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Gingrich Is in No Hurry to Bow Out [Gingrich has "grand ambitions"]
Wall St. J ^ | March 13, 2012 | JANET HOOK and DANNY YADRON

Posted on 03/13/2012 10:17:32 PM PDT by Steelfish

March 13, 2012 Gingrich Is in No Hurry to Bow Out Even After Falling Short of Double Wins in Deep South, Former Speaker Still Sees a Way to Push Fight to the Convention

By JANET HOOK and DANNY YADRON

BILOXI, Miss.—Even as pressure mounts on Newt Gingrich to drop out of the Republican presidential contest, the former House speaker is preparing to stick it out—with a new short-term goal of keeping Mitt Romney from securing the nomination.

Mr. Gingrich faced crucial primary tests Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi, states where he campaigned hard to jump-start his flagging campaign. He lost both to former Sen. Rick Santorum, though he appeared on track to finish a respectable second in both. Even if he had realized his dream of winning both, though, some Republican officials doubt that would have generated enough momentum to win the nomination.

Still, Mr. Gingrich and his advisers say he isn't going anywhere. In a concession speech, Mr. Gingrich was gracious to Mr. Santorum, while calling the results an indictment of Mr. Romney, widely seen as the front-runner. "I believe that after the primaries are over it will be obvious the so-called front-runner in fact didn't get there, and from that point we will be in a whole different conversation," Mr. Gingrich said.

As those remarks suggest, Mr. Gingrich and his campaign have embraced a new goal, which is to block Mr. Romney. "He believes the long haul is to get enough delegates to stop Romney from getting the nomination before the convention," said campaign chairman Bob Walker, a former congressman. "If Romney is stopped, I don't think he gets the nomination at the convention."

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KEYWORDS: gingrich2012; gonude; newtneedsmoney; santorum
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1 posted on 03/13/2012 10:17:35 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Newt bailed on Kansas to go all-in in Alabama and Mississippi. If he can’t win these states, where can he win?


2 posted on 03/13/2012 10:23:00 PM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: Steelfish

I’m glad Newt isn’t dropping out, and has “grand ambitions.”


3 posted on 03/13/2012 10:23:52 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: icwhatudo

This isn’t about beauty contest wins, it is about delegates.


4 posted on 03/13/2012 10:24:38 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Steelfish

Santorum is winning the conservative base. God knows why. Obama will destroy Santorum. MittCare Romney has a better chance against obama.

WtH is wrong with the base?!


5 posted on 03/13/2012 10:27:03 PM PDT by piytar (Rebellion is here! Free Republic is on the front line! NEVER SURRENDER!)
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To: KJC1
I’m glad Newt isn’t dropping out, and has “grand ambitions.”

Grand or grandiose?

6 posted on 03/13/2012 10:31:22 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Steelfish

You’re a credit to your cause to get Newt supporters to vote for your candidate. /sarc


7 posted on 03/13/2012 10:34:34 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: piytar

You think Romeny will win over Obama? I don’t and I would MUCH rather have Santorum than Romeny. Sure I voted for Newt in Florida but that was ages ago in political time and now NEWT has no chance in hell and is splitting the conservative vote. Time for him to step aside and perhaps take on a VP role for Santorum. Newt is stubborn and his ego won’t let him see reality as he thinks he is the best candidate to beat Obama but he has to beat Romeny first and he has no chance in hell in getting 1140 delegates, and the longer he stays in the race the more he screws it up for Santorum so I almost have to wonder if he is doing this on purpose as Newt isn’t the most conservative guy when you look at him and he more resembles the establishment Republican which is more similar to Romeny.


8 posted on 03/13/2012 10:35:18 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: piytar

“WtH is wrong with the base?!”

Newt has sinned .... Santorum is holy.

** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


9 posted on 03/13/2012 10:37:50 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Steelfish

If Newt is not the nominee, which seems likely, it is a tragedy. If you are supporting santorum, you might as well support obumber because that will be the outcome. And wouldn’t you rather support a winner?


10 posted on 03/13/2012 10:38:30 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: Steelfish

Newt:
Thank you.


11 posted on 03/13/2012 10:41:34 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: piytar
Santorum is winning the conservative base. God knows why. Obama will destroy Santorum. MittCare Romney has a better chance against obama.

You are the second one to say that on FR tonight. I take it the talking-points have gone out from Romney, Inc. eh?
12 posted on 03/13/2012 10:44:16 PM PDT by Antoninus (Goal #1: Defeat Romney. Goal #2: Defeat Obama. If we don't achieve both goals, 2012 is a loss.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

You tell me the difference.


13 posted on 03/13/2012 10:44:31 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: JoSixChip
If Newt is not the nominee, which seems likely, it is a tragedy. If you are supporting santorum, you might as well support obumber because that will be the outcome. And wouldn’t you rather support a winner?

Hey, didn't you suggest Romney would be the better candidate on another thread?

Or did you forget that you're not posting on the Fox News message boards?
14 posted on 03/13/2012 10:46:36 PM PDT by Antoninus (Goal #1: Defeat Romney. Goal #2: Defeat Obama. If we don't achieve both goals, 2012 is a loss.)
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To: JoSixChip

I’m sure you will be supporting Obama come November. Sorry you couldn’t cram a socialist candidate like Gingrich down our throats. Maybe you can get Obama to build the Muslim moon base at tax payer expense.


15 posted on 03/13/2012 10:50:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Steelfish

I am a Newtonian.

I would have loved for Newt to win AL and MS.

That said, neither Newt nor Santorum is going to the convention with the 1144 bound delegates needed for a first ballot win.

The key at this point is to stop Romney. Tonight went a long way toward accomplishing that.

Folks asking either Santorum or Newt to bow out are making assumptions about where each of their voters would go. I don’t think all of the potential Newt voters would choose Santorum over Romney, nor would Santorum voters all choose Newt. Since neither Newt nor Santorum will get to 1144 they might as well both stay in and keep those delegates away from Romney.


16 posted on 03/13/2012 10:54:23 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: nickcarraway

That’s some real crazy talk right there.


17 posted on 03/13/2012 10:55:25 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: piytar
WtH is wrong with the base?!

They are morons.

Cubans keep voting for Castro, Russians keep voting for Putin, and Venezuelans keep voting for Chavez.

It's the reason why the Founders didn't put a right to vote in the Constitution, and why enfranchising women, non tax payers, and imbeciles over the last 100 years means this Republic will fall very soon.

18 posted on 03/13/2012 10:58:30 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: piytar

“Santorum is winning the conservative base. God knows why. Obama will destroy Santorum. MittCare Romney has a better chance against obama. WtH is wrong with the base?!”

What you said.


19 posted on 03/13/2012 10:59:16 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Steelfish

Romney offering Newt something to stay in & keep Romney alive?? It’s the only thing that makes sense. If Gingrich endorsed Santorum it would be a Santorum landslide.


20 posted on 03/13/2012 10:59:27 PM PDT by Da Mav
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To: Steelfish

Romney offering Newt something to stay in & keep Romney alive?? It’s the only thing that makes sense. If Gingrich endorsed Santorum it would be a Santorum landslide.


21 posted on 03/13/2012 10:59:39 PM PDT by Da Mav
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To: Rome2000
It's the reason why the Founders didn't put a right to vote in the Constitution, and why enfranchising women, non tax payers, and imbeciles over the last 100 years means this Republic will fall very soon.

Women? Ouch...

22 posted on 03/13/2012 11:00:00 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: sargon

As Jack Nicholson said in a movie once, the truth is a tough thing to handle.


23 posted on 03/13/2012 11:02:22 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: rogue yam

Please elucidate.


24 posted on 03/13/2012 11:04:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: JoSixChip
If you are supporting santorum, you might as well support obumber

Quit parroting the liberal media.

25 posted on 03/13/2012 11:16:03 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Steelfish
OBAMA SANTORUM, OBAMA THANKS RICK FANS
26 posted on 03/13/2012 11:16:03 PM PDT by FrankR
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To: FrankR
Post #26 from Frank R giving us the spin the liberal media wants us to believe.
27 posted on 03/13/2012 11:19:13 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: piytar; Antoninus

PS - I agree with you (and NO, I don’t support Mittens - it’s just a fact that he’d have a better chance against BHO than Santorum, which isn’t saying much). Neither MR nor RS can beat BHO - Newt could.

I listened again to my hero Breitbart’s speech at CPAC and he was right as usual. He said we really need to vote for whoever ends up running against BHO because he’s that frightening for our country (I’m paraphrasing somewhat), and I will. Maybe if more of us had voted against b. hussein in ‘08, he would’ve lost, but SO many decided to “sit it out” on principle.

I’m just saying that (IMO) neither MR nor RS can beat the Wan, but he has to be stopped. If there weren’t a massive media/establishment shut-out of Newt, and millions more could hear him, he’d defeat Obama and save the Republic with our support.


28 posted on 03/13/2012 11:24:01 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Vendome

Newt, Thank you

Signed,
Romney


29 posted on 03/13/2012 11:26:25 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
Huddle: The key is NOT pressure asserted on Mr. Gingrich himself per se to call it a day after a very admirable, feisty and tenacious 2012 fight, to read the handwriting on the wall, and to cease splitting the Conservative/Tea Party, anti-Willard Romney vote in these critical next days, weeks and maybe months.

The key is looking at his a) key big name endorsers, and b) key big name donors.

Game Plan: As they are way more accessible than the Candidate (or advisors) himself, the necessary and appropriate pleas and pressure can and should be put on THEM to put an end to this nightmarish Conservative Split Dilemma (CSD) the Party is currently suffering that is playing right into Mitt Romney's hands every day that it is allowed to continue. Email, phone, fax, telephone call, online SNS, etc.. Starting with beloved Sarah Palin, though she did not endorse openly, time to read the grassroots riot act to her loud and clear in Wasila that we need a solid united Conservative Front behind one candidate to stop Romney, the RINO, and not a moment too soon. I KNOW for sure she does not want Romney to have the nomination. I believe she could be somewhat of a factor in that outcome at this critical and sensitive time.

I and a few others will try putting in some e-mails tomorrow on this topic, I suggest Santorum supporters do this in addition to pro-actively fundraising, remote canvass phone calls to the states in play and additional work FOR Santorum, in Wisconsin, and Illinois, etc. Engaging in direct combat on this forum or otherwise with those who are very solid and unwavering in their support of the Speaker and do not want him to suspend, and particularly those who spout they would vote for Romney or Obama over Santorum, well, is quite a d*mned waste of time. I wouldn't spend as much time on arguing with one of them as I would going down the hall to pass a bit of water in the latrine. Eagles Up folks. Fasten seatbelts, the MSM and the Romney Camp hits are really, really going to get fierce now. I believe I can already smell the hand of Karl Rove at work. But I guess they dug up all the past dirt on "Big Ricky" (sic) as they could and have have exhausted their opppos ammo, poor babies.

30 posted on 03/13/2012 11:29:28 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Same MSM pimping Mitt as "top electable" to naive GOP voters will be the one to DISMANTLE him later)
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To: Kazan
You can spin it anyway you want it, that's what nominating Santorum will give us...like it or not.

Oh, and I won't be asking you about any of my content, just so you know.
31 posted on 03/13/2012 11:32:31 PM PDT by FrankR
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To: sargon; Rome2000

“It’s the reason why the Founders didn’t put a right to vote in the Constitution, and why enfranchising women, non tax payers, and imbeciles over the last 100 years means this Republic will fall very soon.” “Women? Ouch...”

Well, gotta say that the women’s vote has been (and is) often disturbing. They went for JFK, Clinton, Obama and now Romney. They’re also the major stumbling block for Newt, who is just what our country needs at this time.

I think we conservative females on FR are awesome, but sadly, we don’t represent the majority of women voters, obviously.


32 posted on 03/13/2012 11:36:20 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Kazan
I'll give you some spin that I believe. Rick Santorum will not be a good president for a host of reasons many of which can be heard plainly in his speech if you listen objectively and without hate for the other alternatives. Santorum was a 4%er for very good reason. He didn't pick up until everyone else dropped. He has no vision. I agree with the vast majority of Santorum's positions, but I will only support him as a very last resort.

Most probable outcome, he doesn't win the nomination. Second most probable, he wins the nomination and effectively re-elects Obama. Rosiest pie in the sky scenario, he wins the presidency. In his first term we will lose the entire Congress. If he gets re-elected the subsequent democrat will make Barack Obama look like Barry Goldwater. He can not define nor defend conservative principles. GWB is the posterchild for what happens to conservatives when we elect someone who cannot or will not define and defend our position.

If Newt drops out I will support Romney.

33 posted on 03/13/2012 11:37:36 PM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: llandres
The Republic would be better served if only tax payers and veterans were enfranchised, regardless of gender.

Unfortunately, there is no way to put the universal suffrage horses back in the barn.

We are doomed.

"Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death." James Madison

Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. John Adams: letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.:Thomas Jefferson

34 posted on 03/13/2012 11:50:32 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: Rome2000
I posted the following a few days ago..it fits this thread.

There should be requirements to be allowed to vote.

A landowner (land valued at least 25% of the average)
or
A military veteran

No person who receives public assistance should be allowed to vote. That eventually leads to bums voting for bigger handouts.

To be president you should be required to have served in the military.

The idea that someone could rise to commander in chief and not be a veteran is repugnant to me!

35 posted on 03/14/2012 12:04:44 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: douginthearmy
n. I agree with the vast majority of Santorum's positions, but I will only support him as a very last resort.

So, you agree with the vast majority of his positions on the issues yet believe he can't beat Obama and his policies would resort in Republicans losing Congress?

You must believe then conservative policies will are losing propositions?

36 posted on 03/14/2012 12:05:31 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Rome2000

I certainly agree with you on veterans and property owners/taxpayers. The founders were big on property ownership as a measure of skin in the game. If voting were limited to the Makers rather than the Takers, elections would turn out very differently and BHO wouldn’t be in power.


37 posted on 03/14/2012 12:06:36 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: douginthearmy
Second most probable, he wins the nomination and effectively re-elects Obama. Rosiest pie in the sky scenario, he wins the presidency. In his first term we will lose the entire Congress.

That's all going to be true of Romney.

I'd rather take my chances with a conservative and risk all that than with a liberal like Romney who will push the party to the left and sell conservatives out on issue after issue.

38 posted on 03/14/2012 12:07:39 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Kazan; All
It seems as tempers grow hotter as we get closer to the convention, some of us are not allowed to have and opinion, or a favorite candidate.

Therefore, I'm shutting down my graphics until after the convention so crybabies like Kazan can have free reign to pump his favorite candidate for all he is worth.

CLOSED, CLOSED
39 posted on 03/14/2012 12:11:02 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: FrankR

Thank you. Better to take your ball and go home than attack the last conservative standing that can beat Romney.


40 posted on 03/14/2012 12:12:22 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Steelfish
I'm sticking with Newt, come hell or high water.

The last man standing will get my support, and my Vote.

Until that happens, and the fat Lady finally sings, there is nobody else who has a plan to get the Country back on track except Newt.

Managing the decline is not a strategy, and that is all his competitors, including Obama, have to offer.

41 posted on 03/14/2012 12:14:25 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Kazan
An exception...Just for YOU...
OBAMA BIDEN SANTOS, OBAMA BIDEN CELEBRATE
42 posted on 03/14/2012 12:16:04 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: nickcarraway

Newt will chew Obummder up in any debate, either of those other guys will not survive Obummder’s spin and BS!


43 posted on 03/14/2012 12:21:22 AM PDT by Dadofmany
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To: Rome2000

LOL


44 posted on 03/14/2012 12:23:34 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: FrankR
Frank, keep them coming. Not all of us are koolaid drinkers

for Ricky. If I were on Obama's side, I would be going to bed with a grin on my face.

45 posted on 03/14/2012 12:24:22 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Steelfish

Nuh-unh. That doesn’t work. John King on CNN has some great stats he demonstrated tonight on is electronic delegate map, showing how gingrich staying in, even with generous state wins for Santorum, Helps Romney Get Delegates. If he steps out, Santorum quickly catches up to Romney.

It’s time.


46 posted on 03/14/2012 12:28:59 AM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: piytar

Obama will not be able to destroy Santorum. They are polar opposites. Those who think Obama’s so great and so clever will not be voting for ANY R. Certainly not Rick or Gingrich.

And normal family oriented Americans will see one of their own, contrasted with a commie atheist whose motivations are not clear or value driven.

Rick is right. You want a clear contrast with Obama.


47 posted on 03/14/2012 12:32:40 AM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: Yaelle
The love fest of the Rick supporters are just like the

fantasy with the Obama supporters. Rush has created a monster. What has he done. The left wingers are licking their chops for this match up. The turn out is down, don't you people get it. He is winning on non Mitt vote/the conservatives are not going to big government Rick.

48 posted on 03/14/2012 12:37:53 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Antoninus

“You are the second one to say that on FR tonight. I take it the talking-points have gone out from Romney, Inc. eh?”

Either bad sarcasm or your tin foil hat is falling off and you didn’t notice. Since when does opinion have to be “talking points” from someone? Maybe your little post is talking points from Santorum eh?

I’m sorry but the poster is correct. Obama will wipe the floor with Santorum. He won’t know what hit him and we will have another four years of Obama. Romney likewise will get his clock cleaned. Newt might have stood a chance but we will never know. I’m thoroughly disappointed in the field of candidates and I’m even more disappointed in the way Republicans have treated each other’s candidates. We have done Obama’s work for him. These marvelous one track voters (i.e. pro life, fiscal conservatives, etc) will be death of the party. They can’t see anyone but the one track candidate and will scorch anyone else.

Now I know that my rant was posted to you but you just happened to be there at the time I felt like ranting. Although your post is somewhat juvenile and conspiracy based and is rather ridiculous in a political discussion.


49 posted on 03/14/2012 12:42:11 AM PDT by MissouriConservative (Voting "None of the Above" in 2012.)
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To: Yaelle

http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/primaries/delegates

Wrong. Santorum would have to get 65% of the remaining 1384 delegates to reach 1,144. That is not going to happen.


50 posted on 03/14/2012 1:08:18 AM PDT by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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