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Gingrich Hit Hard by Iowa Mailers
New York Times ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jeff Zeleny

Posted on 12/31/2011 8:43:11 PM PST by lbryce

A prevailing headline from Iowa has been the decline of Newt Gingrich, who attributes the fall in his standing to a barrage of negative advertisements from his Republican rivals and their allies. The criticism on television is pointed, but the attacks arriving by mail are even sharper and carry a far longer shelf life than a fleeting 30-second commercial.

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” says a brochure that hit mailboxes this week. If the message wasn’t clear, another postcard declared, “Old Dog, Newt Tricks.”

For all the talk about the confidence of Mitt Romney in the days before the Iowa caucuses next week, his campaign continues to relentlessly hammer Mr. Gingrich. While Mr. Gingrich and his advisers concede that the negative messages have damaged his candidacy, not everyone on the receiving end of the mail agrees.

Kim Reem, a Republican activist from Cedar Rapids, has been saving some of her political mail for the past week for The New York Times. Much of it attacks Mr. Gingrich, a tactic she said has not been persuasive.

“I haven’t had a piece of Romney mail on Romney in quite some time,” Ms. Reem said. “I assume he is making such big tracks shredding on Newt that he has given up campaigning on his own merits.”

But a poll released Friday showed that Mr. Gingrich has lost more than half of his support. He was leading in the NBC News/Marist Poll conducted earlier this month, but currently is backed by only 13 percent of the voters surveyed. He is in a three-way tie with Rick Santorum (15 percent) and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas (14 percent).

“Romney’s negative mail campaign tells me he is afraid of Newt,” Ms. Reem said. “And he should be.

(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...


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Newt seemed to be the candidate postioned with the best GOP credentials from among the Republican pack, certainly in a way that should have differentiated him to his benefit, but instead Newt faltered. To those who've been puzzled by his poor showing this article reveals the strategies some of which contributed to his poor showing.
1 posted on 12/31/2011 8:43:18 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Every candidate has had a rise .... and a fall.

Why should Newt be any different?


2 posted on 12/31/2011 8:46:10 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

Yea, that’s the anti-Willard revolving door for you.

Whatever happens, I’ll be glad to have heard the end of it. In fact, I hope next cycle they get moved to dead last so I never have to hear about the Iowa caucus ever, ever, ever again.


3 posted on 12/31/2011 8:59:40 PM PST by COgamer
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To: lbryce

if the non Romney people don’t consolidate behind Gingrich in SC it all over.. I’ll do my part


4 posted on 12/31/2011 9:00:03 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: lbryce

I have just 3 words for Mr. Romney:

South Carolina
Florida

Can’t wait.


5 posted on 12/31/2011 9:11:00 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: lbryce

I’m convinced these ads are being put out by The Messiah’s people - they don’t know how to run against Gingrich and they fear him.


6 posted on 12/31/2011 9:11:05 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Very odd election, all centered on those debates. The whole process starts way too early.


7 posted on 12/31/2011 9:23:34 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Rembrandt; dixiechick2000; ntnychik
Radio ads and mailers by Acme Backbiting PAC.

Romney tried to pave Iowa in 2008 with glossy brochures.

Rinse, repeat.

Robocall after robocall; a Paulista from a boiler room; press one for Mitt Romney.

Oh, and Ann Coulter, who apparently found Bill Maher a hunk, sound bites for the rebranded Romney.

While Bachmann's stooge ran off to Paulistan.

The Death Star allows only three choices, none conservative.


8 posted on 12/31/2011 9:25:27 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Impy

It is odd. I don’t think anyone likes the candidates ... not even the Newt supporters.

And, yes, way too early.


9 posted on 12/31/2011 9:37:28 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: lbryce

This isn’t the big game, this is just Iowa, a state full of folks willing to vote for Romney and Paul, making them look like a bunch of inbred idiots.

As Bevis and Butthead used to say, “Iowans are Cornholios.”


10 posted on 12/31/2011 9:37:52 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: lbryce
Oh yeah, here we go.

Gingrich Hit Hard by Iowa Mailers

A prevailing headline from Iowa has been the decline of Newt Gingrich,

But a poll released Friday showed that Mr. Gingrich has lost more than half of his support.

"NBC News" poll. Yeah, right, it probably did not get out of the NYC area codes.

This is SOP communist agenda donk propaganda to create the atmosphere that all republican candidates are dirt-chewing hillbillies except mittwitt which is ascending to the heavens riding a magic carpet of halos and cherubs.

They know Mittwitt is the ONE jerk that the evil republicans will falter in turning out to vote for because Mitt is nothing but a "D" with a couple of fairly vertical lines on the bottom.

If ANYONE else besides Mittwitt gets the pubbie nomination jug-ears is a goner...
.

11 posted on 12/31/2011 9:37:57 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

He’s 5th right now. The Anti-Romney folks need to get behind Santorum.


12 posted on 12/31/2011 9:40:14 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: Gator113
What an idiotic post...
13 posted on 12/31/2011 9:41:10 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Gator113

Can I use that for an Ad?

“IOWANS ARE CORNHOLIOS”

vote newt


14 posted on 12/31/2011 9:41:21 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: lbryce

This clown Romney has been stuck on 25 percent since the thing began—and he trashes Gingrich to the benefit of only Paul and Santorum. But he’s too big an a’hole to figure it out. The Repuke insiders have hand-picked him at this point, and we see that he’ll just end up losing to Obama in the end,


15 posted on 12/31/2011 9:41:25 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Haha!

Funny, you should see the posts about California. One develops a tough hide.


16 posted on 12/31/2011 9:43:41 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: devolve

This is the strangest election cycle I’ve ever seen, it’s like a ferris wheel........


17 posted on 12/31/2011 9:44:34 PM PST by potlatch (*snip*~ Having the right to be angry does not give one the right to be cruel. ~*snip*)
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To: lbryce

This must be the mailer Beckel was talking about on The 5 last week.


18 posted on 12/31/2011 9:44:57 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Rembrandt
they don’t know how to run against Gingrich and they fear him.

They'd better fear him.

Newt didn't become Speaker by waiting patiently for his turn, playing patty-cake with opponents or suffering fools gladly.

One of the reasons Newt gets a lot of grief from some former members of Congress is that he blew up the old-boys network. He bypassed people with seniority to appoint committee chairmen committed to moving his agenda through the house.

Newt went rogue before Sarah Palin knew the meaning of the word.

19 posted on 12/31/2011 9:46:20 PM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: BenKenobi

No thank you.

The MSM is pumping him to split votes.


20 posted on 12/31/2011 9:47:24 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: VanDeKoik

Santorum is ahead of Newt.

Newt is the one splitting votes, not the other way around.

Newt is splitting the Conservative vote.


21 posted on 12/31/2011 9:51:58 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: Yankee

When he wasn’t sitting on couches with Pelosi.

Going rogue? Sure. Going off the reservervation too...


22 posted on 12/31/2011 9:53:56 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: BenKenobi; HereInTheHeartland

Made me really lol. The political meme of 2012. Happy New Year!


23 posted on 12/31/2011 9:56:04 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:The bastard offspring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Yes. Having lived in CA awhile; I find those stupid as well.

Shallow thinking when people attempt to make a general statements about people based on geography or some other factor.


24 posted on 12/31/2011 9:56:53 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: BenKenobi

Fine. Knock yourself out. Rick Santorum will be the President of Iowa because he goes nowhere after that.


25 posted on 12/31/2011 10:00:07 PM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: potlatch
NEWT VOTED FOR THE LAUTENBERG LAW

An unconstitutional violation of the 2nd Ammendment

COME AND GET MY COLT .44-40 NEWT

26 posted on 12/31/2011 10:02:41 PM PST by devolve
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Agreed!

We are all one great USA ... except for some stupid idiots!

=:o)


27 posted on 12/31/2011 10:05:18 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: lbryce

Sometimes, a single, sincere, personal request for votes on the final night before election day can mean a lot. Gingrich needs to acknowledge (NOT whine or complain) that he’s been beaten up badly by Romney’s relentless negative campaign. He should even admit that maybe some of it is deserved. “But...” (And this is where Newt claims to be the genuine, believable conservative in the race. He promises he will not let us down. He smiles and humbly asks for our votes.)

Romney has gone negative because he has nothing to lose, and has nothing positive to say about himself that anyone would believe. Romney and the GOP establishment see Romney as this year’s Dole/McCain. They figure the mindless chattering class who starts to pay attention in the last few weeks before any election will shrug and say, “Yeah, okay... What the heck. Romney, I guess,” and vote for him.

The scumbag GOP establishment elite has no interest in promoting or fielding a genuinely exciting candidate - - like Ronald Reagan, for example - - because in the end, those simple animals just want to selfishly go along to get along.

Whatever. Personally, I WILL NOT vote for Romney. NO WAY will I reward the scumbag GOP establishment elite for their complicity in pushing Mittens down the party’s throat. No way. May God strike me dead if I vote for Mittens.


28 posted on 12/31/2011 10:20:53 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Yankee

Worth mentioning, Newt ran with Lee Atwater. Ed Rollins, Newt Gingrich and Lee Atwater were known as the 3 Amigos, and everyone feared them, even those that loved them.

Boy the way Glen Miller played
Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us we had it made,
Those were the days.


29 posted on 12/31/2011 10:27:40 PM PST by papasmurf (I pledge to vote (R). How 'bout you?)
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To: BenKenobi
When he wasn’t sitting on couches with Pelosi.

He sat on the couch with "Bubba" Clinton, too. When Clinton got up, he was missing half his a$$. There is a method to his madness, and it has proven successful in the past. Rick is a great guy, but he's not quite ready for prime time. He would be a fantastic asset for Pres. Gingrich.

30 posted on 12/31/2011 10:31:31 PM PST by papasmurf (I pledge to vote (R). How 'bout you?)
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To: BenKenobi

4th per tonight’s Des Moines Register poll.


31 posted on 12/31/2011 10:43:08 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: lbryce

Tuesday in Iowa will go..

1. Santoru-boooom
2. Willard the Lib
3. Racist Ronnie
4. Speaker Newt

^ ALL FOUR MOVE ON ^

5. Ravishing Rick ..drops out to keep Texas #1
6. Michele My Belle ..drops out to keep Minnesota ummm... I don’t know.. #38?


32 posted on 12/31/2011 10:52:35 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Lancey Howard

Oh brother. He played the crying game the other day. If that staged performance didn’t change people’s minds, nothing will. Go Santorum!!!


33 posted on 12/31/2011 11:04:22 PM PST by napscoordinator (Happy New Year's! The Year the Nightmare is OVER!!!!!)
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To: CainConservative

I love it. the only question is, how will Michelle seriously do. I am not convinced that Iowa won’t provide her some support for being born there and winning the AIMS whatever it was. Keep in mind they want that AIMS thing recognized and not see it going to a “loser” at the caucus.

I believe it will go like this:
Santorum
Romney
Bachmann
Paul
Perry
Newt
Huntsman


34 posted on 12/31/2011 11:08:44 PM PST by napscoordinator (Happy New Year's! The Year the Nightmare is OVER!!!!!)
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To: napscoordinator

Yeah, I’m with you. I am proud to have voted for Santorum three times for Senator, and I would love the opportunity to vote Santorum for President. Go, Rick!


35 posted on 12/31/2011 11:11:23 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: napscoordinator

By the way, Iowa sure is getting a lot of extra attention this year.
Didn’t Mike Huckabee win this Iowa “caucus” thing last year?


36 posted on 12/31/2011 11:16:35 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: napscoordinator

If Newt came in 6th, it would break my heart and 81.4% of the folks at this site.

: (

I kinda think (and pray) he comes in 4th to fight it out in SC, the Decider State : )


37 posted on 12/31/2011 11:21:13 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Lancey Howard

Yep, and then Huck got blown out by McCain in South Carolina! A complete bloodbath. Oh, wait..

McCain 33%
Huckabee 30%
Thompson 16%
Romney 15%
Paul 4%


38 posted on 12/31/2011 11:28:13 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Lancey Howard

Fast Freddy Thompson (McCain’s buddy) was kind of a spoiler in ‘08 SC.


39 posted on 12/31/2011 11:31:30 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: lbryce
Gingrich, Gerson, and Sharia
40 posted on 12/31/2011 11:32:07 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: PhilDragoo

BTTT


41 posted on 12/31/2011 11:56:45 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: InterceptPoint

Unfortunately for Newt, the same ad attacks will follow him here in SC and FL, on the radio, t.v., and through the mail. Unless he can get out in front of it, make an incredibly strong showing, he will face the same fate as the drop in polling that’s happened in Iowa. As an aside, while out yesterday morning in the great Upstate of SC, I saw an incredibly large sign for Newt in a great strategic location. Here’s hoping for the best; the thought of a Romney nomination sickens me to the core.


42 posted on 01/01/2012 12:53:06 AM PST by Mean Maryjean
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To: Yankee

Why is a Yankee supporting Newt over Santorum?


43 posted on 01/01/2012 1:19:51 AM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: HereInTheHeartland; Gator113

Hardly...Ron Paul is actually leading in many Iowa polls so much that indeed I can say with certainty that around one in five Iowans who answers polls in Iowa is daft

In a state with scarce minority vote yet the democrat turnout at their primary dwarfs ours

So you tell me...why in the hell does the GOP pick two such eccentric states to open

If they had the balls to open with Mississippi, Alabama we would always at least get a social conservative a head start

Ron Paul is a more lefty than not nutcase who only brings pro dope and anti war kids who are usually dems to the primary


44 posted on 01/01/2012 1:20:36 AM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: papasmurf

Last I checked Clinton won that battle.


45 posted on 01/01/2012 1:20:46 AM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: wardaddy

As Rush Limbaugh has been saying, in the last few years he’s realized the RNC is not interested in appealing to the conservative base. Their whole agenda is to appeal to “moderates” or “independents.” I think they just assume they have us in their back pocket and therefore don’t need to do anything to attract us. They have to be sent a message that they’re wrong. One sure way to do it would be to run a more conservative third party candidate if they give us Mittney Mouse as our nominee. Maybe the cooler heads would say to infiltrate the GOP from the ground up with Tea Partiers and get it taken over from the inside more slowly.


46 posted on 01/01/2012 1:40:23 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: Mean Maryjean

Florida behaved very differently from SC last time. Huckabee was 4th and Rudy beat him. Mitt did a lot better there too. The religious conservative vote didn’t seem to be much of a factor there as it is in IA and SC.

Mitt Romney really needs to lose SC and FL to be taken out of the running. FL is really where Newt has to make his biggest stand. If he wins there, it could really turn things around in his favor. If he doesn’t, then it’s hard to see how he continues. If Mitt wins IA and FL, then I think the primary is over.

South Carolina:
John McCain 147,733 33.15% 18
Mike Huckabee 132,990 29.84% 6
Fred Thompson 69,681 15.63% 0
Mitt Romney 68,177 15.3% 0
Ron Paul 16,155 3.62% 0
Rudy Giuliani 9,575 2.15% 0

Florida:
John McCain 701,761 36% 45 57
Mitt Romney 604,932 31.03% 18 0
Rudy Giuliani 286,089 14.68% 0 0
Mike Huckabee 262,681 13.47% 4 0
Ron Paul 62,887 3.23% 0 0
Fred Thompson* 22,668 1.16% 0 0


47 posted on 01/01/2012 1:50:33 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: JediJones

1st/2nd: Romney/Paul or Paul/Romney
then:

Santorum
Perry
Gingrich
Bachman
Huntsman


48 posted on 01/01/2012 2:14:22 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: devolve

And yet: The National Association for Gun Rights is a Virginia group run by a gun rights lobbyist. Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond directed questions about Gingrich’s positions to Gingrich’s website – which notes that Gingrich is a supporter of the more well-known National Rifle Association, which has given him top ratings and awarded him a “Defender of the Second Amendment award” in 2010.


49 posted on 01/01/2012 3:06:34 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: BunnySlippers

Frankly I am sick and tired of the Republicans running negative ads against each other in the primaries. It’s stupid. Obama is the real threat, but I guess modern political thinking is just one of giving him a pass and attacking your rivals.

I should quit the Republican party, but I want to stay around and make life uncomfortable for the RINO’s at my caucus. I have seriously thought about registering as a Democrat in the future so I can mess with their primary candidates in their caucus....


50 posted on 01/01/2012 4:22:31 AM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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