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McConnell: Odds long on Obamacare repeal
Canadian Times/AP ^ | July 3, 2012 | AP Staff

Posted on 07/04/2012 6:30:33 AM PDT by IbJensen

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters outside the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 26. On Monday, McConnell said the odds were against repealing Obamacare. Photo Credit:AP/J. Scott Applewhite

It's on his to-do list, but U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the odds are against repealing the health care law championed by President Barack Obama.

The Kentucky Republican said Monday it's hard to unravel something of the magnitude of the 2,700-page health care law, WHAS-TV reports.

"If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I'd say the odds are still on your side," McConnell said. "Because it's a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
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Mitch, Hard? You know what is hard...watching our country fall to socialists. You know what is easy - Repealing Obamacare. Do your freaking job and quit Mitching you pasty faced RINO!
1 posted on 07/04/2012 6:30:41 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen
Congress can control the SCOTUS, if it has the will. The bolded part at the end is perhaps the least appreciated sentence in the entire Constitution.

U.S. Constitution, Article 3 Section 2:

The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;--to Controversies between two or more States;-- between a State and Citizens of another State,--between Citizens of different States,--between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

"...with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make."

Enough Tea Party Patriots could lead a new Congress, and put the SCOTUS back into its box. The USA was never intended to become a tyranny of five judges. It's in the Constitution: The Congress is superior to the SCOTUS. There are NOT "three co-equal branches" as most believe.
2 posted on 07/04/2012 6:32:55 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: IbJensen
McConnell said the odds were against repealing Obamacare.

I appreciate his coming out of the gate swinging hard however for the best of us all, it's time for him to tone down the rhetoric a wee bit now and not lose any friends across the isle.

3 posted on 07/04/2012 6:35:21 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: IbJensen

Things will never change till the whole GOP leadership structure is razed and rebuilt from the ground up without juniors and seniors.


4 posted on 07/04/2012 6:35:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: IbJensen

Mitch should resign.

The other senator from KY would make a better majority leader.


5 posted on 07/04/2012 6:37:11 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: IbJensen
Mitch McConnell says the odds are against repealing

Well Bich, then let the revolution begin.

6 posted on 07/04/2012 6:37:43 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: IbJensen

Just do it!!!!


7 posted on 07/04/2012 6:37:52 AM PDT by ripley
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To: IbJensen

Just do it!!!!


8 posted on 07/04/2012 6:38:09 AM PDT by ripley
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To: IbJensen

ObamaCare will have to be defeated in bits & pieces, as individual issues with it are challenged as implementation begins. If it is a tax, can it be levied against tax-exempt institutions (like religious groups)? Can exemptions (waivers) be granted to allies of the Democratic Party if it is a tax?


9 posted on 07/04/2012 6:38:27 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: IbJensen

Preemptive cowardice.


10 posted on 07/04/2012 6:39:13 AM PDT by OKSooner (Never take a "known safety risk" shooting with you even if he is an ordained minister.)
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To: IbJensen

11 posted on 07/04/2012 6:43:16 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: IbJensen

12 posted on 07/04/2012 6:43:29 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: IbJensen

PLEASE read this interview, posted today, between McConnell and Robert Costa of National Review:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/304734/mcconnell-well-repeal-obamacare-one-way-or-another-robert-costa


13 posted on 07/04/2012 6:45:01 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: IbJensen

many times I have commented that I believe GOP and Dems are on the same side and that they “choreograph” their supposed fights to make it appear they have differences.

If we have a majority of repubs in Congress, which I HOPE will be the case after Jan 1, why would it be so hard to “undo?” Total repeal may be off the table, (or maybe not), but I’ve read many blogs and comments by judicial experts who discuss a work around in the form of defunding, etc.

All this leads me to believe after McConnell’s comments, the GOP simply does not really want to do away with any of it.

I say if we end up with the majority in Congress, we need to kick azz and take names. SHUT them out of meetings, leave them off committee positions, etc. DO unto them the same way they have done unto the GOP for the past four years!

Screw em!


14 posted on 07/04/2012 6:51:17 AM PDT by a real Sheila ("Vado a bordo, cazzo!")
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To: IbJensen
He's right. What he doesn't say is that there are too many liberals in both parties who have an interest in preserving death care. Republicans make a show of being for small government, reducing entitlements and so on, but they love government control of our lives just as much as the Democrats. The Republican party long ago abandoned the Constitution. It's just taken some time for the masses to realize this.

Nothing will change as long as we have the present two-party system.

15 posted on 07/04/2012 6:51:17 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: IbJensen

He must think we all live in his fluffy puffy world where, in favor of dinners, golfing cordial relationships with their “esteemed colleague” we don’t care about the rule of law, our founding documents and the intefrity of our nation.

Let’s hope he’s wrong.

What a wimp and a wimpy thing to say 4th of July week.


16 posted on 07/04/2012 6:51:25 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Jedidah

Just finished reading it and thanks for the link.

I, along with millions, have become paranoid about these undependable RINOs. I seldom believe anything they say as they were complicit in shoving America into this pit.

We need more Ron Ron and Rand Pauls, along with an army of Steve DeMints!


17 posted on 07/04/2012 6:52:26 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: IbJensen
SO TIRED of hearing this spineless claptrap from McConnell and Boehner. What we need to hear -- EVERY DAY -- would be more along the lines of:

... we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. ... we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air ... We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

18 posted on 07/04/2012 6:52:36 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: stanne

intefrity what?

inegrity


19 posted on 07/04/2012 6:52:55 AM PDT by stanne
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To: IbJensen

many times I have commented that I believe GOP and Dems are on the same side and that they “choreograph” their supposed fights to make it appear they have differences.

If we have a majority of repubs in Congress, which I HOPE will be the case after Jan 1, why would it be so hard to “undo?” Total repeal may be off the table, (or maybe not), but I’ve read many blogs and comments by judicial experts who discuss a work around in the form of defunding, etc.

All this leads me to believe after McConnell’s comments, the GOP simply does not really want to do away with any of it.

I say if we end up with the majority in Congress, we need to kick azz and take names. SHUT them out of meetings, leave them off committee positions, etc. DO unto them the same way they have done unto the GOP for the past four years!

Screw em! DO not reach across the aisle to them. NO compromise. A compromise with the Dems, simply put is this-
YOU cave and give them EVERYTHING they want, you get NOTHING but rave reviews from the press calling you a maverick and visionary, then you mayyyyy get invited to a DC cocktail party. The sum total of jack squat.


20 posted on 07/04/2012 6:53:34 AM PDT by a real Sheila ("Vado a bordo, cazzo!")
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To: IbJensen

What an ass....first order of business, this clown needs be put down from the leadership roll, appoint him senate majority latrien scrubber.

This is what I suspected all along, some of the GOP squishes were just as happy to go along with this law as were the dems.


21 posted on 07/04/2012 6:54:40 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: IbJensen

22 posted on 07/04/2012 6:55:23 AM PDT by HerrBlucher ("The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers." GK Chesterton)
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To: EGPWS

He’s been groping for his friends across the aisle far too long! These Republicrats call it bi-partisanship, but it’s really disgusting. There are, as you know, no friends of America across the aisle and too damned few friends in the ranks of the Republicrat Party!


23 posted on 07/04/2012 6:55:53 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: Jedidah

Thanks for posting.

Like a wounded animal, the anti-American hard-left media has to go nuclear to try to SAVE HUSSEIN.

No lie is too big for Big Media, as they have declared themselves justified in anything in order to SAVE HUSSEIN.

I just have a hard time when I realize that so many of these monsters have families that they have to go home and teach such lies and hatred for anyone without a “D” after their name.


24 posted on 07/04/2012 6:56:20 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: IbJensen

Geriatric Old Plotters.

They are to conservative policy as Vidkun Quisling is to Norwegian national defense.


25 posted on 07/04/2012 6:57:40 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: IbJensen

I just posted Costa’s interview as a separate thread. I do hope others will read it. Excerpt:

Costa: On a final note, what’s your message to conservatives and tea-party activists who are suspicious of Republican leaders and their commitment to repeal?

McConnell: Boy, I don’t know how they could be suspicious on this issue. Every single Republican in the House and Senate voted against Obamacare. I must have made 125 speeches about it on the floor. If there is any area where I don’t think conservatives of any stripe should be concerned, it would be this one. We’ve been clear and unambiguous about Obamacare from the beginning to the end — all of it. And I led the fight in the Senate, so I know what I’m talking about.


26 posted on 07/04/2012 6:58:08 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: IbJensen

I think he’s correct.
If 51 senators need to vote yea, then there needs to be a 60+ repub majority to offset the rinos. Unlikely.


27 posted on 07/04/2012 6:58:55 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
The other senator from KY would make a better majority leader.

Well, that's ONE Paul I can support....

28 posted on 07/04/2012 6:59:14 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: OKSooner

Please read #13.

As Hussein goes down hard, watch Big Media’s hatred of the truth get worse.

Bigger and bigger lies are their only hope.

FU BO and the media sycophants you rode in on!


29 posted on 07/04/2012 7:00:35 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: IbJensen
Why don't you read this:

"Earlier this week, according to WHAS-TV in Louisville, you predicted that it will be “a lot harder” to repeal President Obama’s health-care law. Why is that the case?

Well, I don’t know how they got that comment out of what I had to say.

Let me give you my view, clearly and unambiguously. Repeal of Obamacare will be the first item up in the Senate if I am majority leader. If we have a president who will sign the bill, we will do everything we can to get it off the books, and we’ll be looking for every angle that could be pursued. There has been a lot of talk about reconciliation. The Chief Justice said this is a tax, and we take him at his word, so that certainly makes this eligible for reconciliation. But that may not be the only avenue that we pursue. Our goal will be to get it off the books. In my view, it is the single worst piece of legislation that has been passed in modern times, and I’ve said that on numerous occasions. It’s still my view. And just because the Supreme Court has decided it is constitutional doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do."

30 posted on 07/04/2012 7:01:04 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: IbJensen

How did people like McConnel and Bonehead become the power brokers? in the, Rino I mean, Republican Party?
Kind of reminds me of small towns where the insiders push a doofus for Mayor. For the purposes of getting away with all kinds of shenanigans.


31 posted on 07/04/2012 7:02:05 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Jedidah

Whoa!

I was so discouraged reading the headline as I thought McConnell was one of the sort-of good ones. The media is going full force in lie mode.

The headline is a fake. I take back my former comment.

Maybe it can be taken out of breaking news.

And let me say National Review is a treasure.

Much prayer is necessary.


32 posted on 07/04/2012 7:03:15 AM PDT by stanne
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To: IbJensen

What do you expect from a Republicrat? Giving up before we even start - that’s their way. It’s really very easy - repeal the tax and don’t fund the bureaucracy.


33 posted on 07/04/2012 7:03:40 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: IbJensen

Maybe if you would stop believing everything you hear in the newsmedia you claim you don’t believe in the first place.


34 posted on 07/04/2012 7:04:24 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: usconservative

Well, which is it:

McConnell: We’ll Repeal Obamacare, One Way or Another

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/304734/mcconnell-well-repeal-obamacare-one-way-or-another-robert-costa

I’m already hearing commercials on the radio (WABC) from Healthcare.gov about a black grandfather and grandson playing ball and all the free screenings etc the grandfather can now get.


35 posted on 07/04/2012 7:06:20 AM PDT by bluerose
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To: Travis McGee
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

The Founders expected Congress, the Law Makers, to be more powerful than either the Court or the Executive. We need to move away from administrative law. Force the executive departments to get approval from Congress for every regulation. The Executive cannot make law per the Constitution. This needs to be a campaign just like the 2nd Amendment and Life movements.

36 posted on 07/04/2012 7:07:58 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: IbJensen

I don’t understand Mitch’s contention that the bill will be hard to repeal because it’s “2,700 pages long.” What does that have to do with its anti-Constitution dictates and its violation of religious freedom?

I’m getting very tired of receiving at least 3 pieces of correspondence per day from legislators asking for money to DO THEIR JOBS.

Mitch, if you think the task is too formidable, step down and let an enthusiastic conservative attack the problem.

By the way, thanks for providing the left with an excellent sound byte to use in the future. Contending a task is nearly impossible before the battle begins is a great way to invigorate the opposition.

EODGUY


37 posted on 07/04/2012 7:10:15 AM PDT by EODGUY (Hold on to your copies of the Consititution of the United States. It is going to be re-written.)
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To: IbJensen

“Mark my words, ALL new taxes,”


38 posted on 07/04/2012 7:14:19 AM PDT by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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39 posted on 07/04/2012 7:19:16 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: IbJensen

None of the elites want it repealed. Big corporations want full on socialized medicine.

I don’t see this changing.


40 posted on 07/04/2012 7:23:13 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: IbJensen
If it can't be repealed then defund it or make the tax penalty so minimal that it becomes irrelevant.
41 posted on 07/04/2012 7:27:40 AM PDT by tobyhill (Conservatives are proud of themselves, Liberals lie about themselves)
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To: EODGUY

“I’m getting very tired of receiving at least 3 pieces of correspondence per day from legislators asking for money to DO THEIR JOBS.”

They don’t. Their surrounded by “aids” from the git-go.
100s-1000s of them and D.C. connected bureucrats multiplied by each office holder exponentially, that are after their “take” also. Tentacles, thousands of thousands of “mark my words, no new taxes” lying, all up the Eastern seaboard.

Lobby paid off bribing, led by phony “banking” payable to “the Federal Reserve” every April.


42 posted on 07/04/2012 7:27:40 AM PDT by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: IbJensen

Replicans need to work hard to get rid of Rino’s in 2014.... McConnell and Graham would both be high on my list!


43 posted on 07/04/2012 7:36:57 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: IbJensen
it's hard to unravel something of the magnitude of the 2,700-page health care law

Repeal the whole thing.

Start over.

Do it in segments.

That way, even Nancy Pelosi will know what is in the individual bills.
44 posted on 07/04/2012 7:36:58 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: IbJensen
If I may borrow from your post....

What's really hard... is understanding why republican members of both the house and senate continue to elect people like him and bonehead their leaders.

45 posted on 07/04/2012 7:37:08 AM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: Travis McGee

I was surprised to read that the infamous Dred Scott decision has never been explicitly overturned.


46 posted on 07/04/2012 7:48:49 AM PDT by jesseam
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To: IbJensen

THIS is why his later lie posted above means nothing... like his candidate romeny... he is a man of many faces and many statements. He can be whatever he needs to appear to be... until he goes to work. Then he is a spineless, lying coward.

LLS


47 posted on 07/04/2012 7:49:04 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Jedidah
I did... and it is damage control using the art of the lie and obfuscation. mitch mcconnell is not qualified to be Majority leader... he does not hold the required skill set to accomplish the job in the way that the Founders intended... which is exactly why he will become majority leader... and for the same exact reasons that mitt may become president. The elite cannot survive as the elite if ANYTHING changes.

LLS

48 posted on 07/04/2012 7:52:24 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: stanne
>> Whoa!
>> I was so discouraged reading the headline as I thought McConnell was one of the sort-of good ones. The media is going full force in lie mode.

The best way to ensure that the media doesn't "spin" or create outright falsehood is to not give them a chance. In other words, make the original statement SO blunt, so un-nuanced, so straightforward, that any spin would make that media outlet a laughingstock. See my comment

49 posted on 07/04/2012 7:56:07 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: IbJensen

For them everything is hard or impossible or not dignified or will cause criticism. Compare this to Pelosi’s, “we will go under the fence, over the fence, any way possible...”. Team Pelosi will never quit no matter how obviously wrong they are.


50 posted on 07/04/2012 7:58:41 AM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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