposed limited strategy in Afghanistan to focus on counter-terrorism: “Whac-A-Mole hits on Taliban leaders weren’t a long term strategy,” he writes.

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For some mysterious reason, Gates thinks the Royal Oaf is a clueless idiot!

1 posted on 01/08/2014 7:06:51 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Here’s a quickie summary:
1. Obama is unbelievably stupid.
2. Obama is unbelievably dishonest.
3. Obama is unbelievably corrupt.
4. Obama is unbelievably uneducated.
5. Obama is unbelievably lazy.
6. Obama has contributed less to the country than ANY military man or woman...none of whom respects the miserable piece of excrement.

There, quick, easy, and the ABSOLUTE TRUTH.


2 posted on 01/08/2014 7:11:38 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Zakeet

None of this is really a surprise to me, but hearing it being said is refreshing. Further, and on a tangentially unrelated note, I believe the term “neo-con” is overused, as is typical of most liberal linguistics.


3 posted on 01/08/2014 7:13:43 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Da Coyote

Well done. And spot on.


4 posted on 01/08/2014 7:14:27 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Zakeet
#11 - The most powerful person in the White House is not who you think!


5 posted on 01/08/2014 7:16:54 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Da Coyote

I really think Obammy is just the figurehead. He reads the scripts they write for him. He gives the speeches. In return he gets to “live the dream”..... MS Obammy gets to spend $$$$ and live the dream. He has no part in really running this country. That’s my guess.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 7:17:37 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kjam22

Omgosh I wrote a post exactly like this yesterday. I’ll see if I can find it. Funny. But I do agree with you.


7 posted on 01/08/2014 7:20:31 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Da Coyote

You forgot: “but Hillary’s great!”.


8 posted on 01/08/2014 7:21:44 AM PST by ifinnegan
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9 posted on 01/08/2014 7:24:28 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Yaelle

Sorry on a
Phone so I didn’t get yesterday’s date but this was my post yesterday on the rush Limbaugh thinks Obama is an economic idiot thread.

Yaelle to Sub-Driver
Most people would be ashamed that even one’s enemies thought of them as stupid.

I think that as long as Obama gets what he wants, he simply doesn’t care. I’m not sure what his underlying desires out of all this are, though I am sure it has something to do with BEING A STAR, famous and beloved.


10 posted on 01/08/2014 7:25:30 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Zakeet

Here’s what I got from this.

BHO = all politics, all the time and much more involved than he lets on. He’s definitely impeachable based on these revelations.

Gates = CYA memoir, incompetent, should have quit in protest much sooner, but needed the job.

Biden = As advertised.


11 posted on 01/08/2014 7:25:32 AM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Zakeet
3. Suspicion of White House Control Mr. Gates described the White House and its national security team as too controlling and says that he found himself at odds with Mr. Obama’s inner circle. At one meeting in the Oval Office in 2011, Mr. Gates said he considered resigning because of the White House micromanagement and strategy. “I never confronted Obama directly over what I (as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta and others) saw as his determination that the White House tightly control every aspect of national security policy and even operations,” Mr. Gates writes. “His White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost” in the 1970s.

Is it just me, or does this, kind of, destroy his "I know nothing" defense as regards the NSA spying scandal?

12 posted on 01/08/2014 7:31:26 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: kjam22

You are not guessing: He is a figurehead, groomed by his handlers for years ahead of the election. The new mayor of NY? Same story. He and his wife both worked for the Clintons and presto! I fear that Hillary in ‘16 is virtually a lock.


13 posted on 01/08/2014 7:33:53 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Zakeet
Two things stand out for me. One is this “There is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that,” he writes of his fantasy. And yet they did talk to him like that and he took it, over and over. His job and perks were more important to him than his integrity, which I believe he severely lacks.

The other is this - “His White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost” in the 1970s. I was under the naive assumption that DoD, DoS, et al., worked for the President. The White House. In my mind, regardless of which party controls the Presidency, this has been a long standing problem – the various departments within the Executive Branch feel free to do whatever the hell they want to do without bothering to listen/pay attention to the White House.

One last thing is this - Mr. Gates writes that his reputation for having an even temper often masked his outrage and contempt. “I did not enjoy being secretary of defense,” he writes. And yet he never left. I guess it is hard to give up that salary and other DoD perks. What a low-life hypocrite.

14 posted on 01/08/2014 7:36:51 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: LibertarianLiz

That’s my understanding as well and I noted in my post# 11.


15 posted on 01/08/2014 7:37:57 AM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Rockitz
Here’s what I got from this.

Here’s what I got from this!!!! Unbelievable POS occupying the Whitehouse!!!!

16 posted on 01/08/2014 7:44:33 AM PST by ontap
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To: sarasota
I agree. Unless something remarkable changes... I think Hillary is lock. She'll be better than what we've got. (never thought I would say that) We've got some guys and gals on our side that would be great leaders. But we're way out numbered. Really, we become more out numbered every day. The "claim every handout" culture is multiplying faster.... and it finally realizes it can vote to take money away from everyone else.
17 posted on 01/08/2014 7:45:20 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: Rockitz
should have quit in protest much sooner, but needed the job.

I thought he was running the University of Texas when Bush put the arm on him to replace Rumsfeld. Surely there was some other cushy job waiting for him in academia.


18 posted on 01/08/2014 7:48:00 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I thought he was running the University of Texas when Bush put the arm on him to replace Rumsfeld

Texas A&M

19 posted on 01/08/2014 7:50:59 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop; 2111USMC; 2ndDivisionVet; Absolutely Nobama; acapesket; AirForce-TechSgt; aknkate; ...
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20 posted on 01/08/2014 7:55:29 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: kjam22
I think Hillary is lock.

Have to disagree there, for the following reasons.

The Democrat Party is moving Left at such a frenetic clip, she is now too Conservative to suit their base.

Obama's Peeps have never been her friends, and now feel that the White House is the exclusive domain of "our people". They won't go down without a fight. (and for this reason, I suspect the Dems will have great difficulty nominating non-minorities in the future)

She was a lock in '08 too, but was taken out at the knees by an amateur novice.

Bill does not really want her mucking up his legacy, and will throw the tacks in the rear view mirror at precisely the right moment.

By 2016 there will be elderly warthogs who look better on HDTV.


21 posted on 01/08/2014 7:55:38 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I wonder who the Left Left would run against her? Maxine Waters? Pelosi? Reid? Weiner? Or is there someone we haven’t met yet being groomed for the spot? I dunno.... I do agree she’s more conservative than the left base. What a terrible thought....


22 posted on 01/08/2014 8:00:19 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: All

Just read the highlights and it sounds more like “Clinton/Gates ‘16” to me.


23 posted on 01/08/2014 8:01:19 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Zakeet

mark for later.


24 posted on 01/08/2014 8:01:51 AM PST by matthew fuller (Pubbies need to replace Boehner with Gowdy if they want to survive.....)
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To: kjam22

Andrew Cuomo will be their choice, IMO.

Cuomo vs Christie.


25 posted on 01/08/2014 8:20:25 AM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Zakeet
In one meeting, Mr. Gates says that he challenged Mr. Biden and Thomas Donilon, then Mr. Obama’s deputy national security adviser, when they tried to pass orders to him on behalf of the president. “The last time I checked, neither of you are in the chain of command,” Mr. Gates says he told the two men. Mr. Gates said he expected to deal directly with the president on such orders.

As more and more info comes out, I think the public will find this Administration more idiotic than anyone ever thought possible. This is just the tip of the incompetence iceberg!

This Gates book actually looks kind of interesting, read the whole article.


26 posted on 01/08/2014 8:21:55 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: 7thson

I am not a Robert Gates cheerleader, but I hope you will look beyond simple greed or lack of integrity to explain his actions. Gates’ error was accepting an appointment from Obama in the first place. Getting in bed with scoundrels is never a good idea; we all saw what Obama was, so an old CIA guy certainly should have known. I suspect that ego led him to believe two things: inaccurately, that HE could somehow steer the administration to do the right thing some of the time; and, accurately, that if he didn’t take the job, someone much worse for the country would (Barbara Boxer perhaps?).

Once he accepted the job, he was trapped. Running away in a snit would be childish. Millions of people depend on the SecDef’s relationship with Congress. Resigning and calling out the “People’s” elected representatives as the ignorant, self-serving, grandstanding cowards they are would salve one’s own bruised ego. The scumbags would then make the military pay a very high price (and Gates would be 100% ruined by the media that would mobilize to make him out as a disgruntled egomaniac). Letting yourself be pummeled by gloating cowards, who know you can’t defend yourself, becomes the only option, before retiring “quietly”, itself a difficult public admission of your own failure. That takes integrity of a complicated sort. His judgement and integrity failed him most when he accepted the job.


27 posted on 01/08/2014 8:38:18 AM PST by Chewbarkah
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To: kjam22

“.. I think Hillary is lock. She’ll be better than what we’ve got.”

wash your mouth out with soap!- badder than bad??


28 posted on 01/08/2014 8:40:53 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: kjam22

oh I don’t know how about the wife of a once state senator and newbie US senator???


29 posted on 01/08/2014 8:42:48 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Buckeye McFrog

As another on the thread noted he probably liked the perks of the job as well. Just because he’s an “academic” doesn’t mean he knows how to run the DOD or anything else for that matter.

BTW, it was Texas A&M.


30 posted on 01/08/2014 8:47:29 AM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Zakeet

Gates has a runaway best seller on his hands. He WILL be audited by IRS.


31 posted on 01/08/2014 9:05:50 AM PST by matthew fuller (Pubbies need to replace Boehner with Gowdy if they want to survive.....)
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To: kjam22; TexasCajun

Agreed, he is the order-taker in Chief. I suspect that the orders originate in Pok-E-Ston, in the muslim brotherhood.


32 posted on 01/08/2014 9:12:23 AM PST by matthew fuller (Pubbies need to replace Boehner with Gowdy if they want to survive.....)
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To: Da Coyote

6. Obama has contributed less to the country than ANY military man or woman...none of whom respects the miserable piece of excrement.”””

And Obama is trying his best to push this nation into Martial Law & he expects such military to support HIS side of things.

I don’t see that happening. The military won’t follow his orders to shoot civilians.


33 posted on 01/08/2014 9:13:05 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: LibertarianLiz

With all that Complete control, that makes Obama responsible for Benghazi....PERIOD.


34 posted on 01/08/2014 9:15:59 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Zakeet
“Much of my conflicts with the Obama administration during the first two years weren’t over policy initiatives from the White House but rather the NSS’s micromanagement and operational meddling,” he writes. “For an NSS staff member to call a four-star combatant commander or field commander would have been unthinkable when I worked at the White House – and probably cause for dismissal. It became routine under Obama.”

As for the editorializing surrounding the quotes from the book: who wrote that -- characterizations like "contempt" and "hate" -- Axelrod? Holder? Jarrett? Carney?

35 posted on 01/08/2014 9:57:26 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Chewbarkah
Excuse me for saying this but that sounds like so much claptrap. Someone much worse taking the job - we got that with Hagel. "Letting yourself be pummeled by gloating cowards" is going to happen now anyway.

How about showing some real integrity and try to protect the nation. How about resigning and saying 'Hey, people, wake up! We got traitors and idiots runnig amok! These people need to be stopped!' But no, he is too much the insider to do that. Instead of trying to protect and defend the Constitution, he looked out for himself.

You are entitled to your opinion but I just don't buy it. And I am willing to bet a lot of Freepers and millions of other citizens don't buy it either.

36 posted on 01/08/2014 10:01:21 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Zakeet
I think Gates is a Dem.

This is why I think he doesn't go so far as to trash Hillary...as a Dem he's likely hoping for a Hillary presidency.

Ugh ugh and ugh.

37 posted on 01/08/2014 10:01:42 AM PST by what's up
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To: kjam22
I think Hillary is lock. She'll be better than what we've got.

You are fooling yourself. She has been in it up to her neck since high school. Alinsky was her mentor. Expect worse, not better.

38 posted on 01/08/2014 10:01:53 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: kjam22

Remember the name Martin O’Malley, now governor of my state, Maryland. That guy will say and do anything and he is a Marxist to boot. He will throw his hat in the ring and will destroy Hitlery.


39 posted on 01/08/2014 10:03:58 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Rockitz

Ridiculous.

Gates did not need that job, didn’t even want it. He reluctantly resigned as President at Texas A&M University when GWB asked him to take the Sec. of Defense job. He was director of the CIA and was lured out of retirement to head the Graduate School of Government and Public Service at A&M prior to becoming President. The man has an impressive resume and all the money he can ever want.

In my opinion, he is a public servant who loves this country and stayed on when Obama took office because he knew full well that Obama hates the military and would appoint an incompetent if he left.


40 posted on 01/08/2014 10:05:35 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Obama's Peeps have never been her friends, and now feel that the White House is the exclusive domain of "our people". They won't go down without a fight. (and for this reason, I suspect the Dems will have great difficulty nominating non-minorities in the future)

You have only to look at the chain of mayors in the major cities to see that. Philadelphia, for one example. Now that it is in complete, utter and nearly irredeemable decay, Detroit has once again elected a Europe-descended mayor. If he manages to fix it up, they will go right back to their Democrat ways.

41 posted on 01/08/2014 10:07:40 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Chewbarkah
I suspect that ego led him to believe two things: inaccurately, that HE could somehow steer the administration to do the right thing some of the time; and, accurately, that if he didn’t take the job, someone much worse for the country would (Barbara Boxer perhaps?).

I'm no fan of Gates, either, and we can thank him for attacking DADT, among other things. But is it possible he was aware of the incompetence and was genuinely concerned for the fate of the soldiers in theater? Obama's watch has seen twice as many U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan than during Bush's two terms, in no small part because of his cabal's determination to lose through suicidal ROE's.

42 posted on 01/08/2014 10:12:54 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: 7thson
You are entitled to your opinion but I just don't buy it.

Don't buy what? What he said they did, or the way he handled it? There's a difference. Even if this is the best he could do, at least he is saying something now. He is perhaps the most experienced senior official who has come forward. Someone has to take a finger out of the dam.

43 posted on 01/08/2014 10:18:38 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: what's up

Remember “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”?

Gates and Hillary have one thing in common: they both detest Obama and his minions. That’s all.


44 posted on 01/08/2014 10:22:44 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
If that's the case, it's pretty hypocritical of him to sit there day in and day out as BHO undercut him. If he was such a patriot, why didn't he expose this in time to impact the 2012 election? Minimally, he's been pretty self-serving.

...he knew full well that Obama hates the military and would appoint an incompetent if he left.

He did.

45 posted on 01/08/2014 10:27:09 AM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Albion Wilde

She has been in it up to her neck since high school. Alinsky was her mentor. Expect worse, not better.


You’re exactly right. Hitlery would “fine tune” the destruction of our country.


46 posted on 01/08/2014 10:55:53 AM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: kjam22; Yaelle

The Won is just a marionette, dancing on the strings of whoever the barbarians are on the other end of his BlackBerry.


47 posted on 01/08/2014 2:48:45 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: All
Gates Expresses Contempt for VP Biden: as a man who “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”Mr. Gates said he opposed Mr. Biden’s proposed limited strategy in Afghanistan to focus on counter-terrorism: “Whac-A-Mole hits on Taliban leaders weren’t a long term strategy,” Gates writes.

"Obama loved it when I did this to him. That's how I got the VP nod."

48 posted on 01/08/2014 3:14:13 PM PST by Liz
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To: 7thson

The Democrat nominee will go after single payer health care reform and the left will love whoever spouts this “reform.”


49 posted on 01/09/2014 7:29:11 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: 7thson

The Democrat nominee will go after single payer health care reform and the left will love whoever spouts this “reform.”


50 posted on 01/09/2014 7:38:13 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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