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Palin-bashing CPAC/ACU Chair donated $2,000 to Arlen Specter, endorsed Romney
opensecrets.org ^ | 7/9/09 | Antonnius

Posted on 07/09/2009 12:44:31 PM PDT by Antoninus

David Keene, the Chairman of the American Conservative Union trashed Sarah Palin publicly today on NewsMax. However, a quick search of Mr. Keene's recent political contribution history reveals the following:

David Keene, Managing Associate of the Carmen Group Lobbying Firm, and Head of ACU, Alexandria, VA.

Political contributions in 2008 election cycle:

KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 5/1/07 $1,000 Specter, Arlen (R)

KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 12/19/07 $800 Specter, Arlen (R)

KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 12/19/07 $200 Specter, Arlen (R)

What I want to know is, how does a guy like this get to be the chairman of the ACU? Has the American Conservative Union turned into the American Liberal Republicans Who Are Now Democrats Union when we weren't looking? Apparently so.

That said, if I were Sarah Palin, I'd take this guy's advice and toss it in the bin with the rest of the fish guts.


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To: zerosix
"Credit for starting from a consumer-centered approach goes principally to former Governor Mitt Romney and his administration. Credit for the details of the end product goes principally to the Massachu­setts legislature"

September 21, 2007 The Massachusetts Health Reform: Assessing Its Significance and Progress
by Edmund F. Haislmaier
Heritage Lecture #1044
Delivered June 28, 2007

Mittbots said Mitt was a Wictim of evil Heritage types.

http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/hl1044.cfm

101 posted on 07/09/2009 2:04:27 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Antoninus

Antoninus,

Don’t you find it funny how the RINO bottom feeders in the GOP establishment conduct themselves? Last year when McLame was the RINO and Romney was considered the conservative challenger (yes, thats how low we sunk during last election that someone like Romney really was the conservative alternative)they all savaged Romney to support Mclame. Now that it appears that Palin is in the picture as the real conservative candidate, they look towards Romney as their savior.


102 posted on 07/09/2009 2:04:28 PM PDT by red meat conservative
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To: Antoninus

You left out David Broder, the MSM idea of a ‘conservative’.


103 posted on 07/09/2009 2:07:06 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Antoninus
That`s terrible!!! Speaking of Sarah bashing...Rick Santorum trashed her last night on Gretta Fox News. I only mention this here because Santorum also endorsed Arlen Specter over a good Christian Republican...name slips my mind at the moment.
104 posted on 07/09/2009 2:08:59 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge ( Yes I Love Sarah Palin!! I wish she was mine.)
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To: Antoninus

Thank you so much for posting this.

It’ll be interesting to see if he remains head of the ACU.


105 posted on 07/09/2009 2:09:39 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney & his sons: members of the 1st Winnebago Motor Home Brigade, aka "The Fightin' RVs")
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To: Antoninus

ARLEN SPECTER???? I USED to kind of like Keene....NO MORE!


106 posted on 07/09/2009 2:10:21 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: zerosix
Events: Massachusetts Healthcare Reform

The Significance of MA Healthcare Reform

Romney's Mission: Massachusetts Healthcare

And in case all that feel-goodism makes you think RomneyCare was a good idea:

The RomneyCare Crackup Continues, and Is Becoming a Chasm

Heritage sold their souls...
107 posted on 07/09/2009 2:11:17 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

“Many media conservatives are more media than conservative (Hannity, Hewitt prime examples).”

I always felt that they are pundits and strategists first, emotionaly charged conservatives second. They are not out for the success of conservatives and they our country, they are out to be right in their political projections. This is especially true for Carl Rove. Anyone who really cared about the future of the country would not publiclly undermine the defacto leader of the conservative movement. No good could come out of it even if you disagree with them.

I am just unsure what you mean about Hannity. Is he criticising Sarah?


108 posted on 07/09/2009 2:12:07 PM PDT by red meat conservative
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To: zerosix; Antoninus
In Heritage's defense, and I say this as one of the most loathed of all “Mitt bashers” (I'm famous ya know) It is not the entirety of Heritage that has endorsed it, just the health care work group, which is a bit winky like all health care orgs. Obviously the Parent organization has not contravened it for the sake of harmony, but they don’t make a big deal about it either (hence why you have never seen much about it in their publications)

The Plan that Romneycare was based on was a study, Heritage itself never even floated it out past the ‘think tank” stage.

So keep Heritage on your good list for now, just know there are some doctor wonks that got a wee bit giddy their idea got out, despite the fact it should never have seen the light of day in the real world...

If you want to know more, spend some time at Heritage reading up, and it will take time to see exactly where they really are as a group on this.

109 posted on 07/09/2009 2:12:47 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: La Enchiladita
So now even CPAC isn’t conservative enough for “true conservatives?”

Based on the fact that this bozo running things is clearly hostile to Sarah--I don't blame her one bit for backing out. Someone on the inside probably told her it was a set-up.

If ACU/CPAC's chair is donating money to Arlen Specter (and practically no one else), that should tell you something.
110 posted on 07/09/2009 2:13:17 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

The head of CPAC donating to help super RINO’s??!!! PURE INSANITY! WHAT A FRAUD!


111 posted on 07/09/2009 2:13:33 PM PDT by MrDem (Monthly Special: Will write OPUS's for Whiners and Crybabies for no charge.)
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To: rabscuttle385

hah...guys will be guys.

A nice picture...:)


112 posted on 07/09/2009 2:13:54 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Friendofgeorge
Rick Santorum trashed her last night on Gretta Fox News

Really? Is there a transcript?

I'd like to read his comments.
113 posted on 07/09/2009 2:14:56 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: La Enchiladita

Oh my...

The irony flows like a river...


114 posted on 07/09/2009 2:15:50 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: Antoninus

I blew off CPAC the day McCain and his buses of koolaid drinkers drove up to their convention and they welcomed him like the 2nd coming of Christ while Ann Coulter was pushed into a side room.


115 posted on 07/09/2009 2:16:20 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Sarah Palin: Sun Tzu of Politics)
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To: red meat conservative
I am just unsure what you mean about Hannity. Is he criticising Sarah?

Not as far as I know. But Hannity was Rudy's pimp in the last election--disgracefully so. He picked the most liberal Republican candidate available and pumped him up practically from January 2007.

I'll never listen to Hannity again. Ever.
116 posted on 07/09/2009 2:17:22 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
And if you posted Romney’s campaign platform without a name on it, you’d get widespread approval here at FR for the conservative positions he was espousing.

Which platform? The one where he's pro-abortion? Or the one whee he's marginally pro-abortion? Or the one were he's lukewarm anti-abortion, but doesn't know where life begins (his latest one, I think).

The one where he's proud of socialized medicine (Massachusetts Romney Care) or the one where he's against socialized medicine?

The one where he claims an NRA endorsement he never got, or the one where he said he would since the assault weapons ban?

Please, be more specific. Which Mitt Romney platform are we talking about? If you could narrow it down to a month & year, it would be helpful.

117 posted on 07/09/2009 2:17:54 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney & his sons: members of the 1st Winnebago Motor Home Brigade, aka "The Fightin' RVs")
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To: Antoninus
I don't blame her one bit for backing out. Someone on the inside probably told her it was a set-up.

So is Victimhood now the premier conservative virtue? I'm getting a Nixon vibe out of this....

118 posted on 07/09/2009 2:18:38 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: ejonesie22
Yeah, this is the Massachusetts I know, with Mitt fathered Romneycare.

"A large and regressive tax increase on low-income workers is not the solution to America's health care problems. Some people might gain coverage, but all will lose take-home pay, and many will lose their jobs entirely."

Robert A. Book, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics in the Center for Data Analysis and Edmund F. Haislmaier is Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/wm2516.cfm

119 posted on 07/09/2009 2:18:51 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: La Enchiladita
He did not bash or trash Sarah Palin. He stated the obvious and gave wise advice

Bullshit this hack criticized Palin because she "whined" about the media, which simply isn't true. There was no wise advice given. Read the original thread that dissected his article.

120 posted on 07/09/2009 2:19:00 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: La Enchiladita
So is Victimhood now the premier conservative virtue? I'm getting a Nixon vibe out of this....

Hey, the Mittbots whine about how he gets trashed all the time. What goes around comes around, pal.
121 posted on 07/09/2009 2:20:04 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

Hannity would know Adam Smith from Adam Sandler.

I feel myself, a construction worker( not much, lately ) getting dumber with each minute of listening to him. He makes me feel like syrup is being poured into my brain. I feel as if neurons are shutting down.


122 posted on 07/09/2009 2:23:53 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Antoninus

..so is the ACU just a Potemkin Village hiding a bunch of RINOs?


123 posted on 07/09/2009 2:25:20 PM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Leisler
I liken it to a Bond movie or such where the hero goes into the lab and grabs the new gizmo he has no clue about whilst the designers are yelling “it's not tested yet” but instead of recalling him they say “Hey, maybe it will work and we'll be famous”

I had a friend who was a lead researcher at a Heritage affiliate institution up until a few months ago, The health care guys were a bit altruistic but center policy did not allow for the stifling of ideas, no matter how goofy, which is the way it should be. Needless to say as I was looking at all this in 2008, he made it clear that support was far short from being unanimous across the board...

124 posted on 07/09/2009 2:26:16 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: La Enchiladita
For example, if you’re in boot camp or on a pro baseball team, sometimes your coach will confront you so you will excel.

1. He isn't her coach and she didn't ask for his advice (people on teams or in boot camp submit to authority). As far as I know, she did not solicit his advice.

2. He has conflicting loyalties which he did not disclose (his contribution record shows as much).

3. If he truly felt he had something constructive to add, he could have called or written, rather than air it in public. Instead, it comes off as self-aggrandizement.

125 posted on 07/09/2009 2:26:44 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney & his sons: members of the 1st Winnebago Motor Home Brigade, aka "The Fightin' RVs")
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To: Antoninus

I really do “NOT” like where this is going.


126 posted on 07/09/2009 2:26:45 PM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: SolidWood

great pic...my very cute next Preisdent.


127 posted on 07/09/2009 2:28:17 PM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: mockingbyrd

yer last name byrd?

mine too


128 posted on 07/09/2009 2:30:49 PM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: SolidWood
What is sad, I lost a friend because they were told Romney was not a Conservative and would not get my support.
129 posted on 07/09/2009 2:37:09 PM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Antoninus

I posted the following comments earlier today at C4P. I’ll repost them here since it applies to this thread.

It appears that we have a new so-called conservative writer who suffers from PDS. Has anyone ever heard of Ronald Kessler? I didn’t either until Monday. He wrote the following article for Newsmax in which he basically said Governor Palin had lost her nerve and wasn’t ready for prime time.

http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/palin_resignation/2009/07/06/232320.html

In addition to regurgitating many of the phony talking points of the left, he also repeated the false meme that she had agreed to speak at CPAC only to back out at the last minute. There were a lot of snarky half truths in the article but I didn’t think much of it because I never heard of the guy and just assumed he was another “Kathleen Parker conservative” trying to gain favor with the liberal media.

However, today he has a new article out which is even more full of nonsense.

http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/sarah_palin_cpac/2009/07/09/233604.html

In this piece, he interviews David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which runs the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The comments Kessler attributed to David Keene, if true, cause me to wonder why Governor Palin would want to attend CPAC next year, or ever, for that matter. First Keene calls Governor Palin a whiner and implies that she needs to be tougher.

“Sarah Palin needs to stop whining about unfair media coverage and get over the fact that some people don’t like her, Dave Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, tells Newsmax. Palin doesn’t seem to get that politics is a tough game, says Keene, one of the country’s most astute political observers. “

Really Mr. Keene? What is your political experience? Have you ever been a governor, or even a dogcatcher? What do you know about political toughness? Do you consider taking on your own party with no name and no family money tough?

After this, Keene goes on to repeat the false meme of her failure to attend CPAC.

“…Palin has proven to be unreliable when it comes to speaking engagements that help the GOP. For instance, Palin at first accepted an invitation to speak at the 2009 CPAC, where 9,000 conservative activists meet to listen to speeches by the major candidates, swap ideas and strategies, and get energized for the next election.”

“She confirmed that she will be speaking to CPAC in person,” Keene says. “Then her office said she was going to be there, they were just working out the logistics. Then all of a sudden she couldn’t be there. At the last minute she was going to do a videotape. We don’t usually do that, but we said OK. Then it turned out they couldn’t get the videotape done, they couldn’t figure out how to do it or something. And so she just didn’t come. Now that was our instance, and it also happened to a number of other groups.”

Why would a so-called conservative repeat the falsehood that she agreed to attend the conference when that simply did not occur. Is it just me or is Keene still upset that she was unable to attend and now feels the need to take pot shots at her. I’m not an expert in this area, but it seems to me that if he wants her to attend the 2010 CPAC, lying about her is not the correct way to go about it. I decided to look a little bit further into Mr. Keene’s background. A quick check of his biography in Wikipedia told me all I needed to know:

“In December 2007, Keene endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.”

Here’s the link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Keene

It seems that both Mr. Kessler and Mr. Keene are Romneybots with a clear purpose to discredit Governor Palin in order to help Mittens. Exit question: Is there any wonder why Romney won the CPAC poll the last three years, given that the guy who runs CPAC is in the tank for him?


130 posted on 07/09/2009 3:07:16 PM PDT by DB9
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To: Antoninus
CPAC is officially a joke.

Its time to cull the herd of RINOs. Sarah the hunter is the prefect one for the job.

131 posted on 07/09/2009 3:08:46 PM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

She did whine. I paid attention. I also read the entire article re Keene’s comments. According to some people, he’s not entitled to speak freely in this free country, eh?


132 posted on 07/09/2009 3:21:05 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: Antoninus
What goes around comes around, pal.

Someone has to stop the cycle, don't you think?

133 posted on 07/09/2009 3:22:13 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Only if it stops on a conservative.


134 posted on 07/09/2009 3:39:57 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: SolidWood

Nice picture...


135 posted on 07/09/2009 3:46:04 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Antoninus

Keene is a mongrel.

How do we end up with people like these calling themselves conservatives.

Contact the ACU, and let them know what you think of this BS and this BS’er.

http://www.conservative.org/asp/feedbackwrite.asp

Phone: (703) 836-8602. | .Fax: (703) 836-8606


136 posted on 07/09/2009 4:21:07 PM PDT by militanttoby
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To: La Enchiladita

He has broken the 11th for no good reason. He’s hardly a conservative (other then making money as a lobbyist).

Pay a bit more attention, and made something will click. Or maybe you have never seen a fighter.


137 posted on 07/09/2009 4:23:30 PM PDT by militanttoby
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To: rabscuttle385; SolidWood

Not guilty.

Gotta agree. But more than a pretty face.

So much of what conservatives know about her clicks with us, and I have great hope she can throw off the shrill detractors and bring home the energy (in more ways than one) we need.

A run in 2012, who knows? But her ideas as I know them (and especially her contempt for the status quo) mirror my own, and I'm ready and waiting to hear more. Whatever she does I don't expect I'll have a problem standing behind her.

138 posted on 07/09/2009 4:25:06 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (He must fail.)
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To: NautiNurse; Nick Danger; Congressman Billybob; Exit148

Whoa... did you see this?


139 posted on 07/09/2009 4:26:58 PM PDT by nutmeg (How's all that "Hope" and "Change" working out for you, Comrade?)
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To: La Enchiladita

The conservative way you seem to support is attacking other republicans and cowering around like whipped dog. Your a Romney supporter, right? It figures.


140 posted on 07/09/2009 4:28:21 PM PDT by militanttoby
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To: Paige; La Enchiladita; Jim Robinson
What is sad, I lost a friend because they were told Romney was not a Conservative and would not get my support.

I'd say what you lost wasn't quite a "friend," then. I have some friends who are elite Republicans, and sure enough ... the sneer condescendingly at Palin and think Romney is "superior." Take comfort in the fact -- and spread the word -- that the behavior of Romney supporters speaks volumes about Romney. Look at La Enchiladita's hypocrisy here, prattling about Palin presenting herself as a "victim," when for the past two years at least, the contemptible and deceitful MO of Romney supporters on Free Republic has overwhelmingly been to paint anyone who opposes Romney as an irrational "hater" and anti-Mormon bigot.

For that reason, I hope Jim Robinson continues his excellent policy of letting Romney bots remain on FR. Their behavior is truly one of the best means of proving to conservative thinkers of how truly rotten Romney is.

141 posted on 07/09/2009 4:38:17 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: militanttoby

How did you guess?


142 posted on 07/09/2009 4:40:59 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: Finny

Mitt supporters are OUR best players...


143 posted on 07/09/2009 4:41:51 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Exactly, this needs to stop.


144 posted on 07/09/2009 4:42:35 PM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: Finny
Oh the attacks by the RUDY bunch when I supported FRED. OH lawd they were vicious.
145 posted on 07/09/2009 4:43:07 PM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Sphinter. I had to look to see if you simply misspelled or if that was a real word.

Because it is natural for me to not just make assumptions. The most common result of that kind of thinking is I learn something (though this time I think learning may have actually decreased my I.Q).

sphinter - clicky if you dare

"Wobbly Bob" is in there too. Are you the spoon collector, the brew, or the three legged cat for which the latter is named?

146 posted on 07/09/2009 4:56:03 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (He must fail.)
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To: Paige; CharlesWayneCT
I don't remember even the Rudy folks as a majority being so awful, certainly not the flawed personality trait that it IS, as has been demonstrated in thousands of posts over the past few years, in Romney supporters.

I admit I didn't get all fired up about Giuliani because to me, he didn't present even remotely the danger to the Republic that Mitt did and continues to pose, but deceit, whininess, and ugliness on the part of Giuliani's supporters never came across to me in a big way; it seemed to me not much more than a few indulging in high emotions at an emotional juncture in politics.

And also, though I didn't like Giuliani's politics nor admire certain aspects of his persona life, I absolutely LOVED the fact that he was up front always about who and what he belived. He was real and up-front, it seemed to me.

Romney speaks in platitudes and whenever I have closely examined his words in print or in speeches, and I have done it often, I have discovered that while the platitudes say all the things that conservatives like to hear and make up the "campaign platform" CharlesWayneCT blithely buys as legit and worthy of "conservative" support -- the specifics, when you get down to them, are the opposite of anything to do with conservative principle as it was taught to me by my dear ol' dad. Beyond the platitudes, in Romney's own speeches, the "solutions" he proposes always involve more, bigger government in terms of control, regulation, mandates, or penalties.

To tell you the truth, Giuliani, flawed as he was, was the better man and a smaller danger to the Republic. Giuliani was a misguided too-liberal, well-meaning man; Romney is a bonafide Trojan Horse to conservatism in America, and he needs to be rejected NOW. If Romney is on the ticket, my vote will go elsewhere, ALWAYS, EVERY TIME.

147 posted on 07/09/2009 5:06:18 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: ejonesie22
"So keep Heritage on your good list for now,..."

I don't think so. Just transferred them to the same list as Big Tent RINO Central (RNC), NRCC, NRSC and CPAC. Can you say "No more money or support of any kind or nature whatsoever."?

I knew you could...

148 posted on 07/09/2009 5:25:51 PM PDT by Czar ((Still Fed Up to the Teeth with Washington))
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To: Antoninus
His platform is not the problem. His credibility is.

That is the crux of the problem for many, but if you believe that, then the problem with Keene endorsing Romney is not that Keene is a liberal, but that he is a fool.

However, most people who supported Romney are not attacked for being naive, but for being liberals, because calling a conservative liberal is a much more satisfying attack.

149 posted on 07/09/2009 5:56:35 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Leisler

I think 24 years is a long time to head an organization.


150 posted on 07/09/2009 5:57:48 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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