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Combative Romney Team Hits Obama Coast-to-Coast
The Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Byron York

Posted on 05/31/2012 12:21:51 PM PDT by kristinn

it intends to fight the guerilla warfare of a presidential campaign with a new aggressiveness and combativeness.

The first signal came in Boston, where top Obama adviser David Axelrod organized an anti-Romney event on the steps of the Massachusetts state house. The event, which Team Obama wanted to keep under wraps until shortly before it happened, was to feature remarks from Axelrod and Democratic state officeholders who would attack Romney's record as governor from 2003 to 2007. But it didn't work out as planned.

First, word of the event leaked last night, and the Romney campaign quickly scheduled an event of its own at the state house about an hour before Axelrod's. Then, when Democrats began speaking, a crowd of about 100 Romney workers, supporters, and volunteers showed up to chant, shout, and heckle the speakers every step of the way. The protesters shouted "Solyndra!" and "Where are the jobs?" and "Mitt, Mitt, Mitt!" while Democrats gamely attacked Romney's tenure as governor.

"I get tweets from some of these folks, so I feel close to them," Axelrod lamented at one point. At another, he said simply, "Look, this is the great pageant of democracy." In the end, the Obama event was overshadowed by the loud, aggressive Romney forces.

It was the kind of tactic that is usually repaid in kind on the campaign trail, and it seems likely -- certain, actually -- that Romney surrogates, and perhaps Mitt Romney himself, will soon face similar actions at their events. But Romney aides aren't worried, saying what they did was both payback and a message.

(Excerpt) Read more at campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com ...


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1 posted on 05/31/2012 12:22:00 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Seems someone grew a pair!


2 posted on 05/31/2012 12:26:08 PM PDT by Lockbox
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To: kristinn
In the end, the Obama event was overshadowed by the loud, aggressive Romney forces.

Can't stand Romney ..... but I have to confess that the 'nasty streak' he & his folks exhibited during the primaries is coming in handy against the ultimate 'nasties': Obama/Axelrod, et al.

3 posted on 05/31/2012 12:26:30 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: MissMagnolia

Not a huge fan of the Mittster as you know, but when was the last time we had a candidate who was willing to take all their stinking Alinskyite crap and shove it right back in their face?

Never so far as I recall. Gotta give him props here.


4 posted on 05/31/2012 12:31:16 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: kristinn

Rapid and effective....not like John McLame 4 years ago.


5 posted on 05/31/2012 12:31:24 PM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: MissMagnolia

Romney’s winning me over. I like the way he punches back...immediately and with no apology. I think Zippy expected McCain II.


6 posted on 05/31/2012 12:33:11 PM PDT by Kanzan
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To: kristinn

We have a candidate who will actually fight fire with fire??

I’m impressed.


7 posted on 05/31/2012 12:34:33 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: MissMagnolia

It appears that Romney will not go down the same stupid road that McLame tried. Sounds like the Romney organization will actually get mean and play by the current rules.

Excellent!!


8 posted on 05/31/2012 12:34:40 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: kristinn
Indeed, Mitt Romney himself, a short time later, said, "If they're going to be heckling us, why, we're not going to sit back and play by very different rules….We'll show them that we conservatives have the same kind of capacity he does."

I find this story encouraging for two reasons:

1) Unlike McCain, it appears that Romney is not going to be afraid to take on and attack Obama directly and aggressively.

2) I didn't expect that Romney would be calling himself conservative in the general election (as opposed to the Republican primary). While I don't believe that makes him a conservative, it does suggest that he thinks taking conservative positions will help him in the general election. Sure, he will go which ever way the political winds blow, but it does appear that he recognizes that conservative positions might help him win the election. So that might at least steer him in the right direction.

We'll see, but as I say, I find it a little bit encouraging at this point.

9 posted on 05/31/2012 12:35:45 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: kristinn

The more aggression that Romney will display prior and during the elections, the better his chances to win the nomination.

The nation wants and needs an aggressive leader and not some wishy-washy spineless occupant of the WH.

Hey Mitt, stop looking pretty, but let the nation hear “clank-clank” coming out of your britches when you walk. We are sick of nice guys in the GOP.


10 posted on 05/31/2012 12:35:53 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: kristinn

Romney wants to win, McLame laid down.

mittens is going to destroy obama


11 posted on 05/31/2012 12:36:53 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: kristinn

At least our Socialist 0bamney will not roll over like McLame.


12 posted on 05/31/2012 12:40:52 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The Presidential Race is about the relative light reflectivity of your Slavemaster.)
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To: GlockThe Vote
mittens is going to destroy obama
As long as the GOP nominee doesn't blow bubbles with his drool, he will win the election going away. This one is not hard to predict.
13 posted on 05/31/2012 12:44:18 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: kristinn
Mr. Romney, please ask Obama why he gave Oil-rich United States islands to Russia? Mr. Obama why is the Black Caucus calling for the Fast and Furious investigation to be shut down? Mr. Obama, why are you economically profiling the wealthy/successful Americans...Progressives like Senator Kerry, Pelosi and Harry Reid won't have to pay an extra dime...profiling is against the law. Keep your spine Mr. Romney, America has never had a more criminal administration steeped in racism and smacking of the Black Mafia in its history....
14 posted on 05/31/2012 12:48:17 PM PDT by yoe (Proud to be part of the Tea Party movement.....!!!!!)
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To: MissMagnolia

If Mitt can smear Barry half as much as he smeared Newt he wil coast to the victory.


15 posted on 05/31/2012 12:49:16 PM PDT 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: kristinn

They left my favorite chant out of the story: “Five more months! Five more months!”


16 posted on 05/31/2012 12:52:04 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I love that Romney had a presser right in front of Solyndra! Bahaha! Put that in your choom pipe POT-US and smoke it!!

By the way, that ‘Five More Months’ makes a hell of a bumper sticker! Buy the package of 5,4,3,2,1 months and get a ‘Now GTF out of our House’ thrown in for free!!


17 posted on 05/31/2012 1:01:41 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

There is plenty of help coming from underground Democrats to undermine Obama, according to the Ulsterman Report, which I love reading for the intrigue and the possibilities.

The White House Insider and the Wall Street Insider may very well be behind some of these extraordinary “heads up” moments the Romney campaign seems to be enjoying, giving Romney this look of sheer clairvoyance and the appearance of tactical genius, superb gamesmanship.

Who of us didn’t think at one time or another that things were so critical, so bad, so already institutionalized by Obama & Pelosi, that it would absolutely require some Democrats to break ranks in order to have the slightest hope to undo tyranny and actually get this Marxist dislodged.

There is much to be appreciated for some clandestine operation should it really exist, to include a few well placed “Brutaie” among the Obama regime. Heck, we may be cussing some of the players right now, but who may be actually the very ones attempting to break down the Obama regime and help dismantle the “fundamental transformation of our nation” agenda.

Who knows? But something looks unusually competent here and there, even in liberal media things are loosening up a long the lines of vetting Obama. Very interesting.


18 posted on 05/31/2012 1:03:45 PM PDT by RitaOK (I DID vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Heh, heh ..... Mitt was at ....SOLYNDRA! while Axelrod was cleaning the egg off his face. This is getting pretty good! (But I do wish it was Newt beating Obummer at his own game)

Famous Chicago Politial Organizer Outorganized

19 posted on 05/31/2012 1:04:13 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: kristinn
Mitt's entire team needs to make sure this election is not about Mitt, but about the failure that is Obama.

Using the left's own tactics against them. Classic.

20 posted on 05/31/2012 1:07:38 PM PDT by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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To: Vinnie

the perfect nail in the coffin would be Sarah by his side...


21 posted on 05/31/2012 1:14:09 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: RitaOK

I know President Obie DGARA about stuff like this, but the Democrat Party establishment sure will...
http://www.bing.com/news/search?q=artur+davis++switches+parties&qpvt=artur+davis++switches+parties&FORM=EWRE


22 posted on 05/31/2012 1:14:38 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: kristinn
Seems the only way to get the public informed about Obamah’s abysmal record is having the MSM cover Romney's events like Solyndra today.
23 posted on 05/31/2012 1:20:25 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Lockbox
Seems someone grew a pair!

The contrast with Juan McCain couldn't be more stark.

24 posted on 05/31/2012 1:26:39 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Maceman
I didn't expect that Romney would be calling himself conservative in the general election

I did.

Now, as you say, this doesn't make him a conservative, but we have a guy calling himself a conservative going against a guy who running as a self-acknowledged leftist.

I am going to vote for conservatism.

25 posted on 05/31/2012 1:33:07 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: kristinn

It is wonderful to see a candidate with an (R) fighting for it - I supported McCain but was discouraged with his reticence to ENGAGE. I shouted things for him to say during his debates. But he didn’t hear me :(


26 posted on 05/31/2012 1:35:47 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: kristinn
Mitt Romney himself, a short time later, said, “If they're going to be heckling us, why, we're not going to sit back and play by very different rules….We'll show them that we conservatives have the same kind of capacity he does.”
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Obama is finding out that Romney may vote like McCain, but he sure doesn't fight like him.
I always knew that Romney would fight just as dirty as Obama. Romney actually wants to be president, unlike McCain.

27 posted on 05/31/2012 1:37:08 PM PDT by kara37
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Absolutely. Ridicule them, shout them down, refuse to play by their rules.


28 posted on 05/31/2012 1:37:26 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Is it 2016 yet?)
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To: Maceman

“it does suggest that he thinks taking conservative positions will help him in the general election. “

Yes, and that’s one of the reasons I’ll vote for him. I don’t believe he is a dyed in the wool conservative. But, he is running as one, pretty much, and politically he’ll have to govern as one, pretty much, or he won’t get a second term.


29 posted on 05/31/2012 1:37:26 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MissMagnolia
(But I do wish it was Newt beating Obummer at his own game)

I worked on Newt's campaign.

Team Mitt has shown more energy, wit, and balls in the last four days than Team Newt showed all spring.

30 posted on 05/31/2012 1:39:28 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: kristinn
If this was 2008 McCain would have scolded the hecklers and personally apologized to obama.
31 posted on 05/31/2012 1:41:55 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kanzan
Romney’s winning me over. I like the way he punches back...immediately and with no apology. I think Zippy expected McCain II.

I can't mention any names,but I know someone who is high up in the Romney campaign. I told his wife who is also a friend that if Romney runs his campaign like McCain did he will lose and to tell her husband that I said that.

Before you all call me a Romney bot this lady was giving me grief for being a Newt supporter.

32 posted on 05/31/2012 1:42:24 PM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: Persevero
But, he is running as one, pretty much, and politically he’ll have to govern as one, pretty much, or he won’t get a second term.

Bingo.

Mitt is running as a conservative because he knows that is what will succeed.

Mitt will govern as a conservative because he knows that is what will succeed.

33 posted on 05/31/2012 1:43:15 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Lou Budvis
Absolutely. Ridicule them, shout them down, refuse to play by their rules.

Ridicule and shouting are their rules.

Punch back twice as hard.

34 posted on 05/31/2012 1:44:52 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Yes, I heard about Davis’ switch. I didn’t quite understand your statement, but I got the link.

These Insiders are unhealthy, repentant but old broken down players with access, and plenty of savy in how to manage that access, in manipulation, and experience in making some things happen. That is, if they exist at all.

The “Insider” over at Wall Street, is said to be the old man at the financial institutional center, or one of them, who can make things flow, or not flow, to Obama.


35 posted on 05/31/2012 1:57:02 PM PDT by RitaOK (I DID vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: kristinn
When Kevin Jackson, (THE BLACK SPHERE http://theblacksphere.net/) was asked who he supported for the Republican nominee, he said “the man with the bloodiest knuckles.”

I can just see him reading this story with a huge grin on his face. Did he support Mitt in the beginning? Probably not. Does he support Mitt now? I'd bet the ranch, the chickens and grandma's butter churn he does.

With every day that goes by, I am disliking Mitt less and less. Why? Because he FIGHTS! Dole didn't know how to fight — too much the old school gentleman. Dubya didn't need to fight — everyone was sick to death of Clinton and Gore was as likable as a department store mannequin. McCain didn't think he needed to fight because he was anointed and blessed by his good buddies in the MSM — and was shocked and hurt when they turned on him to rip his guts out after he won the nomination.

Mitt seems to have it dialed in. He knows the MSM is not on his side. He knows the Democrats will use every dirty trick they can come up with and more. He knows damn well that if he is going to win in November he's going to have to get his knuckles bloody.

I can live with that.

36 posted on 05/31/2012 2:03:08 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: kristinn
Where Romney was speaking was another message from his campaign.  Shortly after the Boston event, Romney launched a sneak attack of his own, holding a news conference at the headquarters of Solyndra, the bankrupt solar energy company that received $535 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration.  According to reporters traveling with Romney, the campaign did not tell the press about the event until the bus was actually on its way to Solyndra.

Heh, heh, heh! Romney should hold a presser at every company where Obama has wasted taxpayer money on BS products. And also get a glob of algae and put it on top of a Volt to see how well. It runs.

Ridicule the bastard right into the ground.

37 posted on 05/31/2012 2:06:37 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: RitaOK

I posted “establishment”. Democrat Party leadership and generational party members. This is a high visibility defection and is bound to turn more that a couple of heads outside the media elite. Obie doesn’t give a hoot about the party or its future. It is all about him.


38 posted on 05/31/2012 2:20:04 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: rogue yam

Perhaps he IS a conservative — who played ‘moderate’ to win a liberal state like MA.....


39 posted on 05/31/2012 2:26:22 PM PDT by expat2
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To: rogue yam
"Seems someone grew a pair! The contrast with Juan McCain couldn't be more stark."

Seems like you have forgotten that McCain told the Viet Cong that he wasn't leaving the POW camp until every one with a lesser rank was out first. That got him five years of REAL torture. Nobody around here has a pair that big.

That said, he was too much of a gentleman in the last race, and let Obama get away with near murder. It was not, however, due to lack of cohones.

40 posted on 05/31/2012 2:35:46 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; MissMagnolia

Maybe the debates and how Newt pushed back at the media showed Team Romney what it takes to get the Red Meat cokking on Free Republic and other conservative sites.


41 posted on 05/31/2012 2:48:58 PM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: kristinn

At least (I hope he’s not going to fight “Marquis of Queensbury rules” like John (wothless than spit) McCain!


42 posted on 05/31/2012 3:11:00 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: expat2
Perhaps he IS a conservative — who played ‘moderate’ to win a liberal state like MA.....

I think Romney is pretty much what Obama claimed to be in 2008, a non-ideological pragmatist who wants to run an honest, efficient administration that enables America to get back to business.

Obama was lying, of course, but I think that Romney is genuinely this. Now, in the process of getting along politically, Romney has adapted to different contexts, flip-flopped, and fudged his record. No doubt.

But Romney is the GOP nominee and either he or Obama will be the next President. I think those who claim to expect that a Romney first term will be worse for America than an Obama second term are either crazy or full of it.

43 posted on 05/31/2012 3:17:56 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: norwaypinesavage

I have heard these tales of what heroic things John McCain did long ago and far away.

Maybe they are true.

I have also seen with my own eyes John McCain’s political career.

It has been a disgrace.


44 posted on 05/31/2012 3:21:03 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: kristinn

I’m not impressed.

When he seriously starts talking about what kind of person Obama is, then I’ll be impressed.


45 posted on 05/31/2012 3:26:24 PM PDT by samtheman (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2888480/posts?page=2#2)
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To: kristinn

Someone told me Romney has Mormon Ninja working for him in stealth mode.


46 posted on 05/31/2012 3:35:36 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: kristinn

I like it....but for the wrong reasons.

The Democrats/Obama need to have the fight taken to them. I applaud the Romney campaign for their pro-active campaign tactics and taking the initiative away from the Obama campaign.

Romney’s faithful have used these and even much more brutal tactics during the Republican primaries. Out of neccessity in my opinion.

Mitt is such a poor candidate based upon his personality (absolutely NO charisma), and on his record as a public sector executative (governed as a lberal) that without smeering his competition he’d be an also ran once more.

To prevail in this, or any other contest, Romney HAS to get down in the sty and sling mud. It’s the one thing he’s good at as a politician. The saving grace of that is that, against Obama’s smear machine, it’s exactly what will be required in 2012.

My feelings is that Obama knows he’s toast in November and must decide which way to go. Cheat? Turn dirty nasty? Accept his fate with grace of a leader? the first and second ways appear to be in line with his past political campaigns. As for the third Obama has neither grace nor is any sort of a leader.


47 posted on 05/31/2012 3:42:04 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: rogue yam

“Anyone who ever voted for that whacked out commie beotch needs their voting privilege permanently revoked.”

You forget the “or else!”

We’ve got to learn to change our politicians as often as our underwear! The days of the career politician should be over! Citizen pols for me for now on!


48 posted on 05/31/2012 3:47:44 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: samtheman
When he seriously starts talking about what kind of person Obama is, then I’ll be impressed.

The goal here is to win the election, not to get out our frustrations regarding Obama.

Obama and his enablers have pulled off a world-class scam, they have cashed in mightily, and they have severely harmed America, just as they planned to do.

This has been done.

The immediate goal here is to remove the cancerous tumor and then nurse the patient back to health. Broader discussions regarding the nature and the causes of the cancer can wait.

49 posted on 05/31/2012 3:57:14 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: painter
I can't mention any names, but I know someone who is high up in the Romney campaign...

C'mon, if you can't mention the name, then don't even bother throwing it out there. The whole "I know somebody so I got the inside scoop" routine comes across as sort of lame - especially on an anonymous forum where nobody can ever call you out.

I like the tactic of sending Romney supporters to protest the Obama campaign events. Sure, it's going to trigger a like response from the Obama camp but consider that while Romney sends his mostly clean-cut protesters to the Obama events, the typical Obama supporters are going to be of the "Occupy" crowd variety - you know, dirty, smelly people who don't have jobs. It will be quite the contrast.

I'll take that trade-off!

50 posted on 05/31/2012 4:00:46 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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