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US Rep. Nick Rahall(D-WV): I supported Bush more than Obama (More Dem Panic)
The Hill ^ | 3-12-2014 | Russell Berman

Posted on 03/13/2014 9:08:16 PM PDT by smoothsailing

March 12, 2014

Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama

Russell Berman

A longtime House Democrat in electoral jeopardy this fall says he supported former President George W. Bush more than President Obama.

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), first elected in 1976, is a top target of Republicans in a state where Obama has long been deeply unpopular. He is facing a state senator, Evan Jenkins, who switched to the GOP to challenge him, and the House Democratic campaign committee recently added him to its “Frontline” list of members that need the most help saving their seat in November.

“There’s no question my critics try to blame Obama-Rahall for everything,” Rahall told The Hill. “I mean, the snow blitz that’s coming tonight is probably Obama-Rahall’s fault. And they won’t have that to do two years from now, so it’s obvious they’re leaving no stone unturned to defeat me this time. Because it’s the last time they’ll have Obama around! It’s that simple.”

Obama’s national approval rating fell to the lowest of his presidency, 41 percent, in an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday. In West Virginia, however, it is much lower. A Gallup study released in January found that during 2013, an average of just 25 percent of West Virginians approved of the president’s performance.

Rahall acknowledged that Obama was deeply unpopular in his district, and he quickly ticked off a half dozen policies where the two have disagreed: coal, trade, immigration, abortion, gun control and the conduct of Attorney General Eric Holder, who Rahall voted to hold in contempt. “That’s just off the top of my head,” he said.

“I will support him when he’s good for West Virginia, and I will oppose him when he’s bad for West Virginia,” Rahall said.

Asked if Obama had been good for West Virginia overall, he replied, “Probably not.”

“I probably have supported George Bush more than I have Barack Obama,” Rahall said. “Am I going to switch parties because of that? No. I’m a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.”

Rahall spoke a day after Democrats lost a hard-fought special election race in Florida that centered on the president’s policies and the healthcare law.

He downplayed the significance of the result, saying it did not impact how he would run his race this fall.

On ObamaCare, Rahall said he has called on Republicans to work with Democrats to fix it without demanding its outright repeal.

“I don’t think I need to call for more fixes,” he said. “I think I need to call for more bipartisanship from the other side, instead of just repeal, repeal, repeal. Because that’s not going to fix anything.

“I have always said in my 38 years here I have never seen a perfect law, and the [Affordable Care Act] is not a perfect law. But it’s not going to be repealed. Not now. Not never. So let’s face reality, my friends, and let’s try to work together to fix it," Rahall added.

Jenkins on Tuesday highlighted a GOP poll showing him with a 14-point lead over Rahall, 54 percent to 40 percent. Rahall laughed it off. “My poll does not show that, I guarantee you,” he said, without specifying numbers.

He pointed to outside conservative groups that have targeted him with ads and said voters are “getting tired” of the negative commercials. Help from Democratic fund-raisers in Washington, he said, is on its way. “Because of the tactics being employed by the other side, that is coming hand over fist every day now,” Rahall said.

The National Republican Congressional Committee dismissed Rahall’s bid to distance himself from Obama, citing his support for Democratic budget proposals and the original healthcare law in 2010.

“If Nick Rahall is looking to blame someone for his problems he should look in the mirror,” NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said. “His support of Obama certainly isn’t going to help him, but its Rahall’s own record of voting against West Virginia’s economic interests that is going to sink him in November.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
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1 posted on 03/13/2014 9:08:16 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Duck and cover!


2 posted on 03/13/2014 9:09:00 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: smoothsailing
Question 1: Did you vote for Obamacare?

Question 2: Did you vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker?

Question 3: How will you spend your retirement?

3 posted on 03/13/2014 9:09:47 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: smoothsailing

Finally: Obama’s fault!


4 posted on 03/13/2014 9:12:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: smoothsailing

Won’t be long and he’ll be saying all the things Obama said were Bushes fault, weren’t.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 9:16:13 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: smoothsailing

“Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama”

He has to have someone to blame after he loses.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 9:17:12 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: smoothsailing

Next it will be: Some of my best friends are #1. Tea Partyers, #2. Christians #3.Hetro-friendly #4. Employed. #5 Not in jail #6. Global Warming Deniers.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 9:19:26 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: smoothsailing

GOP poll: Longtime Rep. Rahall (DW.Va.) down double digits

Washington Post (blog) ‎- by Aaron Blake ‎- 2 days ago Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) chats backstage with drummer Bill Kreutzmann before the Grateful Dead's concert at the Verizon Center.

8 posted on 03/13/2014 9:28:22 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: smoothsailing

“And now Rahall’s using an Obama activist to claim he’s pro-coal? That’s flat-out offensive, and Nick Rahall should take down this false ad,” Smith adds.

He concludes: “Take it from a West Virginia coal miner who’s never campaigned for Obama: Nick Rahall’s helped Obama kill our coal jobs, and now he’s lying about his record.”

Rahall was recently added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s program for vulnerable incumbents, and a survey from Jenkins’ campaign earlier this week showed him down by 14 to the Republican. Coal, which makes up a large portion of West Virginia’s economy, has been a central focus of Republican attacks.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/200715-coal-miner-slams-pro-rahall-ad-as-offensive-in-jenkins-robocall#ixzz2vuNcH0Av


9 posted on 03/13/2014 9:32:23 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Finally: Obama’s fault!:”

Actually, this guy pulled off a twofer, HE supported Bush and Obama, two of the least popular presidents since Nixon and Carter.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 9:33:42 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL!!!


11 posted on 03/13/2014 9:33:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Rahall was born in Beckley. He is of Lebanese descent. His father was a business owner, including radio stations in West Virginia. Rahall graduated in 1971 from Duke University. He attended graduate school at the George Washington University. He then went to work for the late U.S. Senator Robert Byrd.

In 2004, the Los Angeles Times ran an article about Rahall and his sister, lobbyist Tanya Rahall. They reported that she made $15,000 per month as a lobbyist for Qatar and that “the person she frequently lobbies is...her older brother and one of Qatar’s biggest champions in Washington.” Rahall said “our paths cross professionally, but not across any lines appropriately established by law or House rules.”

Rahall has expressed concern about America’s relationship with Israel. He said, “Israel can’t continue to occupy, humiliate and destroy the dreams and spirits of the Palestinian people and continue to call itself a democratic state.”

In March 2008, Nick Rahall endorsed Barack Obama to be the Democratic nominee for president, saying Obama understands the needs and aspirations of West Virginians.

In an interview with Keith Olbermann, Rahall said that Obama had the courage and conviction to win the presidency, and that the then-senator was a true agent for change.

Rahall accepts the scientific consensus on global warming, saying to the Register-Herald that denial of climate change is “to just put your head in the sand.”

In March 2010, Rahall voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. In May 2013, Rahall voted against a resolution to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


12 posted on 03/13/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: smoothsailing

Well, if he wants to “die a Democrat”, he will be remembered as one, which is not positively.


13 posted on 03/13/2014 9:37:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: smoothsailing

In February 2005, Rahall used congressional stationery to write a letter to a Fairfax County judge asking for leniency for his son, Nick Rahall III, who was facing felony robbery charges. Rahall III has a long record of criminal arrests and drug charges that began with his 1998 drug arrest. Another defendant in the same case was given a sentence of 11 months in prison. It also noted that according to the house ethics manual, “Official stationery...may be used only for official purposes.” Rahall said that he should not have used congressional stationery for letter but said it was not the same type that he uses for official or committee business. Rahall added he may have drawn the wrong paper “[i]n the emotions” and that he would reimburse the Treasury for the cost. The House Ethics Committee did not launch an inquiry into the incident.

In July 2009, Rahall jumped out of a plane to show his support for the coal industry. The event was intended to show the importance of the coal industry to both West Virginia and the United States as a whole. The act confused some, who questioned the reasoning behind the jump. It was noted that Rahall is involved with coal lobbyists and also receives contributions from the airline industry.


14 posted on 03/13/2014 9:39:00 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: smoothsailing
US Rep. Nick Rahall(D-WV): I supported Bush more than Obama

LOL, Bush fault!!!

15 posted on 03/13/2014 9:40:29 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: Olog-hai

Well, as my dear grandmother used to say;”The only good Democrat, is a dead Democrat.”


16 posted on 03/13/2014 9:44:04 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: kcvl

Rotten to then core.


17 posted on 03/13/2014 9:45:56 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

The LIB/DIM bum should be in prison.


18 posted on 03/13/2014 9:47:07 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: kcvl
Putting the “rat” in Democrat to the full. No opportunity for sleaze left unsleazed.
19 posted on 03/13/2014 9:48:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: smoothsailing

History will be hard-pressed to find a single good one from that party. I can’t see any that were really for anything that the USA was founded on.


20 posted on 03/13/2014 9:49:18 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: smoothsailing
But it’s not going to be repealed. Not now. Not never. So let’s face reality, my friends, and let’s try to work together to fix it," Rahall added.

Degenerate MF.

No more Congress for him.

Lot's of Bolsheviks like this asswipe are going to be purged come November.

21 posted on 03/13/2014 9:52:26 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: smoothsailing

Still kissed Nancy Pelosi’s butt


22 posted on 03/13/2014 10:22:10 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: smoothsailing

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/rep-nick-rahall-i-dont-regret-voting-obamacare_767921.html#


23 posted on 03/13/2014 10:23:57 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: smoothsailing

As if you can tell the difference.


24 posted on 03/13/2014 10:29:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Olog-hai

Martin Dies.


25 posted on 03/13/2014 10:36:50 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Olog-hai

Dr. Larry McDonald of Georgia. The one killed in the downing of the KAL Flight 007 in 1982. He’d make most Conservative Republicans today look like a bunch of leftist pantywaists.


26 posted on 03/13/2014 10:44:34 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: re_nortex

He doesn’t seem to have been too correct about Shirley Temple, or at least his commission.


27 posted on 03/13/2014 10:53:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: fieldmarshaldj

How many conservative Republicans are there today? And I don’t mean those that call themselves conservative, and are not, but do lie and are a synagogue of liberalism.

How conservative was the ACU back then? They were giving McDonald perfect scores. I get a little nervous when Ron Paul called McDonald “the most principled man in Congress”, too.

Wikipedia paints a surprisingly flattering portrait of McDonald as a near-perfect conservative, I have to say (yes, them; they seem to find nothing wrong with him in terms of being conservative, aside from criticizing him from being anti-forced-integration).


28 posted on 03/13/2014 11:00:55 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: smoothsailing
“I have always said in my 38 years here I have never seen a perfect law, and the [Affordable Care Act] is not a perfect law. But it’s not going to be repealed. Not now. Not never. So let’s face reality, my friends, and let’s try to work together to fix it," Rahall added.

Unrepentant. Burn.
29 posted on 03/13/2014 11:17:25 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Olog-hai
You've shown yourself to astute and it's surprising that you bought that scurrilous lie from a leftist from the socialist BBC.

No, Congress Did Not Debate Whether Shirley Temple Was A Communist

30 posted on 03/13/2014 11:18:31 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Olog-hai

I have to laugh when you hear media references claim the Republicans/Tea Partiers, et al, are the most “right-wing ever” ! I think it is very clear that compared to 30 years ago when McDonald was in Congress, there has been a horrendous overall lurch to the left. I think all but your most Stalinistic members of the time would be shocked at how left-wing both the parties have moved, both socially and fiscally.

At one time, Orrin Hatch was considered one of the good guys, but the fella running in 1976 against an entrenched Democrat Senator would scarcely recognize the man on the cusp of becoming President Pro Tempore of that body in 2015.

Unfortunately, the ACU itself has become a parody and probably gives a heads-up to certain members on a few key votes to make it look like the McCains and Grahams and even Hatches of the body appear to still be on the right’s straight and narrow.

To answer your question, how many truly Conservative members (all GOP today, of course, since your most Conservative Democrat, probably Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, is closer to the liberal wing than to the right) are in Congress ? Very very few. Possibly not even 10% of the entire caucus. In the Senate alone, there may be only 5 or less (and Rand Paul, sometimes cited as one, is too flaky to truly be considered that). There may actually only be just two... Cruz and Mike Lee. Here in Tennessee, a Conservative state, our two most Conservative House members in the past decade were David Davis, who served only a single term before chicanery on the part of his primary opponent, Phil Roe, who used Dem voters to get him the GOP nod, since we’re an open primary state. The other is the current member Scott DesJarlais, who is in serious trouble because of some personal problems stemming from bad decisions well over a decade ago, and probably will not see him win a 3rd term this year.

We’re stuck with 2 Senators who rank near the bottom of the GOP caucus (as in most liberal). It’s shameful.


31 posted on 03/13/2014 11:19:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: PA Engineer

What’s up with West Virginia and their career politicians? Are there no other jobs there besides politics?


32 posted on 03/13/2014 11:28:30 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: Defiant

Same three questions I had and in the same order.


33 posted on 03/13/2014 11:44:14 PM PDT by funfan
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To: re_nortex

Thanks for clearing that up. I’ll have to put that one down to my nasty bump on the head I got earlier today . . . the lies never stop, do they? No surprise that they’d go after the HUAC like that.


34 posted on 03/13/2014 11:49:44 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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No problem. I agree with the key point you're making but, at least to me, Martin Dies was an exceptional Democrat. I may be biased because he was a Conservative Christian and a Texan. In case you may have missed it, check out my post from a very interesting thread from a few days ago. And thanks much for the courtesy of a most kind response, FRiend!
35 posted on 03/13/2014 11:54:48 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex

BTW, the info about Samuel Dickstein at that link was quite telling. Lots of Soviet moles in the HUAC, and they succeeded in bringing it down.


36 posted on 03/14/2014 12:06:55 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Rome2000
Lot's of Bolsheviks like this asswipe are going to be purged come November.

God, hear this prayer. I know things look positive, but....

that's why I am praying. Thank you.
37 posted on 03/14/2014 12:10:21 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: re_nortex
Not to mention that militant atheism and communism have always gone hand in hand. A read of the USSR’s constitutions over the years shows how they promoted state atheism and gave it political preference.
In order to ensure to citizens freedom of conscience, the church in the USSR is separated from the state, and the school from the church. Freedom of religious worship and freedom of antireligious propaganda is recognized for all citizens.
— 1936 “Stalin Constitution”, Article 124

Citizens of the USSR are guaranteed freedom of conscience, that is, the right to profess or not to profess any religion, and to conduct religious worship or atheistic propaganda. Incitement of hostility or hatred on religious grounds is prohibited.* In the USSR, the church is separated from the state, and the school from the church.
— 1977 “Brezhnev Constitution”, Article 52
* Take note that incitement of hatred and/or hostility on atheistic grounds was not prohibited.
38 posted on 03/14/2014 12:12:54 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: smoothsailing
I’m a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.” I hope it's soon and that you take your like minded brethren with you. I'm sick of you scum.
39 posted on 03/14/2014 12:28:02 AM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: Olog-hai
BTW, the info about Samuel Dickstein at that link was quite telling. Lots of Soviet moles in the HUAC, and they succeeded in bringing it down.

Another name that too often flies under the radar and is mention in that link is Frances Perkins.

In addition to smearing the work of the HUAC, as Martin Dies pointed out, she was responsible for the minimum wage laws which have crippled American business since their enactment. Of course, FDR is a name well-known and rightfully despised by anyone who truly loves America and our God-given liberty. But it was his so-called "brain trust" that implemented (and often conceived) the programs that led to the socialism of the New Deal. I have done a lot of research concerning her and I don't say this lightly, but Frances Perkins may truly be among the most evil women of the 20th Century.

40 posted on 03/14/2014 12:34:08 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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Argh! I buried the lead in my post with some intended HTML formatting that went sideways. So much of what was truly un-American from Frances Perkins went beyond her minimum wage platform, as bad as that was. If anyone deserves the blame for the out-and-out-communism that is Social Security, it is that haidmaiden of Roosevelt, Frances Perkins.

That picture says so much. Her intense, shark-like evil eyes are telling as she conceived and enacted programs to utterly shed the Constitution. It was Frances Perkins who set the table for the likes of hussein obama.

41 posted on 03/14/2014 12:48:13 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: smoothsailing

Evan Jenkins switched parties to run against this guy. Is that the best we can do?


42 posted on 03/14/2014 1:45:11 AM PDT by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: smoothsailing

Democrats spend 8 years slamming the Hell out of Bush and get majorities in both houses and the Presidency by doing it,now they want to save their communist asses by saying they voted more with the evil Bush than Obama,PRICELESS!


43 posted on 03/14/2014 3:46:19 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Defiant
>>>Question 2: Did you vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker?

Question #2 is really what opponents need to hit them with. I've not understood why they don't make this a bigger argument.

Congressman, you say you will oppose Obama when he's bad for WV. However, you will vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker...and she will set an agenda forth....Obama's agenda...that is ALWAYS bad for WV. You won't have a chance to offer ANY meaningful opposition because she will ensure your party destroys coal...and a hundred other things that are bad for WV...and you won't be able to do a thing about it. She will ensure that anything that is GOOD for WV is blocked from a vote...just like Harry Reid does in the senate.

So how do you suppose you will get around that?

44 posted on 03/14/2014 3:53:30 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: outofsalt
Is that the best we can do?

Another RINO in the making.

45 posted on 03/14/2014 7:01:59 AM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: smoothsailing

Purely an election year stunt. You can’t be a rat without believing in and endorsing evil. Repubs have a slight advantage there.


46 posted on 03/14/2014 7:29:34 AM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: funfan

Great minds and all.


47 posted on 03/14/2014 9:04:07 AM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: NELSON111
The corollary that needs to be asked in all House primaries is this:

"Will you vote for John Boehner for Speaker of the House?"

This will separate the men from the metrosexuals.

48 posted on 03/14/2014 9:20:47 AM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: smoothsailing

Here, son. This albatross named 0bamacare is really starting to stink and it’s going to hang around your neck until it rots away or you do.


49 posted on 03/14/2014 9:26:16 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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