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To Win Burbs, Romney May Pick 'Double-Vanilla' Veep
Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2012 | Michael Barone

Posted on 04/19/2012 11:57:18 AM PDT by Kaslin

Some 20 million Americans in primaries and caucuses will take part in selecting the Republican presidential nominee. One person will choose the vice presidential nominee.

This has long struck me as absurd: One person choosing someone who, as a result, might become president for as long as 10 years. But just about everyone in politics says it's the only proper way.

Over the last 25 years, presidential nominees of both parties have engaged in conscientious consultation and have mostly made pretty good choices. No more picks at five o'clock in the morning to meet a convention deadline.

For even longer, every vice president has done constructive work of governance. Voters have come to expect a VP nominee who can contribute substance more than one who can balance a ticket.

Ticket-balancing suggestions have come in to Mitt Romney. He should endorse a fiery cultural conservative, some Republicans say, although he's not likely to name the undisciplined Rick Santorum.

He needs to name a Latino, say others. But the most obvious choice, the eloquent Sen. Marco Rubio, has reiterated his unwillingness to run. So has New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

The argument that Republicans need additional support from Latinos may be overstated. The 2010 exit poll shows Republicans won 38 percent of the Latino vote -- and that that was enough for a national majority, since they carried whites by a record 60 to 37 percent.

Anyway, ticket-balancing is not the only successful approach, as Bill Clinton understood. When he clinched the Democratic nomination in 1992 as a Southern moderate, it was widely assumed he would pick a Northern liberal, as Jimmy Carter had.

Instead, he chose a fellow Southern Baptist of his own generation with a reputation for moderation and congressional experience in national security issues, Al Gore. They were from adjoining Southern states, and when the ticket was announced they met on the bridge between West Memphis, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn.

This unbalanced ticket won two elections, carrying six of 14 Southern states in both 1992 and 1996. Democratic nominees from Massachusetts, both with Southern running mates, carried none in 1988 and 2004.

A similar approach for Mitt Romney would be what opponents might call a double-vanilla ticket, with another white male as vice presidential nominee.

Four possibilities come to mind. One is Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman who endorsed Romney and campaigned with him all over Wisconsin. Romney has praised Ryan's budget proposals and has endorsed the fundamentals of Ryan's Medicare plan.

Ryan's in-depth knowledge of budget numbers surely appeals to Romney. The strongest argument against a Ryan nomination is that a President Romney would need him championing his budget and entitlement plans in the House.

Another possible choice is Sen. Rob Portman, who campaigned all over Ohio with Romney. Like Romney, Portman comes from a family with Midwestern manufacturing management experience.

But he's also served in the House and as special trade representative and budget director. And he's had experience in presidential campaigns: He played Democratic nominees in debate prep for Dick Cheney in 2000 and 2004 and John McCain in 2008.

Two governors should make any short list, Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Bob McDonnell of Virginia. Daniels also served as budget director for Bush and is a crusader for entitlement reform. McDonnell has ties to the military as a longtime reservist and as the father of a daughter who served in Iraq.

All four of these potential vanilla running mates take conservative stands on cultural issues but are careful to show respect for those who differ. All have emphasized economics in their campaigns and have run especially well in affluent suburbs, as Romney has in Republican primaries.

Ryan wins big every year in Waukesha County west of Milwaukee. Portman ran well enough in suburbs to carry Ohio's three biggest metro areas in 2010.

Daniels won a higher percentage in Indiana's most affluent area, Hamilton County, than Ronald Reagan did in 1984. And in 2009, McDonnell carried Washington's Northern Virginia suburbs, where he grew up, though they had voted heavily for Obama the year before.

A double-vanilla ticket will be attacked as un-diverse by the media. But if the nominees have rapport and energy, as Clinton and Gore did in 1992, who cares?

The Clinton-Gore ticket regained Southern ground for Democrats. A double-vanilla ticket might enable Republicans to regain ground in affluent suburbs this year.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana; US: Ohio; US: Virginia; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2012swingstates; 2012veep; barone; daniels2012; mcdonnell2012; mitchdaniels; paulryan; portman; portman2012; romney2012; ryan2012
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1 posted on 04/19/2012 11:57:23 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I saw a 5 minute interview with a guy who was in the race for about 5 days...but I was favorably impressed.

Anyone have an opinion on Thaddeus McCotter? The Wikipedia entry shows him all over the map.


2 posted on 04/19/2012 12:04:29 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Kaslin

Will Comrade Obama dump foot-in-the-mouth Biden?


3 posted on 04/19/2012 12:07:08 PM PDT by monocle
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To: eddie willers
McCotter is a populist. He's social conservative, pro-gun, and pro-life, but pro-union. He supported card check.

In his defense, his old district had a large part of Wayne County so he had to be.

4 posted on 04/19/2012 12:08:54 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency)
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To: Kaslin

the strategy appears to be smile, sit back, keep your noses clean and just wait for Team Obama to implode.


5 posted on 04/19/2012 12:24:20 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you - Rob Portman.


6 posted on 04/19/2012 12:27:15 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Kaslin

Just pick a conservative.


7 posted on 04/19/2012 12:27:15 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Sounds like a good strategy


8 posted on 04/19/2012 12:28:16 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
I imagine that a debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden would be akin to a round of "Jeopardy" that pitted Professor Thomas Sowell against an American Standard Poodle.

In which case, Biden had better watch out: Obama might eat him.

9 posted on 04/19/2012 12:29:36 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Kaslin

He will do something conventional. It’ll probably be a woman and likely a minority woman. I expect she’ll be more liberal than Romney.


10 posted on 04/19/2012 12:32:24 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

I’m betting if Condi Rice was interested in the job he’d offer it to her in a heart beat.


11 posted on 04/19/2012 12:33:50 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Kaslin

When we look at how Mormons value woman and people of color we know who wont be a VP pick.


12 posted on 04/19/2012 12:34:10 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: eddie willers

I first heard of him while watching Red Eye on Fox a few years back. McCotter is (or seems to be) an average Joe kind of guy with a wit so dry it would make Steven Wright seem like Sam Kinison, and I tossed a little support to him when he first announced his presidential run. And then he threw his support to Romney after he bailed leaving me with a sour taste. Make of that what you will.

He’s middle of the road with conservative tendencies. That’s the best way I can describe his political outlook. But being from Michigan, I guess has no choice and needs to be that way. Considering what could be in his seat, I don’t have tons to complain about. His voting record doesn’t reflect my stronger conservative views, but overall he is someone I wouldn’t mind seeing in the VP spot. (Doubt it will happen, though)


13 posted on 04/19/2012 12:36:24 PM PDT by roostercashews
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To: Kaslin

If he picks McDonnell, I will not only not vote for them, I will activel campaign against them. McDonnell is the worst governor I have seen in Virginia and Doug Wilder and Tim Kaine are both on the list.


14 posted on 04/19/2012 12:36:44 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: DManA

Valerie Jarret? no Romney won’t pick her. First she is more liberal than Romney but she has a job, Obama’s handler.


15 posted on 04/19/2012 12:38:12 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: W. W. SMITH

Maybe a wise latina?


16 posted on 04/19/2012 12:58:55 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Kaslin

Will double vanilla beat the double choclate sprinkled with nut and broken cherries? I don’t know...


17 posted on 04/19/2012 1:00:00 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Kaslin

Maybe Romney will pick Jon Huntsman for the all-Mormon ticket.


18 posted on 04/19/2012 1:04:19 PM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: wolfman23601
McDonnell is the worst governor I have seen in Virginia

C'mon Wolf... I know you don't like McDonnell and have read your contention about the light rail... but "worst" .. you're saying he's even worse than those two guys?

19 posted on 04/19/2012 1:06:25 PM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I like Barone, but come on..using “Biden” and “subtantial” in the same sentence...


20 posted on 04/19/2012 1:09:57 PM PDT by ken5050 (The ONLY reason to support Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will appear at the WH each Christmas)
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To: Kaslin

I am sure that Romney would be happy and work well with just about any democrat.


21 posted on 04/19/2012 1:21:15 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Kaslin

Hillary’s available.


22 posted on 04/19/2012 1:26:17 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ScottinVA

Yeah, well it is personal with these toll projects. Kaine was worthless and got nothing accomplished. Wilder never reall did anything that personally affected me in this maner. Don’t fall for it. None of these tunnel/toll projects were ever intended to address congestion. At it’s core, this is an AUSTERITY MEASURE by VDOT on our backs. In the Midtown/Downtown Tunnel project, they’re forcing commuters to pay for their past financial mismanagement. When ERC (private company) assumes the maintenance & operation costs for the tunnels, VDOT will save millions a year in current maintenance costs, A BILLION in interest over the term of the plan, and many millions more in payroll and other operating costs. It will cost us $21 BILLION in tolls to make this happen, and they’ll keep charging us the same taxes, free to spend their savings on the Coalfields Expressway or anywhere else in the state, or even on another PPP giveaway.


23 posted on 04/19/2012 1:38:03 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: ScottinVA
Anyway, I don't think we have much to worry about. We are going to get a double down on Mormonism. Birds of a feather:
24 posted on 04/19/2012 1:40:15 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Billthedrill

Hillary’s available.................................... That’s a guaranteed win for Romney! But it won’t happen. If he is looking for all around support, pick West and make it a good fight.


25 posted on 04/19/2012 2:12:48 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

West would be a good choice for who and what he is, but not for being black because IMO he would not pick up one additional black vote.


26 posted on 04/19/2012 2:22:40 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: wolfman23601

Oh, I fear that, too... that would NOT surprise me at all!


27 posted on 04/19/2012 2:29:06 PM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: luvbach1
West would be a good choice for who and what he is, but not for being black because IMO he would not pick up one additional black vote.

West would be forced to spend his time on the campaign trail answering questions about why he would run with somebody whose religion despised blacks until a revelation in the 1970s.
28 posted on 04/19/2012 3:21:31 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Kaslin

Why not Newt? His baggage has been discussed at length. What else can they say about him?


29 posted on 04/19/2012 3:37:07 PM PDT by jch10
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To: Kaslin; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Wisconsin Barone calls Ryan “double vanilla” in the Veepstakes ping

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


30 posted on 04/19/2012 5:08:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Damn. That blouse looks like a rainbow on crack.


31 posted on 04/19/2012 5:26:48 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Kaslin

One person will choose the vice presidential nominee.
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They still have to be voted on and nominated by the Delegates to the Convention.


32 posted on 04/19/2012 5:28:21 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Kaslin

the eloquent Sen. Marco Rubio, has reiterated his unwillingness to run. So has New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
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Bull crap. As Larry Sabato said, they all say that. But, when offered, they accept in a heartbeat. When was the last time anyone on here knew of someone turning down the VP spot?


33 posted on 04/19/2012 5:34:07 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Kaslin

Out of the 4 “double-vanilla” possible VP picks (Ryan, Portman, Daniels and McDonnell, my first pick would be Ryan. My second pick would be Portman. I don’t see how the other two would be a big help to the Ticket; seriously.


34 posted on 04/19/2012 5:39:26 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: eddie willers

Thaddeus McCotter is brilliant and has a “gift” of wit like Ronald Reagan. Not so sure he would “carry the day” so to speak. He’s very unknown. But, IF Thaddeus McCotter was the VP choice for the Ticket, I’D BE AS HAPPY AS BARNEY FRANK AT THE YMCA.


35 posted on 04/19/2012 5:41:40 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you - Rob Portman.
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Works for me. But, since you’re a Buckeye, tell us: Can Portman Deliver Ohio; seriously?


36 posted on 04/19/2012 5:45:01 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Kaslin; All

If Romney is smart, he will NOT go “double-vanilla” on his VP selection. If he is smart, he will choose...... a woman.....who is black.... with a Hispanic surname.... who is of the Jewish Faith.... but, her Mexican husband is a Catholic and ...... her Baptist son is married to an Oriental chick..... and her daughter is a lesbian.

Hell yeah; that’s the Ticket. Did I cover all the bases?


37 posted on 04/19/2012 5:51:37 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: luvbach1
IMO he (West) would not pick up one additional black vote. ______________________________________________________________ I hope, you don't mind me disagreeing with you my friend. But, I say West would take at least 10 - 15 percent of the Black vote away from Obama. There are a lot of Blacks who are pissed, big-time, at Obama because he has NOT delivered for the Brothas the way they thought he would. I met a young Black man the other day at the VA and he was "scorched drawers" mad at Obama and the shape the country is in. He said he was voting Republican this year. If West is in the VP slot, they could vote for the GOP Ticket and not feel like they had "abandoned" their Race because they are still voting for a Black man.
38 posted on 04/19/2012 5:59:50 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: no dems

Nope.

You left out a hill billy gay bob.


39 posted on 04/19/2012 6:52:44 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: Kaslin
You can't really say that Ryan "win(s) big in Waukesha County" - He only represents a small portion of Waukesha County, most of which is in Sensenbrenner's district. Ryan represents the First Congressional district, the southeast corner of the state, which includes Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, and Rock counties, and tiny slivers of Milwaukee and Waukesha.


40 posted on 04/19/2012 8:01:05 PM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: LouD

(But if he did run there, he surely would win big there...)


41 posted on 04/19/2012 8:02:38 PM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: no dems
...they could vote for the GOP Ticket and not feel like they had "abandoned" their Race because they are still voting for a Black man.

Don't mind you disagreeing because I have an answer for you. :>)They could for the GOP, but in my opinion, they wouldn't. Overwhelmingly they vote for Obama for two reasons: the first being that he's black and the second for the potential freebies, the freebies West would not promise.

42 posted on 04/19/2012 8:09:11 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Kaslin

My admiration for Rubio is unbounded, but he is not a native-born American citizen.

Whence the doctrine that an ill-defined demographic tagged “Latino,” a term also lacking definition, favors unrestricted migration of Mexicans into the U.S.A., legally or not, and are disinclined to vote for a candidate for POTUS that insists on only legal immigration?
Where did that notion come from?


43 posted on 04/19/2012 9:00:21 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: eddie willers

“Anyone have an opinion on Thaddeus McCotter?”

Probably the most impressive unknown out there. I’ve heard him on John Batchelor for a couple of years. Impressive. Some may not like his sympathy for labor unions but he represents Michigan and those are his voters.

It’s been awhile since I’ve heard him but I recall him being ahead of the curve on the economic collapse; he understands the importance of having a strong manufacturing base; and he is concerned about potential military threats to the United States.

He seems to be a thinker and genuine enough in what he says, something all too uncommon in politicians.


44 posted on 04/19/2012 9:25:30 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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To: eddie willers; no dems; roostercashews; Darren McCarty

McCotter ping

McCotter of course can deliver the coveted Canine-American and Feline-American vote:

‘5. Proposed a tax break for pet owners.
McCotter asked fellow members of Congress to join him in supporting H. R. 3501, the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act. The bill proposes to allow pet owners a $3,500 annual tax deduction for “qualified pet-care expenses.”’

http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/8-things-you-should-know-about-thaddeus-mccotter-20110626

http://mccotter2012.com/home/


45 posted on 04/19/2012 9:40:11 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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To: ScottinVA

Bingo!

Mittwit needs someone ‘White and Delightsome’ to play the rear end of the ‘White Horse’.


46 posted on 04/20/2012 1:03:37 AM PDT by bigoil (Study Thy Nixon)
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To: no dems

Portman is VERY strong in Southwestern Ohio, as well as the suburbs. I would not go so far as to say that he would guarantee Ohio for the GOP, but if Obama wins Ohio with Portman on the ticket it would come after a lot of time, effort and money.


47 posted on 04/20/2012 5:44:22 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: luvbach1
the first being that he's black and the second for the potential freebies, the freebies West would not promise.

I think you've got that reversed. If Obama were on the GOP ticket, and championed GOP policies, he would get no more than 10% of the black vote. Clarence Thomas received black support because they figured a guy that dark couldn't possibly be all that conservative. Since then, they've regretted their decision and vilified him as a retard and a race traitor.

48 posted on 04/26/2012 5:49:00 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Kaslin

My pick is Ryan.


49 posted on 04/26/2012 5:54:42 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Kaslin

My pick is Ryan.


50 posted on 04/26/2012 5:55:13 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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