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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: WOBBLY BOB
" sphinters of a feather and all that... "

Or flies on a turd roll together....
51 posted on 07/09/2009 1:09:26 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Antoninus

Antoninus.....great find!!.............I see the Palin Rapid Response Team is gearing up..........let there be no rest for these beltway phoneys and blood suckers of our donations........EXPOSE THEM. ATTACK THEM. ELIMINATE FROM THEIR POWER BASE IN THE MOVEMENT. I was around as a college kid in 1964 and I can tell you the hard core conservatives who took over the party for Goldwater .....took no prisoners......this must be our position today....to the Beltway Rinos one message only....PALIN or PERISH !!


52 posted on 07/09/2009 1:09:55 PM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: Antoninus

Keene is a liberal scumbag who needs to be swiftly removed from his position in the ACU.


53 posted on 07/09/2009 1:11:41 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: SolidWood

Anyone have a hi-res of this picture?


54 posted on 07/09/2009 1:11:54 PM PDT by Crolis (Kill your television!)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Doesn't look good for Specter to hold his seat this time around... I wonder if he will be a weasel ( on second though, he is one ) and try to whimper his way back to the RNC ??? ....
55 posted on 07/09/2009 1:12:40 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Keene is a liberal scumbag who needs to be swiftly removed from his position in the ACU.

Agree 100%.
56 posted on 07/09/2009 1:13:05 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

By December of 2007 it was clear that the nomination was going to go to either McCain, Huckabee, or Romney.

We’ve seen that, in addition to McCain not being conservative, he was unable to win.

I know some here liked Huckabee and thought he was conservative, but many didn’t see him as a fiscal conservative at all, which is a major focus for the American Conservative Union.

Hunter was already gone, and while Thompson was still running, it had become clear from poll numbers that he wasn’t likely to survive (a month later, he dropped out).

Rush Limbaugh eventually tried to steer his audience to vote for Romney or Giuliani rather than McCain. Others did the same thing.

Tom Tancredo endorsed Romney as well. 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.

Many people who had a chance to sit down and speak directly with Romney came away believing he would do what he said he would do in his campaign. A lot of people didn’t trust that he had changed.

I have no idea why Keene would give money to Specter in 2007, although the amounts are rather small.

I have no other knowledge about Keene’s views on the issues, but generally have found the American Conservative Union to be respectable.

It is very important though that any person who says anything negative about Sarah Palin be attacked brutally, harshly, loudly, and without regard for truth. It’s the Alinsky way, and as many have said, it worked for Obama so why shouldn’t Conservatives adopt the same rules?


57 posted on 07/09/2009 1:13:11 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: rabscuttle385

One reason that some people have trouble taking this seriously.


58 posted on 07/09/2009 1:13:44 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Yep.......we must tell the Beltway Rinos....

It is PALIN or PERISH !!

59 posted on 07/09/2009 1:13:54 PM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: Antoninus
Who the hell voted this guy into anything having too do with US ??? Bashing the Only Conservative out there !!!buries this left leaning Cretin DEEP in the crap pile. Not one Penny do they get!
60 posted on 07/09/2009 1:14:11 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Antoninus

Little known fact, David Keane’s wife if a pro-abortion, card-carrying RINO. I know her. Reasonably pleasant lady as RINOs go.


61 posted on 07/09/2009 1:16:03 PM PDT by GOPToad
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To: Antoninus

With supporters of Specter/Romney against her, no wonder Sarah is favored by 72% of Republicans.


62 posted on 07/09/2009 1:17:34 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Leisler

I remember discussing that before. I wonder if he still thinks Specter is honest and can be taken at his word after his flip-flop on the “stimulus” and then switching over to the Democratic party?

I wonder if Keene is joining those asking for their money back?

As one who speaks about those who talk personally to candidates, I will say that it seems sometimes being FRIENDS with candidates (as opposed to being a disinterested observer who gets one-on-one time with them) seems to make some people overly accepting of what the candidate tells them). Whether it’s the natural inclination to trust people you know, or it’s the sheer thrill of being friends with someone in power, I can’t say.


63 posted on 07/09/2009 1:17:49 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: mockingbyrd
"ENOUGH WITH THE PALIN PICTURES! I feel like such a hag looking at them."

LOL! Boy, do I ever know the feeling! Every time I see a closeup and look at her gorgeous complexion, I want to cry. Heh. She's got SERIOUS babe-ness.

64 posted on 07/09/2009 1:18:24 PM PDT by redhead (Liberalism: The STD of American politics. Check out the Half-baked Sourdough! (shameless blog plug!))
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To: rabscuttle385
I'm shocked!

Really, I am...

65 posted on 07/09/2009 1:20:21 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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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.

His platform is not the problem. His credibility is. The man simply can not be trusted. He's not a conservative, though he does play one (occasionally) on TV.

Many people who had a chance to sit down and speak directly with Romney came away believing he would do what he said he would do in his campaign.

No doubt. Those people are called "dupes."

I have no idea why Keene would give money to Specter in 2007, although the amounts are rather small.

Gee, can't even speculate why he would donate $2,000 in an off year to one of the most liberal members of the GOP who would subsequently turn Democrat? No idea? Really?

Give it up. Romney. Specter. Keene. Guys like this are part of the problem. The sooner they disappear from the scene, the better for conservatives.
66 posted on 07/09/2009 1:21:17 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

I’m simply shocked. Who would have guessed his view might not be impartial.


67 posted on 07/09/2009 1:22:18 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Antoninus

Everyone who has ever given a donation to ACU needs to bombard them with demands that this RINO resign his post. How in the world did such a guy wind up heading a conservative organization?


68 posted on 07/09/2009 1:22:24 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: SolidWood

FYI...during last year’s preesidential campaign I stuck a bright red PALIN POWER bumper sticker on the rear of my SUV. The last few days, since her resignation, I’ve easily had 25 people, or more..total strangers..come up to me in parking lots, shooping centers, and give me a thumbs up, and also tell me that they hope she runs. I’m in Tampa, and I suspect that conservatives may be coming out of the woodwork....the Fla GOP sen primary is going to be huge..


69 posted on 07/09/2009 1:23:55 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: Antoninus
"Not to be outdone, Massachusetts’s Mitt Romney, whom many believe could retire the 2008 pandering cup before he’s through, assures conservative audiences wherever he finds them that he’s pro-life, essentially pro-gun and horrified by homosexuality, previous statements or actions notwithstanding. Anything he said or did previous to deciding to run for president, he implies, should be taken as a reflection of what he had to do because of the circumstances in which he found himself rather than of his core beliefs."

David A. Keene

Dance of the GOP Pander Bears February 13, 2007

70 posted on 07/09/2009 1:24:34 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Leisler
Not to be outdone, Massachusetts’s Mitt Romney, whom many believe could retire the 2008 pandering cup before he’s through, assures conservative audiences wherever he finds them that he’s pro-life, essentially pro-gun and horrified by homosexuality, previous statements or actions notwithstanding.

And yet, the same Mr. Keene (Specter supporter) went out and endorsed Romney later in the same year. Pretty pathetic if you ask me.
71 posted on 07/09/2009 1:27:09 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

How come if he’s such a conservative, He’s never come on FR?

What are we, chopped liver? Not good enough?

His writing is boring, boilerplate, NR regurgitation’s.
He’s a hack.

He has been at the head of the ACU (how?) 25 years.


72 posted on 07/09/2009 1:28:51 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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could some one please post Keene e-mail addy, or mailing address??
THANKS in advance
Carole
73 posted on 07/09/2009 1:30:00 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Leisler

“He’s [Specter] willing to climb out of his foxhole and take on the opposition”

LOL.

When Senator Specter crawled out of his “fox hole” and approached the other side; it was NOT to engage them in battle but to SWITCH SIDES.


74 posted on 07/09/2009 1:34:36 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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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.

Therein lies the problem. Romney is a chameleon who cannot be trusted. The ultimate "whichever way the wind blows" scumbag politician.

By the way:


75 posted on 07/09/2009 1:35:44 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: haircutter
Meet David Keene, the fresh face of the Conservative movement:


76 posted on 07/09/2009 1:39:45 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

Since everything you said is true there is no doubt that the Statist Media will try to force this guy on us.


77 posted on 07/09/2009 1:40:59 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Since they call Bush, "Dubya" then I must insist on calling Barry, "Hussein" *2009=1984 on steroids*)
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To: Leisler

Keene, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia,

Enough said Beltway conservative.
Sick-em Sarah!


78 posted on 07/09/2009 1:41:00 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: haircutter
Here you go:

keened@carmengroup.com
79 posted on 07/09/2009 1:41:56 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

Thanks for linking the original comments by Keene so I could read them. He did not bash or trash Sarah Palin. He stated the obvious and gave wise advice. He also noted that she cancelled on her speaking engagement at CPAC2009 after she had confirmed. She and her people could not even manage to deliver a video appearance.

I have never seen statements from Palin that she is a conservative. She has claimed to be a ‘maverick.’ I also don’t know what her position is on the crucial issues of the day: socialized medicine, cap and trade and nuclear disarmament.... all of which issues she is distracting us from with her drama.

We need to be contacting Reps and Senators to work on legislation to stem the tide of socialism in the U.S. When Palin decides what she plans to do next, she will let us know. Personally, I am more interested in the welfare of my country.


80 posted on 07/09/2009 1:46:18 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: Antoninus

(More Keene babble fest on Mitt’s water carrier, Hugh Hewett.)

HH: Wow, that’s a long record. Now you stunned a lot of people this morning when it was announced you’d endorsed Mitt Romney. Does that mean the ACU has endorsed Mitt Romney, or is it just David Keene?

DK: It’s just me, for what that’s worth. The ACU doesn’t endorse candidates. I was going to stay out of this for a variety of reasons. As this race began, and I think you’ve been watching it, none of the candidates seemed capable of really reaching into the various component parts of the conservative movement, and therefore, the Republican base. We’ve got, as you know, economic conservatives, social conservatives, national defense conservatives. And the candidates seem to be isolating themselves with one part of the base, rather than the whole thing. Secondly, frankly, I have a lot of friends that are running. I know a lot of the candidates. I had breakfast this morning with Duncan Hunter. And I admire a number of the candidates, and I thought a number of them would be able to win. But in the last few months, a couple of things have happened. One is I’ve become convinced that the single candidate that is capable of reaching into all the camps is Mitt Romney. Secondly, I’ve become more and more convinced that if Mayor Giuliani were to win the nomination, he would fracture the coalition, and it would be very difficult to pick up the pieces after it’s over. If you combine that with the fact that the only candidate, other than…that has a plan to win other than Giuliani, is Mitt Romney, who’s doing it the old-fashioned way. He’s organizing in the early states, he’s doing the things that candidates have traditionally done to break through and then win in the big states. It’s become clear to me that particularly with the collapse of Fred Thompson, that what we have shaping up, and there’ll be bumps in the road, you’ll have Huckabee getting more votes expected here, and somebody else getting more votes than expected there, but what we’ve really got is a race between Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. And the reason that I came out for Mitt Romney today is on the one hand, I believe he is the candidate that can unite the party and win, and on the other hand because I think it’s time for conservatives to step up to the plate and say if we’re serious, and this is the choice, then let’s make that choice.

http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/talkradio/transcripts/Transcript.aspx?ContentGuid=0be83e6a-d37b-49b2-9f6f-c2f8e36754c6


81 posted on 07/09/2009 1:46:34 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: zerosix

“Only group to donate to is Heritage Foundation.”

Ditto. Money well spent.

AND, last year they sent me 7 copies of the Constitution that I had requested for my grandchildren.


82 posted on 07/09/2009 1:47:21 PM PDT by Gator113 (I live in "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Imam Obama told me so.)
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To: La Enchiladita

83 posted on 07/09/2009 1:49:24 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: Gator113
Ditto. Money well spent.

Except for the fact that they endorsed RomneyCare.

Heritage is a shadow of what it once was.
84 posted on 07/09/2009 1:49:42 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: SolidWood

Romney is increasingluy looking like a TROLL!!!!!


85 posted on 07/09/2009 1:50:47 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: SolidWood

Romney is increasingly looking like a TROLL!!!!!


86 posted on 07/09/2009 1:50:57 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: La Enchiladita
He did not bash or trash Sarah Palin.

So if I told you in public to "stop whining", you'd consider that "wise advice"?
87 posted on 07/09/2009 1:50:59 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus
Seperated at birth, Mitt boy Hugh Hewett and Spector lover David Keene.


88 posted on 07/09/2009 1:51:22 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: ZULU
Romney is increasingly looking like a TROLL!!!!!

Indeed. He's got a real slime machine and they work 24-7.
89 posted on 07/09/2009 1:51:50 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Leisler

LOL—that’s what I thought when I first saw Keene’s photo.


90 posted on 07/09/2009 1:52:25 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus
Are you certain of that????

Nothing that I have received from them or that I have read anywhere, indicated that they were on board with any government enforced insurance program anywhere.

Please post your reference from Heritage for us all to read.

91 posted on 07/09/2009 1:53:43 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: La Enchiladita
BTW love the irony...

I also don’t know what her position is on the crucial issues of the day: socialized medicine, cap and trade and nuclear disarmament....

A "Conservative" Mittbot saying socialized medicine is an issue...

Wow...

A full day supply of irony in a single phrase...

Unless you are saying you are in favor of socialized medicine, then I with draw the ironic comment...

At least on that...

92 posted on 07/09/2009 1:55:13 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: Antoninus

Take note of all these pubbies who are bashing Sarah...they will not be forgotten, especially at contribution time.


93 posted on 07/09/2009 1:56:29 PM PDT by kenmcg (THE)
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To: Antoninus

It’s another way of telling someone to grow up.

For example, if you’re in boot camp or on a pro baseball team, sometimes your coach will confront you so you will excel.


94 posted on 07/09/2009 1:57:31 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: Antoninus

Nice to see someone finally notice. Sad that it took “Palin-bashing” to bring it to light. I would challenge all conservatives to start peeling back the layers of the onions of the rest of the so-called “conservative” DC organizations that harvest tens of millions of dollars from the rank and file, while regularly selling them down the river. Most of them have been bought out lock, stock and barrel by Romney.


95 posted on 07/09/2009 1:59:02 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The fiat of the Almighty, "Let there be Light," has not yet spent its force." - Frederick Douglass)
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To: Antoninus

Here is what I don’t understand. Assuming all of these “conservative” pundits, columnsists, and figures who are attacking Palin are really conservative then why the hell would you air it in public. Even if I believed that Palin was wrong (which I don’t) I would never air my frustrations with her so all of the leftist scum could lop it up. Why the hell would any conservative want to be quoted by the enemy as siding with them? This is what I don’t understand about Erick Erickson of redstate.com. Are you proud of yourself that you are quoted in the Washington Compost as siding against the person who makes the liberals shake in their panties?


96 posted on 07/09/2009 1:59:05 PM PDT by red meat conservative
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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.

LOL. You'll notice that adults don't tend to do that to each other unless one is trying to belittle the other.

This bum clearly did not have Gov. Palin's best interests at heart when he made this statement. His objective was to bash her.
97 posted on 07/09/2009 2:00:29 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: zerosix
Actually he is correct, the original prototype for Romneycare was a study done at Heritiage trying to come up with a workable counter proposal to the full blown ideas of the left.

Some in the Heritage health care group have supported Romney's attempt at giving it a try, but I would say it is not the organization as a whole, indeed the idea was never actually taken beyond “the lab” by Heritage, just picked up as Romney was making his own.

Obviously there was a reason for that. There is no “government based” solution, conservative or otherwise that works in the real world....

Romney tried it anyways...

http://www.heritage.org/research/healthcare/

98 posted on 07/09/2009 2:02:56 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: Antoninus

And you conveniently overlook the way she flaked out on CPAC. So now even CPAC isn’t conservative enough for “true conservatives?”

As I said, I’d rather focus on pressing ISSUES of concern rather than this ongoing obsession with a PERSON.


99 posted on 07/09/2009 2:03:40 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: red meat conservative
Why the hell would any conservative want to be quoted by the enemy as siding with them? This is what I don’t understand about Erick Erickson of redstate.com. Are you proud of yourself that you are quoted in the Washington Compost as siding against the person who makes the liberals shake in their panties?

Sadly, the answer for most of these crumb-bums is "yes". Many media conservatives are more media than conservative (Hannity, Hewitt prime examples). Similarly, most of these beltway conservatives are more beltway than conservative.

It took the 2008 election and the rise of Sarah Palin to smoke 'em out.
100 posted on 07/09/2009 2:03:55 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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