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Republicans Looking Good in 2012?

Original post made by Cindy Cross, Parkside, on May 24, 2011

Republicans Looking Good in 2012? By Cindy Cross
Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota, officially announced Monday that he will run for President in 2012. Labeled boring by the press, Pawlenty's bid for President drew little notice. Pawlenty is not the sort of candidate the Republicans need if they stand a chance to win against Obama.
Republicans need a candidate who will steal the lime-light away from Obama. Obama's approval rating is currently at 50%. Trump would have been the perfect deflection, but bailed out of the race two weeks ago. What Republicans are left?
Ron Paul (R-Texas) is officially in, but Americans seem to be disinterested in this (former Libertarian) Congressman. Some say he's not good looking enough to capture the attention of American voters. Let's be honest, Americans are picky about Presidential candidates. We set high standards where the candidates must possess a combination of virtue, brains, charisma, and, always a plus'good looks.
Pawlenty, although not bad looking, is lacking in the charisma department. Labeled boring by the press won't help him much either. He needs to take lessons from Donald Trump'a man who can't keep himself OUT of the news.
Why do looks take precedence over traits that we should be placing most the value? Take the leaders of other nations, for example'do they look like Calvin Klein models? When I see them in the news, they appear to be ordinary citizens.
Unfortunately, when I see Ron Paul in the news, I see a man who reminds me of the economics professor I had in college; not the next Commander in Chief. I say this not in jest; I have a lot of respect for Ron Paul. He speaks with a strong confidence that one would expect from a person in his position in government. One of the fourteen M.D.'s in Congress; Paul is clearly an intelligent man.
But intelligence is not enough. Or is it over-rated? Look at Sarah Palin. It's evident that she's no Rhodes Scholar, but the Republicans went crazy for her in the last election. A combination of looks and charisma sent Tea Party members into a republican love-fest frenzy. So in the case of Palin, looks can super cede brains.
For this reason, I think Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate who will run against Obama in 2012. He fits the cookie cutter mold with his chiseled good looks, charisma, brains, virtue, and lots and lots of money. He's going to need a war chest of cash for a political campaign that will minimize Obama's recent triumph.

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Posted by Marsha
a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2011 at 3:32 am

The problem with Romney is that, he's just like Obama, he belongs to a religion that begins with M and has six letters. Think about it. Romney has good looks, I'm not denying it, but a little bit too good if you know what I mean. They've already put one alien in the White House. Not that Romney is from Nigeria. But he has kind of a waxy look that is oddther earthly if you know what I mean. Unblinking blue eyes, frozen smile, always conceals the underwear thing. Come to think of it, thats kind of like Shelley Bachmann. The question for any of the candidates will be weather S/He can stop the tsunami of unfunded liabilities and unsustainable salaries and pensions of public employees. That's the most important problem facing this country today that super cedes all else. Unaccountable and irresponsible public employees, beginning with the irresponsible teachers and unaccountable cops. Most of them are not needed. What we need is jobs, jobs, jobs. Instead all we have is revenue fatigue. If we could cut public employees in half, then unemployment would go down because of the jobs programs and benefits that would accrue when businesses return to America like prodigdal sons.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

Marsha said: "The problem with Romney is that, he's just like Obama, he belongs to a religion that begins with M and has six letters."

What? Obama is a Mormon ?!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 24, 2011 at 6:40 am

Crossroads said: "Obama's approval rating is currently at 50%. Trump would have been the perfect deflection, but bailed out of the race two weeks ago. What Republicans are left?"

Yes, The Donald would have been great. Well, maybe he'll change his mind. Still the possibility of Palin, too. How about the "Governator"? Or Carrot-Top?

Oh, and by the way you two: The word is "supersedes" not "super cede". And Marsha, I agree that there must be some "irresponsible" teachers out there. You have wonderfully illustrated that.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2011 at 8:18 am

The republicans, even the extreme right, will vote for the GOP candidate regardless of who he/she is.

It is the independent vote you need to worry about getting. I supported Obama last time to keep Palin away from Washington. I do not want to vote for Obama again but will do so if the likes of Bachman and other extremes are in the ticket.

I would vote for Romney or Pawlenty.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Del Prado
on May 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

Resident,

You do not find Obama extreme? I voted for him and am an independent but would never do it again. He is extreme and incompetent, not a good combination. Besides, I think the real story is going to be that Republicans will pick up many more seats in the House and also take control in the Senate.


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Posted by Anyone But Obama
a resident of Nolan Farms
on May 24, 2011 at 9:35 am

Sam must be from the Democrat Party. Mormon - Muslim - six letters - both began with M. (Talk about having trouble finding a watermelon in a carrot patch!)

I voted for Obama the Chosen One because I drank the cool aid like everyone else. Then he turned into a Marxist who wants to weaken our country so the Chinese can take us over and make us read Mau's little red book every morning.

Tell you what people we better start shoring up our tax fatigue or the tsunami is coming. Get the Marxist Muslem out and do away with the unsustainable teachers and police and firmen and prison gaurds. Their salaries and pensions are making us ripe for the plucking of the Chinese. We need someone responsible and accountable. Until this fall I'm ABO. Anyone But Obama.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on May 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

@ Julie- Why do you feel President Obama is extreme? What has he done that you find is extreme? Has he done or implemented any policies that have directly affected you or your family. Please explain your claim. I have not found any of his policies either extreme or harmful to my personal or familial interests.


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

Palen is still the gal to beat in my mind. She's good looking, smart, has all kinds of experiences, and she knows how to treat the lamestream media. Just don't talk to it. Its like feeding the bears at the circus.


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Posted by Hop sing
a resident of Ponderosa
on May 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

Mr. Ted,

You don't think it is a good thing that politicians talk to the press and other media? Don't the public have a interest if Gov. Palin says something? Shouldn't the press be allowed to raise questions on the public's behalf?


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

The public long ago gave up its right to know once it started gobbling up everything the left wing lamestream dished out as fact. Most the of public is sheep feeding at the lamestream trough. Why should Palen cater to all of that? You saw what happened when Sarah reached out to voters on the last get go round. She was skewered by Katie (the quitter) Couric and Charlie whatever his name was. The Good Morning America guy.

If you want to know what Palen is saying there's plenty of objective news sights out there. You don't need the lamestream to tell you that Sarah says Obomba Libya But Not Iran is selling Israel down the river to the highest bidder.

So yes the lamestream press can raise all the questions it wants to but Sarah Palen doesn't have to answer them. That's like falling into their trap. She's too clever for that one.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Del Prado
on May 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

I would say extreme and dangerous in addition to not being up to the job. Allowing Iran to continue to develop nuclear weapons is not good, 14 trillion in debt is not good, our dollar is very weak not good, we are now in 3 wars not good, slamming the healthcare bill down our throats using reconcilation not good, unemployment at 9% not good, more people on welfare now than the history of the US not good, North Korea and nuclear weapons again not good, embracement and support of muslim brotherhood in Egypt not good, no leadership to balance the budget or reduce in half as he said he would do when campaigning not good. I could go on and on. The real sad part is that I was a part of putting him in office. I am an independent voter and now I realize what a lot of people will not admit that millions voted for him because he was black and it made them feel better about themselves. If George Bush or any other white man or woman were doing what he is doing or not doing in many cases the media would be going wild but they are the same as many of us and that is that they do not want to admit they also made a mistake. Judge the man by his actions and achievements and not by the color of his skin.............either way.


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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Castlewood
on May 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

Julie is so accurate I could cry. I'm also an independent who voted for the Democrat party because Obama is black. It was white quilt, what can I say?

Now I'm leaning toward Bolton. He's independent and a strong leader. He'd put the Iranians and Egyptians and N. Koreans in their place. He'll bomb them and won't look back.

At home cut all domestic entitlement programs. No more medicare or medicaid. No more social security. No more unemployment "insurance". Above all, kill Obamacare which was shoved right down our throats without any body having a chance to say anything. We were told about death panels but it was too late and so now seniors are being eliminated all over the place.

Above all the only way we strenghten our dollar is by eliminating the source of our tax burden and unsustainable revenue fatigue. Halve all teacher and public employee salaries, make them pay their own pensions, eliminate the benefits, and make them work a full day. We need jobs, jobs, jobs, and the only way we'll get them is to eliminate govt waste and unfunded liabilities which means getting rid of the no-nothings that populate the govt work dolls.


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Posted by Earl
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Barbara,

You sound very childish and need to use your words. I understand exactly what Julie is saying and looking it objectively the Obama presidency has been a disaster.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Julie said:" I am an independent voter and now I realize what a lot of people will not admit that millions voted for him because he was black and it made them feel better about themselves."

Barbara said: "Julie is so accurate I could cry. I'm also an independent who voted for the Democrat party because Obama is black."

Well, Julie and Barbara, I too am an independent who voted for Obama. I (and millions of others!) voted for him not because he was black (or, to be accurate, half-black and half-white), but because we thought that he was the best qualified candidate for the job.

The fact that you two claim that you voted for Obama because he is "black" does not reflect poorly on Obama. But it does reflect very poorly on the both of you.


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Posted by Earl
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Sam,

You might want to read those 2 blogs again. I think they both might be saying something a little different than you are thinking.


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

One thing is for certain. We have to get the half-black half-white guy out of the office. He wasn't even born here for criminey sakes. Now we're awash in unfunded liabilities, the states can't sustain themselves, we're all suffering from tax fatique from all the tax hikes, teachers are clamouring for Step and Column pay increases, and our Kenyen-Hawaiyan friend is over in Ireland pretending to be white and tipping beers in a pub saying he feels he was born there. Palen is my girl, but Bolton sounds interesting. Didn't he work for Obama?


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Earl said:"Sam, You might want to read those 2 blogs again. I think they both might be saying something a little different than you are thinking."

Earl, thanks. Yes, I now see that Barbara's post was written in an ironic manner. As for Julie, I think she's for real. And if not, she's so close to being real that it's scary.


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Posted by Earl
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Sam,

I am not sure about that one either. I think what she is saying is that they are all elected to do a job and regardless of race or gender they succeed or fail and in either case need to be held accountable but I could be wrong. I was thinking about this blog a few hours ago and her statement when I saw on CNN, President Obama drinking a Guiness, while at the same time thinking about those poor people in Joplin Missouri. No one has said a word but could you imagine the outcry if there was a pic of George Bush drinking about beer while Katrina was going on? I bet the media would have a field day with that one, no to mention he was a recovering alcoholic :O)


Oh well back to work.


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I don't think Barbara is ironic at all. More moronic is the lefties who hang out here who don't have a case. Instead of injoining with the issues they say posters they don't like are moronic and scary.

Fake independents Sam and Earl and the other Marxists should be looking on there own sightings for Democrat candidates. They feel they can take liberty because they have no real steak in the Republican Party.

What Barbara and millions of other Americans are saying is that we've had Obamacare shoved down our throats and next we're going to have to foot the bill for all the public employees that'll be needed to do all the paper work. We need jobs and we won't get them by creating phony jobs like Obamacare positions. Cut government waste, relieve the tax burden, eliminate unfunded liabilities, convert in a responsible and accountable manner the unsustainables into sustainable eliminations and cutbacks of all that is choking the American public. We are the highest taxed nation in the world. We need to wake up and smell the coffee!!

Bolton is a good choice.


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Dear Earl,

Are you reading what people are writing? You say no one has mentioned Obama acting white over in Ireland, but I already said that one about an hour ago.

Like you, I'm objective and I've been struck by the irony of Bush being criticised for not dealing with New Orleans when he had his pilot fly over the city a few days later on his way back to DC from California. I'll never forget his mournful eyes while he looked out of the plane window at 14,000 feet. But he had Brownie putting matters under control, and New Orleans will probably go down as one of the greatest govt disaster success stories in history.

Compare that with Obama drinking his pints at the pub. People in Joplin are crying out for their president to get them out of their misery. The disaster crews are a joke, and everyone in the world is witnessing their government employee incompetents at "work". Obama probably decided to stay at the pub because Joplin went Republican in the election. This is truly a scandel of epic proportion and will go down as one of the most colossal relief failures in our time.

We need more objectivity here. Sam? Pretty scary.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

You're letting your hatred of Obama affect your judgement, Ted. Not to minimize the individual suffering, but the magnitude of the New Orleans disaster is in no way comparable to the Joplin disaster. If something like Joplin happened while Bush was President, he wouldn't fly back from an international trip either - and I wouldn't blame him. A President is supposed to focus himself on tasks of national importance and can't allow his time and focus to be held hostage to every single tragedy that occurs in the US. He would never get anything done. You're the one who has lost his objectivity here, Ted.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Ted said:" But he had Brownie putting matters under control, and New Orleans will probably go down as one of the greatest govt disaster success stories in history"

LOL! You're a riot, Ted! Thanks for the laughs.


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Whenever someone tries to have a serious conversation about the issues liberal Marxists like Sam can only ridicule and hurl false accusations at people. You've made my point. Sam. Bush had international concerns as well. That's why he flew over New Orleans and didn't stop because he had other pressing matters. I saw the sadness written all across his face when he flew passed the city. He wanted to help those poor people in New Orleans even if they were black and voted against him. But he didn't want to get in people's way. And sometimes, if you remember Ronald Reagan, the last people you want on the scene of a disaster is public employees who will botch everything up. When Bush flew over the city, private groups had already begun taking care of things. That's why New Orleans has become such a success story. These are objective facts.

Now everybody should notice how you've tried to get O'bama off the hook. You say "A President is supposed to focus himself on tasks of national importance and can't allow his time and focus to be held hostage to every single tragedy that occurs in the US." But what's cooked for the goose is cooked for the gander. You criticize George W. Bush in his wise attempt to free up New Orleans from irresponsible state intervention, and you make excuses for O'bama whose off in Ireland scarving down pint after pint and pretending he's Irish (White). Oh, and excuuuuuse us all for the weather system that you claim is trying to hold O'bama hostage. Mother Nature will try to make it more convenient next time!!!!!!!


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Posted by Laurie
a resident of Dublin
on May 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I like Cain and the things he's saying. But face it he's a member of an entitlement group and so after we elect him he probably turns into a raving Socialist like the entitlement guy who now claims to be running the show from a pub in Ireland. One thing is for certain is that we're choking on fumes. There's nothing but tax exhaust fumes left from those of us held responsible for supporting all the entitlement groups.

We have to keep Romney out. He forced Obamacare down the throats of Massachussetts voters and that's why Kennedy was forced out by Scott Brown. Trump keeps saying that maybe he'll return. Like McArthur, maybe he'll appear at the Convention and bring us back to our senses.


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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Downtown
on May 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

Great leaders are usually self made. That why a Trump-Palin ticket would be just the ticket if you ask me. Both of them are outside of the Beltway District and can think inside and outside the box. Both of them would have no problem ridding us of the verminous unfunded laws that allow entitlements to bleed the U.S.A. taxpayer dry.


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Posted by Get smart, GOP!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

"That why a Trump-Palin ticket would be just the ticket if you ask me"

The refusal of the extreme right to see that people like Palin, while rallying the base, get independents like me to vote for the other party, is part or the reason why, in 2008, Obama got so much support.

Keep up the nonsense and you will guarantee an Obama second term.

Republicans, conservatives, tea party folks will vote for the GOP candidate no matter what, so it is the independent vote you need to worry about, and independents will not vote for people like Trump, Palin, Bachmann...

And if the tea party has its own candidate because they did not like the GOP nominee, the vote will be split and Obama will get re-elected.

I do not want to vote for Obama again but I will if the GOP insists on backward thinking candidates who go around making a fool of themselves with talk that only the base can identify with (example is the birther nonsense)!


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Posted by GOPer Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

@Get Smart GOP ........ You need to get real. We'll never shovel out the mountainess mess we're under until we do away with unfunded laws and liabilities. You sound like a RINO if you ask me. Listen to Maine's Olympia Snow blower today:

"I am going to vote no on the budget because I have deep and abiding concerns about the approach on Medicare, which is essentially to privatize it," Snowe told The Portland Press Herald on Tuesday.
She added that the House GOP budget's proposal to block grant Medicaid and let states decide how to distribute the funds was also troubling. We have an overall obligation to serve specific populations under Medicaid. We don't want to encourage a race to the bottom."

Entitlements! Is that what you want? Then keep up your anti-Palin rants. By the way, there's nothing "backwards thinking" about eliminating Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and teacher tenure. C'mon Smart GOP, the train of forward thinkers is leaving and its time to hop on board!


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Posted by Get Smart GOP!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

GOPer too:

Fine, let's see how you feel the day after the election, if Obama gets re-elected thanks to people like you who insist on supporting Palin and other backward thinking folks.

I want union reform too, but will not vote for dumb, backwards people like Palin, etc

There are others who can get that done. Pawlenty for instance, and he could carry the independent vote. He got elected as governor of MN after all: where they like fiscally conservative ideas but they are socially moderate. Pawlenty is being sued by the unions because of hard decisions he made. But of course, the tea party does not like him, and wants Bachmann, Palin instead which is weird

If Obama is re-elected, you can thank the extreme right and all the morons who listen to Rush


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

"The refusal of the extreme right to see that people like Palin, while rallying the base, get independents like me to vote for the other party, is part or the reason why, in 2008, Obama got so much support."

Well, yeah. I probably would have probably ended up voting for McCain in the last election because I admired him so much. But then he chose Palin. That destroyed my image of him as well as any chance of my voting for the Republican ticket. Choice is good, so I do hope that the Republicans come up with better candidates next time. But if the same conservative extremists who put Palin on the ticket gain control again of the nomination process again, they'll just alienate independent voters like me.

Come on, conservatives, come up with some real candidates who can appeal to intelligent independent voters. Forget Palin. Forget "The Donald". Forget Gingrich. They're not going to fly.


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Posted by Blossom
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on May 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

OMG! When I read the Olympia Snowe quote I lost my lunch all over my keyboard. She apparently didn't learn that the Cardinal Rule for a genuine Republican is to never criticize another Republican. We can be certain there will be consequences after that faux pause.

Get Smart GOP you seem to be missing the point that this is our moment in history. Unless we can squash unending debt, we'll be owned by the Chinese. There can be no compromising with the Democrats. Don't you see how they're lying between their teeth about the Paul Ryan budget plan. They say its taking Medicare away, which it is in a sense. But wouldn't we rather have empowered grandparents then the spongebob elders in wheelchairs that think they deserve government assistance? An entitlement is an entitlement after all.

I'm not a big Palin fan either. Especially after she compromised herself and played John McCain's appeasatory game. She had a chance to shine but shirked back under McCain's dark cloud. Maybe she'd grow into the role of President. She has experience running as a Vice President, so maybe a Trump-Palin ticket might work. I'm like you I think Pawlenty is bland. Maybe a Bachman-Pawlenty ticket with the two Minnesotans standing shoulder to shoulder? But no way Romney............


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Posted by Oldies But Goodies?
a resident of Birdland
on May 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

@Sam,

How could you have admired that old bird McCain like you did. He almost pulled this government down by singlehandedness when he told Dick Cheney he was a torturer. There Cheney was in the trenches doing the hard work of governance and here's McCain, soft-headed after his stint in North Korea when he caved into the torturers and sold out his buddies. That's why I never trust independants like you call yourselves.

"Forget Palin. Forget "The Donald". Forget Gingrich. They're not going to fly."

Well maybe someone else, not to mention any names, ought to fly away. Or take a long hike.


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Posted by Boner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Don't forget Herman Cain. He is better than all of the others put together.


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Posted by Laurie
a resident of Dublin
on May 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Boner,

As I've stated before, I like Cain and the things he's saying. But face it he's a member of an entitlement group and so after we elect him he probably turns into a raving Socialist like the entitlement guy who now claims to be running the show from a pub in Ireland. One thing is for certain is that we're choking on fumes. There's nothing but tax exhaust fumes left from those of us held responsible for supporting all the entitlement groups.

You need to be careful that your not falling into the liberal White man guilt trap. Not O'Bama or Cain - Abel's Opposite - will allow you to aswauge that guilt. It shouldn't be there in the first place.


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Posted by Russell
a resident of Rosewood
on May 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Is Cain even an American citizen? Has he produced a birth certificate?


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Posted by Boner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Russell,

Cain is 100% grade A american.


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Posted by Get Smart, GOP!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

"Don't you see how they're lying between their teeth about the Paul Ryan budget plan. They say its taking Medicare away, which it is in a sense. "

Blossom:

The GOP did the same: they rallied the seniors against what they called "Obamacare" with fears about cutting Medicare. That is hypocritical, since Medicare is nothing more than "Obamacare" for the senior citizens. Yes, it should be reformed but both parties seem afraid to even go near it, as they both want the senior vote.

"I'm not a big Palin fan either... Maybe she'd grow into the role of President."

You are kidding, right?

"She has experience running as a Vice President, so maybe a Trump-Palin ticket might work."

She has experience? QUITTING is what she does best, and make money off of people who for strange reasons think she actually has something smart to say! Let's see: she has never held a real job and when she was governor, she chose to QUIT midterm. She gets her facts confused, advocates for family values her own family does not follow, I could go on but it really amazes me how anyone can think Palin is smart or capable.

Tump-Palin would guarantee an Obama second term for sure.


"Maybe a Bachman-Pawlenty ticket with the two Minnesotans standing shoulder to shoulder? But no way Romney............ ""

I don't like Romney since he was all for universal healthcare in Massachussets (at least he was when he was governor).

Pawlenty has a good chance against Obama, but if you put Bachmann on the ticket with him, forget it, he will lose just like McCain lost thanks to Palin.

See, Pawlenty got elected as GOVERNOR of a fiscally conservative but socially moderate state. Whereas Bachmann is the congress person of a district similar to Orange County.. no way could she carry her own state.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

"Oldies" said:"There Cheney was in the trenches doing the hard work of governance and here's McCain, soft-headed after his stint in North Korea when he caved into the torturers and sold out his buddies. That's why I never trust independants like you call yourselves."

"Oldies" is your post real or is this supposed to be some sort of ironic or sarcastic post? I can never tell. You know that McCain fought in the Vietnam war and was a POW in North Vietnam (not North Korea), right?


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Posted by Get Smart, GOP!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

One more thing Blossom:

Do not forget that the republicans had control of everything including the White House, from 2000 to 2006, and when Bush left office, we had a HUGE deficit already.

So I am not a fan of the democrats and their ideas, but the GOP needs to stop thinking they are better: they so far have not shown that they can be better leaders. The 2000-2006 years are a good example of poor leadership: we got Bush spending like a liberal and yet socially trying to set us back (baby steps against abortion for instance).


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Posted by GOPer Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

If Trump is out and I don't think he is then Palin is definitely my choice. Being as attractive as she is she's had to rise above the fray of name callers all her life. She's shown she's a winner wherever she's gone.

Get Smart GOP laughs and tries to shine everything down the road. Quite unlike Get Smart's claims ... Is that MAXWELL Smart we're talking about here? ... Quite unlike Get Smart's talk, Sarah Palin is highly accomplished. She has written books and successfully shepparded them to publication. Her husband and her have just paid 1.7 million dollars for a new home in Arizona. She's not a quitter. She bowed out of Alaska for the sake of the nation. She wasn't quitting but just sacrificing her own political career because she has so much to give to the country. It was like George Washington coming off the farm to serve. Her return would be McCarthyesque. The liberal NYTimes says it all ...
a reincarnation of Ronald Reagan. Hail Sarah!!!!!!!!! She's BAAAAAAAACK!!!!

"All indications are that she will be in — her supporters have an intuition about it," said Jeff Jorgensen, chairman of the Republican Party of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where Ms. Palin came in second in a straw poll this month even though she has not said she is a candidate. "People are looking for somebody, a Ronald Reagan reincarnate, who does not seem to be out there yet."


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Posted by Oldies But Goodies?
a resident of Birdland
on May 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Your right @Sam about North Vietnam. But then you only answered my questions with ridicule. I wonder if your just a union plant. You tell everybody that most of the good Republican candidates should just fly away. I'm not going to do what you ask. And they won't either. I don't know why you call them extreme. Sarah Palin ran for Vice President of the United States. Her bird would have flown but for McCain's tag to the left to appease the Marxists and Muslems. I'll never forgive him for dragging Dick Cheney down into the torture quicksand. Without Cheney Osama Bin Laden would have launched another 9/11 attack. That's fact.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

"Oldies" said:"Your right @Sam about North Vietnam. But then you only answered my questions with ridicule."

No, I honestly didn't know whether your post was supposed to be serious or not. As for Dick Cheney and McCain, you know where McCain was during the Vietnam war. He was a POW in. North Vietnamese prison camp during much of his time in the war. Now how about Dick Cheney? He's about the same age as McCain. Where was he during the Vietnam war? Slogging through the jungles? Flying missions above Vietnem like McCain? Stationed on a ship off the coast of Vietnam? Why don't you do some research and find out what your chicken hawk hero was doing during the war before trying to knock a man of integrity like McCain down?


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Posted by Frederick
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on May 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I lived in Arizona when McCain helped SW Airlines establish Phoenix as its hub. This meant nudging out already established regional airlines to accommodate SouthWest which meant Phoenix for the first time would have a direct flight into Wash DC. A sweet deal for SW and a sweet deal for McCain.

A lot of folks were angry, because they depended on the regionals which, because of Southwest, couldn't fly as many flights into Phoenix and started charging higher prices because of the new "demand." Well, McCain felt the heat and in order to eliminate any 'conflict of interest, he appeased the angry constituents by swearing that he'd never ever again fly on SW to Wash DC.

Two years later, I'm flying to Wash DC and guess who's standing like everyone else in the cattle line? That's right. And we got seated right next to one another (my initiative). I told him nicely that I remembered his oath to the public stating he'd never fly SW into DC and shortly thereafter I was "escorted" off the plane.

He had it easy as a prisoner of war. He sold out and sang like a canary and the N. Viets gave him nice accommodations knowing his father was a bigshot in the Navy. He was given the choice of an early release but he refused, knowing that the other prisoners let behind would eventually expose him for the songbird he was. Next step, find a rich woman to marry despite his homosexual tendencies and eventual attachment to another US Senator.

Oh yeah, Sam, you're right. He selected Sara Palin and defends his selection to this day. He's a real piece of work, that one.


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Posted by Oldies But Goodies?
a resident of Birdland
on May 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Sam I'd put John McCain way down on my list. Too many times he acted like a RINO and torpedoed his party by doing it.

His torture crusade against Dick Cheney was sickening. Cheney is the one who has stick it to your guns integrity in my mind. He didn't go to war in Vietnam but either did George W. Like he said he had priorities during that time.

I started to admire Cheney when he was a young congressmen. He was only one of two congressmen to vote against US sanctions against Apartnied South Africa. He knew which side of the bread was the butter, and he's been a stand-up guy ever since. McCain crashed a bunch of airplanes when he was a pilot. Cheney deserves a lot of credit for us rousting OSama out of his lair. Cheney's daughter is against Sarah Palin.


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Posted by Just the fact PLEASE
a resident of Dublin
on May 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Cheney's daughter is NOT against Sarah Palin. McCain's daughter thinks she's a doofus but Cheney's daughter doesn't. I vote for Liz Cheney for President and Sarah Palin for Vice President.


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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Sarah is coming and she's going to be a real game changer. She won't be sheltered and kept out of the limelight like she was by the McCain people. They were just afraid she'd show up their man. She has vision like no other candidate. She foursaw the tea party movement before it even got off the ground. She's fiscally conservative and evangelical so she's be able to appeal to the moderates. No more unfunded law. Maybe finally she'll tear up the liberal playbook and get back to the Constitution and all it stands for. No more unnecessary tax burden. No more unfunded liabilities. No more fatigue from having to play catch-up to all the unsustainable salaries and pensions out there. She knows how to put the teachers in there place. (She's had enough of them ha-ha.) She'll keep Marxist evolution out of our schools. This woman sees with a crystal clarity that happens with politicians maybe only once in a generation, or two. When she winks, well, the entire world audience just melts before her. I think her victory is inevitable. And I'm looking forward to having a First Dude in the Ovel Office.


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Posted by Night Owl
a resident of Birdland
on May 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Earlier today the Republican anti-medicare, anti-medicaid, anti-union, anti-teacher candidate in the traditionally solid red Republican NY-26th District was soundly beaten by Democratic candidate Kathy Hochel. Way to go Republican zealots. Keep that torch lit for your favorite candidate!

P.S. Gallup's poll yesterday had Obama's approval rating at a 52-week high at 53 (approve) v. 41 (disapprove). He can out campaign the best the Republican fascists can offer while tipping Guinesses with the Irish and hobnobbing with the Queen. Run Sarah Run!


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Posted by You must be kidding
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2011 at 7:26 am

"She's fiscally conservative and evangelical so she's be able to appeal to the moderates. "

I assume this is a joke.

Palin does NOT appeal to moderates. She is so backwards, she thinks that it is okay to force a victim of incest to go through with the unwanted pregnancy.

She is also very dumb. And the first dude you want to see in the WH? He does not even have a college degree.

Talk abut hilbilly, red neck folks, the Palin family! They make the Flinstones look modern!


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Posted by Blossom
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on May 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

You must be kidding

Typical liberal rant. No real knowledge of the facts all they can do is ridicule and point fingers. Unless Donald Trump comes back to us, it's Sarah in 2012!


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Posted by You must be kidding
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

People like Blossom will make it easy for Obama to get re-elected. You may like, Palin, Blossom, but you are the minority. The tea party loves Palin but the rest of the voters do not.

Did you read about NY?

The tea party is not enough (percentage wise) to elect a candidate. Of course, it would help for you to talk to other people, not just like minded tea party colleagues, so you could better understand how others perceive Palin and the tea party movement.


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Posted by Boner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

Obama being re elected is going to depend on the economy and gasoline. I expect if unemployment stays high and gasoline stays high we are going to see not only Obama swept out but the democrats in general sweep out in large numbers. It is pretty easy to see that the entire US is focused on economic sustainability and it currently does not appear that this administration is focused on that.


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Posted by Blossom
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on May 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

Okey Dokey You Must Be Kidding, you must be kidding.

You don't mention anything about how we need a strong leader to keep our nation and ship of state afloat while tsunami after tsunami of unfunded liability and burdensome debt pounds our shorelines.

Have I ever read about NY? Are you kidding? Who owns all the media, and I'm talking about a really really entitled group here.

Your not giving the Tea Party a responsible gauge. The media lies and doesn't show the millions and millions of people out there who want strong leadership. You just sound like a RINO who is spilling out the same tired old Democrat party lines.

We need to eliminate Medicare and do it fast. Entitlement groups don't put in enough and then get sick and stick it to the fatigued taxpayer. Pay, pay, pay is all we do. Who has the guts to eliminate Medicare and all the unfunded laws? Who has the guts to clean out our unsustainable hospitals of freeloader patients? Donald Trump does. Sarah Palin does. BTW all great parties start small. Think about Paul Revere. Well, Sarah just might be our Paul Revere as the big crushing waves begin invading us.


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Posted by Blossom
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on May 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

"In a move designed to propel her closer to a presidential run, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will set out on a bus tour of the country on Sunday, making stops at symbolic sites along the way."

Need I say more??? Lincoln did this too when he tried to get to know the people better. She's back in the saddle again!!! It shows such class. She's going to stop at important monuments and tell Americans how important they are if we're going to undo the unfunded laws that are smashing against our doors. Katie Couric you can start packing!!! Our girl is back!!!


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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Sarah is now tied for front-runner in the latest poll!! She will be our next pres!!

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

"Blossom" said:"You don't mention anything about how we need a strong leader to keep our nation and ship of state afloat while tsunami after tsunami of unfunded liability and burdensome debt pounds our shorelines."

Love your use of metaphor, Blossom! Palin couldn't have said it better, and she's really good with metaphors. She really warned Putin off of even thinking about trying to rear his bobblehead over the beautiful skies of Alaska.


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Posted by Gill
a resident of Livermore
on May 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Sarah is everyman's dream candidate. Style. Grace. Poise. Intelligence. Guts. She's not a Mormon. She's not a Muslum. She'll fight the Chinese and Tsunamis off our shores. She is responsible and accountable. She's against unsustainable and unfunded liabilities that block our path to prosperity. She's not afraid to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid and all the other socialist programs that have created our gargantuwan pile of debt. She'll shut down the lamestream media and do away with all law that is unfunded or policies and practices that are not value-added. She's a good mother and I'd love to see her family occupy a truly White House. Above all else, she's a descent educated Christian woman who is humble and ernest in her every day dealings.


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Posted by She has my vote
a resident of Remen Tract
on May 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Gill tells everybody "Sarah is everyman's dream candidate." Yeah, well duh! She's in my dreams!

Sam the closetted socialist doesn't like her. But he's outnumbered and probably jealous that he's never known a fine lady like she is. Arnold, Blossom, the indefatigable Boner, Dave and John and Bill and Fred. Faithful all.

She's got the class to keep leaders of the second and turd world at bay. Nobody'll think of messing with the Momma Grizzley. And she'll lift us up to the pathway on prosperity. She's a tsunami fighter from way back, and won't be hoodwinked by Al Qieda. She knows enought to kick down the door of any unfunded law and rewrite the book on unsustainable liabilities. If the Constitution were a living document it would walk right out of the White House today in disgust. She's sees a lot. She's a very inquisitive and wise leader who sees great things for America. She'll bring us back to the founding days and instill us with responsiblity and accountability. Today is great news for America. We haven't drowned yet!!!


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Posted by Dream Ticket
a resident of Birdland
on May 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Look what Dick Cheney had to say about heartthrob Paul Ryan.

"Former Vice President Dick Cheney weighed in on the political stature of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) while speaking at an event in Texas on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle's "Fuel Fix" blog reports.
"I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on," he said of the House Budget Committee Chairman.""

And then the lightbulb went off! How about a Palin/Ryan ticket? Sarah could deal with the heavy intellectual lifting part and Paul could do supplamental homework on the details for her.

I think this would satisfy most of the doubters who don't think Sarah will eliminate Medicare.


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Posted by Thor
a resident of Val Vista
on May 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I don't care if it's PeeWee Herman as long as they disband teh liberal activist court that just handed out "Get Out of Jail Free" cards to 33,000 inmates. It is by no means a value added institution. I don't want these guys living in my back yard. Period. Kaputsky. Alto.


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