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AFP: US Republicans prefer Romney
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Posted on 04/11/2010 6:58:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the top pick of Republicans meeting here, to square off against US President Barack Obama, if the party primary were held now, officials said Saturday.

Romney edged out Texas Congressman Ron Paul by only one vote -- 439-438 -- to win a nine-candidate race of Republican candidates, according to results of Saturday's test vote at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Paul and Romney campaigned unsuccessfully for their party's presidential nomination in 2008. It was won, however, by Arizona Senator John McCain, who eventually lost to Democrat Obama.

The preference-indicating exercise -- known as a "straw poll" -- capped three days of addresses at the Southern Republican conference that included sharp criticism of Obama's presidency by leading Republicans and conservative commentators.

A total of 1,806 votes were cast during two days of balloting that ended Saturday, according to Wilson Research Strategies, a national conservative polling firm that conducted the straw poll. Voting was limited to an estimated 3,500 conference delegates from 14 southern US states.

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I wasn't sure what category to put this in.

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1 posted on 04/11/2010 6:58:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Media picking our candidates for us again.


2 posted on 04/11/2010 6:59:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: NormsRevenge

Isn’t this a tad premature?


3 posted on 04/11/2010 6:59:37 PM PDT by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
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To: NormsRevenge

Total BS, Total Nonsense.


4 posted on 04/11/2010 6:59:42 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: cripplecreek

They think. We can’t let it happen.


5 posted on 04/11/2010 7:00:22 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: Blogger

The only ones who preferred Romney were the 500 or so whom he gave free tickets and books to in exchange for their votes. In fact , he didn’t even get all of their votes. No better than the Democrats as far as buying votes is concerned.


6 posted on 04/11/2010 7:02:19 PM PDT by curth (Sarah Palin: 1.5M Facebook fans. "I'm In For $15 - Donate $15 to Sarahpac to celebrate!)
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To: NormsRevenge

US Republicans may, but I doubt if Conservative voters do ... Romneycare is as backrupt as anything Obama has come up with. In fact if you want to look at the future of Obamacare, just look at Massachusetts, where they are now in the process of taking the step to take over healthcare in Massachusetts.

The lame stream media has become so useless, in fact they have transitioned to outright dangerous.


7 posted on 04/11/2010 7:03:13 PM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Blogger

Its a long way from the election.


8 posted on 04/11/2010 7:03:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: NormsRevenge

Sorry - 2008 was the absolute LAST election in which I will be conned into holding my nose and voting for a completely unsatisfactory “R”...


9 posted on 04/11/2010 7:03:24 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree, they are trying to get the person most likely to cause a rift in the GOP to come out on top. I would never vote for Romney.


10 posted on 04/11/2010 7:04:05 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: NormsRevenge

And so, the Narrative begins. . .


11 posted on 04/11/2010 7:04:19 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: cripplecreek

No Shi& If they and the rats do it again there is no chance for the survival of the REpublic

So we have to do something


12 posted on 04/11/2010 7:07:52 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: NormsRevenge

Who or What is the AFP? Why should I give a twit what the think or say? I know for certain, that with this prediction I can safely write them off as completely worthless!


13 posted on 04/11/2010 7:09:58 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: cripplecreek

Yea I was thinking that’s how we got McCain.


14 posted on 04/11/2010 7:10:53 PM PDT by swheats (America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!)
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To: swheats

I don’t have a clue who I’ll vote for because I don’t know who will be in the race. I do know that I won’t be voting for Romney.


15 posted on 04/11/2010 7:12:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: NormsRevenge

More media BS. No way I am voting for Romney to be our nominee.


16 posted on 04/11/2010 7:13:03 PM PDT by jerry639
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To: NormsRevenge

Bull Obama.

Although, the 10 remaining Republicans may prefer RINOmny.

The rest of we conservatives think Romney can take a hike - on the moon - without a space suit.


17 posted on 04/11/2010 7:13:59 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: NormsRevenge
Just one comment on those so-called "most republicans": idiots.

Obama Roach, medium
18 posted on 04/11/2010 7:14:59 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: NormsRevenge

Republican in Louisiana?!

Yeah, someone is playing fast and loose with the press...


19 posted on 04/11/2010 7:15:37 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: J Edgar
Who or What is the AFP?

Agence France-Presse . Mitt speaks frog .

20 posted on 04/11/2010 7:16:16 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: cripplecreek

“Rounding out the field of candidates in the Republican straw poll were Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas; Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico; Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; Mike Pence, a Republican congressman of Indiana; Romney and Rick Santorum, a former congressman and senator of Pennsylvania”

You said it....they set it up for Romney to win. Where is Sarah? Where is Michelle Bachman? Where is governor Jindal for pete’s sake?!


21 posted on 04/11/2010 7:20:01 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: Uncle Ike
Sorry - 2008 was the absolute LAST election in which I will be conned

You and many millions more. This will never happen. Romney would have been a stronger candidate than McCain and he may have beaten Obama. This may have been better for the country in the long run, or perhaps not. It does not matter now. Conservatives are energized and a conservative republican will challenge the Marxist in 2012.

22 posted on 04/11/2010 7:20:33 PM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
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To: tuckrdout

^RepublicanS, in Louisiana...sorry, I was eating an elk burger while typing...one really should choose to do one or the other...


23 posted on 04/11/2010 7:21:33 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: tuckrdout

Elk burger? Mmmmm! It’s good fer ya!


24 posted on 04/11/2010 7:24:48 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Bushbacker1

Yes it is! The best....


25 posted on 04/11/2010 7:25:57 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: tuckrdout
In past life, I would hunt in the Pintlar, Big Hole, Rock Creek, Alder, etc.......

Still own a home in Montana.

26 posted on 04/11/2010 7:28:56 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: jerry639

Same here! I will NEVER vote for Romney!


27 posted on 04/11/2010 7:28:59 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: NormsRevenge
While Gov.Palin and Americans were working hard trying to stop ObamaCARE
where was Romney?

ANSWER: Hiding, sending out manipulators,
selling his (ghostwritten) book,
helping Gore push the fraud of climate change,
(true to form) attacking the "tea party",
and buying votes in the straw polls.


MITT ROMNEY EXPOSED BUYING VOTES
NEW ORLEANS -- I spoke to a young female delegate who said she planned to vote for
Romney in the poll. I asked her how she had ended up at the conference.
She said "Evangelicals for Mitt" had contacted her and offered to pay for her to have a
limited-access ticket -- so long as she agreed to vote for Romney in the straw poll.
Asked how "Evangelicals for Mitt" got her name, she said she didn't know. But she said
that she was on the email list for Romney, and speculated that the Romney team
had given out their email list. “

28 posted on 04/11/2010 7:29:07 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: cripplecreek

Same here


29 posted on 04/11/2010 7:30:49 PM PDT by swheats (America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!)
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s been clear for MANY MONTHS (it’s just been there,
‘in the air’) that Romney was the mutual choice of both the
Establishment GOP/Rino Old Guard, AND the MSM, who see him as the most-likely-to-be-doomed replacement for John McCain, who will not be available next time around. They will keep promoting this fiction, this habit of telling us what we believe and prefer, hopiong that this fiction takes on some kind of critical mass and becomes non-fiction.
It ain’t gonna happen this time. But it’ll be fun watching them cluelessly continue hammering home the Romney theme, until repeated polling shows even the RINOs that Romney is outpaced by just about all other candidates.


30 posted on 04/11/2010 7:31:38 PM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Every election is like an advance auction sale of stolen goods"--H.L.Mencken)
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To: supremedoctrine
RESULTS – Feb. 2010 Early Freerepublic.com straw vote FOR GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION
Governor Palin was the overwhelming choice of freepers who voted!

Palin - 102 votes - THE WINNER
None Of The Above - 12 votes
Barbour - 10 votes
Hunter - 8 votes
Demint - 7 votes
Pence - 3 votes
Ryan - 3 votes
Jindal - 2 votes
Jeb Bush - 2 votes
Liz Cheney - 2 votes
Mitch Daniels - 2 votes
Newt Gingrich - 2 votes
Thune, Gary Johnson, Joe Wilson, Scott Brown and rick Perry all got a vote.
No Votes for Mitt RomneyCARE or Ron Paul or Huckabee .... 0 votes (none, zed, nada, doughnut, oh-no) “


31 posted on 04/11/2010 7:35:10 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: NormsRevenge

With his history with “Romneycare”, I can’t believe he even showed up.


32 posted on 04/11/2010 7:35:21 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: NormsRevenge

Here we go again...they think!!!


33 posted on 04/11/2010 7:37:13 PM PDT by bronxville
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To: WellyP

“I will NEVER vote for Romney”

Sure you say that now, but if he gets the nod in open primaries—McCain was already 0’s wingman by the time we got to vote in IN—then the Grand Old Par-tay types will be urging everyone to support him, “`the perfect is the enemy of the good’/what are you, sum kinda troll/plant”and the recriminations, and as Profesor Frink might put it, the biting and metal teeth and hurting, well, it starts all over again, like the drowned blonde found in the shower with the empty gallon of Suave shampoo, instructions: `Rinse and Repeat.’


34 posted on 04/11/2010 7:46:22 PM PDT by tumblindice (Don't tell my parents I'm a journalist. They think I'm a hooker.)
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To: NormsRevenge
VOTE 4 ANYBODY but MITT!! Pictures, Images and Photos
35 posted on 04/11/2010 8:08:26 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: kbennkc

“Agence France-Presse . Mitt speaks frog .”

Thanks, all is explained now!


36 posted on 04/11/2010 8:12:01 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: NormsRevenge
Ha, Ha.. ha! Too funny, what no... Fred Thompson , McCain , Palin , Huckleberry at the top.. hahaha..
37 posted on 04/11/2010 8:27:13 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: chicken head
chicken head.......what a name..


38 posted on 04/11/2010 8:31:09 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well Romney got what he wanted for his $60K investment... the lamestream media calling him the 2012 POTUS candidate.


39 posted on 04/11/2010 8:32:37 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: NormsRevenge

Not so much.


40 posted on 04/11/2010 8:32:38 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Uncle Ike
Sorry - 2008 was the absolute LAST election in which I will be conned into holding my nose and voting for a completely unsatisfactory “R”...

My words exactly! I've been saying them since Mark Kirk became the "republican" nominee for Obama's senate seat here in Illinois. I will never vote for the liberal bastard.

41 posted on 04/11/2010 8:34:44 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (No Romney, not now, not ever!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Okay, I admit it. I prefer Mitt Romney to having my toenails yanked off.


42 posted on 04/11/2010 8:40:07 PM PDT by sig226 (Mourn this day, the death of a great republic. March 21, 2010)
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To: NormsRevenge
US Republicans prefer Romney

As opposed to what? A steaming pile of crap?

43 posted on 04/11/2010 8:41:40 PM PDT by zeugma (Waco taught me everything I needed to know about the character of the U.S. Government.)
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To: Uncle Ike
Sorry - 2008 was the absolute LAST election in which I will be conned into holding my nose and voting for a completely unsatisfactory “R”...

Sorry to hear you voted for McCain in the primary. I did vote against Obama in the general but I was never conned by McCain/Palin.

44 posted on 04/11/2010 8:41:53 PM PDT by byteback
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To: NormsRevenge

“AFP: US Republicans prefer Romney”

For what?
His face would look great on a billboard pitching used cars.
Or an infomercial selling juicers.


45 posted on 04/11/2010 8:44:14 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland
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To: Diogenesis; pissant
Duncan Hunter Senior is the best bet. Things like say AGW that he may not be sure on can be fixed. He is a solid no bull shit conservative that believes in a strong US industrial base, military, stopping further purchases of American ports by foreign countries, closing the borders to illegal aliens, he did his part, most probably one who would hold special care to what the US Constitution lays out etc..
Throw in Sarah for his VP. She will fully educate him if required on totally fixing the broken system whereby our oil and gas companies cannot drill within the US mainlands and off shores.
I do not dislike Sarah in the least. I just think Hunter is the one who would best weather the storms that will arise.
So much harm has been done over the past twelve years it is not even funny. Then again. He just may not want to give it a full hearted shot once again. The L/MSM would be totally ruthless. They know what kind of man he is... think RR, without the Hollywood attributes of speech.
Either that, if Palin is a sure bet, ask him to be VP, so he can advice her closely on the above things and a few more.
Be her Dick Channey in essence. It could work.
46 posted on 04/11/2010 8:51:06 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: NormsRevenge

Had Palin of a similar candidate won the straw poll the crowd here would be crowing about the will of the people. The moaning and gnashing about the Romney campaign doing the same is foolish. It’s what campaigns do.

As for the tired cliche about the press picking the candidate, what was the option? Romney won, and the press reported it. If someone else wants to be president they better get to work. But that doesn’t appear to be happening.


47 posted on 04/11/2010 9:08:31 PM PDT by tlb
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To: NormsRevenge

Honestly friends, what’s the chance of a 2010 front runner becoming pres in 2012?

Weren’t we being lectured in 2006 that a Rudy-Hildebeest matchup was inevitable for 2008? Look how that turned out.

Having been one for a quarter-century, I’m sick to death of journalists telling us what we’re supposed to think. Just file your story, and shut up!

The J-school rot was pretty bad when I got into the biz in 1983, but there were still enough old-timers to ensure that reporting was merely biased.

Actually, you can’t help being biased one way or another. It’s just how you pick your biases. Me, I’m biased in favor of the U.S. Constitution and free-market capitalism.

But as Glenn Beck says, there’s a difference between being biased and being complicit. I’m not sure exactly when the media crossed that line, but we’re certainly there now.

I’ve got a little advice for all you Freepers. By all means vote your congresscritter out of office come November. But Tea Partiers should be directing a lot of their efforts toward making their displeasure known to their local MSM outlets.

Over my long newspaper career, I’ve learned that sometimes framing the questions is harder than getting the answers.

For years, I’ve been asking myself, it it the MSM propping up the RATS or vice versa? I now think the former.

Honestly, how many of these RAT traitors would have any political career if they weren’t being promoted all the way by the MSM?

Anyway, you’ve got my permission to make life miserable for your local “progressive” publisher and his editorial board hacks and Ivy League metrosexual reporters.

Still, I am cautiously optimistic about the future. We all know from the excellent Dinosaur Media Death Watch how much business the More Scum Media is losing.

Are the RATS taking any steps to bail out their their MSM toadies? Not really.

Considering how dependent he is are on the MSM propaganda machine, I would have thought that Emperor Bozo the Usurper would have made it a porkulus package priority.

Makes me wonder. Here’s some possibilities

1.) The RATS just haven’t gotten around to socializing their noise machine and are leaving that project for later.

2.) The RATS really are that dumb and forget how, despite everything they’re doing to destroy the free market, the market will not be denied forever. And that means a large chunk of the MSM won’t be economically sustainable in its current form.

3.) The MSM are not just presstitutes but cheap sluts who actually give it away. If a story ever broke about Chris Matthews or Keith Olbermann taking RAT payoffs, I could at least give them the grudging respect due to cunning scoundrels. But as things stand today, they’re complete patsies.


48 posted on 04/11/2010 9:24:43 PM PDT by Colonel Blimp (Austriae Est Imperare Orbi Universo)
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To: tlb
It’s what campaigns do.

No they don't, only Ron Paul/Romney types would pull these kind of degrading, dishonest stunts.

This is just like Romney's manipulation of the image of his weak book sales that the New York Times had to tag with two daggers.

I don't recall the media letting fake straw polls help advance a conservative in the news.

49 posted on 04/11/2010 9:34:37 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Why are the non "social conservative" Republicans so unconservative?)
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To: curth

Romney “bought” almost every vote that he received at SRLC. He is by FAR the wealthiest potential candidate, and his minions were profligate with those funds. No, they did not just hand out greenbacks. But they did GENEROUSLY provide for transportation, attendance, and organization. And they gave away tons of campaign stuff, such as pins, T-shirts, books, and piggy banks. They plastered the place with pictures, cutouts, signage, banners, etc. and they packed the rooms with their own supporters as much as possible.

Ron Paul supporters could not match the spending, but they showed up in droves - particularly the young new voters, to whom the inconsistencies are not visible.

My wife and I, along with two friends, arrived Thursday afternoon. We saw a few of the political operatives but not the stars, who came out on Friday. Our friends, who had been active in Republican circles in AR, MS, and TN for decades, were fairly well known to a number of the people there from AR and MS, who arrived somewhat favoring Huckabee.

The next day we were a little late, but did manage to snag seats in the main hall instead of the overflow rooms. We missed Liz Cheney’s speech, and a little of J.C. Watts, but were there for all of Gingrich and Palin.

Sarah Palin’s speech wowed us all. One of our friends wrote “VOTE FOR SARAH” on his palm, and the rest of us followed suit as soon as he showed it to us. We “flashed” our one-handed message to anyone who would look until we left Saturday afternoon, and drew dozens of smiles, along with quite a few high-5’s!

One other truly impressive speaker on Saturday was Herman Cain, who preceded Michael Steele. Too bad, Michael!


50 posted on 04/11/2010 9:52:18 PM PDT by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!.)
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