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South Carolina Needs to Pick a Better Prom Queen
Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2011 | Mark Baisley

Posted on 01/02/2012 8:40:08 AM PST by Kaslin

As a junior in high school, I once locked eyes with the homecoming queen. We just stared directly at each other from 50 feet apart while our classmates bustled around us. She was completely out of my league; completely. It would have been more appropriate for me to turn my eyes away and find someone more fitting for my caste.

But I was smitten. And only a bold gaze in that moment would challenge her favor, or finalize my rejection.

There are those moments in life. We cannot create them. Planets rarely align themselves. But sometimes they do align.

Timing being everything, this year, 2012, is a moment for the citizens of the United States of America to act courageously in finding their new President.

We are not replacing a bumbling peanut farmer from Georgia this time. We are repudiating a flirtation with socialism that has become quite serious. The pendulum is crashing in reverse and our next decision will be crucial.

Do not imagine how comfortable life could be two years from now. Imagine how history will regard us 100 years from now.

In the year 2112, Thomas Kincaid paintings will not be revered in American art museums. But aficionados will wait in line to view a John Singer Sargent portrait.

American auto museums will not display Chevrolet Impalas. But they will boast a Duesenberg phaeton.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will recount how Coach John Fox could have played safe with the steady hand of Kyle Orton. But he made the intrepid decision of handing the ball to Tim Tebow mid-season.

California is locked in an economic death spiral. Chicago style politics have occupied the nation’s capitol. And, the entire country has been saddled with a Massachusetts-like socialized health care program.

The liberal disease that has gripped the United States of America will not be cured with aspirin. This is no time for sensible restraint. This is the time for lionhearted resolve.

The GOP race for the presidency has settled into three camps; the libertarians represented by Ron Paul, the establishment Republicans represented by Mitt Romney, and the conservatives represented by Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.

I appreciate the influence that Congressman Paul’s constitutional steadfastness has had on the public discourse. But I am afraid that the clear and present threat of Islamofascism would flourish under a President Paul doctrine of peace through isolationism. The ideology simply does not account for the reality of America being under attack right now.

Mitt Romney is the ideal candidate for the Grand Old Party establishment. He has been adjusting his brand for years to accomplish the goal of getting elected as President of the United States. He has the right look, temperament and resume for the job. If this were 1954, Mitt Romney might be the advisable choice for president. But the next president will not inherit American Graffiti from Barack Obama.

Together, the delegates now shared among the four conservative candidates, Bachmann, Gingrich, Perry and Santorum, carry the majority vote. Once three of these contenders withdraw, the conservative activists will strongly control the choice of Republican Nominee. I assert that this is the time for the feisty, experienced, battle-hardened, intellectual, and edgy Newt Gingrich.

Bachmann, Perry and Santorum would do fine as President. But Newt Gingrich brings the right measure of eccentricity necessary to run through the temple overturning the tables of the money changers. And Mitt Romney standing beside Newt Gingrich is like a bowl of corn flakes soaking in 2-percent next to a tureen of bouillabaisse. The cereal will give you comfort. The bouillabaisse will nourish your DNA.

We have before us the rare opportunity to accept an offer of presidential service from someone who is already a colorful character in American history. We do not have to wonder about Newt Gingrich’s hidden imperfections. Over the past 30 years, he has acted as reserved as a peacock in mating season. We have heard both the rumors of his bad behavior and his assertiveness during the presidential debates. In the end, Newt’s ideological pronouncements are the more memorable.

Iowa’s Caucus process is intriguing and we will all be watching on January 3. But Iowa does not choose the party’s nominee; South Carolina does.

So, to South Carolina: Please, please -- do not make the safe play. Remember that in 2008 you chose John McCain. And in 1996, you chose Bob Dole. And in 1988, George Herbert Walker Bush. This time, let’s embrace the risk of a candidate who is beholden to American founding principles, whose prospects frighten the political elite, and whose art of speech will inspire America’s industrial and military resolve.

I know this as certainly as I know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning; If my wife had not responded to my rapt stare back in the 11th Grade, I would still be wondering.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: prom; teens

1 posted on 01/02/2012 8:40:11 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

>>The liberal disease that has gripped the United States of America will not be cured with aspirin. This is no time for sensible restraint. This is the time for lionhearted resolve.

It is a cancer that calls for chemo, radiation, and even surgery.


2 posted on 01/02/2012 8:44:15 AM PST by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: Kaslin

Anyone get the tag number off that truck????


3 posted on 01/02/2012 8:47:06 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t S.C. the state that has repeatedly elected Lindsay Graham???

Can they be trusted?


4 posted on 01/02/2012 8:47:16 AM PST by kjo
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To: Kaslin

I agree with this guy. Newt is not perfect, but he’s feisty and scrappy, and I like that.


5 posted on 01/02/2012 8:49:11 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Kaslin

The SC Governor endorsed Romney.


6 posted on 01/02/2012 8:49:48 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Santorum will win South Carolina. He is the MORAL CONSERVATIVE.


7 posted on 01/02/2012 8:51:01 AM PST by napscoordinator (A miracle is happening before our eyes! Rick Santorum 2012!!!!!)
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To: Kaslin

Newt has been consistently polling way ahead of Willard. I don’t think Iowa or NH is going to change that.


8 posted on 01/02/2012 8:51:35 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

We cannot go on paying people to sit at home.

Certainly I would be the last one to wish a hardship on anyone, but we cannot go on passing out money to people who will not work.

There are a lot of people who are refusing to work at low pay or pay less than they were making before being laid off.So they go on collecting Unemployment, and we keep extending it.If it never runs out it will never stop and some of these people will never work again.It has to stop. It has reached the point where those who do work can no longer support those that don’t.


9 posted on 01/02/2012 8:51:46 AM PST by Venturer
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To: kjo
Isn’t S.C. the state that has repeatedly elected Lindsay Graham???

And also Jim DeMint. Hopefully we will hear an endorsement from Senator DeMint before SC goes to the polls. I think he'll echo the author of this article ...

So, to South Carolina: Please, please -- do not make the safe play. I assert that this is the time for the feisty, experienced, battle-hardened, intellectual, and edgy Newt Gingrich.

10 posted on 01/02/2012 8:53:43 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: kjo
Isn’t S.C. the state that has repeatedly elected Lindsay Graham???

Can they be trusted?

Until we have closed primaries here, probably not. It isn't the Republican voters who elected Lindsee in the primary, it was 'rat crossovers who like him just fine.

11 posted on 01/02/2012 8:55:14 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Kaslin
Newt has the tangible skills and intellect to put America back to work just like Reagan did.


12 posted on 01/02/2012 8:57:24 AM PST by show
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To: Kaslin

Newt has the capacity to effectively make the most needed changes, most rapidly.

Those concerned about potential over reaching by Newt, need to remind themselves of the checks and balances in government.


13 posted on 01/02/2012 8:57:54 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: napscoordinator

When is the SC caucus, do you know? What date, I mean?


14 posted on 01/02/2012 8:59:37 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Kaslin
Mitt Romney is the ideal candidate for the Grand Old Party establishment.

Newt is as establishment as they come.

15 posted on 01/02/2012 9:06:39 AM PST by cowboyway (Molon labe : Deo Vindice : "Rebellion is always an option!!"--Jim Robinson)
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To: org.whodat

?


16 posted on 01/02/2012 9:15:15 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Jim will not endorse noot, never going to happen. As Rush and Mark have both said Rick is a good man. My guess is Jim may endorse Rick, senators seem to stick together..


17 posted on 01/02/2012 9:15:15 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: Kaslin
Newt Gingrich brings the right measure of eccentricity necessary to run through the temple overturning the tables of the money changers.

Spoken by the man who won the prom queen!

18 posted on 01/02/2012 9:36:11 AM PST by b9 (I see smart people.)
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To: G Larry

BUMP!


19 posted on 01/02/2012 9:37:48 AM PST by b9 (I see smart people.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

January 21st is their primary, less than 3 weeks away.


20 posted on 01/02/2012 9:40:08 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: napscoordinator

I have always liked Santorum and might even vote for him in our primary on March 6th


21 posted on 01/02/2012 10:05:03 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: A_perfect_lady; Kaslin
I agree with this guy. Newt is not perfect, but he’s feisty and scrappy, and I like that.

I also agree. I was listening to the radio the other day, and a caller mentioned that the problem wasn't the pols, it was the electorate. He said that you have about 35%-40% of the people who think that Socialism and big government are not only normal, but advisable. He said (and he's right) that we need a candidate and a President who can teach the public WHY capitalism and freedom are not only inextricably linked, but essential to this nation if we're to avoid a coming dark age.

Anyone opposed to Newt should remember that we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician. By definition, that means someone imperfect, someone with votes and stands that are, in retrospect, far less than ideal. But we need someone on our side who can not only articulate ideas in a cogent fashion, but do so aggressively and without any shame. It is time for conservatives to stop apologizing and start attacking the enemies of our Republic, to take it back because we are correct, because our ideas are time-tested and moral.

Remember also that the Perfect is the enemy of the Good. Good is better than the anti-American enemy of our Republic that currently occupies the WH, and since Perfect doesn't exist we'll end up stuck with the present occupant.

22 posted on 01/02/2012 10:08:39 AM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah.....I gave our prom queen a “Hey baby!” stare.....it was last week.....hadn’t seen her in years.....I don’t know how you can confuse “staring” with “stalking”......stupid judge.


23 posted on 01/02/2012 10:08:44 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: thulldud
Until we have closed primaries here, probably not. It isn't the Republican voters who elected Lindsee in the primary, it was 'rat crossovers who like him just fine.

Ditto for McCain in '08.

24 posted on 01/02/2012 10:10:03 AM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: Kaslin
If this were 1954, Mitt Romney might be the advisable choice for president.

In a dastardly act of evil republicanism, Eisenhower canceled the election that year and as a result, it wasn't held until 1956.

25 posted on 01/02/2012 10:16:01 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: l8pilot; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; A Strict Constructionist; ...
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26 posted on 01/02/2012 10:32:41 AM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: cowboyway

evidently you don’t understand what “the establishment” means


27 posted on 01/02/2012 10:52:58 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: org.whodat

first of all DeMint said he’s not endorsing anyone for President and secondly he wouldn’t endorse big government, debt rising Santorum who campaigned against Pat Toomey and for Arlen Specter..


28 posted on 01/02/2012 11:03:58 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
Yes but rick did not spend all his time slopping off of the tax payers in dc since he left office, and did not lobby for fanny and Freddie for 1.6 million.
29 posted on 01/02/2012 11:18:53 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: Kaslin

“...the conservatives represented by Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum...”
Say What? Howd he fit Newt in there? or even Perry?


30 posted on 01/02/2012 11:20:49 AM PST by dixjea
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To: org.whodat

this country is in deep trouble and neither Milquetoast Romney or Santorum are going to fix it.. btw I really couldn’t care less about Gingrich’s company making 200 thou a year from Fannie and Freddie.. hell they were making bigger loans than that to individual customers...friggin peanuts


31 posted on 01/02/2012 11:24:16 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: A_perfect_lady

January 21, 2012.


32 posted on 01/02/2012 11:28:43 AM PST by napscoordinator (A miracle is happening before our eyes! Rick Santorum 2012!!!!!)
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To: Ancesthntr
Anyone opposed to Newt should remember that we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.

I like this so much that I'm going to...

33 posted on 01/02/2012 12:14:27 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Anyone opposed to Newt should remember: we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.)
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To: Kaslin

When I saw “prom queen” in the title I thought the article was about Lindsey Graham.


34 posted on 01/02/2012 12:35:31 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: G Larry
need to remind themselves of the checks and balances in government.


35 posted on 01/02/2012 4:32:30 PM PST by itsahoot (Throw them all out! Especially the Frugal Socialists who call themselves Republicans.)
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To: kjo

No SC can NOT be trusted! Not only have the good people re-elected Graham(nesty) but also gave the world Alvin Greene...... Plus our tea party backed Gov endorsed Mittens. I pray SC makes a good decision in january....


36 posted on 01/02/2012 6:57:02 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
evidently you don’t understand what “the establishment” means

Perhaps it's you that doesn't understand what an 'establishment repub' is.

37 posted on 01/03/2012 6:51:39 AM PST by cowboyway (Molon labe : Deo Vindice : "Rebellion is always an option!!"--Jim Robinson)
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To: cowboyway

I have been voting Republican for over 30 years and educated in college as a political science and history major... I know what the Republican establishment is and it’s a fact they aren’t backing Newt Gingrich.. Gingrich is hated by the establishment


38 posted on 01/03/2012 12:24:53 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
Gingrich is hated by the establishment

But he's part of it and definitely part of the Washington establishment. However, it's a moot point. After last night he's done like dinner.

39 posted on 01/04/2012 4:31:15 AM PST by cowboyway (Molon labe : Deo Vindice : "Rebellion is always an option!!"--Jim Robinson)
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