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McCain's "Urgent Dash For Cash"
Hugh Hewitt ^ | January 23, 2008 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 01/23/2008 9:33:13 AM PST by Signalman

Genuine front-runners don't have to crisscross the country with a tin cup days before a crucial primary, but the Arizona maverick has no grassroots fund-raising effort like Obama's Romney's or Huckabee's, and no personal wealth to match Romney's. It is a foreshadowing of what the GOP will be up against from now until September if McCain is nominated --a poorly funded, aging, Beltway establishment figure with deep and abiding opposition among conservatives and no real ability to bring in the cash to compete with either Hillary or Obama should he draw the inside straight and gain the nomination.

Even fans of McCain have to admit his candidacy is built on the prayer of converting conservatives and then a second prayer of getting them to open their wallets. Because of the deep disagreements of the past, they won't be converting, and even if they resign themselves to his nomination should it happen, they won't be contributing.

Giuliani, Huckabee and Romney all can make a straight-faced argument that they can tap their opponents' donor bases between now and the Convention. But not McCain. His is a crippled candidacy desperately hoping to lock up the nomination on the strength of MSM-generated momentum against a strong and growing conservative headwind before the GOP wakes up fully to just how damaged a nominee he would be: Bob Dole without the charisma or the money the former Majority Leader had in 1996 on his way to the decisive defeat at the hands of a Clinton.

UPDATE: See Amy Goldstein's "Why They Hate Mitt Romney" in today's American Thinker. The money --both poersonal and in the fund-raising machine-- is part of the answer.

But Republicans who know what is ahead when the Clinton-Soros machine turns from taking Obama apart digit by digit goes after their nominee, and they know the ability to raise money as well as donate from personal wealth is crucial to matching the onslaught ahead.


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1 posted on 01/23/2008 9:33:13 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47

Thinking about sending McCain some money?

Don’t you DARE!


2 posted on 01/23/2008 9:35:19 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Bobkk47

What’s going on is the same since Iowa. Romney is trying to buy the election. He’s up on every station of any consequence in FL multiple times. It’s disgusting.


3 posted on 01/23/2008 9:36:54 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Bobkk47

No money from me.


4 posted on 01/23/2008 9:38:09 AM PST by JFC (I am now a MITTEN)
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To: Bobkk47
Louisiana Caucus Results are still not in, but the buzz in the blogsphere is that Ron Paul did way better than McCain. I suppose it may have something to do with the fact that Democrats and Independents can't participate in the Louisiana Caucus.
5 posted on 01/23/2008 9:38:33 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Well, like I alway say, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”.


6 posted on 01/23/2008 9:39:03 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47
...dash for $$$$....is nothing new for Sen. John "the Keating 5" McPain (and for that matter, HuckaLiar)....Starve 'Em Both!
7 posted on 01/23/2008 9:39:39 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you. :^( FRed was LMSM roadkill)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
"Money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around. Money makes the world go around, it makes the world go 'round."


8 posted on 01/23/2008 9:39:57 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Yeah, not going to George Soros for election financing is really, really disgusting.


9 posted on 01/23/2008 9:39:58 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: JFC

Don’t worry, I think Soros made help McCain out.


10 posted on 01/23/2008 9:40:38 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47

Soon it will be the guy with the record showing he’s a gun grabbing, pro-abortion, big government, open borders - Mitt - vs the advocate of limited government, Ron Paul.

Mitt’s recent record on the military? To say in a debate, he’d have to check with his lawyers.

Ron’s approach? The constitutional one. Congress must declare war.

You decide.


11 posted on 01/23/2008 9:42:09 AM PST by GovernmentIsTheProblem (Ron Paul 2008 - for liberty! - http://www.ronpaul2008.com/issues/)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
If it were possible to buy an election Ross Perot, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg would have been POTUS by now.

George W. Bush spent more than Romney has so far to get the nomination in 2000 and spent $360 million in 2004 for re-election.

You statement is silly, wrong and childish.
12 posted on 01/23/2008 9:42:14 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: Vigilanteman

No, it has to do with Herr Doktor Goebbels’ oft-repeated line about telling big lies often enough that people believe them.

Ron Paul is a first-class liar.


13 posted on 01/23/2008 9:42:53 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Bobkk47

I’d be happier if he made a dash for the exit.


14 posted on 01/23/2008 9:43:42 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Just another reluctant Mitt Supporter)
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To: elizabetty

Exactly. You can’t “buy” an election, no matter how much money you spend, if no one wants what your selling.


15 posted on 01/23/2008 9:44:22 AM PST by Signalman
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To: elizabetty

Don’t count Bloomberg out yet.


16 posted on 01/23/2008 9:44:37 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Romney is trying to buy the election.

What does that statement mean, exactly? I've heard a few FReepers toss it out there like everyone knows, but when you really stop and think about it, it just doesn't make sense.

How does one "buy" an election? Are you implying some kind of bribery? Are you criticizing him for actually campaigning?

Campaigning is expensive, especially at the national level. Should he try to do that without spending money? Is it somehow immoral for him to spend his own money to campaign, and the money donated to his campaign to actually campaign???

What exactly is the problem here?

17 posted on 01/23/2008 9:45:00 AM PST by TChris ("if somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesn’t make him my enemy." -RR)
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To: Bobkk47

It must be hard for Soros and other Dims to figure who would hurt the GOP the most, McCain or Huckabee or Paul.


18 posted on 01/23/2008 9:45:16 AM PST by Poincare (Hope is nostalgia for the future.)
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To: All

Suggest that anyone read the following list before donating to McCain.

McCain:

— adamantly against the Bush tax cuts (he now says that it was b/c there were not enough spending cuts, but when he opposed them, he took the Dem class warfare lie that it was “tax cuts for the rich”) (former Senator Santorum said that McC was “leading the charge” against the Bush tax cuts),

— led the fight in favor of amnesty for illegals (McCain-Kennedy),

— leader in evading the first amendment & getting the first substantial restrictions on political speech in U.S. history (McCain-Feingold, aka, the Incumbent Protection Act),

— ignoring the second amendment, McC sponsored the McCain/Lieberman gun show bill, which would have given the federal government the administrative power to prohibit all gun shows, and to register everyone who attends a gun show per http://www.trugop.org/Editorials/2ndAmendment.htm,

— sponsored the McCain/Lieberman Cap and Trade System to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, which would hurt consumers, drive up business costs, and drive business to China and undeveloped countries that don’t restrict carbon dioxide emissions (McC, willing to pay any price to fight GoreBull Warming, foolishly believes that such regulations create “green” jobs, in total ignorance of the famous Broken Window Fallacy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window),

— a key RINO in the Gang of Fourteen, thus undercutting GOP fight against Dem improper filibusters of conservative judicial nominees,

— promises to close GITMO the first day that he is president so that he can move the world’s worst captured terrorists to the U.S., possibly to a neighborhood near you,

— is against waterboarding of even the most vicious terrorists, even when interrogation experts believe it is necessary or advisable to get info in order to save innocent American lives, and despite the fact that it is not torture, it is done routinely on some U.S. military during training, it has reportedly only been used 2 or 3 times against terrorists, and McC’s critique plays into leftist smears against the U.S. for torture,

— using the language of the socialist left, he now attacks the pharmaceutical industry, one of the crown jewels of the U.S. economy, and is trying to force drug re-importation (those vicious people in big pharma, who actually want to make a profit by helping cure people and alleviate pain, were the “big bad guys” per McC),

— is against drilling in ANWAR, McC comparing ANWAR to the Grand Canyon (ANWAR is “what hell would look like if it froze over” per the IBD) ,

— wants an economic stimulus bill, but incredibly says that it should be “paid for” by spending cuts in total ignorance of the theory behind any stimulus which is to increase govt spending and borrowing, thus to increase economic activity (”paying for” a gov stimulus bill negates the purpose, it means that it is no longer a stimulus),

— curries favor with his friends in the liberal media, even as they trash conservatives in McC’s own party, and

— toyed with the idea of accepting the VP nomination of his good friend, John Kerry (Kennedy, Feingold, Lieberman, Kerry, all liberal Dems, see any pattern?).

I probably left something out, but that will have to do.

Considering this atrocious record, no conservative should support McC in the primary.

McC is a true American hero for his war service. He was been strong and steady relative to Iraq and the surge. He should be given a medal & sent home to a rocking chair. Or he could be cast in a remake of GRUMPY OLD MEN, along with Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and Robert Byrd.

McC is not the right person to lead the country.


19 posted on 01/23/2008 9:45:31 AM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: Poincare

Soros’ front group MoveOn is backing Ron Paul in GOP primary race, probably in hopes that Paul will go 3rd party & be the Ross Perot of 2008.


20 posted on 01/23/2008 9:47:50 AM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: Bobkk47

John McVain has seven - 7 - fundraisers scheduled in the weak leading up to Florida’s primary. If he wants to compete with Romney, who is able to spend tens of millions of dollars on his own campaign, he has to raise a lot.

Although fundraising is nice and all, McVain’s economic woes mean that he can spend less on actual, you know, campaigning.

Romney is leading in the latest Rasmussen poll.
Mc Vain needs money. The press can give McVain all the positive media coverage they want, but if Romney is willing to spend his hard earned money on his campaign, well, it’ll be difficult for McVain to win.

And then there’s also Giuliani who’s focusing completely on Florida. Imagine this: Giuliani or Romney in any order place first or second in Florida.

What’ll happen then? McVain will have fundraised his butt off, but it’s all wasted money. Will that encourage people to donate again?


21 posted on 01/23/2008 9:49:30 AM PST by IrishMike (Liberalism is Jihad from within)
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To: TChris

The problem is there isn’t a level playing field. Romney happens to be wealthy and he is using his wealth to buy a lot of expensive influential ad time to spread propoganda and lies about his alleged conservatism. A lot of people vote base on 30 and 60 second sound bites (Never underestimate the ignorance of the American voter). That’s what is called trying to buy the election.


22 posted on 01/23/2008 9:50:46 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Bobkk47
He wanted to get money out of politics and impinged our 1st amendment rights.....All I have to say is what goes around comes around.
23 posted on 01/23/2008 9:51:09 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: TChris

“How does one “buy” an election?

What exactly is the problem here?”


It’s called channeling your inner class-envy Democrat roots.

Earning your way is never as good as being given your way for some.


24 posted on 01/23/2008 9:51:43 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (Nobody cares that you won't vote for so and so, and nobody cares if you don't vote.)
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To: Bobkk47
It wouldn’t surprise me if the entire bunch of them go belly up well before the convention. North Carolina holds it’s primary on May 6th. By then, the ballot will be slim pickin’s.
25 posted on 01/23/2008 9:52:13 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: IrishMike

I guess he has taken a leave of absence or in military circles is AWOL from Congress.


26 posted on 01/23/2008 9:52:18 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: samtheman
Thinking about sending McCain some money?

Since McCain is so convinced that money is a corrupting influence in politics, I think he should be happy to campaign with no one giving him any contributions - it will keep him unsullied by the corruption associated with such money! I know I will be doing my part to keep him pure of corruption by declining to contribute to his campaign.

27 posted on 01/23/2008 9:53:28 AM PST by CA Conservative
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Romney is trying to buy the election. He’s up on every station of any consequence in FL multiple times. It’s disgusting.

If Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson would have had tens of millions of their own money to spend on their campaign, I would have thought it was fantastic that they were flooding the airwaves with their message.

28 posted on 01/23/2008 9:54:38 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: Bobkk47
Bob Dole without the charisma

This guy's got to be kidding. Bob Dole had "charisma?"

Wonder where he had it hidden?

If McCain is Bob Dole without all that Dole charisma, then I can cut back on my Sominex order, can't I?

29 posted on 01/23/2008 9:54:42 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain! True Supporters of Our Troops Support the Necessity of their Sacrifice!)
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To: Bobkk47

He does not get my vote or my money.
If he is the party nominee. God help us!


30 posted on 01/23/2008 9:54:42 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: samtheman
Thinking about sending McCain some money?

So far, I have donated $.10 to McCain.

I have given him my $.02 on Keating, McCain-Feingold, Tax cuts, Gang of 14 and Illegal Amnesty.

In spite of this extraordinary outpouring of support, he thinks I am an uninformed idiot.

31 posted on 01/23/2008 10:02:07 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: Bobkk47

>> but the Arizona maverick has no grassroots fund-raising effort like ... Huckabee’s, <<

WTF? Since when did Huckabee have ANY money?


32 posted on 01/23/2008 10:02:57 AM PST by dangus
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To: Bobkk47

I won’t give McCain a dime.

McCain-Feingold attack on the 1st Amendment, Illegal Immigration Amnesty, against the Bush tax cuts, etc, etc, etc. The man is consistently WRONG on a host of critical issues to America.


33 posted on 01/23/2008 10:03:25 AM PST by Lions Gate
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To: Vigilanteman

They’re not in because they aren’t selected until February 9th. Yesterday was just deciding who get to do the deciding.


34 posted on 01/23/2008 10:04:32 AM PST by dangus
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To: Bobkk47

Let him hit up his rich father-in-law. He has probably been mooching off him all his life.

I will send him a “virtural” donation.


35 posted on 01/23/2008 10:05:16 AM PST by lone star annie
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To: xzins

>> Bob Dole without the charisma <<

That’s the author’s snarky way of saying that McCain doesn’t even have Dole’s charisma


36 posted on 01/23/2008 10:06:32 AM PST by dangus
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To: Bobkk47

Did Hugh Hewitt get married to Mitt in a beautiful ceremony in Massachusetts or something? This guy is quite the Romney rumpswab.


37 posted on 01/23/2008 10:09:30 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Bobkk47
I'm surprised Soros isn't giving McVain huge amounts of money.

It would fit right in with his efforts to destroy the Conservative movement and elect a communist Democrat.

38 posted on 01/23/2008 10:17:11 AM PST by Gritty (The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States - George Soros)
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To: GraniteStateConservative

No, Hugh Hewitt sees Mitt as the only option ....and he is correct.
Mckennedy is Hillary lite.
Mr. Amnesty himself.....might as well join the Democratic Party.....


39 posted on 01/23/2008 10:18:21 AM PST by JaneNC (I)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
The problem is there isn’t a level playing field. Romney happens to be wealthy and he is using his wealth to buy a lot of expensive influential ad time to spread propoganda and lies about his alleged conservatism. A lot of people vote base on 30 and 60 second sound bites (Never underestimate the ignorance of the American voter). That’s what is called trying to buy the election.

I disagree. The playing field is level, but the players aren't. That's the way it should be.

The candidates are free to bring all their money to the campaign, and people are free (within the restraints of McCain-Feingold) to donate money to the campaign. The fact that those amounts of money are different between the candidates is not an indication of anything unfair.

Mitt has money precisely because he's been a very good leader. If he was a bad leader, he wouldn't have all his self-made wealth.

The accusation that he's spreading "propaganda and lies" is your opinion, and you're entitled to that. Suffice it to say that many, many conservative people disagree with your accusation.

A lot of people vote base on 30 and 60 second sound bites (Never underestimate the ignorance of the American voter). That’s what is called trying to buy the election.

OK, so you are slamming Mitt for actually campaigning with his campaign money. That's what I thought.

Hey, every candidate makes 30 and 60 second commercials and throws out sound bites to the media. That's called campaigning, and they have to do that to get elected. As distasteful as it may be, that's the way it's done. Mitt's no more guilty for campaigning than any other candidate is.

Do you suppose any of the other candidates wouldn't spend the money if they had it? Do you think they'd say, "Well, yes, I want to win, but not if it means spending a lot of money."

I sure don't believe that for a second.

Look, Hillary has a nearly endless pile of money for this election, from that treasonous socialist George Soros. Do you really believe anyone can beat her without spending a lot of money?

40 posted on 01/23/2008 10:19:43 AM PST by TChris ("if somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesn’t make him my enemy." -RR)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

And I say... SO WHAT if he does! He wants it bad enough...let him spend all the money he wants! IMHO actually buying the election would be like stealing it. He’s not stealing anything. He’s out there in front, spending his own money...voters still have the right/option to either vote for him or somebody else. Just because he’s spending his own money for t.v. ad time, or print media promotions, people still have the option of making up their own minds.


41 posted on 01/23/2008 10:26:12 AM PST by nfldgirl
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To: Bobkk47

Spin. At this point McCain is the only campaign raising a significant amount of money. I could turn the tables on Hewitt. If voters wanted Mitt Romney he wouldn’t need to self-fund.


42 posted on 01/23/2008 10:41:50 AM PST by Norman Bates
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Anyone but McQueeg. We are switching to Romney here in California.


43 posted on 01/23/2008 10:42:38 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: TChris

What exactly is the problem with McCain raising money for his campaign?


44 posted on 01/23/2008 10:46:55 AM PST by Norman Bates
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To: Bobkk47
No soup for you. Come back hmmm, 4 years.
45 posted on 01/23/2008 10:48:33 AM PST by McGruff (Fred Thompson. The last hope for conservatism.)
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To: Norman Bates
What exactly is the problem with McCain raising money for his campaign?

Nothing at all. :-)

46 posted on 01/23/2008 10:52:01 AM PST by TChris ("if somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesn’t make him my enemy." -RR)
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To: Just mythoughts

I heard on 770WABC earlier Mc Vain missed 55% Senate votes in the 2007 session.
AZ must be happy with that .... NOT


47 posted on 01/23/2008 10:52:45 AM PST by IrishMike (Liberalism is Jihad from within)
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To: IrishMike
I heard on 770WABC earlier Mc Vain missed 55% Senate votes in the 2007 session. AZ must be happy with that .... NOT

AZ ought to demand a 'recall' and run him out of state, demand representation.... freeloader.

48 posted on 01/23/2008 10:55:45 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

It’s his money. He earned it, and if this is how he chooses to spend it, so be it.


49 posted on 01/23/2008 11:00:12 AM PST by LadyNavyVet (I'm a monthly donor, are you?)
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To: Bobkk47

Steve Forbes, anyone? ...magritte


50 posted on 01/23/2008 11:04:49 AM PST by magritte
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