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DeMint Surveys the Field, Praises Jeb
National Review Online ^ | February 7, 2011 | Robert Costa

Posted on 02/07/2011 7:07:16 PM PST by ejdrapes

DeMint Surveys the Field, Praises Jeb

February 7, 2011 8:15 P.M. By Robert Costa

Sen. Jim DeMint, the conservative star from South Carolina, is keeping a close eye on the emerging 2012 presidential field. New names, he observes, keep popping up. One of those, of course, is former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Rich, Kathryn, and John have all written about Bush’s appeal in recent days.

DeMint, in an interview with National Review Online, calls Bush “one of the best” possible presidential contenders. “Maybe the person we are looking for has not stepped out yet; it could be a Rick Perry or a Jeb Bush.”

“[Bush] would be a really good president and a good candidate,” DeMint says. “He had a solid record as governor; he showed that he was willing to push innovative things in education and elsewhere.”

DeMint says President Obama is “clearly beatable.” But the GOP nominee, he argues, will need to be formidable, since the president may be able to bounce off of a rebounding economy. Numerous potential candidates, he says, “are watching to see where Obama’s popularity will be. A lot is going to depend on whether people believe that he has anything to do with the economy coming back. And it will come back; you can’t keep the American economy down.”

NRO wonders: In coming months, if Bush and other conservative favorites decide to sit out 2012, will DeMint feel compelled to jump in? “I really am trying to avoid that,” he tells us. “I’m looking for good candidates out there in the field.”

“I would have to feel a strong pull from people all over the country,” DeMint says. “Again, it’s not something that, right now, appears to be in my future.”

But could a grassroots ‘Draft DeMint’ movement stir him to run? “I don’t want to suggest that I’m waiting for any kind of draft,” he says. “It’s really not what I want to do. I really don’t have any intention of running. . . . I’m not ruling anything out, but it’s not something I want to do.”


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To: 9YearLurker

Holy cow! You’ve just given me an insight into pissant’s misogyny.

Self stroking is all he knows!

It all makes sense now...


101 posted on 02/07/2011 8:33:09 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: 9YearLurker

DeMint will be formidable.


102 posted on 02/07/2011 8:33:46 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: FTJM

That is not true.

You are misinformed.


103 posted on 02/07/2011 8:34:18 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: ejdrapes

Jim, you’re the man. Jeb isn’t.


104 posted on 02/07/2011 8:35:33 PM PST by marron
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To: t-dude

Ha!!!


105 posted on 02/07/2011 8:37:48 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: t-dude; FTJM

They are not exact, to be sure. Palin supports Mccain’s version of amnesty while Jeb supports his own.


106 posted on 02/07/2011 8:38:06 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: pissant
DeMint will be formidable.

In the Senate. Not running, maybe you missed that part...

You're best bet is the pizza maker. He's the self-stroking vote, replacing Duncan Hunter in this cycle.

107 posted on 02/07/2011 8:38:14 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: t-dude

That’s a great pairing of photos!


108 posted on 02/07/2011 8:39:21 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: ejdrapes

Well just you wait until Fred Thompson gets in this race.


109 posted on 02/07/2011 8:40:11 PM PST by byteback
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To: t-dude
I guess you missed this part: I’m not ruling anything out, but it’s not something I want to do.”

On top of that, he presented two names that won't be running. DeMint runs, and your little cultish world collapses.

110 posted on 02/07/2011 8:40:34 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: pissant

DeMint ain’t flyin’ outside of the South.


111 posted on 02/07/2011 8:41:17 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Yeah, I look at that and can’t figure out for the life of me how people can’t see she would wipe the floor with that effete, effeminate, wimpy, gay poseur.


112 posted on 02/07/2011 8:42:21 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: pissant

Good point.


113 posted on 02/07/2011 8:43:53 PM PST by FTJM
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To: ejdrapes
No more Bush's! No more political dynasties!

Sheesh! I'm really disappointed with DeMint. It isn't like there haven't been Bush family members all over the place lately displaying their RINO credentials...

114 posted on 02/07/2011 8:44:14 PM PST by Kay Ludlow (Government actions ALWAYS have unintended consequences...)
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To: Ethrane
But Reagan didn’t speak ill of other Republicans either.
Good point. One I wish others would pay more heed to.

I personally like Palin for the nomination but she hasn't said she's going to run and we have to think of other possibilities. DeMint is saying he doesn't want to run but he's got to be considered a possibility. Just because he said some polite things about Bush and Perry doesn't remove him from the list of possible good candidates. Not in my book.

115 posted on 02/07/2011 8:44:48 PM PST by samtheman
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To: pissant

And you’re a pissant. Small time.

- JP


116 posted on 02/07/2011 8:45:03 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: Brices Crossroads; sarah fan UK; Al B.; The Cajun; Virginia Ridgerunner; DJ MacWoW; Clyde5445; ...
I hate to be repetitive, so I'll just link my Post#54, and thank you very much for yours.

Seems to me like several Republicans are trying to follow the lamestream's demands by pushing others to declare. "Timing" is said to be "everything," so I am all for each potential candidate to declare according to his or her own timetable.

117 posted on 02/07/2011 8:46:16 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Ethrane

“But I am not as convinced as you that she is electable nationally.”

*******************************

Well, we’re going to find out, aren’t we? That is what elections are all about. No one was convinced Reagan could win a national election until he actually won one. His poll numbers in the run-up to the 1980 election were in the crapper. I well remember telling my friends that he could win. I had heard him many times in person and he was great. No, they told me. He might be able to win in California, a reliably Republican state at the time, but not nationally... Too old, too conservative, too dumb, too dangerous. On November 4, 1980, they got a little education. I already knew he could win nationally. The doubters had to be convinced. A 44 state landslide did the trick.


118 posted on 02/07/2011 8:48:47 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: Josh Painter

Well, at least I’m willing to support candidates that don’t have identical amnesty plans as Mccain.


119 posted on 02/07/2011 8:50:24 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: Ethrane
Just because someone is adept at picking and endorsing local candidates, doesn’t mean that their subsequent election was as the result of her endorsement. Perhaps Sarah is better served as being a new Rove...

And comparisons to Reagan are dangerous...they have the same ideals (which I like), but not the same pedigree.

Reagan was a national figure for almost two decades before he was elected...he served two terms as the Governor of the largest state in the Union. Successful terms too.

Sarah had promise, I hope she continues to fuel the fire of the Tea Party and Conservatism. But I am not as convinced as you that she is electable nationally.

I like Palin very much and if she declares I will be working for her and contributing to her as much as I possibly can. If she announces, I will drop all further consideration of other candidates and be on her team.

But she hasn't announced. In the meantime I think all of us, particularly the Palin supporters among us, should consider what you posted here.

I would bet that Sarah, as brilliant a tactician as she's proved herself to be, is considering ideas along the lines you have posted here.

Fix your typo in the beginning of the last paragraph: "Sarah HAS promise..."

And in the first paragraph, by "Rove" I'm sure you mean Republican Party Leader and eventual Presidential Adviser [the posts he held], not back-stabbing traitor [the person he is and was].

120 posted on 02/07/2011 8:56:21 PM PST by samtheman
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To: byteback
Well just you wait until Fred Thompson gets in this race.

Lol, that's what I'm counting on. No potential candidate has won my support yet. Maybe next July or August.

121 posted on 02/07/2011 8:58:15 PM PST by Will88
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To: Lauren BaRecall
Is he, really? Would you please expand on that?

Simple, everyone serving in Washington DC are part of the elite class. The same goes for those in the media who work there. They've lost touch with the common man, some greatly, some such as DeMint, not so much. It's an attitude. They live by different rules than the rest of us. For instance, if we break a law, we go to jail. They may get a "reprimand". The desire to preserve their "perks" is stronger than their desire to serve the people. I want to keep the DeMints and others like him in the congress because there is serious work that needs doing. But their buddy/buddy relationship with the rest of the congressmen of both parties voids them from being president in my book.

That's why I want Sarah Palin as president. She's an outsider, universally despised or feared by those "elites", who has the will to kick butt and take names. We no longer have the luxury of filling the congress and the white house with politicians who survive by "greasing palms". We need a fighter for the people. It's my opinion. You can agree or disagree.

122 posted on 02/07/2011 9:10:35 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: onyx
Jeb is not a conservative. That point should be obvious to any conservative. Jeb is RINO. Does anyone honestly believe that Jeb would advocate the elimination of any Federal Department? It's laughable. The BUSH family's first instinct to use government to solve problems.

Sarah has already stated that NPR and NEA be eliminated. She said something along the lines that eliminating those two is an obvious first start. Does any truly believe that Jeb, Newt, Huck, Romney, etc would be bold enough to suggest such a minor start to government reduction?

ALL of the potential men who may run are total wimps. They are very weak on the importance of Liberty. They deserve our contempt. Our Republic is at brink of total destruction. The only conservative speaking boldly for Liberty is Sarah! (opps, and Michelle B)

123 posted on 02/07/2011 9:11:07 PM PST by sand88
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To: upsdriver
That's why I want Sarah Palin as president. She's an outsider, universally despised or feared by those "elites", who has the will to kick butt and take names. We no longer have the luxury of filling the congress and the white house with politicians who survive by "greasing palms". We need a fighter for the people. It's my opinion. You can agree or disagree.

Well stated! I agree 100%. I pray Sarah will run. She is a tenacious fighter. Sarah is the one the left most fears. Is she runs, they will turn viciously rabid.

124 posted on 02/07/2011 9:15:28 PM PST by sand88
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To: pissant
I guess you missed this part: I’m not ruling anything out, but it’s not something I want to do.”

That's code for "I'll only run if Sarah doesn't."

All. Afraid. Of the girl.

125 posted on 02/07/2011 9:25:03 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: t-dude

I noticed he didn’t mention her. Instead he picked two guys who have said no dice to running.


126 posted on 02/07/2011 9:26:50 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: t-dude

“All. Afraid. Of the girl.”

You got it. A bunch of sissie britches nursing their fragile male (and I use that term advisedly) egos. I would have more respect for them if they came out and said what they think about her. But they almost to a man lack the courage to do so, because they fear her massive army of fans. As soon as you understand that about them, you understand why none of them is fit to lead nor is any of them tough enough to stand up to the Obama crime-slime syndicate that would tear them limb from limb if they were nominated. Only one person has been able to run that gauntlet. The one whose name these dimwitted pantywaists can’t seem to pronounce: Sarah Palin.


127 posted on 02/07/2011 9:36:56 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads; sand88; upsdriver; Al B.; sarah fan UK; t-dude; Virginia Ridgerunner; ...

Whether she runs or not, the GOP nomination is going through Sarah Palin and her millions of supporters. Make no mistake about that and the GOP-E and all other candidates had better wise-up to this fact.

Only Sarah Palin is capable of raising the $Billion Dollars that obama raised in ‘08, so if she doesn’t run, the GOP had better start thinking about *that* money gap. Sarah Palin will be sorely needed in election 2012. No doubt about it.

If she’s not the nominee, then the nominee will have to be one we like, one that she can endorse, so that we can all be supportive, and that means s/he will have to be rock solid conservative.

[Also, never a weenie, back-stabbing Sarah Palin basher, IMHO of course].


128 posted on 02/07/2011 9:39:25 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: sand88

Well, my tagline used to read: Sarah/Michele 2012.
I think estrogen needs a chance...lol.
The two of them could right our Republic.


129 posted on 02/07/2011 9:43:00 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

“If she’s not the nominee, then the nominee will have to be one we like, one that she can endorse, so that we can all be supportive, and that means s/he will have to be rock solid conservative.”

If she’s not the nominee, Onyx, then it won’t matter who is. Obama will have effectively won the election. He knows this, and it is the reason for this all out effort to get her to stand down.

If she runs, she will win the nomination and when she wins the nomination, she will win the Presidency. At this point, having observed her in action for two and a half years, I am convinced that if she determines to do it, she will be nearly impossible to beat.


130 posted on 02/07/2011 9:45:04 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads

The nomination goes through her and her millions of supporters. It’s her decision we prayerfully await.


131 posted on 02/07/2011 9:48:39 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx; Brices Crossroads

I was standing in line at the polls to vote that night in 1980 when we heard that Reagan had been elected. It was my first Republican vote and we were excited as hell to cast our vote for him that night! The whole place was buzzing with excitement! I’m expecting that feeling again in 2012.


132 posted on 02/07/2011 9:50:54 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: upsdriver

“The whole place was buzzing with excitement! I’m expecting that feeling again in 2012.”

I remember it as well. A great day for a great man. As for 2012, I don’t think we are going to be disappointed. The conventional wisdom, which was soooo wrong about Reagan is wrong about Palin as well.


133 posted on 02/07/2011 9:54:11 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: upsdriver; Brices Crossroads

Yours is a wonderful memory! I think and hope you’ll get another one in 2012, provided she runs! Ronald Reagan was my governor, too, so I enjoyed, honored and admired him all of his political life.


134 posted on 02/07/2011 9:55:17 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: t-dude

Please compare and contrast their positions. Thanks.


135 posted on 02/07/2011 10:03:03 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM

Governor Palin has stated repeatedly her first priority is building a fence and securing the border. She supports the Arizona law and governor Jan Brewer, and endorsed her in the last election. She has been to Arizona and seen first hand the problems they are having.

The two have collaborated on a website designed to put pressure on the White House to fight illegal immigration. Governor Palin stands shoulder to shoulder with Jan Brewer and against the Obama/open borders crowd...

You won’t find Jeb on this site:
http://securetheborder.org/

Jeb? He is for the Obama lawsuit against Arizona. .. He has been a vocal opponent to the Arizona law and he thinks the law is racist. He is 100% open borders amnesty all the way. He see’s it as a racial issue (he married a Hispanic) and that is NOT the issue at all.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1969/12/31/19691231arizona-immigration-law-jeb-bush-politico.html

The two have diametrically opposite views on this issue. It is a lie to say they have the same view. A lie.

Governor Palin has to put up with a lot of lies from the left, I just find it disgusting she has to suffer these idiots on the right as well.


136 posted on 02/07/2011 10:23:37 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: t-dude
Diametrically opposite views on immigration?

Both Palin and Bush support a path to citizenship, which you didn't address. And Bush has said: "It is so clear that the first element of comprehensive immigration reform must be to control the border,"

I just find it disgusting that some idiots don't understand the term "diametrically opposite".

137 posted on 02/07/2011 11:03:59 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM

Just to pipe in here....there is already a “path to citizenship”....the US has had this in place for years and years so this is not anything new...we already have that.


138 posted on 02/07/2011 11:08:36 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

There is a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in this country?


139 posted on 02/07/2011 11:09:59 PM PST by FTJM
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To: ejdrapes
DeMint, in an interview with National Review Online, calls Bush “one of the best” possible presidential contenders. “Maybe the person we are looking for has not stepped out yet; it could be a Rick Perry or a Jeb Bush.”

“[Bush] would be a really good president and a good candidate,” DeMint says. “He had a solid record as governor; he showed that he was willing to push innovative things in education and elsewhere.”

What does anyone expect from someone who endorsed the most liberal Governor in the history of the republic, Mitt Romney, for President?

I'm constantly amazed at how willfully blind so many here are about these Republican politicians.

140 posted on 02/07/2011 11:10:30 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Is this a Tea Party, like the kind that happened in 1773, or the kind where they serve crumpets?)
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To: onyx

Took a tour of the thread here...I have to agree with you Onyx. The pickings haven’t declared yet. I just can’t imagine any the Republicans are trying to push up could possible win against Bo. The people want “new blood” and out with the old school regardless how conservative we might think some of them are.

Whoever goes up against him has got to be able to stand the test of popularity, because people are voting that way now. Further the grassroots arent going to settle for the same o’ same o’ either.

And ol Romney will not get even to first base...and never stand against BO....Look how the press still gets mezmerised by good looking attractive speakers who know how to smooth talk the masses...Romney is as stiff as a board in front of cameras and totally disengaged.

So at this point the only one who can draw all the markers is Palin. Doesn’t matter if they like her or not...she has it. Question is ...will she indeed run?


141 posted on 02/07/2011 11:27:02 PM PST by caww
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To: FTJM

I didn’t say for illegals....and there shouldnt be. But there is for citizenship to come to this country. Those here have broken the rules to begin with, and why they are “illegals”...not legal... and I do not want to see them rewarded for having done so. Send them home... that simple.


142 posted on 02/07/2011 11:32:14 PM PST by caww
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To: FTJM

Bush’s words hold no more validity than Obama’s . Obama says the border is more secure than it ever has been, Jeb probably agrees. He is against the Arizona law, which is just a state law doing what the federal law that’s already on the books should be doing. Jeb would no more enforce it than Obama.

You can bet Governor Palin would enforce the law to it’s fullest, and build the fence. When she says secure the border, it’s not just rhetoric. There is no potential candidate with a higher regard for this nations safety and security.

There are different plans that fall under the umbrella of ‘path to citizenship’ and yes she has used that phrase, to be implemented after the border is secured. Basically they would have to pay a fine and then apply like any other immigrant and go through the legal immigration process. This would cause many to self deport, as they wouldn’t have the funds for the fine or they have a criminal record that would flag them in the process.

Jeb’s path would be a much easier path, basically he has come out for amnesty, before anything more is done on the border...that is an invitation to a stampede of illegals. All paths to citizenship do not equate with amnesty, and if the laws are enforced, the illegals will self deport, as we’ve seen in Arizona.

You guys like to throw around terms like amnesty queen but it really is a misrepresentation. It is not something she is a strong advocate of.

She may not be as strong on illegal immigration as you would like, but she is 100 times better than freakin’ Jeb Bush.

I’ve heard there are some people with limited mental capacity who tend to see issues as all-or-nothing propositions. These poor souls have a hard time differentiating between various levels of complex issues that could be described as shades of gray...in their simple worlds everything is black and white.

This moral rigidity tends to make them anti-social for the most part, as normal people can only put up with their sophomoric misinterpretations for so long. What’s really odd is they derive some sort of feeling of moral superiority by holding these unyielding views. They are so dumb they think their ignorance and inability to process complex ideas as a sign of advanced thinking.

My parents were right. It’s hard to argue with ignorance.


143 posted on 02/07/2011 11:57:50 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: pissant
DeMint will be formidable.

No, he won't.

IF he is pushed into a presidential run, then he'll head down the same path as Fred Thompson if his heart is not really in it. And all indications are, from his own recent statements, that he really doesn't want to do it.

Do you really want another half-hearted candidate, who has no real national following, and has the public appeal of an insurance salesman to announce his candidacy and then quickly crash and burn because of his own indifference?

144 posted on 02/08/2011 3:50:51 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: rintense
DeMint praising Jeb Bush. Wow.

Really?

Et tu DeMinte?

145 posted on 02/08/2011 4:03:13 AM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific!)
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To: ejdrapes

No, because several of us at FR would prefer NOT having Palin.


146 posted on 02/08/2011 4:08:15 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: t-dude
It’s Sarah or no one for me.

Enjoy your second term of Barak bucko......

147 posted on 02/08/2011 4:13:12 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: The Cajun
if he's in the Bushes

Quoting Jesse Jackson makes you sound so intelligent I tell ya......

148 posted on 02/08/2011 4:14:48 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: onyx

GEEEZZ... The woman has a 40% favorable rating among independents. The Palinistas want to take us down in a blaze of glory.


149 posted on 02/08/2011 4:20:09 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: ejdrapes
I’m not ruling anything out

You think Jeb would be a really good president? That rules you out in my book, Senator.

150 posted on 02/08/2011 6:04:11 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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