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How to Lose an Election(It's actually quite easy)
Vanity | 11/07/2012 | Vendome

Posted on 11/07/2012 9:57:04 PM PST by Vendome

So I'm sitting here today licking my wounds and wondering how in the hell I could be so wrong in my predictions for this election and suddenly it came to me.

Just don't show up....Read on below


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How to Lose an Election
 
Wanna know how you lose in life?  Just don't show up.
 
That's really all it takes and excatly what happened in this election, costing us gains in both houses, the White House and losing in several states on issues important to us.
 
Below are the results of the 2008 and 2012 election.
 
After you look at the sobering numbers ask yourself what other result could have ensued.
 
It really isn't all that difficult to lose, just don't try or don't show up and YOU LOSE.
 
Less of us showed up as a percentage of the vote than democrats and while fewer of them voted than in 2008, more of them showed up and that's all it took to lose.
 
 

Election 2008

Nominee

Barack Obama

John McCain

Party

Democratic

Republican

Home state

Illinois

Arizona

Running mate

Joe Biden

Sarah Palin

Electoral vote

365

173

States carried

28 + DC + NE-02

22

Popular vote

69,456,897[2]

59,934,814[2]

Percentage

52.9%[2]

45.7%[2]

 

 

Election 2012

Nominee

Barack Obama

Mitt Romney

Party

Democratic

Republican

Home state

Illinois

Massachusetts

Running mate

Joe Biden

Paul Ryan

Electoral vote

303a

206a

States carried

25 + DC

24

Popular vote

60,567,122[2]

57,744,506[2]

Percentage

50%[2]

48%[2]

 
 
In the tables above you can see that while Republicans narrowed the Electoral College gap, the total number of votes cast were somehow 2,109,308 less than in 2008! 
 
Unbelievable!!!
 
How exactly does work/happen?!!   I mean, are you kidding me!!??  Obama plays to sparse crowds and many I know voted voted for him in 2008 are actually going to vote for Romney. 
 
But, Mitt's events aren't just stanging room only, the are in fact, blowouts indicating there is real energy for his candidacy as opposed to his opponent.
 
Why wouldn't we think there would be less votes for Obama this time around?  What was he going to run on?  He looked flat footed everywhere he went and even used subtle language of violence once again to gin up his adherents to "Get Revenge".
 
Well, I guess we know the power of the drug he was peddling because Hopium found enough addicts for him to prevail.
 
That's right, in 2008 a spell bound America had found their savior and 69.5 million(approx) votes were cast for Obama.  However, in 2012 many Americans had kicked him as a habit and he only garnered 60.5 million votes.
 
"The One" was now demonstrably less than he was just four years ago.
 
How does a guy with an abysmal economic record, who didn't focus on jobs, pursued many of Bush's policies and Royaly screwed up his international policies resulting in a disaster in the Middle East, how does he get re-elected?
 
WITH 13% FEWER VOTES THAN THOSE CAST FOR HIS ASCENSION TO THE WHITE HOUSE???!!!  REALLY?  REALLY???
 
GET SERIOUS....
 
Republicans weren't even close to being serious about voting for their country.  4% less votes were cast for Mitt than were for McCain, not even arguably a worse candidate.
 
Obama is less popular and that's a fact but, we can't find enough votes to retire this guy?  You have got to be joking me!!!  Bunch-o-drunks is the only explanation I can come up with.
 
And please, don't anyone give me some pap about which states were carried or needed to be carried, that's a given. 
 
Bottom line, the friggin numbers don't lie and we wouldn't have enough to prevail under any circumstance if less of us show up for this election than the last.
 
We didn't show up.  Our performance was a "D" effort.  Theirs was an unremarkable "C+", that's all it took.
 
I couldn't see any energy for Obama and was certain we would prevail.  I saw more energy for Romney than McCain and that gave me even greater confidence.
 
So, for not showing up we failed to:
 
Increase our share of the Senate.  Hell, I don't know how that is mathematically possible except that we didn't show up.  The Democrats now have a 54-45 majority if we count the two independents.  That's just plain stupid.   We were suppose to increase our lead to at least 51 Republicans and if we Got Lucky as many as 57.
 
Fauxchahauntus is indeed a powerful spirit.
 
In the Congress we really should have picked up a super majority but all we could muster was a not even paltry gain of 1 seat.
 
This is the strangest election.  It seemed like Republicans had everything going for them with the wind at their back and bouyed by our 2010 Tea Party success.  It seems the sail we were using didn't just lose its wind but, was rent and torn into tiny little pieces.
 
Just awful and awful performance from our friends who were no shows.
 
I didn't believe it until today but, maybe the TEA Party is dead???  /S
 
Don't anyone bother me with the details of state by state.  I'm researching that right now and getting into the weeds.
 
Bottom line, our friends who said they were invested in this election are frauds and all this other baloney about minority issues, the environment, etc are a so much malarky.
 
Don't show up and you are a loser.  We lost.
 

1 posted on 11/07/2012 9:57:07 PM PST by Vendome
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To: Vendome

Let the other party program the voting machines and run them.

That always works.

Let the other team own all the media.

That should work.


2 posted on 11/07/2012 9:58:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Vendome

the answer to your question is quite easy. how is it that there were 2,000,000 Lessing votes in this election? have you looked at the average age of the participants at any Republican event?


3 posted on 11/07/2012 10:05:15 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Vendome

We need to have a serious heart to heart about how we run our party.

I have no doubt liberals stole votes with polling shenanigans, but in my heart I know we lost this to LOW TURN OUT.
Obamas turn out was proportionally worse than ours compared to 2008.

Romney ran a great “General” election and we lost because we are infighting.


4 posted on 11/07/2012 10:05:53 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Vendome
As I've said before, Obama is/was the Dems golden child.

The Dems wont pull numbers like these again for a while.

All is not lost.

5 posted on 11/07/2012 10:06:18 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Vendome

in case you missed that, the Republican party is dying


6 posted on 11/07/2012 10:06:24 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: mylife

and Dick Morris


7 posted on 11/07/2012 10:07:10 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Vendome

Could the difference be the Paulbots?


8 posted on 11/07/2012 10:11:22 PM PST by expat1000
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To: eyedigress

Has Dick Morris ever been right about anything ever?
He is a professional BSer. Just like Obama.

Why people abide him or Donald Trump is beyond me.


9 posted on 11/07/2012 10:12:16 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: GeronL

That’ll work too but I have a hard time believing they did it enough and widespread to make a difference.

Bottom line:

Less of us showed than last time and the same for their side but more of them showed up than us so the result is a logical outcome.

Live long and prosperous.


10 posted on 11/07/2012 10:12:58 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: mylife

you mean like the way we fought the Tea Party and chased Ross Perot people out? is that the in fighting you’re talking about. it has been going on in the Republican Party for years. the next election will be the same.

I was at a campaign night party and there were 2 rooms set up. 1 was for the regular party faithful and the other room was for those with country club memberships. the regular folk were not allowed in the country clubbers room.

I saw people that had worked really hard on the campaign that were not allowed inside and were really mad


11 posted on 11/07/2012 10:14:54 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: GeronL

GeronL is correct. This is massive fraud. It wasn’t us.


12 posted on 11/07/2012 10:16:52 PM PST by noodler (!)
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To: GeronL

GeronL is correct. This is massive fraud. It wasn’t us.


13 posted on 11/07/2012 10:17:00 PM PST by noodler (!)
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To: eyedigress

I was a true believer in Micheal Barone.

Never could abide Dicky the toe sucker.

Thanks to all on FR who let me rant and did not dash my brains on the rocks.

We will survive, but Elvis is dead and I don’t feel so well myself LOL

Gnight all.


14 posted on 11/07/2012 10:17:03 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: expat1000

No. The reality is we just didn’t show up. In fact, less showed up this time for a “more palatable” candidate than last time.

2 million less and really we should had an increase in our share participation.

It cost us our mathematically predictable gains in the houses.

Just great.


15 posted on 11/07/2012 10:17:28 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: noodler

It was likely both.
Lobs in my office were stunned that Obama won.


16 posted on 11/07/2012 10:18:40 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: noodler

It was likely both.
Libs in my office were stunned that Obama won.


17 posted on 11/07/2012 10:19:04 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Have a good one if you can. It’s gonna get rough.


18 posted on 11/07/2012 10:22:18 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Vendome

“But, Mitt’s events aren’t just stanging room only, the are in fact, blowouts indicating there is real energy for his candidacy as opposed to his opponent.”

Events don’t matter. That’s old-fashioned campaigning from the Pony Express era. We need to reach millions, not thousands. Flinging a few ads on Minnesota TV doesn’t matter, especially in the cable/DVR era. You need an entrenched ground game in the states you want to win and we didn’t have that.


19 posted on 11/07/2012 10:23:35 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: ari-freedom

We didn’t have “Charisma”. It is a popularity contest. Issues don’t matter anymore.


20 posted on 11/07/2012 10:25:35 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: mylife

Perhaps all those on here who constantly bases Romney because he wasn’t pure enough decided to stay home. Never let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Romney was by no means perfect, but look at the alternative.


21 posted on 11/07/2012 10:27:20 PM PST by oldernittany
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To: oldernittany

*bashed

poor typing.


22 posted on 11/07/2012 10:28:26 PM PST by oldernittany
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To: Vendome

It would take very few votes “lost” or found to switch some of those states. Like Ohio and Florida, for instance


23 posted on 11/07/2012 10:29:28 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I never fought the tea party.
I asked where is the tea partys fight?

After 2010 they just kinda evaporated from view.
Like they had accomplished something and no longer had the belly to be called racists.

Where are the Tea Party rally’s on this very day? *Crickets*


24 posted on 11/07/2012 10:32:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Yeh, poor typing or any reason to focuss on ourselves. We were beat by Fraud! That is what needs investigation.


25 posted on 11/07/2012 10:33:09 PM PST by noodler (!)
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To: GeronL

I can see it but, that’s a lot of people doing a coordinated act across a large geography.


26 posted on 11/07/2012 10:33:26 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Programming for the electronic machines/

in some places they probably had SEIU and ACORN counting the votes.


27 posted on 11/07/2012 10:34:50 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: expat1000; Vendome

Could the difference be the Paulbots?

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I think you have hit on something. Here’s why...the Paul supporters I know tend to be more Libertarian than Conservative socially. They are fiscally conservative, but socially moderate to liberal on the main issues.

A lot of them (and even some non Paul supporters) were APPALLED by how Ron Paul, a Republican, was treated at the RNC and by Romney. The delegate issue and the insistence that if he spoke, his speech would have to be vetted, turned many of them off and pushed them to Gary Johnson rather than Mitt Romney.

I do know a few Paulbots who voted for Romney, but I also know a few (none in swing states IIRC) who stayed home. None I know supported Virgil Goode and most said (I don’t know if they followed through) they would vote for Gary Johnson because not only was he closer to thier views, but the GOP left a bad taste in their mouths because of how they treated Paul.


28 posted on 11/07/2012 10:36:07 PM PST by reaganaut (Kyrie eleison...Christe eleison...Kyrie eleison)
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To: GeronL

Servicing the machine is more like it. Starting the machines with a number of obama and DNC votes already on the tally before nayone has voted on the machine is a favorite sca, that fits ACORN and SEIU criminality profiles.


29 posted on 11/07/2012 10:37:16 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: mylife

You forgot Karl Rove too.


30 posted on 11/07/2012 10:37:32 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: GeronL

Not real complicated, is it?


31 posted on 11/07/2012 10:37:36 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Vendome

The Name is the rat machine.It is a fact the DOW dropped and also some bet on that. We are being played.


32 posted on 11/07/2012 10:40:12 PM PST by noodler (!)
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To: GeronL; txrefugee; All

“Let the other party program the voting machines and run them”

Yes there was democrat voter fraud. Also This freeper txrefugee had a post that I think we all should read and spread around:

“On CNN today, they revealed that Axelrod & Co. had the 2010 Census sheets from the heavy-minority counties in the swing states. They supposedly knew every house where their voters lived and followed up with absentee ballots etc.(No one has moved in the last two years? Hard to believe.)

Now, if this isn’t a recipe for stealing an election, I don’t know what is. They could request the ballots, have someone collect them at drop boxes, fill them out and submit them. No wonder the turnout of Blacks, Mexicans, and students actually went up over ‘08, though the enthusiasm was obviously missing. That doesn’t make sense unless someone was doing something shady.

3 posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 7:53:38 PM by txrefugee
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33 posted on 11/07/2012 10:42:26 PM PST by Democrat_media (limit government to 5000 words of laws. how to limit gov Quantify limited government ...)
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To: oldernittany

No one is perfect.
I thought he did damn well and juxtaposed himself well to a “My way or the highway” egomaniac.

I think but for all of the puritans Romney could have been a GREAT President.
Lord Knows we have a petulant ***hole in office now, for another long 4 years, and that petulant ahole is about to go scorched earth on us.

We will never recover from the SCOTUS picks he makes in our lifetimes.

Romney would have pissed off both sides, but he would have listened an loved the idea of America.


34 posted on 11/07/2012 10:43:27 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cva66snipe

I think Rove was reasonable.
His analysis was decent.


35 posted on 11/07/2012 10:45:24 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: reaganaut; expat1000

Yea, I don’t think so.

Paulbots and Johnsonite idiots only comprised about .5% of the vote total anywhere.

That just isn’t enough evidence to make prosecuting that argument viable.

Not if you look at Florida tallies or Ohio.

The bottom line: We Didn’t Show up. We flunked. Just damn and somehow we flunked.

It’s not anymore complicated than that.


36 posted on 11/07/2012 10:47:11 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: noodler

It’s not going to be investigated.

Romney conceded.


37 posted on 11/07/2012 10:47:26 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Vendome

It’s the candidate, stupid.


38 posted on 11/07/2012 10:48:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Democrat_media

There wasn’t a single moment in the last four years where this administration acted as as if there was even a remote possibility it might lose power. Once they got in, there was no chance of getting them out. This isn’t a political party we’re talking about. It’s a demonic criminal empire.

God help us all.


39 posted on 11/07/2012 10:50:58 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: reaganaut

I think you’re right.

I’d have voted for anybody over Obama, but some very principled conservatives couldn’t bring themselves to vote for an “electable” moderate with a decidedly liberal background.

Then “anybody but Obama” crowd would vote for a conservative, and a conservative willing to get a little fired up about attacking Obama would have picked off at least as many undecided voters as Mitt did, without having the hard core base stay at home. I frankly don’t think the Mormon thing helped with evangelicals, either.

Maybe the demographics are truly against us, but if that’s the case, we can’t just change our spots and go left. It’s time to give a charismatic conservative a shot, it can’t be worse than this was. Unfortunately, I don’t think the GOP can bring itself to do it. Look at the GOP Speaker of the House....today he’s talking about higher taxes.


40 posted on 11/07/2012 10:52:51 PM PST by M1911A1
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To: dfwgator

LOL

Dat troo too..


41 posted on 11/07/2012 10:52:51 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: mylife

Well put. The Enemy wants and laughs at our self- critizism.
They laughed at me after 3 1/2 hours to Vote in Arlington County,Va. My vote has not mattered in 35 years here. Yet on Nov 6 between 1510 and 1810 at S. 16th St. They were not idiots. I could not believe this huge, orderly, compassionate folk voted for a continuation of the regime.


42 posted on 11/07/2012 11:00:25 PM PST by noodler (!)
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To: mylife

Well put. The Enemy wants and laughs at our self- critizism.
They laughed at me after 3 1/2 hours to Vote in Arlington County,Va. My vote has not mattered in 35 years here. Yet on Nov 6 between 1510 and 1810 at S. 16th St. They were not idiots. I could not believe this huge, orderly, compassionate folk voted for a continuation of the regime.


43 posted on 11/07/2012 11:00:31 PM PST by noodler (!)
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To: mylife

Well put. The Enemy wants and laughs at our self- critizism.
They laughed at me after 3 1/2 hours to Vote in Arlington County,Va. My vote has not mattered in 35 years here. Yet on Nov 6 between 1510 and 1810 at S. 16th St. They were not idiots. I could not believe this huge, orderly, compassionate folk voted for a continuation of the regime.


44 posted on 11/07/2012 11:00:41 PM PST by noodler (!)
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To: Vendome
the total number of votes cast were somehow 2,109,308 less than in 2008!

10 million Americans died since 2008. So we actually did quite well. Given that more older people die than young and more older people are typically more conservative, we probably lost way more than 2 million conservatives. That means we actually picked up some new young conservatives. But not enough. You can't use algebra to solve a calculus problem. This is a rate of change problem not an amount of change.

45 posted on 11/07/2012 11:04:41 PM PST by douginthearmy
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To: Vendome

Conservatives have spoken. Nominate someone who is a conservative.

Didn’t y’all take us for granted by insisting “they will always have to vote for us”. No, no we don’t.


46 posted on 11/07/2012 11:06:03 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: Vendome

Conservatives have spoken. Nominate someone who is a conservative.

Didn’t y’all take us for granted by insisting “they will always have to vote for us”. No, no we don’t.


47 posted on 11/07/2012 11:06:08 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: JCBreckenridge

And now you have four more years of Obama.


48 posted on 11/07/2012 11:06:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: noodler

Right, just like all the polls were skewed etc?

Bullshit. Time to stop making up excuses for Romney and face the reality. The Republicans blew it by nominating a loser and they lost.


49 posted on 11/07/2012 11:07:42 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: dfwgator

Next time nominate a conservative. We’ve been saying this since March and now, finally, someone’s going to sit up and take notice.


50 posted on 11/07/2012 11:08:32 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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