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Here Are 3 Notable People You Won’t Hear From at the GOP Convention
The Blaze ^ | August 17, 2012 | Beckel Adams

Posted on 08/17/2012 12:07:20 PM PDT by Mozilla

Several major conservative leaders, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have been invited to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

That’s not a bad lineup.

However, as of this writing, three notable figures are still missing from the list of announced speakers. And we’re not talking about right-leaning celebrities or conservative politicians who have recently found themselves in the spotlight; we’re talking about three public figures who, at one time or another, have played a major role in rallying the conservative base.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s get this out of the way: National conventions are little more than an excuse to unite the base and fire up voters. Sure, a few people might show up and dispute their party’s candidate, but, as it has been for quite some time, both parties usually have their nominations tied up long before the conventions roll around.

Therefore, one of the only reasons these rallies still exist is to stoke voter enthusiasm.

That being said, here are three public figures the GOP — if it’s really interested in firing up and uniting the base — should perhaps give a second look:

Newt “Shoot the Moon” Gingrich

Michele “Queen Bee” Bachmann

Sarah “Mamma Grizzly” Palin

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bachmann; convention; newt; palin
Well I sure won't be watching the GOP convention. Not with Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich off the podium.
1 posted on 08/17/2012 12:07:26 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla
Several major conservative leaders, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have been invited to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Fixed it.

2 posted on 08/17/2012 12:16:01 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: Mozilla

“Several major conservative leaders, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,”

HUH!


3 posted on 08/17/2012 12:16:39 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Mozilla

I won’t be watching it either...and that’s a good reason.


4 posted on 08/17/2012 12:18:52 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Parley Baer

All rinoservatives except for Governor Scott Walker.


5 posted on 08/17/2012 12:19:48 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Mozilla

Arizona Governor Brewer is also missing, as far as I can tell.

She’s opposed President Obama’s agenda more than any other elected official, IMO. Wonder why she’s not invited?


6 posted on 08/17/2012 12:22:03 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Mozilla

They are missing a bet by excluding these heavy hitters. My own choice for President was Gingrich, but it was not to be. Personally, I think ALL the candidates who ran for the republican presidency should be invited and show their support for Romney & Ryan.


7 posted on 08/17/2012 12:25:11 PM PDT by kiltie65
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To: Mozilla
The 'Huck' is OK as a Socon, but Christie?

He's from Jersey ~

8 posted on 08/17/2012 12:25:11 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Parley Baer

Socon ~ don’t be like Romney and think that doesn’t count. Without the Socon vote YOU LOSE EVERY SINGLE TIME, and they have demonstrated in the past that they will stay home unless you have a satisfactory candidate.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 12:27:30 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Yeah, Gomer Huckleberry is so “socially conservative” that he wants illegal alien asylum/amnesty and worked hand-in-glove with the Mexican government.


10 posted on 08/17/2012 12:30:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Mozilla

Wish he would stop sending campaign begging letters, I don’t like him or Karl Rove or any rino.


11 posted on 08/17/2012 12:32:27 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: Mozilla

Right after the election, I think it’s time to form a third party.


12 posted on 08/17/2012 12:34:27 PM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: kiltie65; All

They rally could have shown unity by inviting all the candidates who ran and Palin. I don’t understand why Rick Santorum was allowed to speak but not Newt, Bachmann and Palin.

Will Allen West speak?


13 posted on 08/17/2012 12:35:06 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: All

Well I can safely answer my own question with No.

Allen West, a Republican congressman representing Broward and Palm Beach Counties, indicated that although he is not scheduled to speak at next month’s convention, he’ll be there in some form – even if that means being a hot dog vendor.

http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2012/07/27/allen-west-im-selling-hot-dogs-in-tampa-for-republican-convention/

That Blows. This is not going to unite the party but divide it further. It is time to form a new party.


14 posted on 08/17/2012 12:40:24 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Mozilla
The best thing SP has been able to say about Romney is that he isn't Obama (I for one agree) and that the only way he will be a success as president is if he has a conservative House and Senate to keep him in check.

She will be working the undercard, particularly the Senate very hard. Weird Harry has to be unseated as Senate Majority Leader.

As to Ryan being the future of the Republican Party... It remains to be seen how he handles the coming sh!t storm the Dems are going to throw at him. It is one thing to have the media write nasty things about you. It is quite another to have press pervs stalking your family. Plus if he isn't willing to press for a complete overhaul of the House and Senate Republican leadership, he will not last as the new face of the party.

15 posted on 08/17/2012 12:42:20 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: muawiyah

Without the Socon vote YOU LOSE EVERY SINGLE TIME, and they have demonstrated in the past that they will stay home unless you have a satisfactory candidate.
***This time around, the GOP-E & Romney have decided they don’t need Socons. They may be right, because 0bama has been such a crappy president.


16 posted on 08/17/2012 12:43:22 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Big government Bible thumpers make me sick as do the morons who cultishly follow them.
17 posted on 08/17/2012 12:44:35 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: Mozilla
That Blows. This is not going to unite the party but divide it further. It is time to form a new party.

The time for that was years ago. The party elite and the well connected behind the scenes wanted biz as usual, and that became quite apparent some years ago.

18 posted on 08/17/2012 12:48:59 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: eCSMaster
Right after the election, I think it’s time to form a third party.

Yes! Another third party!

Because we don't have enough third parties as it is.

America First Party
American Party
American Populist Party
American Third Position Party
Americans Elect
America's Party
America's Independent Party
Christian Liberty Party
American Heritage Party
Citizens Party of the United States
New American Independent Party
Communist Party of the United States of America
Constitution Party
Freedom Socialist Party
Green Party
Independence Party of America
Independent American Party
Jefferson Republican Party
Justice Party
Labor Party
Libertarian Party
Modern Whig Party
National Socialist Movement
Objectivist Party
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Peace and Freedom Party
Prohibition Party
Raza Unida Party
Reform Party of the United States of America
Socialist Action
Socialist Alternative
Socialist Equality Party
Socialist Party USA
Socialist Workers Party
United States Marijuana Party
United States Pacifist Party
United States Pirate Party
Unity Party of America
Workers World Party

19 posted on 08/17/2012 12:50:36 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: All

The official speaker list has not been fully released. However, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced the following that will be given a speaking role:

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, will deliver the keynote address.
Pam Bondi, Florida attorney general.
Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida.
Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general and 2012 Republican nominee from Texas for U.S. Senate.
Artur Davis, Former Congressman and 2010 Democratic candidate for Governor of Alabama.
Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma.
Luis Fortuño, Governor of Puerto Rico.
Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina.
Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas.
John Kasich, Governor of Ohio.
Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico.
John McCain, United States Senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican nominee for President of the United States.
Sam Olens, Georgia attorney general.
Rand Paul, United States Senator from Kentucky.
Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State.
Rick Santorum, former United States Senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States.
Rick Scott, Governor of Florida.
Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin.


20 posted on 08/17/2012 12:52:23 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
The best thing SP has been able to say about Romney is that he isn't Obama (I for one agree)

That's the only thing anyone can say about Romney -- including Romney himself!

As to why Gingrich, Bachmann and Palin weren't invited to speak . . . long memories, maybe? I seem to recall reading that Reagan spoke at the '76 GOP convention and wowed them so much that there was much shaking of heads among the delegates and asking, "Why didn't we nominate him?"

21 posted on 08/17/2012 12:53:47 PM PDT by maryz
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To: All

Marco Rubio will also introduce Romney

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/marco-rubio-introduce-romney-gop-convention-094918648.html


22 posted on 08/17/2012 12:54:24 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: maryz

Good point. Romney pales in comparison to any of those three.


23 posted on 08/17/2012 12:56:31 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: Mozilla
There is another...

Mark Levin is turning into quite the fire breathing Constitution evangelist. He gives great speeches almost every night. And he doesn't care whose feelings he hurts. Put him in a room full of conservative activistists and they're likely to burn the entire Republican leadership in effigy.

Levin's scatter-shooting would leave a lot of punctured self important egos.

24 posted on 08/17/2012 1:06:16 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Mozilla

HE’S the bomb!


25 posted on 08/17/2012 1:08:24 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Mozilla

They invited Huckabee? What losers.


26 posted on 08/17/2012 1:11:05 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Parley Baer

How about Jan Brewer? Is she speaking, or is Nikki Haley their only token female?


27 posted on 08/17/2012 1:12:52 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Mozilla

Thanks for posting that list.


28 posted on 08/17/2012 1:15:00 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Mozilla

What genius decided to let Chris Christi give the keynote speech? They should have given it to Rand Paul or Allen West.


29 posted on 08/17/2012 1:15:29 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: Mozilla

Let’s see... Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are key states in play - and each has key speakers scheduled. I’d add a few more, but that’s always going to be the case. It looks like a good plan to this Fiscal and Social Conservative.


30 posted on 08/17/2012 1:18:02 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I guess the genius is Reince Priebus with help from Romney ans his staff of rinos.


31 posted on 08/17/2012 1:18:14 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I’ll take Christie for the keynote this year. He’s a GOP governor in a Democrat-run state that swept into power, took no guff and cleaned up a corrupt and bloated “budget” process. Since that’s exactly what we need in Washington right now, who would be better to set that table than the governors of New Jersey and Wisconsin?


32 posted on 08/17/2012 1:23:52 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Mozilla
So, who'll be speaking at the Constitution Party convention? Sarah? Newt? Michelle?

The constant sniping by the midgets in the CP only make you look smaller.

33 posted on 08/17/2012 1:24:05 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: Mozilla

I never watch conventions. None of what they show on TV is what matters. Lots of really interesting stuff happens at conventions (especially designing the party platform) but it’s never on TV, the best you can do is hope somebody writes a tell all book.


34 posted on 08/17/2012 1:30:10 PM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Deb

It came and it went already in April. Virgil Goode was nominated. He is a far better choice than Romney in a lot of areas.

The GOP Convention is missing some really good people who could fire up the base and should have been the nominee.


35 posted on 08/17/2012 1:39:19 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

+1 We don’t do tv anyway, but I’m not even going to see about C SPAN. Except for Scott Walker, there’s no one speaking that I’m interested in hearing (& that’s my diplomatic way of putting it).

I’m happy enough about Paul Ryan, but it will only be feminine restraint that keeps me from spitting as I cast my vote. Ugh. I am DIS-gusted.


36 posted on 08/17/2012 2:01:15 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: eCSMaster
Right after the election, I think it’s time to form a third party.

I would disagree .. I would say it's time to go out and drag more Tea Party people into their local Republican Executive Committees. We need to continue to build - it's not somthing that happens over night.

37 posted on 08/17/2012 2:15:08 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: gov_bean_ counter
(Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)

Who might those Freepers be? The Gay lobby? The Romney Botts?

38 posted on 08/17/2012 2:20:08 PM PDT by itsahoot (Palin in 2012. Just to pi$$ off the Romney botts.)
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To: itsahoot

Yawn.


39 posted on 08/17/2012 2:39:43 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: Mozilla

When the RNC calls, begging for a donation, I will explain how they get nothing from me because they didn’t include conservatives at the Convention. It is just another reason why I will never contribute to the national committee.


40 posted on 08/17/2012 2:41:21 PM PDT by jch10 (America needs some R and R!)
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To: Kevmo
It's magical thinking. Those other people ~ the democrats ~ the tradition is that given a choice between a real democrat and a fake democrat, they'll chose the real democrat every time.

They've got Romney's drift ~ they know who he is. I really don't think he'll get any of their votes. That means he needs Republicans.

41 posted on 08/17/2012 2:52:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: itsahoot

I would have liked to have heard Allen West make a speech. Instead they are going to feature Artur Davis, a former Alabama Democrat congressman. Both are good. Allen West of course is a great speaker and a bit of a firebrand. Davis is more Ivy League. Would have enjoyed both being there!


42 posted on 08/17/2012 2:58:51 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: Mozilla

I honestly do thin Reince Preibus is a genius.

What he has done to turn blue Wisconsin to red is nothing short of amazing.


43 posted on 08/17/2012 2:59:02 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He also doesn't want any more baby's killed.

Let's hear some details on that from the Mittbots.

I think Romney is telling a lie. These people get a taste of baby flesh they just won't let go.

44 posted on 08/17/2012 3:01:11 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Drew68

Third Party Nominees for 2012

Ballot access to 270 or more electoral votes

Libertarian Party
Gary Johnson, Former Governor of New Mexico

Green Party
Jill Stein, Physician, of Massachusetts

Ballot access to less than 270, but more than 50 electoral votes

Constitution Party
Virgil Goode, Former U.S. Representative of Virginia

Justice Party
Rocky Anderson, Former Mayor of Salt Lake City, of Utah

American Independent Party, no nominee yet but candidates:
1. Virgil Goode, seeking a double nomination
2. Tom Hoefling, also the America’s Party nominee
3. Edward C. Noonan, Activist, of California
4. Wiley Drake, Radio host and pastor, of California

Peace and Freedom Party
Roseanne Barr, Comedian and Progressive activist

Ballot access to less than 50 electoral votes

Party for Socialism and Liberation
Peta Lindsay, Anti-war activist

Reform Party USA
Andre Barnett, Businessman and fitness model, of New York

America’s Party
Tom Hoefling, Political activist, of Iowa

Objectivist Party
Tom Stevens, Attorney and 2008 Objectivist Party presidential nominee

Socialist Party USA
Stewart Alexander, Activist and 2008 Socialist Party USA vice-presidential nominee, of California

Socialist Workers Party
James Harris, Activist from New York

Grassroots Party
Jim Carlson, Businessman from Minnesota

American Third Position Party
Merlin Miller, Independent filmmaker from Tennessee

No Ballot Access

Socialist Equality Party
Jerry White, Journalist and 1996 and 2008 Socialist Equality Party presidential nominee, of Michigan

Freedom Socialist Party
Stephen Durham, Socialist feminist activist, of New York

Prohibition Party
Jack Fellure, Perennial candidate, of West Virginia

Independent
Randall Terry, Pro-life activist of West Virginia

Randy Blythe, Vocalist and songwriter

Terry Jones, senior pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida

Robert Burck, Street performer, of New York

Joe Schriner, Journalist, author, and perennial presidential candidate, of Ohio

Declined to run

The following people were the focus of presidential speculation in past media reports, but ultimately decided not to run as independent candidates.

Laurie Roth, Radio Talk Show Host - Roth announced her candidacy for the American Independent Party in November 2011. She also ran for the nomination of the Constitution Party, but lost at the convention. She withdrew from the American Independent Party race in July, after claiming before that she would run Independent. But she then endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney and said that she would try to help America in other ways.

Lou Dobbs, broadcast journalist and commentator, of New Jersey

Ron Paul, U.S. Representative, of Texas and Republican nominee

Donald Trump, businessman and television personality, of New York

Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota

Ralph Nader, attorney, Consumer advocate, and perennial presidential candidate of Connecticut

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City

Bernie Sanders, Socialist Senator, of Vermont

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

Americans Elect

No nominee - Americans Elect announced on May 17, 2012 that it would not field a candidate for President, as no candidate garnered enough support in the organization’s online primary to reach its self-imposed threshold for the nomination.

Boston Tea Party

No nominee - the Boston Tea Party dissolved itself on July 22, 2012, citing decline in membership activity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_third_party_and_independent_presidential_candidates,_2012#Ballot_access_to_270_or_more_electoral_votes


45 posted on 08/17/2012 3:44:32 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Drew68

I should add that the Communist Party USA Endorses Obama for 2012 like they did in 2008.
http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2011/08/04/communist-party-endorses-obama-2012


46 posted on 08/17/2012 3:48:57 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

The folks arranging the program KNOW that things like this ~ http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/arab-spring-run-amok-brotherhood-starts-crucifixions/ ~ are NOT part of Romney’s campaign, and they’ll do everything they can to keep any SOCON issues like that from being mentioned during the campaign. Frankly, I”m not at all surprised to find Romney doesn’t particularly care one way or the other about Christians being crucified, nor does his spirit brother Obama.


47 posted on 08/17/2012 7:20:45 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: StevenFlorida

Naw, Preibus is far from being a genius ~ he’s a Mittbot and the Wisconsin thing is Walker’s creation.


48 posted on 08/17/2012 7:22:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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