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Newt 2012?
American Thinker ^ | May 22, 2010 | J. Robert Smith

Posted on 05/22/2010 1:36:37 AM PDT by neverdem

He was a brilliant but flawed man. He spent most of his political career as a bomb-thrower in the lower House. He was despised by his party's establishment. After a debacle, he fell into disfavor with the public. He was discounted as a politician and stayed so for many years. Then came a crisis, which he had warned was coming and which the nation's leadership bungled grossly. He became his nation's leader not because he was loved, but because he was right and had the pluck to carry the fight. 

He was Winston Churchill


Churchill's time came. Could Newt Gingrich's time be coming?  


The parallels between Churchill and Newt Gingrich aren't exact, of course. Churchill faced greater adversity than Gingrich has. And unlike Churchill's Britain, there's no external threat, no Hitler bent on world conquest, menacing the United States (though the ongoing terrorist threat against America shouldn't be discounted).

But as conservatives know, and as a growing number of Americans are learning, there's a potent internal threat to liberty. That threat is occurring in the context of a gathering economic catastrophe. The nation may be facing a decade of tumult, a decade in which the forces of liberty struggle against the left for what sort of nation America will be. 

This week, Gingrich launched his new book To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine. In interviews, the former House speaker acknowledges that he's weighing a presidential bid in 2012. Churchill was sixty-five when he became prime minister in 1940. If Gingrich becomes the nation's forty-fifth president in 2013, he will be sixty-nine when it happens.

Of all major Republican politicians, Newt Gingrich has been the strongest ideas man and strategic thinker in the past thirty years. By the former House Speaker's own admission, though, he wasn't quick to grasp the Obama threat. Yet he certainly has since, judging from the focus of his new book. Gingrich has generally been adept at course corrections.    

Gingrich's House career began in the late 1970s. He won his seat in 1978. His west Georgia district was heavily Democratic. Showing grit, it took Gingrich three attempts to finally capture his congressional seat. His pursuit involved both financial and career sacrifices (Gingrich was then a history professor at West Georgia College, now the University of West Georgia).   

From the outset of his congressional career, Gingrich's aim was to break the lock that Democrats had enjoyed on the House since the late 1950s. He did so by railing against Democratic corruption and cronyism and publicizing the failures of what he termed the "Liberal Welfare State." He spoke persuasively of a "Conservative Opportunity Society" as an antidote to liberal welfare statism. 

Outspoken and aggressive, Gingrich earned few, if any, points among Republican leaders. The young congressman was the bane of House Minority Leader Bob Michel, a Illinoisan whose clubby approach to the majority Democrats Gingrich and other back-benchers argued only helped perpetuate Democratic control of the House. 

In the early 1980s, C-SPAN was a new phenomenon. Gingrich and like-minded Republican back-benchers readily grasped C-SPAN's value as a platform to communicate directly with voters, hammering at Tip O'Neil's leadership and flailing "tax-and-spend" Democrats.

The West Georgia congressman's approach won enough support among the GOP House rank and file to bump him up the leadership ladder. He led the fight to bring down House Speaker Jim Wright in 1989. Wright had ethics problems. The publication of a book in an apparent sweetheart deal was fodder for Gingrich's broadsides against the speaker.

With Bob Michel's retirement, Gingrich won the Minority Leader post. Along with Dick Armey and other key conservatives, Gingrich devised the now-famous "Contract with America." The contract is rightly credited as vital in coalescing voter support for Republican congressional candidates in 1994. President Clinton's missteps on health care and taxes fueled voter backlash. But Gingrich and GOP House leaders deserve kudos for positioning the party to successfully exploit Clinton's fumbles.

After securing the speakership following the 1994 elections, Gingrich was immediately caricatured and vilified by the left and the mainstream media. Time magazine issued its "Uncle Scrooge" cover. The tarring and feathering damaged Gingrich's public standing throughout his speakership.

During the 1990s, Gingrich sparred often with the cagey Bill Clinton, sometimes winning, sometimes not. But despite after-the-fact Democratic and mainstream media spin, Gingrich and his lieutenants forced the president to accept balanced budgets -- the first in years -- and landmark welfare reform. 

Bill Clinton's involvement in the Whitewater scandal proved to be a political dud for Republicans. Clinton's impeachment likewise fell flat with voters. Despite Gingrich's predictions of Republican gains in the 1998 midterm elections, the GOP lost seats. Shortly thereafter, facing a certain challenge to his leadership, Gingrich resigned his speakership and his House seat. 

Gingrich's personal life has been turbulent. He's been married three times, and his divorces are rumored to have been messy. In 2009, the former speaker converted to Catholicism. Gingrich works with his third wife, Callista, in his film production company. Their work has touched on the importance of faith in history, especially in Nine Days that Changed the World.

Always the ideas man, Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future has been a conservative ideas engine. 

The former speaker has a reputation for occasionally straying from the reservation. When Gingrich teamed up with Nancy Pelosi in a commercial about the dangers of climate change, he earned sneers and brickbats from conservatives. The ad was sponsored by former Vice President Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection. Gingrich has since backed off his collaboration and made explanations.

A critical question Gingrich has to answer if he declares his candidacy is this: Does he have the temperament and executive experience to be an able president? How well does an old bomb-thrower and ideas man translate into the nation's chief executive? 

The speakership offered Gingrich some executive experience, but nothing close to what Mitt Romney has from his work in the private sector and in his stint as Massachusetts governor. Nor does Gingrich match Haley Barbour's or Mitch Daniels' experiences as the governors of Mississippi and Indiana. Barbour and Daniels are possible GOP presidential contenders. 

Then again, the better part of Churchill's career was spent writing and as a polemicist and gadfly. His most conspicuous executive role prior to being prime minister was as First Lord of the Admiralty during World War I. The Gallipoli disaster sent Churchill's career into a nosedive.

A Gingrich presidential candidacy would likely be met with stony silence by the left and the mainstream media. Both would want to give Gingrich a chance to secure the Republican nomination. If the former speaker did win the nomination, then liberals and the fossil media would unleash an attack not seen against a presidential nominee since the days of Jefferson, Jackson, and Lincoln.

For plenty of conservatives, and more Americans, it may seem unthinkable that Gingrich could be president. But who in 1930s Britain thought Churchill would be prime minister? Had Neville Chamberlin not been so out of his depth and flummoxed by Hitler, and had Hitler not been so impetuous -- had he exhibited some patience in achieving his strategic aims -- Churchill the prime minister might never have come to pass.  

This begs the old question: Do men make history, or does history make men? Some of both, it's fair to say, with the emphasis changing from event to event. Two plus years is more than a lifetime in politics; it's many lifetimes. Coming events, great and small, may conspire to make the unthinkable thinkable about Newt Gingrich. 


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012gopprimary; churchill; gingrich; hellno; newt; newt2012; newtgingrich; winstonchurchill
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Newt has had his faults and foibles, but who knows what 2012 will be like? At least Newt would have a certain grasp of history, unlike the current President. If Obama runs again, Newt could be just what the doctor ordered. Newt could run rings around him in debate, IMHO.

The fruits of weakness

1 posted on 05/22/2010 1:36:38 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

LMAO!


2 posted on 05/22/2010 1:37:43 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: neverdem

Newt == RINO and must be killed (politically speaking of course) at all costs, wherever he is sighted! IMHO


3 posted on 05/22/2010 1:38:31 AM PDT by J Edgar
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To: neverdem

THe Contract for America? ‘nuff said. Nope.


4 posted on 05/22/2010 1:40:20 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: neverdem

5 posted on 05/22/2010 1:43:20 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Just another day in Oceania.)
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To: neverdem

Better prospects than Newt (amongst several others, but at least these haven’t been savaged by the media yet):

Thune
DeMint
Otter
Daniels
Johanns
Hoeven
Pence
Paul Ryan

(Newt should be the head of the RNC).


6 posted on 05/22/2010 1:46:42 AM PDT by rfp1234
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To: neverdem

<< Newt could be just what the doctor ordered. Newt could run rings around him in debate, IMHO. >>

I couldn’t agree more. Newt would DESTROY Obama in head-to-head debates, and for that alone, I’d love to see it.

Anyone who runs in 2012 with an (R) after his name will be our next president.


7 posted on 05/22/2010 1:46:56 AM PDT by ObamaMustGo2012 (Obama Must Go In 2012)
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To: neverdem
Newt could run rings around him in debate,

Him and a 1,000,000 others. Newt, you aren't wanted.
8 posted on 05/22/2010 1:47:28 AM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: neverdem

Sorry, no Newt for me, much better candidates available


9 posted on 05/22/2010 1:49:43 AM PDT by Gothmog (I fight for Xev)
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To: Psalm 144; J Edgar; Smokin' Joe; Slings and Arrows

OK, but say Sarah Palin doesn’t run. Who’s your pick?


10 posted on 05/22/2010 1:50:09 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: presently no screen name

11 posted on 05/22/2010 1:51:00 AM PDT by McCloud-Strife ( USA 1776-2008)
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To: neverdem

Gingrich has only one road back. He has to go bold or forget it and just enjoy his career as writer and talking head.

Take on Pelosi and drive her from office. Then take on Obama and drive him from office.

If he is aggressive enough people will forget his past. If he just wants to work his way up the ladder and be elected president just because its his turn, he can forget it.

My short list for president? DeMint, Palin, Bachmann, Ryan.


12 posted on 05/22/2010 1:52:10 AM PDT by marron
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To: neverdem

No thanks.


13 posted on 05/22/2010 1:52:28 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: neverdem

He’s a nut like Buchanon.


14 posted on 05/22/2010 1:52:30 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: neverdem

15 posted on 05/22/2010 1:53:11 AM PDT by McCloud-Strife ( USA 1776-2008)
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To: Psalm 144

not no, but HELL NO !!!!!


16 posted on 05/22/2010 1:53:23 AM PDT by Nitehawk0325 (I have the right to remain silent, but I lack the ability...........)
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To: neverdem

Draft DeMint, I liked Duncan Hunter last time, too, but it’d be a real uphill battle against the MSM for any decent airtime exposure. Hayworth, maybe, at least he ‘gets’ the border issues and national security.


17 posted on 05/22/2010 1:54:43 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: McCloud-Strife

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi6n_-wB154

We’re thinking alike.


18 posted on 05/22/2010 1:58:12 AM PDT by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: All

No.


19 posted on 05/22/2010 2:01:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: McCloud-Strife

Bump.


20 posted on 05/22/2010 2:01:24 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: ObamaMustGo2012

“Anyone who runs in 2012 with an (R) after his name will be our next president.”

Not Romney. BO would win with a plurality.


21 posted on 05/22/2010 2:04:15 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: neverdem
We tried to elect a Newt like person in '08. It didn't work.
22 posted on 05/22/2010 2:07:45 AM PDT by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Hunter was my first choice too.

He clearly did not really want it. I cast a protest vote for Alan Keyes, then wasted several thousand dollars on McCain. Sure could use that money now.


23 posted on 05/22/2010 2:08:10 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: neverdem
Newt should stick to what he does best. Making global warming commercials with Pelosi and co-endorseing radical leftist candidates with ACORN.
24 posted on 05/22/2010 2:08:14 AM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: neverdem

His faults aside, he would be a far safer person in the WH that the commie that sits there now. How I wish there was a constitutional way to remove 0bama and all his ilk. How can evil,pure evil win out this way?


25 posted on 05/22/2010 2:09:33 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: rfp1234

It depends on who runs, what their platform is, and how well they perform, doesn’t it?
I’m looking for someone who can beat 0bama with knowledge and the facts in a debate, which I think Newt would definitely meet, probably better than anyone. Some other “leaders” we hear about around here ad infinitum couldn’t hold thir own against 0bama in a debate, or even Joe Biden! So I certainly wouldn’t rule Newt out.

I want our next president to repair our tattered relationship with our traditional allies - the United Kingdom, Israel, and Canada, and repudiate our new “friends” Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, and Hezbollah.

And I also want to see a true Liberty Agenda. I am hoping that 2010 and 2012 will bring about a return of the Radical Republicans!

We already know DeMint has no interest in running for president, and I trust he is being honest when he says it (and he has, recently.)

Mike Pence is very promising, of course, but I would rather see him as Speaker of the House, with DeMint as NRSC chairman and Thune as Senate Majority Leader.


26 posted on 05/22/2010 2:11:10 AM PDT by counterpunch (GOP: Government's Other Party)
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To: neverdem

newt was a big supporter of the bank bailout


27 posted on 05/22/2010 2:12:28 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: celtic gal

That is not to say I would endorse him..I think there are others who are far stronger conservative than he. I do appreciate his sense of history. He is interesting to listen to when he discusses history. Agree with him or not, he is not boring to listen to in terms of class settings.


28 posted on 05/22/2010 2:13:32 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: celtic gal

“How can evil,pure evil win out this way?”

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Obama had plenty of help from the terminally stupid.


29 posted on 05/22/2010 2:14:09 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: neverdem

When Newt cmae out in support of the Uber-RINO Scuzzi in NY 23, he was dead to me.

Dead, I say.


30 posted on 05/22/2010 2:28:41 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (The frog who accepts a ride from a scorpion should expect a sting and the phrase "it is my nature.")
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To: J Edgar
wherever he is sighted

Newt's over there, sitting on a bench with the lovely Pelosi, saving us from global warming!

31 posted on 05/22/2010 2:29:54 AM PDT by donna (Purp-shirts are the new brown shirts.)
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To: rfp1234
I'll take Mitch Daniels (captures OH, IN, and IA) along with Paul Ryan for VP (gets MN, WI). That's 58 electoral votes right there. VA, NH, and NC will flip next election cycle due to a low young vote turnout since they're blaming Obama for their unemployment (32 more votes). All that's left is to concentrate efforts in FL and now the electoral college has a 117 vote swing, causing Obama to lose 290-248.

Granted there will be some changes to the vote count due to the Census but that's the general idea.

32 posted on 05/22/2010 2:30:48 AM PDT by UAConservative (Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere)
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To: neverdem

Like Bill O’Rilley, another useful idiot for the global warming crowd. Pass.


33 posted on 05/22/2010 2:32:32 AM PDT by NY Cajun
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To: neverdem
As the article reminds us, Newt and Nazi Pelosi in an algore commercial. I'd also add, he is one of Sean Vannity's "good friends".

The case could be made, I think, that Churchill evolved in a lot of his political philosophy. We have the advantage of viewing him in hindsight. Our Hitler isn't across the North Sea, he is in our White House. This is not the time for evolution, this is the time for revolution.

34 posted on 05/22/2010 2:33:30 AM PDT by RushLake (Liberalism/Progressivism--Domestic terrorism financed by your tax dollars.)
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To: freedumb2003

When Newt cmae out in support of the Uber-RINO Scuzzi in NY 23, he was dead to me.

Dead, I say.
***************************

Same. No coming back from that fiasco.


35 posted on 05/22/2010 2:37:32 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: neverdem

I don’t think so. I strongly believed Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh or Michele Bachmann would be the best ideas.


36 posted on 05/22/2010 2:38:24 AM PDT by dhuynh73 (Reagan Country)
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To: neverdem
AB0

(anybody but obama)

37 posted on 05/22/2010 2:53:29 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty in the coming year)
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To: McCloud-Strife
bad decision all the way around.
38 posted on 05/22/2010 2:54:27 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty in the coming year)
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To: McCloud-Strife

That is Newt’s legacy.


39 posted on 05/22/2010 2:54:37 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ObamaMustGo2012; shibumi

I could get into it just for the sheer joy of hearing my liberal girlfriend scream “OOOHHH GOD!!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”....:)

[she hates him just *slightly* less than she hated Jerry Falwell]


40 posted on 05/22/2010 2:56:59 AM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: McCloud-Strife

Why does she have cow feet?


41 posted on 05/22/2010 2:59:01 AM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: neverdem

I don’t think I want to bet the farm on Mr. RINO. He was at 1 time a conservative, but he then started going to the cocktail parties over in Great Falls, Va and he changed.


42 posted on 05/22/2010 3:01:06 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: Salamander

That’s not what she’s supposed to be screaming, Salamander. You must be doing something wrong.


43 posted on 05/22/2010 3:02:35 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (No matter where you go there are always more stupid people.)
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To: neverdem

“He was Winston Churchill.”
Now that’s funny.


44 posted on 05/22/2010 3:05:19 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (No matter where you go there are always more stupid people.)
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To: Psalm 144

I don’t know that Hunter didn’t want it. I didn’t have that sense, anyway.

The problem Hunter and others like him have is that the media won’t give them the time of day for exposure. They has their choices and those are the ones they focus on which makes it nearly impossible for alternative candidates to be seen and heard by voters.


45 posted on 05/22/2010 3:05:41 AM PDT by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: neverdem

We need to forget about 2012. We need leaders who are willing to take off the gloves and start speaking out against the Media and the elites every day. The Republicans are finished if they don’t stop shunning the Tea Party and what they stand for and pull off a BIG victory in November.


46 posted on 05/22/2010 3:06:36 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: neverdem
If the republicans select Newt as their candidate in 2012 then I'll know for sure that the republican party is just an arm of the democrat party because their real candidate will be Obama.
47 posted on 05/22/2010 3:07:19 AM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I’m a girl.

She’s my girl ~friend~.

[get your mind outta the gutter, you perv!]

:))


48 posted on 05/22/2010 3:17:27 AM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: neverdem
Churchill's time came. Could Newt Gingrich's time be coming?

The short answer is no. Newt has too much personal baggage and too many RINO moments on positions that lack common sense and a basic understanding of science.

49 posted on 05/22/2010 3:19:49 AM PDT by olezip
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To: neverdem

True enough but ....
NEWT /PELOSI 2012!!!!!


50 posted on 05/22/2010 3:20:37 AM PDT by rrrod
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