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McCain's 'Stop Sarah Palin' strategy working like a charm, polls show
LA Times ^ | 10/2/2008 | Andrew Malcolm

Posted on 10/02/2008 5:06:36 AM PDT by markomalley

Fresh evidence tonight that the brilliant McCain campaign strategy to lock away the political effervesence of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to stoke overconfidence among the nation's Democrats and set the stage for yet another improbable Arizona comeback is working exactly as planned.

For more than 10 days now the 44-year-old mother of five, who upset the ancient Republican establishment in Alaska two years ago by driving herself to campaign events and talking to pretty much any group that would have her, has been cut off from normal Americans who watched her by the many millions give a spunky speech at the Republican National Convention and then overnight turned her name into seven of the top 10 search terms on Google.

But John McCain's strategists had a better idea than letting Palin be Palin. They set her up with TV reporters born to ask questions until they found some she couldn't answer.

No doubt the campaign's idea was to show the hockey mom was pretty much like any other American who couldn't recall Marbury v Madison if their cellphone depended on it.

Wait, come to think of it, the other vice presidential candidate didn't cite a famous Supreme Court case by name either. But nevermind. We don't want to confuse the conventional Palin story line.

So the pressure is even greater for Thursday night's sole vice presidential debate between Palin and Democrat Joe Biden, the senator from somewhere who wears his hair down pretty much all the time.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


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KEYWORDS: lostopportunity; palin; palinping; sarah
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We FReepers and other conservatives were idiots. We thought that McCain somehow saw the light. We thought that Palin could bring him to the right a bit.

He has ruined a likable, intelligent "pit bull with lipstick" and turned her into a pile of jello that can only spew McLame talking points. Even with a friendly audience: I read her interview with Hugh Hewitt yesterday and then heard her interview with Hannity. Same exact talking points...down to the same words. She's not the same woman who performed in the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial debates. Not the same woman at the convention. She sounded like a McRobot.

I am unimpressed and disgusted. Moreso at myself for being naive enough to think that McLame would actually do the right thing.

Prove me wrong, John...

1 posted on 10/02/2008 5:06:37 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“I am unimpressed and disgusted. Moreso at myself for being naive enough to think that McLame would actually do the right thing”

Me too. I suppose it’s back to voting for Barr as the least objectionable choice.


2 posted on 10/02/2008 5:10:34 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: markomalley
McCain agreeing with Obama on the bail out is the final act for me. Sorry McLame will not be supporting you any more. I don't care what you say now McMoron. I don't believe you any more. Congrats you dummy you just elected Obama by ticking off your Conservative base for the last time.
3 posted on 10/02/2008 5:11:27 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: markomalley
McCain agreeing with Obama on the bail out is the final act for me. Sorry McLame will not be supporting you any more. I don't care what you say now McMoron. I don't believe you any more. Congrats you dummy you just elected Obama by ticking off your Conservative base for the last time.
4 posted on 10/02/2008 5:11:31 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: markomalley
McCain agreeing with Obama on the bail out is the final act for me. Sorry McLame will not be supporting you any more. I don't care what you say now McMoron. I don't believe you any more. Congrats you dummy you just elected Obama by ticking off your Conservative base for the last time.
5 posted on 10/02/2008 5:11:35 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Daveinyork

McClame has a muzzle on his running mate. As vice Prez she must spout the McClame line. Won’t work.


6 posted on 10/02/2008 5:12:24 AM PDT by screaminsunshine
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To: Daveinyork

Do not go for Bahr. Check out the Constitution Party. Much better. If you go for a 3rd party protest vot.


7 posted on 10/02/2008 5:14:24 AM PDT by screaminsunshine
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To: markomalley

Sometimes I think McCain agrees with those people who think it would be better for Republicans to lose and teach the country a lesson.


8 posted on 10/02/2008 5:15:01 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Sprite518

I will make up my mind on Nov. 4, no sooner. You should do the same.


9 posted on 10/02/2008 5:15:04 AM PDT by hemogoblin
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To: markomalley

“She’s not the same woman who performed in the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial debates.”

She was completely engaged in Alaskan politics at that time for over fifteen years. She knew what she was talking about in that setting.


10 posted on 10/02/2008 5:15:41 AM PDT by Catphish
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To: markomalley

I hate to say I think it’s trending strongly in that direction, too.
There must be some reason for deciding to submit to the MSM, rather than a steady and unwavering committment to go straight to the American people, with no apologies.
If she comes out of this “debate” tonight badly, having been set up by the hostile Gwen Ifill and her “sponsors”, there will be a diminishing audience of American people to go to. It may have been a BIG mistake to cut off her personal appearances, but they probably saw instead that she needed time to be coached for the debates that there was no way to avoid and not look like a chicken.


11 posted on 10/02/2008 5:16:21 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: markomalley

“Prove me wrong, John...”

It’s not going to happen. McCain has already lost this election. He should have stood up to the Dem smears that the financial crisis was the Republicans fault and voted NO on the Senate’s 812 billion bailout porkfest!

He is sinking in the polls and I am disgusted with him... once again.


12 posted on 10/02/2008 5:16:29 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Go Sarah & The (soon to be) "Second Dude" Todd!)
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To: hemogoblin

So, far these posts agree with the LA Times. McCain p*ss me off, but, hey, something always does, every now and then. I am going to see Gov. Palin at Home Depot this weekend. Maybe it will make me feel better.


13 posted on 10/02/2008 5:19:30 AM PDT by Ben Reyes (MSM shenanigans)
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To: Sprite518

You must have really wanted people to get your message. You posted it 3 times.


14 posted on 10/02/2008 5:20:46 AM PDT by beckysueb (Drill here! Drill now!)
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To: markomalley

Lot’s of the paid trolls making their mark on this post I see.


15 posted on 10/02/2008 5:21:32 AM PDT by CanaGuy (Go Harper!)
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To: markomalley

The liberal media has been trying to play Gotcha with Palin. Every appearance is a chance for them to criticize her for being an idiot.

The MSM is desperate to stop Sarah Palin by any means necessary, including this article. Our local paper has been running the same spin.


16 posted on 10/02/2008 5:22:05 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: CanaGuy

The level of immaturity I’ve seen at FR in the last week has been stunning.


17 posted on 10/02/2008 5:26:13 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: markomalley

Rope-a-dope. McCain has one chance, a surge of his own at the end. Sarah will present herself to the American people in a forum where she can’t be easily edited.


18 posted on 10/02/2008 5:26:34 AM PDT by jdsteel (Palin has more experience, and class, than Obama)
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To: markomalley

I remember saying McCain would ruin Palin...uh...lets see...debate night thread.

Don’t expect her to do anything but mirror the McCain line.

If I hear her talk reform and bipartisanship tonight, I will turn it off.

McCain is a bloody old fool. McCain just said this bill he voted for last night was more important than his campaign.

well, Johm McLame says “Hello, Barry Obama”.


19 posted on 10/02/2008 5:28:09 AM PDT by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: screaminsunshine
As angry as I am at McCain I am not ready to hand over the presidency of this country to Obama, sorry to see that you are.
20 posted on 10/02/2008 5:28:18 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: CanaGuy

Am telling you. I wonder why I come on FR sometimes.
There is massive vote fraud going on, Nobama is a freaking socialist that will drive our country to ruin, and these morons here keep talking about a mythical die-hard conservative republican candidate that is going to come and save them.
Obama is going to win in a cakewalk and these same morons will be shouting at the wind when he takes the country in a down spiral aided by the drive-by media.
McCain might not be the best republican candidate but no one else could have even come close in this election to the Messiah to where McCain is currently.
That’s what people here do not realize and also, their candidates all lost.
Tough it up and put your country first people...


21 posted on 10/02/2008 5:28:30 AM PDT by bushsupporter30
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

how about this scenario,
Gov. Palin has in fact been acting or doing a Tina Fey in reverse, she is in fact very articulate and in command of the issues from past debates I have seen her do, it has all been a ploy to make her appear an airhead, today she is suddently transformed in front of a massive American audience, into something else, would this translate into a media bias? I think it will.

Scenario 2.
Our economy is truly on the verge of collapse that would make the collapse in the 1920 dwarf by comparison.
in this week that issue is for all practical purposes removed, and the market and financial institutions rebound.
Mccain embarks on a truly informative campaing for the following weeks naming names and making connections to the Obama campaign no lies nor innuendos but facts, how does the media hide those facts?


22 posted on 10/02/2008 5:29:05 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: Warren_Piece

Yes, another sniveling thread.

Very unseemly, these kind of threads should be banded for the shear embarrassment of it.


23 posted on 10/02/2008 5:30:12 AM PDT by roses of sharon (The MSM vampires must die!)
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To: markomalley
The article is pretty funny. I am holding out hope for one more night. I think if Gov Palin can effectively pound the message of look where years of experience has landed us, people will again be in her corner. She should remind the public that, she is not the presidential candidate, Obama hails from the most corrupt and typically “Washington” machine in the country and Bidens foreign policy experience is bad experience and foolish.
24 posted on 10/02/2008 5:32:22 AM PDT by Archon of the East (Universal Executive Power of the Law of Nature)
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To: Ditter

I am not. I will be in the resistance. But I think the majority are now Marxists. I think the majority know Obama is a communist and likes it. If I am right he will win and The Constitution will just be a memory. Example the vote last night.


25 posted on 10/02/2008 5:33:32 AM PDT by screaminsunshine
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To: markomalley
This is an article from the LA Times.

Are there that many FReepers who buy into anything the media says?

{shaking head...}

26 posted on 10/02/2008 5:33:57 AM PDT by Allegra ( Go Sarah!)
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To: roses of sharon

Almost every thread has this crap now.
I hear enough bias and stupidity and lies from the MSM to come here and get further down in the dumps reading the same echo chamber albeit from a supposed “conservative point of view”
I left FR during the immigration stuff and came back BECAUSE of the Palin selection. That and McCain’s speech at the convention made me see him in a different light.
McCain truly is a patriot and someone who belives in the goodness of this country and its embarrassing to see how he is treated here.


27 posted on 10/02/2008 5:33:57 AM PDT by bushsupporter30
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To: Daveinyork
“Me too. I suppose it’s back to voting for Barr as the least objectionable choice.”

Before you decide to vote for Barr which would only help Obama become President, please wait until you see and hear Sarah this evening.

Sarah is STILL Sarah and will prove tonight that McCain really DID THE RIGHT THING in selecting her as his VP.

Just remember that ANY candidate who does interviews with the liberal media folks faces constant "gotcha" questions that NO candidate they push could even attempt to answer with any form of clarity. Sarah will outshine Biden with (like something Rush would say) her hands tied behind her back and with just half her brain functioning!

28 posted on 10/02/2008 5:33:58 AM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: markomalley

up to the eyebrows.....you’re full of it


29 posted on 10/02/2008 5:34:20 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Off With her head.....)
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To: markomalley
He just proved you right on Fox and Friends. Gretechen just asked him if he was going to start attacking Obama especially after Obama has taken the lead and is picking up more steam day by day .. McCain says well we are going to continue our wimpy campaign.
30 posted on 10/02/2008 5:35:26 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: screaminsunshine
I am not. I will be in the resistance. But I think the majority are now Marxists. I think the majority know Obama is a communist and likes it. If I am right he will win and The Constitution will just be a memory. Example the vote last night.

It's not over yet.

Let's wait and see what the House does.

31 posted on 10/02/2008 5:35:37 AM PDT by Allegra ( Go Sarah!)
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To: bushsupporter30
I agree.... allot of folks have degenerated into a bunch of defeatist. Yes I want another Reagan, but sadly he is gone. We have a choice here, Obama or McCain. While I'm not the biggest McCain supporter in the world, the alternative is 100% unacceptable.

Wake up people. Do you really want to hand this country over to Obama?

32 posted on 10/02/2008 5:37:22 AM PDT by BluegrassBlogger (Do your part to turn out the vote!!!!!)
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To: Allegra

Don’t hold your breath. This would be a good time to read or re-read Atlas Shrugged.


33 posted on 10/02/2008 5:38:47 AM PDT by screaminsunshine
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To: Ditter

As disappointed as I am in McCain, I’m still voting for McCain/Palin. No way am I going to live with the guilt of putting Obama in office. No way. Obama is a puppet with strings managed by our country’s enemies.


34 posted on 10/02/2008 5:39:32 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: bushsupporter30

I love you so much. Thank you.

I truly afraid for my children with BO as president. Not a “I’m scared” and now I’m going back to watching Judge Judy, but actual fear. Fear that there is no where to go to escape the Marxists, or that they will be blown up at the mall

I don’t like McCain, never did. But I’m back to voting AGAINST 0bama. Everyone should do the same. He is far worse than Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton combined. We are so screwed and anyone who sits it out or votes third party, I want to thank them too.

And I am, for all my years been registered Independent.


35 posted on 10/02/2008 5:40:01 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Hope is not a strategy, change is not a destination.)
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To: bushsupporter30
I hear enough bias and stupidity and lies from the MSM to come here and get further down in the dumps reading the same echo chamber albeit from a supposed “conservative point of view”

Yes, there is a rather large contingent of drama queens on FR having temper tantrums lately with no regard for the consequences their behavior could yield.

But there is also a large group of us who are getting more and more disgusted with their behavior and we all need to hang in there and see if we can defeat that arrogant Marxist who aspires to global power.

The drama queens make more noise.

But I believe we are a quieter majority here.

36 posted on 10/02/2008 5:40:36 AM PDT by Allegra ( Go Sarah!)
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To: CanaGuy
Lot’s of the paid trolls making their mark on this post I see.

Yeah. Just 'cause I'm disgusted doesn't mean that my vote is gone (the alternative is orders of magnitude less attractive than McLame). I hope that anybody considering the "protest" vote keeps that one in mind.

Barr won't win. The Constitution Party won't win. The whatsitcalled "Falcon" Party won't win. Period. If you're disgusted and your principles are violated, go ahead and vote third party...if you live in a solidly red or solidly blue state (where it won't matter who you vote for anyway). But, you'd better be sure that your vote didn't cause your state's electoral votes to go for Øbama.

37 posted on 10/02/2008 5:41:10 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: screaminsunshine

As disappointing as the Bail out is and how politics seems to be as unusual, do you really want a Closet Homosexual, Saul Salinsky student and intern of Soros to be the President? Remember, Obama only pretends to be likable, he isn’t so harmless. He isn’t just another misguided liberal. I am voting for McCain no matter what now. The ship has been set sail, I will do what I can to get on a lifeboat. Right now it is a question of survival. I want to live another day for a better tomorrow. I don’t know about you. But there is always another day. I don’t know if a better day will be possible though if Obama gets elected. Look at the way people worship him. People have no idea what they are getting themselves into. Washington is like a snakepit. Maybe McCain is doing the best he can do under the circumstances. Did that ever occur to you?


38 posted on 10/02/2008 5:41:39 AM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: screaminsunshine
Don’t hold your breath. This would be a good time to read or re-read Atlas Shrugged.

I've read it. Re-reading it will not give me any incentive to assist in putting a dangerous Marxist in the White House.

39 posted on 10/02/2008 5:42:19 AM PDT by Allegra ( Go Sarah!)
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To: markomalley

I know the “I told you so” types can be an irritation, but I did tell you so. But most here probably didn’t need to be told, and plenty of you also told us, that it was beyond stupid to allow Gibson and Couric to have hours of interview time with Governor Palin where they could ask question after question and then edit it to show what they wanted.

Someone high in the McCain campaign is severely lacking in common sense. And that showboating campaign suspension last week was a dud, and maybe very damaging. (Also told us so on that).

The one hope, which many of us have also pointed out, is that Obama and company will screw up even more than McCain and company. That’s still a very real possibility, but the McCain camp is making it hard for them.

Governor Palin might give a performance tonight that will undo all the recent stupidity of the McCain campagin, but I don’t think many would say they deserve that good fortune. But maybe the voters as a whole do deserve it.

(The two worst presidential nominees of modern times.)


40 posted on 10/02/2008 5:43:11 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Daveinyork
I suppose it’s back to voting for Barr as the least objectionable choice.

If you were in MD, I'd say go for it.

But are you willing to live with the consequences of Øbama getting Pennsylvania's electoral votes?

I am disgusted by McLame. But Nøbama scares me. Think about the impact...

41 posted on 10/02/2008 5:43:36 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

Mark, please listen to Mark Levin. He’ll make you feel better

http://marklevinshow.com

http://marklevinshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/levins-peptalk_1.mp3

http://marklevinshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/levins-peptalk_2.mp3

http://marklevinshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/levins-peptalk_3.mp3


42 posted on 10/02/2008 5:44:24 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Hope is not a strategy, change is not a destination.)
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To: markomalley

Thanks!


43 posted on 10/02/2008 5:46:45 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Hope is not a strategy, change is not a destination.)
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To: markomalley

Don’t panic folks. I heard Palin on Hannity yesterday and she sounded great. Expectations for her are very low going into the debate tonight, which is exactly where she needs them to be. I think she will do better than most people expect. She also isn’t going to get Katie-type questions since Biden will have to answer them too. Also, with the 0bama book deal coming to light, Gwin will be on her very best behavior.


44 posted on 10/02/2008 5:48:21 AM PDT by txjeep
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To: beckysueb

Sorry


45 posted on 10/02/2008 5:49:20 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: hemogoblin

Sorry McCain is too far to the left for me. Oh and McCain does not understand Market fundamentals.


46 posted on 10/02/2008 5:50:46 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

I think you are a liberal Obama voter. You don’t fool me. Don’t you know socialism doesn’t work? Socialism/Government running things causes poverty and oppression and takes away human rights. Socialism is stealing and slavery and it’s a disaster for the economy.

I will vote for McCain/Palin because I support Sarah Palin.

I can’t wait to see Sarah in the debate tonight. Go Sarah!

I see you McCain Bashers want to see Obama who is an anti-American Marxist, Muslim, foreigner, who hang aound with traitors and terrorists elected the next president and commanding our troops. Have you no shame you liberals?


47 posted on 10/02/2008 5:51:20 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Socialism will destroy a country economically.Why are Democrats for Socialism?)
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To: Allegra

“Drama Queens”

Hear Hear


48 posted on 10/02/2008 5:51:27 AM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: markomalley

49 posted on 10/02/2008 5:51:42 AM PDT by Daniel Ramsey (Live from Wasilla, Alaska)
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To: rodeo-mamma

Of course it occurred to me. I am hoping McClame wins. My thought for the day is this. The majority of voters are going for socialism. They like it. Telling them Obama is a socialist/marxist or communist and thinking they will reject him may be wishful thinking. The majority might want to give marxism a try. What do you think?


50 posted on 10/02/2008 5:52:55 AM PDT by screaminsunshine
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