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Last Debate Proves Mitt Way Ahead
American Thinker ^ | 10-22-2012 | C. Edmund Wright

Posted on 10/23/2012 5:20:30 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright

If anyone still doubts the Gallup Poll -- and common sense -- showing that Mitt Romney is way ahead in the polls, all they had to do was watch the third presidential debate to have their minds changed. Romney put the game into the "four corners" stall, running out the clock while turning away numerous chances for easy slam-dunks and taking care not to stop the clock. Barack Obama, meanwhile, was pressing, slashing, and committing all kinds of fouls. Referee Bob Schieffer, not wanting to share in Candy Crowley's sordid legacy, let the players play. That's the good news. The bad news is that since Mitt is ahead and George W. Bush is the devil, we have to pretend that it was indeed Obama, with Crocodile Dundee's knife clenched between his teeth, who brought Osama bin Laden to justice.

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Awful to watch, portends the end of Obama though. I am convinced.
1 posted on 10/23/2012 5:20:49 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright

When Obama said he promoted democracy and women’s rights, and freedom of religious expression. I wanted to gag. The new regime in Egypt has done nothing to stop the slaughter of Coptic Christians, I’ve been on a lot of websites asking the President to help some of these women accused of adultery or abanding Islam and converting to Christianity will die, and HE DOES NOTHING. Absolutely Nothing. The least he could do is send in the French Poodle Hillary Clinton to sweet talk the radicals. He has no fangs...when he confronts.


2 posted on 10/23/2012 5:26:24 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Mitt Romney is going to be our next President.

The American people want change. What they don’t want is what they’ve been living through the last four years.


3 posted on 10/23/2012 5:27:16 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Pray for Mitt

4 posted on 10/23/2012 5:31:07 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Obama snapping, “I am not wrong!” and then going into a snarly rant lost the debate for O. I am surprised no analysts has mentioned this moment.


5 posted on 10/23/2012 5:35:46 AM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Romney’s team said that he wanted to avoid the lasting impression of conflict with the president and, instead, look presidential and prepared. I do wish he’d pushed Benghazi. but we all know that Obama would just tell more lies and the truth would not come out, so we must pray that the media and Congress do their best in that.

I think Mitt did look like he knew what he was talking about. You could see that Obama is not any more presidential than we’ve known him to be. He is easily angered and petulant. He hates being challenged and can only play with the set of “facts” he invents. He looked a couple times to be bailed out, but the moderator didn’t. Mitt kept his cool and doled out a couple doozies to Obama and Obama sulked at them.

Obama has been campaigning since 2010 elections were over. He’s played over 400 rounds of golf. He’s taken 17 vacations that we know of. He has appeared on several talk shows and invites people to play basketball with him all the time. He sleeps in till late morning and takes national security briefings about a 1/3 of the time. He & MIchelle spend like there is no tomorrow in an economy that might not have a tomorrow for most of the nation.
He shows callous disregard for the death of an Ambassador and 3 others, for true freedom fighters who are looking for his support, and when our own troops are in harm’s way. He pays tribute to the world’s dictators and terrorists and invites the enemy into the WH. He has filled the ranks of both czars and real cabinet posts with Marxists and cronies who hate America like he does. He talks a big talk to the public about our enemies, but backs away from real action. He blames everybody but himself for all his failures. Can anyone remember one thing he has said was his fault? No, he didn’t really take the blame for Benghazi yet. He said the buck stops with him, but he has not taken responsibility for anything about it yet. I think he is waiting for the lame stream media to bail him on that one...and the LA Times has started to.

Can anyone name ONE presidential thing this guy has done (right)? People earn the right for office on merit. There is none so far. Empty platitudes don’t help someone who’s been in the office for 4 years already and has not made a significant impression that he can handle the job. This guy just wants the benefits that go with the job, not the work entailed. We cannot afford 4 more years of this and his Marxist cronies. We will either be a Marxist nation or an Islamic one. Not sure which would be worse, but I don’t want to find out.


6 posted on 10/23/2012 5:48:51 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

This is rationalization. Mitt should have gone harder.

I can’t stand when he lets lines like, “The failed economic policies of the past” go unanswered. Mitt needs to remind people that the recession of 2008 was due to the housing crisis fostered for 30 years by the Democrats.


7 posted on 10/23/2012 5:49:15 AM PDT by Jake8898
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Boor Riley says Mitt was being non confrontational to convince the women vote that he was soft and cudly.


8 posted on 10/23/2012 5:50:01 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: C. Edmund Wright

One of the comments:

“Ahead by 6 to 7 points today. It’ll be by 14 points when Trump releases the divorce papers Michelle drew up while obama was a senator claiming the Prez was foolin around with the guys. Rumor or fact. Stay tuned wednesday at noon.”

WHAT?!


9 posted on 10/23/2012 5:51:50 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: goldstategop
Uninstalling Obama: █████████████▒▒▒ 90% complete.
10 posted on 10/23/2012 5:53:29 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: Jake8898
“The failed economic policies of the past” go unanswered.

That is the one thing that bothers me most about republicans, in general. President Bush had an unemployment rate hovering around 5.5 percent for most of his presidency. It didn't start ticking up until the rats took over Congress his last two years. After the devastating attack on 9/11 so many jobs were lost - on Wall Street, in the service industry, people afraid to fly, etc. But we came back. I don't understand why repubicans will not give President Bush credit where credit is due. It's like even they blame Bush for what happened the last months of his presidency.

11 posted on 10/23/2012 5:56:07 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Jake8898

Sadly, most Americans don’t remember history and so what happens you get bogged down in claiming it was the other guys fault.


12 posted on 10/23/2012 5:58:49 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Salamander

Well, whether that’s his surprise or not, it’s true.

A friend in Chicago who knows friends of Mooch told me this three years ago.


13 posted on 10/23/2012 5:59:53 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Pray for our Republic...)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Mitt was cautious, and it seems to be planned. Those of us who wanted him to bury Obama with the facts didn’t get what we wanted, but we’re voting for him anyway.

Mitt’s performance wasn’t directed toward us, so it’s natural that we might be a bit disappointed.

If it’s true that a lot of men will have been watching the NLCS, or Monday Night Football, then Mitt’s handlers concluded that undecideds and women would be the target audience.

I disagree with this strategy, I think he would have been better served to take a swing at the many balls Obama teed up for him, but maybe the handlers are right.

At any rate, he didn’t lose me, and it’s possible some brain-dead undecideds, and females who had purchased the “crazy Mitt” meme Obama and the media had been selling us, will change their minds.


14 posted on 10/23/2012 6:03:32 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: C. Edmund Wright

The media needs to give up trying to convince people Obama is more likable than Mitt. He’s not. In fact, Obama is not likable at all.


15 posted on 10/23/2012 6:03:51 AM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

The debates are only part of the overall strategy. Romney wanted to look presidential in the debate, but the attacks can still come in ads and in comments by surrogates.

Still, he did seem to be trying to run out the clock, and I am not sure that he is far enough ahead for that strategy to work.


16 posted on 10/23/2012 6:04:42 AM PDT by djpg
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To: Mountain Mary

OMG.


17 posted on 10/23/2012 6:05:37 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

so according to Obama,Mitts job creation plans will collapse the economy. Maybe he needs to explain this.


18 posted on 10/23/2012 6:06:54 AM PDT by Who_Ate_My_Dog
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To: KeyLargo

We got our meal of milquetoast last night.


19 posted on 10/23/2012 6:08:00 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

He won the third debate because, by the end of the night, his and Obama’s positions in the narrative arc had switched. Romney now looks like the President and Obama looks like the challenger.


20 posted on 10/23/2012 6:14:47 AM PDT by Tugo (Romney & Ryan)
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To: Jake8898

That was actually the point of the article - that he should have gone harder, but did not because he knows he is so far ahead.


21 posted on 10/23/2012 6:15:45 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: wayoverontheright

Yes, you and I are on the same page here...


22 posted on 10/23/2012 6:16:52 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: djpg

Mitt is way ahead. Both campaigns know it. Blow out.


23 posted on 10/23/2012 6:17:56 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: central_va
To quote Quint from Jaws (of all things) “That shark is either very smart or very dumb.” I thought the same of Mitt at the start of last night's debate.

It was a brilliant strategy. We're not his audience. Undecided woman were - and he got ‘em. Big time. He also had Obama AND the press confounded and confused. They expected a testy exchange on Libya but they got a rehash of the first debate. Think of the self control it took for Mitt to execute as he did. Obama fell right into the trap. Mitt knows it's over.

I now believe him. he didn't get there by accident. Can't wait for Rush's take...

24 posted on 10/23/2012 6:17:59 AM PDT by Dansong
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I had an image of a new campaign slogan,

“No more four more years of Marxism”


25 posted on 10/23/2012 6:18:40 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Salamander

LOL ....... Digital humor, I LOVE it!


26 posted on 10/23/2012 6:26:56 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Jake8898
This is rationalization. Mitt should have gone harder.

You exactly right and I'm getting very ticked off reading this crap. The fact is that Romney came across as a timid,rambling mess in the first few minutes of the debate and it could cost us dearly.
27 posted on 10/23/2012 6:28:58 AM PDT by bramps
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To: Salamander

Unfortunately, that’s not sufficient.

We need to do a system restore back to about 1986 - or better yet, 1932
.


28 posted on 10/23/2012 6:30:07 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Romney knows he has already won. When the video is released of our people in Ben-Gazzy being murdered, in real time, and that Obama “went to bed”, (per Glenn Beck) He will be FINISHED! No need to argue Libya in the debate.
29 posted on 10/23/2012 6:39:04 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Dansong
We're not his audience.

BS. He looked wimpy and stupid. If I get enough nerve I will vote for Mitt Milquetoast. I will also be leaving the RINO party FOREVER.

30 posted on 10/23/2012 6:40:23 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
When your opponent is destroying themselves, just get out of the way, or something like that.
31 posted on 10/23/2012 6:41:19 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: wayoverontheright; C. Edmund Wright

Disclaimer: I only watched the first 40 min. or so of the last night’s debate.

Romney’s first answer was a disaster, IMO. Instead of talking about Libya — THE most important event in the past month — he rambled about the Mideast in general. In that and other questions, he kept “agreeing” with Obozo’s plan of action. Big mistake.

I happen to believe this debate was watched, by and large, only by the political junkies. Casual observers are bored with the debates by now. Men were watching football. Monday nights are usually busy for moms (popular night for school meetings). Romney would have been better off shoring up his base, and uneasy conservatives, with some good hard hits instead of playing the concilitory middleman.


32 posted on 10/23/2012 6:42:26 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: faucetman

Yes, Romney knows he has won. I think he’s known it since before the debates started actually. I talked to his son Tagg back in September - told him it was going to be a rout, and he seemed to really think so too. (I’ve thought so for four years, but that’s another story).

Having said that, I think Benghazi is an issue he’s just moved past, having fumbled it in the first debate and not needing it now.


33 posted on 10/23/2012 6:44:11 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: central_va

Wait and see if he governs as wimpy as he debated last night. I mean, he might - it is a concern - but as Mark Levin has said, “we’ll deal with all that later” - meaning, get the Marxist out of the White House first, then start hammering the “repube-icks” to the right.


34 posted on 10/23/2012 6:46:58 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: Salamander

Trump is our Gloria Allred. I wonder if he has shared this with her to keep her mouth shut.


35 posted on 10/23/2012 6:49:29 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: C. Edmund Wright

While Romney was making his points, the camera was showing Obama from the back. With his hunched shoulders and strange head shape, it was a disturbing sight.


36 posted on 10/23/2012 6:52:30 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Mountain Mary

Uh wow. That would be epic.

Man I wish we have those papers.


37 posted on 10/23/2012 6:54:28 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
The bad news is that since Mitt is ahead and George W. Bush is the devil, we have to pretend that it was indeed Obama, with Crocodile Dundee's knife clenched between his teeth, who brought Osama bin Laden to justice.

Bush understood, and Mitt understands, that Osama became irrelevant except for being a potential cheap political point. Many were distressed when he said that getting Osama wasn't the hottest thing on his plate, but he was absolutely correct. All the trash surrounding Zero's part in it shows that while he tried to leverage it for maximum benefit, all Zero did was turn Osama into some corny catch phrases like "Osama's dead and GM's alive". Rely on childish catch-phrases long enough and they finally make it clear that it's all you have in your arsenal. Mitt and his have done well to leave it in the background while the Left tries, ineffectually, to capitalize on it.

38 posted on 10/23/2012 6:57:47 AM PDT by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Salamander

Now that would be choice! It’s hard to believe the Wookie didn’t know he was a poof when she married him. Evidently, pre-nuptially, she never watched him try to throw anything.

If this true, I just hope that Romney can stay out of it - doesn’t condemn it - just stays out of it.


39 posted on 10/23/2012 7:00:42 AM PDT by rashley (Rashley)
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To: trebb

I agree with you on the shallow narrow politics of the moment, but I profoundly disagree on the bigger picture. Just like the economy in the ditch, the causes are all liberal and the solutions all conservative. When we ignore these truths in an attempt to sneak through a debate, we weaken our ability to actually correct the problems in the long run. It was Bush Cheney Rumsfeld conservatism that led to Osama’s killing, period. Obama liberalism stood in the way, before he finally carried it out. Truth matters.

But yes, you did point out the purely political calculations Mitt made.


40 posted on 10/23/2012 7:04:22 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: jtal

Try pre-1913.


41 posted on 10/23/2012 7:04:26 AM PDT by rashley (Rashley)
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To: Salamander
Not surprised. There have been stories on this in the past like this one from last month:

Claim: Obama hid 'gay life' to become president

42 posted on 10/23/2012 7:07:43 AM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Mitt must be convinced he is going to win because he played that really, really safe.

That strategy has always driven me crazy, but it appears to be working for him.


43 posted on 10/23/2012 7:08:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: central_va

Glen Becks radio guys this morning think that Mitt’s campaign realized that most men would be watching Monday Night Football and there would be more women viewers of the debate who would want less arguments and more facts.

Who knows?


44 posted on 10/23/2012 7:08:42 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yes.
Yes.
Yes.

Maybe, but I think a bolder strategy would work even better - but that’s not Mitt.


45 posted on 10/23/2012 7:11:23 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I think Romney did what he could given the circustances.
That is 0’s unrelentless attempts at defining Romney. Not to mention 0’s usual lying BS.
Romney once again came out looking Presidential.


46 posted on 10/23/2012 7:21:28 AM PDT by Leep (Forward! to serfdom)
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To: Shery

Sherry,
An excellent summation of the issues! Thank you.


47 posted on 10/23/2012 7:25:21 AM PDT by Mizpah ((Teach your children how to think, not what to think.))
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To: Shery

Sherry,
An excellent summation of the issues! Thank you.


48 posted on 10/23/2012 7:25:21 AM PDT by Mizpah ((Teach your children how to think, not what to think.))
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I agree with you on the shallow narrow politics of the moment, but I profoundly disagree on the bigger picture. Just like the economy in the ditch, the causes are all liberal and the solutions all conservative. When we ignore these truths in an attempt to sneak through a debate, we weaken our ability to actually correct the problems in the long run. It was Bush Cheney Rumsfeld conservatism that led to Osama’s killing, period. Obama liberalism stood in the way, before he finally carried it out. Truth matters.But yes, you did point out the purely political calculations Mitt made.

Gosh - almost like putting a bag of dog crap on a porch, lighting it and ringing the doorbell. If Mitt had changed the tune to talking about the Bush-Cheney conservatism that led upt to Osama's demise, it would have been a disaster - truth be damned. Mitt understands that and his folks understand how to best try to oust Zero. "Sneaking" through a debate laden with land mines would seem to be the smart way to go unless you're a Thelma and Louise type...

49 posted on 10/23/2012 7:30:54 AM PDT by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: wayoverontheright

The one place in the debate that I jumped up in glee, believing Mitt would blast the ball off of the tee was the Moderator’s direct question on whether they would go on record stating that an attack on Israel was an attack on the US. I thought the peacocks answer was nuanced e.g. “We will stand with them’”. I had hoped Mitt would look the camera in the lens and say, an attack on Israel is an attack on the US. As the peacock was babbling it did cross my mind that Israel is attacked on a daily basis and the question might have been more nuanced itself than I first perceived. None the less, it was the democrats that said ‘No Israel, No Israel, No Israel’, three times before their DNC leadership disregarded their vote and did the political expedient thing, overriding their vote on the platform. Their words and vote stand however not only on Israel but more importantly on their vote on God in their platform. ‘No, Israel, No Israel, No Israel, no God, No God, No God’

The consequences of this will not go away on November 6 but a battle in the war of ages may be won.


50 posted on 10/23/2012 7:47:04 AM PDT by Mizpah ((Teach your children how to think, not what to think.))
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