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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: Padams

Dammit, Jim, you’re not just a country doctor!


51 posted on 02/07/2011 7:33:04 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: bwc2221

No, that honor belongs to you amnesty pimps.


52 posted on 02/07/2011 7:34:05 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: biggredd1

“Perry/Palin ticket is the winner!!!!!!!!!!!!”

You’re forgetting that they have to win Texas, to have any chance at all.


53 posted on 02/07/2011 7:36:36 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; Lakeshark; rintense; Diogenesis

Praises of Jeb Bush as a good candidate -— illegal immigration positions? —— is out of whack with conservative values, so that’s out and out political pandering.

Jeb Bush is a non-starter on all fronts, even Karl Rove’s for 2012....LOL.

I might also mention that any surveying of the field is a bit premature, since the field remains vacant at this point, with the exception of the potted plant Willard Romney.

LOL.


54 posted on 02/07/2011 7:37:12 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: ejdrapes

I’ve said there are two people I will NOT vote for. Romney and Huckabee. Now I’ll add anyone named Bush. The list continues to grow.

See my tag line.


55 posted on 02/07/2011 7:39:06 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: ejdrapes

We don’t need another president pushing amnesty and insulting the base until he gets his way, or year-after-year when he doesn’t get his way. And if the party can’t get beyond the influence of those who believe pandering to Hispanics is the only way to win in the future, then the party’s future isn’t so bright.


56 posted on 02/07/2011 7:39:26 PM PST by Will88
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To: tflabo

I love Palin too, and what she brings to the process...and I don’t particularly care that she’s ‘radioactive’ (that might be a good thing) but I have to wonder exactly what she brings to the table in terms of electability.

She’s from a VERY small state, that really isn’t considered ‘part’ of a voting bloc..it’s isolated. I am not sure exactly what states she ‘brings’ back into the Republican fold.

DeMint, Barbour hopefully can regain the South (FL, NC and VA) and someone like Ryan from the Midwest hopefully could bring along WI and make OH, IN competitive. If it was Christie, and he brought NJ that would be HUGE.

Sarah has ‘ideals’ (which I like) but someone like DeMint has the same ideals along with cred and regional pull. I’d vote for Sarah in a NY minute, but just not sure what exactly makes her electable at this point.


57 posted on 02/07/2011 7:41:23 PM PST by Ethrane ("obsta principiis")
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To: Houghton M.

I don’t like or use the term RINO. My contention is that those who are or have been inside-the-beltway are tarnished. Something about that place changes people. Obviously, we need those people such as DeMint, Bachmann,etc. in the congress but I don’t want them as president. That office I have reserved for outsiders who aren’t a part of the good ol’ boys club. We need a different perspective, a different attitude in the office of president.


58 posted on 02/07/2011 7:42:59 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: biggredd1

Palin is running, Perry isn’t but I predict if Sarah gets the nomination she’ll select Perry as her VP choice


59 posted on 02/07/2011 7:44:55 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: ejdrapes

Jeb Bush? Rick Perry? Jim DeMint has just moved way down in my estimation. What the hell is wrong with these guys?


60 posted on 02/07/2011 7:46:27 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ejdrapes

The establishment republicans are scared to death of Governor Palin. They have NEVER said she was inevitable, they are the ones saying she is unelectable.

The irony is, of course, that they are not afraid she would lose...they are afraid she would win and screw it up for Jeb, who is next in line in the dynasty.

The establishment was content to let Romney lose in 2012, perhaps with Jeb as his VP, to set up 2016. They don’t care about the country, or the party, some years (like 2008) they want to lose. But Romney is collapsing, so they have to find someone else to STOP Governor Plain. She is not a part of the beltway elite establishment, and they hate her for it.

You will not hear Rove or Krauthammer or Will or any other beltway pundit on Fox promoting Palin; she is like Reagan, an outsider who is not part of their RINOcracy. They didn’t want Reagan, they don’t want Palin. It will be interesting to see if she can prevail.


61 posted on 02/07/2011 7:47:19 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: Lancey Howard
Better Jeb than Perry!

Perry is not POTUS material...but would be better than Obama who has proven not to be POTUS material.

62 posted on 02/07/2011 7:49:17 PM PST by lonestar
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To: ejdrapes

If Jeb Bush runs I refuse to vote. NO MORE RINOS!


63 posted on 02/07/2011 7:50:31 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: pissant; rintense
Try to contain yourself tonight by being respectful to your fellow FReepers, pissant©.

Sometimes it's easier to just you're caught in hypocrisy...lol.

I hear you already posted your PDS thread earlier today. Glad I wasn't here.

64 posted on 02/07/2011 7:51:18 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: ejdrapes

Jeb Bush can win the Republican nomination.

I will not be voting for him under any circumstances. I will also work to deter others from voting for him too.


65 posted on 02/07/2011 7:51:51 PM PST by WilliamHouston
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To: lonestar

Well, after hearing Gary Sinese talk at the Reagan Libary yesterday, I’m all for an outsider who absolutely loves America and her troops! SINESE for President in 2012!!!


66 posted on 02/07/2011 7:52:01 PM PST by princess leah
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To: tflabo

Make no mistake about it. In today’s Media, ANYONE who gains the nomination on the Republican side will be radioactive. If that’s truly your opposition, you won’t be voting Republican.


67 posted on 02/07/2011 7:52:25 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: tflabo

She’s no more radioactive than Reagan was.

ANY true conservative is going to get that treatment. We have to decide ...do we want someone the media likes (like John McCain, he was their darling) or do we want a real conservative, and have the guts and strength of character not to be deterred by their smears and ridicule?

I don’t want an elite approved media darling, sorry.

It’s Sarah or no one for me.


68 posted on 02/07/2011 7:52:38 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: pissant

to just admit.....


69 posted on 02/07/2011 7:52:58 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: ejdrapes

DeMint just lost a lot of credibility in my book.


70 posted on 02/07/2011 7:53:51 PM PST by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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To: t-dude

I understand what you are saying, but hate being considered an establishment republican because I’m looking at this pragmatically re: Sarah...who, as I’ve said, I adore.

But Reagan was an outsider from CALIFORNIA...his home state brought brought like 20% of the needed electoral college votes to actually win. No Dem is going to win if they lose CA.

Since 50% of the population voted for a known socialist last election, you have to look at demographics IMO.


71 posted on 02/07/2011 7:54:19 PM PST by Ethrane ("obsta principiis")
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To: ejdrapes

If DeMint goes for Jeb, I’ve got to conclude he’s a faker on illegal immigration. And if he’s a faker on illegal immigration it is fair to wonder what else he’s a faker on. After going for Romney in ‘08, DeMint seriously needs to be questioned here.


72 posted on 02/07/2011 7:54:41 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: ejdrapes

Would Jeb be the front runner right now if his last name was Smith?


73 posted on 02/07/2011 7:55:10 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: DJ MacWoW

Agreed. No more family members of any presidents. Cripes.


74 posted on 02/07/2011 7:55:31 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

The choice is a fast death of our country with Obama or a slow one with another Bush. It wouldn’t make a real difference.


75 posted on 02/07/2011 7:57:07 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

It would be almost as fast with Jeb Bush. I see very little differnece between him and obama. Come on in illegal immigrants and the ones that are here: immediate citizenship.


76 posted on 02/07/2011 7:58:41 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

Bwahahaha!!! DeMint or Barbour is not going to win the nomination nationwide.


77 posted on 02/07/2011 7:59:37 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: onyx
Yes and I also remember him during the Schiavo thing. He made statements and promises and backed down like the coward he is.

My sister also said that when he was Gov his wife seldom lived with him. There's a whole lot there that we don't hear about.

78 posted on 02/07/2011 8:01:23 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: 9YearLurker

First, he didn’t say that Jeb was his be all and end all choice...just that he’d do a good job. What do you want him to say....all these guys are hacks? In the grand scheme of things, considering Obama as president, Jeb would be better. Not my choice, but....better than what we have and with a conservative congress?

Personally, I think Jeb is a non-starter...radioactive to the left AND right. Not gonna happen.

But Reagan didn’t speak ill of other Republicans either.


79 posted on 02/07/2011 8:01:42 PM PST by Ethrane ("obsta principiis")
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To: ejdrapes

Say it ain’t him, Jim!

- JP


80 posted on 02/07/2011 8:02:21 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: ejdrapes

The up side of a Jeb candidacy (as oppposed to a dozen other RINOs I could name) is that when he loses to the Comrade that will be the end of the Bush family AND the Repuke party and good riddance to all of them.

Of course, we COULD just nominate Palin and WIN the presidency in 2012. But I guess that would be too easy.

So here’s looking toward a heated primary season with great minds like Romney, Jeb and Pawlenty slugging it out. It should make everyone long for the salad days of McCain or Dole or Ford.

(And after losing 40 states in 2012, the remnant and distant third party Repukos can nominate Lindsay Graham in 2016.)


81 posted on 02/07/2011 8:02:21 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: Ethrane

Take a look at the 2010 map.

If Palin wins the McCain states from 2008, plus the states that her endorsed candidates won in 2010, she wins in a landslide. Many of those states went Republican in the governorship, the state legislature, and House and Senate seats. Some turned completely RED (republican)

The vast majority of her endorsed candidates won, despite the media focus on a couple loses, and the beltway elites blaming her for losing the Senate (so bogus, as she was instrumental in the record victory in the house and governorships)

She and the Tea Party are the wild card. and the movement is just getting rolling.


82 posted on 02/07/2011 8:03:39 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: onyx
Well my hopes for 2012 are #1 Palin, #2 Bachmann and #3 DeMint,
now after his Bush statement it's #1 Palin, #2 Bachmann,...............
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...........................................................................................#3 DeMint.
He's slipping fast, just about off my page if he's in the Bushes :^)
83 posted on 02/07/2011 8:06:06 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: 9YearLurker

Palin, Jeb, Mitt, Perry, Barbour, Huntsman, are all amnesty queens. Big time.


84 posted on 02/07/2011 8:06:52 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: rintense
I think DeMint was just being nice...and non-committal.

Meanwhile, Ron Reagan Jr’s speech to a busboy at a Seattle area Denny’s isn’t expected to be covered by any media outlets. - Doug Powers

85 posted on 02/07/2011 8:09:57 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall
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To: pissant

So what, are we going to have to run Sheriff Joe?


86 posted on 02/07/2011 8:10:33 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: t-dude

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.


87 posted on 02/07/2011 8:12:31 PM PST by Ethrane ("obsta principiis")
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To: DJ MacWoW; onyx

Wasn’t Jeb part of that group who said the Era of Reagan is over. I think they help their meeting in some pizza joint.


88 posted on 02/07/2011 8:13:11 PM PST by Clyde5445 (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; Al B.; onyx; Lakeshark; sarah fan UK

Let’s see. Demint endorsed Romney in 2008 and, in a letter, praised his RomneyCare debacle which had just passed. Now he is praising Jeb Bush as a great candidate and hoping he or Rick Perry will run. He will only run if no one else is available. Sheesh. Is he for real?

This guy lacks the judgment to be President. And he lacks the guts. He has been cowed ever since taking a little heat after the 2010 elections over O’Donnell and Miller.

If he wants to run, Demint needs to ditch his cornpone Hamlet routine and come on in. Sarah Palin will beat him like a yard dog.

As of today: Demint has 597,000 google hits.

http://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1333&bih=622&q=jim+Demint&btnG=Google+Search#sclient=psy&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=mC0&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&biw=1333&bih=622&q=%22jim+demint%22&aq=4o&aqi=g4g-o1&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&fp=abe2b028df37c813

As of today, Sarah Palin has 56,200,000 google hits.

http://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1333&bih=622&q=jim+Demint&btnG=Google+Search#sclient=psy&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=eE0&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&biw=1333&bih=622&q=%22sarah+Palin%22&aq=0&aqi=g4g-o1&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&fp=abe2b028df37c813

In other words, she leads him by about 100-1. He will need to come up with $4 or $5 billion in the next week to buy a sliver of the name recognition she commands.

The good news for Demint: He is much closer in facebook fans. Palin is only clobbering him there by a mere 22-1 (or 2,739,000 to 127,000).

Demint poses about as much of an electoral threat to Palin as Old Yeller would pose to an Abrams tank.


89 posted on 02/07/2011 8:14:58 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: 9YearLurker

I wish. But I’ll settle for Cain, DeMint or Bachmann. Though I readily admit that DeMint has very poor taste when it comes to endorsements sometimes. Jeb? Perry? E-frickin-Gads.


90 posted on 02/07/2011 8:16:23 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: t-dude

‘You will not hear Rove or Krauthammer or Will or any other beltway pundit on Fox promoting Palin; she is like Reagan, an outsider who is not part of their RINOcracy. They didn’t want Reagan’

Will was an early and ardent Reagan supporter, who wrote material for candidate Reagan while serving as a columnist.


91 posted on 02/07/2011 8:16:53 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Clyde5445; onyx

I honestly don’t know. I don’t pay attention to Jeb as I really can’t stand him. I don’t know why but he irritates the c**p out of me.


92 posted on 02/07/2011 8:18:28 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: upsdriver
BTW, as good as DeMint may be, he is still one of the beltway elites.

Is he, really? Would you please expand on that?

Meanwhile, Ron Reagan Jr’s speech to a busboy at a Seattle area Denny’s isn’t expected to be covered by any media outlets. - Doug Powers

93 posted on 02/07/2011 8:20:11 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall
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To: onyx

‘It would be almost as fast with Jeb Bush. I see very little differnece between him and obama. Come on in illegal immigrants and the ones that are here: immediate citizenship.’

Excluding amnesty (which I don’t), what are the major similarities between Jeb Bush and Obama.


94 posted on 02/07/2011 8:22:23 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Oh yes. He was the governor!


95 posted on 02/07/2011 8:24:26 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
Sometimes I like to imagine what the national campaign would look like...

vs


96 posted on 02/07/2011 8:25:22 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: Clyde5445; DJ MacWoW

Yes, Jeb pronounced the end of the Reagan Era.
He’s been proved wrong about that. also
Jeb is not a conservative.


97 posted on 02/07/2011 8:26:19 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; Clyde5445
Jeb is not a conservative.

Turkeys seldom are. ;-)

98 posted on 02/07/2011 8:30:38 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: pissant

Not any of those, IMO, has a chance of the nomination, let alone of beating Barry. (Yeah, I know, Sheriff Joe doesn’t have a prayer either.) 2012 is too important for a self-stroking vote, which will only assure a Romney win—and loss to Obama.

Sigh.


99 posted on 02/07/2011 8:30:57 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: ejdrapes

Jeb and Palin share the same position on illegal immigration...Hmmm.


100 posted on 02/07/2011 8:31:49 PM PST by FTJM
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