Conservatives Size Up Sanford for 2012

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Monday, March 23, 2009 at 12:06 am
Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) (South Carolina Governor's Office)

Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) (South Carolina Governor's Office)

In the ongoing debate over the economic stimulus package, South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford has made all the right enemies. The White House has brushed aside Sanford’s threat to turn down $700 million allotted for his state. Republicans in Sanford’s own state have hinted that they’ll override any attempt to veto the cash. Moderate California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has gently mocked Sanford’s position. “I’ll take it,” Schwarzenegger told George Stephanopolous last month. “I’m more than happy to take his money or any other governor in this country that doesn’t want to take this money.”

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Sanford’s public battle with the White House has won him support with a more important group of people: the Republicans who will pick their next standard-bearer in 2012. According to some big-money Republican donors, party strategists who worked on the 2008 campaign and activists who powered the quixotic presidential bid of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Sanford is emerging as the leader for the next Republican nomination.

“His profile has grown dramatically over the last month,” said Floyd Brown, a Republican strategist who lives in Washington state best-known for creating the 1988 “Willie Horton” ads against Michael Dukakis. “Amongst the activists who really matter, in Iowa, in New Hampshire, in the South, there is a lot of positive talk about him. A lot of people asking, ‘What do you know about this guy?’”

If we are in the throes of a Sanford boomlet, the polls don’t reflect it. Sanford was not even included in a February CNN/Opinion Research poll that gave Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) narrow frontrunner status in the 2012 race; “someone else” polled 10 percent to Palin’s 29 percent. Unlike Palin, Sanford spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but he still came in 7th out of 10 poll choices, with 4 percent of the vote. The late timing of the speech—at a ticketed dinner—might have suppressed the number, but it didn’t provide early evidence of a Sanford surge.

That’s all above the radar. Below the radar, conservatives see in Sanford’s stimulus battle a pathbreaking political argument, one that has—better than the blunt unanimous vote against the stimulus in Congress—framed the argument in a way that conservatives can win.

“There’s unanimity among Republicans about what the party stands for after Bush,” said David Polyansky, the CEO of Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign who is launching a new political consulting firm with former Huckabee campaign manager Ed Rollins. “Even if the stimulus isn’t a defining issue two, three years from now, anyone who supports increasing taxes and increasing spending is going to have a hard time winning the next presidential nomination. So it’s helpful to be a governor articulating this conservative message and explaining why big spending is not the way to go.”

Floyd Brown was more blunt. “Who else is there?” he asked. “Gov. [Tim] Pawlenty [R-Minn.] is spending his political capital on satellites to track people when they drive. Mitt Romney supported TARP.”

Since Sanford started talking about blocking some stimulus funds, other Republican governors—Palin, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)—have followed suit. According to Republican strategists, that’s not obscuring the fact that Sanford was out there first, and that Sanford is better at articulating why he’s opposed to the spending. The governor has outlined his objections in interviews, op-eds and open letters to the White House. One week after the presidential election, Sanford took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to explain why he opposed “bailing out the states” and wanted the government to “free states from federal mandates.” His argument has hardly changed since then. On Friday, in another Wall Street Journal column, Sanford argued that the stimulus cash “will only postpone changes essential to South Carolina’s prosperity.”

None of this comes as a surprise to Sanford’s long-time admirers in the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. Elected to Congress in the 1994 Republican wave and elected governor of South Carolina in 2002, Sanford has consistently picked fights with the federal government, with teachers’ unions and with other enemies of the right. He’s an underdog whom deep-pocketed donors are ready to support.

Much of Sanford’s potential support is tied up with the Club for Growth, the decade-old political PAC that has bundled millions of dollars to support fiscal conservatives over moderates. Sanford has one of the warmest relationships with the Club of any national politician. Chad Walldorf, who heads the South Carolina Club for Growth, briefly served as Sanford’s deputy chief of staff, and helped steer a campaign to beat anti-Sanford state legislators in the 2008 primaries.

But it’s the national donors who are boosting Sanford for 2012. John Bryan, a wealthy retiree in Lake Oswego, Oregon has given hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Club to support its candidates–$210,000 in the 2008 election cycle–and has supported Sanford for years because of his advocacy of school vouchers.

“I wrote off the Republican Party as a principled organization probably twenty years ago,” Bryan said. “George W. Bush was no conservative. He mouthed conservative principles but he didn’t govern on them. That’s what I’ve come to expect from Republicans.” Bryan was pessimistic about whether “a man of integrity” like Sanford could rise any further in the Republican Party. But if Sanford ran, he said he’d support him fully. Robert Levy, the chairman of the Cato Institute’s board of directors, who donated $95,000 to the Club for Growth in 2008, called Sanford “principled, intellectually honest and right on the issues.” Other donors talked in the same way, of Sanford as a dream candidate whom they were happy to see the rest of the conservative movement keying in to.

Several 2008 candidates will go after these elements of the GOP, but Sanford might build another source of early support: the anti-government supporters of Rep. Ron Paul, who raised $35 million for their candidate in the presidential primaries. Paul and Sanford had been friendly when both men served in the House, said Paul’s spokesman Jesse Benton, the congressman’s grandson-in-law. “If Dr. Paul voted no on a bill and Sanford voted yes,” said Benton, “Sanford would come up to Dr. Paul afterward and talk it over. He would give a thoughtful consideration to why he’d voted the other way.”

According to Benton, Sanford is one of the only Republicans Paul might outright endorse if he ran for president—and if Paul doesn’t mount his own bid. “He’s the type of candidate that Dr. Paul could get excited about,” said Benton. “A lot of the people from our movement could find a lot to like in Mark Sanford.”

Sanford’s profile has grown dramatically among Paul supporters, aided by a profile in the American Conservative that collected page after page of take-no-prisoners quotes from the governor. Paul supporters are quick to point out that that no one can count on them to buy in on another candidate the way they bought in one the congressman from Texas. “The well-articulated freedom message that Ron Paul educated a generation about will be standard by which anyone else will be judged,” said Ernest Hancock, an Arizona libertarian activist who designed Paul’s unofficial “r3VOLution” logo. “Whether or not Sanford is someone we can support is going to be figured out by the 23-year olds with Internet connections who find out where he really stands within 15 minutes of Googling around.”

Democrats have welcomed Sanford’s new celebrity with Democratic National Committee running ads in his state, attacking him over the stimulus. Some Republicans think the Democrats are walking into a trap, no matter that polls show strong support for the stimulus package. “Having a popular conservative governor whose message about out of control spending is starting to resonate is a threat to their agenda,” said David Polyansky.

But Sanford is even winning fans among Republicans who don’t know whether he, or his message, could win in 2012. Last year Reihan Salam co-wrote Grand New Party, a manifesto for a Republican comeback, with incoming New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. The book calls for Republicans to replace one-size-fits-all rhetoric about tax cuts and abolishing government with conservative policies that would make it easier to raise families and afford homes; the model politician of the book is Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.). Last week, Salam said that Pawlenty, by buying into the frame that stimulus cash is necessary, is “part of the problem,” and that Sanford was selling what Republicans needed. Even if meant a short-term Republican defeat.

“He wants to have an argument,” said Salam. “He wouldn’t mind being a Barry Goldwater.”

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85 Comments

greg
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 1:48 am

Sanford may be a good conservative, but he's about as inspring, and interesting as wallpaper paste, and his speeches put people to sleep. Sarah Palin has been far more vocal in her opposition to the “stimulus,” than any of the governors, including Sanford. I'm also willing to bet that Palin can out fund raise Sanford even with his support from Club for Growth, and she will attract tens of thousands of people who will wait for hours to see her, and just as important, or maybe even more important, she'll draw tens of thousands of volunteers as well.

Palin 2012


Darryl Schmitz
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 1:51 am

The use of the mainstream media's stereotyping, loaded terms “quixotic” and “anti-government” to describe Ron Paul and his supporters damage the credibility of this analysis.


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Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 4:45 am

Who proof-reads your articles?


CD
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 6:08 am

Please stop using the word “quixotic.” I would like to punch the first person who used it.

RP is not anti-government; he is for the federal government following the constitution and knowing it's role to protect life and liberty. It's role is not to run the market, define marriage, run education and police the world.


Pol Science Prof.
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 6:16 am

Mark Sanford has NO CHANCE at becoming the GOP poster boy is 2012. Most people in South Carolina think he is a self serving “twit” with very little ability to Govern anything. In all reality, Mark Sanford is a classic political joke. He is from the same school as people like George Wallace, Lester Maddox and Strom Thurmond. I hope that the GOP does choose to put him on their ticket. It would mean REAL VICTORY for the Democrats.


brad
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 7:45 am

Hooray for anyone who has the guts to say no to this permanently crippling, not to mention constitutionally illegal “stimulus package” that will only go to “feed the greed”. Hooray for Mark Sanford.


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Linda
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 8:16 am

Not surpringly… anybody who has in the past 30 years or so been “against Washington” [never mind whether it was even Republican Washington at the time], gets cudos among big donors who, invariably, are big business. Big business has an agenda. If you want to know what that agenda is, read Thomas Frank's “The Wrecking Crew.”


Glen Bradley
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 8:17 am

Thank you CD, Ron Paul is a CONSTITUTIONALIST, which is decidedly *not* anti-government.
LOL PoliSci Professor. Just what we need – more of the same political science philosophies that have bankrupted our nation since 1913. I hear that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
To the author; I fully understand he is not even a blip on the radar today, but former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will be huge by 2012, as the most successful Constitutionalist governor in American history. I, myself, will be working to build a Johnson/Sanford ticket for 2012.


Glen Bradley
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 8:21 am

Linda – “Big Business” benefits disproportionately from government regulation as this increases the barriers for market entry, and thus allows them to cling to monopoly power. We have not had a 'free market' in the United States since the 1890's, and if you actually research the facts instead of the hyperbole, you will learn that invariably “big business” supports the establishment candidates who push for more regulation of the marketplace in order to prevent real competition in their marketplace, so that they can go about their usual business of fleecing the American people.


whiteyisfedup
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 9:03 am

If the liberals would start reading and comprehending the real problems in this country instead of being led like sheep to oppose anyone with an R next to their name, we might have a chance. If so-called conservatives in this country would stop supporting fakers like Bush, McCain, Palin, Huckleberry and Guiliani and paying attention to people like Sanford and Ron Paul, we might have a chance. If everyone would wake up and realize that the parties are equally funded by the same corporations to provide the illusion of opposition to the inevitable bad stuff that continues to rain down on us all, we might have a chance. If people would go on a diet and eat a little less of what the media puts on their plate, we might have a chance. Wake up.


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Paul Santi
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

This is fantastic!! What the GOP needs now is MORE right wing conservative governors espousing views and taking positions that are inherently ruinous for their states' economies. I wish all GOP members would articulate and follow through on their dogmatism and ideology. The Democratic control of Congress would then only happen that much sooner! (I am very much looking forward to a Senate made up of 18 GOP members just like in the mid-1930s). Keep up the good work Sanford!


NotFooled
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

Is this The Onion?

How about this little tidbit of hilarity…”If the liberals would start reading and comprehending the real problems in this country instead of being led like sheep to oppose anyone with an R next to their name, we might have a chance. ” (Posted by whiteyisfedup)

Man Whitey, that's hilarious!! Like the previous 8 years weren't long enough for the repubs to come up with ideas? Seems the ones they did come up with were failures – we're living the proof. Sorry Skippy, your comments have no basis in reality. What would you call what the repubs – aka – the party of no is doing now? Seems to me that they're obstructing for the sake of doing so – whining and saying no without offering anything constructive is a waste of everyones time, they'll learn soon enough. Hello pot, meet kettle.


akindependent
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

Right…and all the lobbyists they send up to the hill to fight regulation are just trying to throw us off the trail. How clever.


Charles
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

The man is a moron. I live in SC. There are no teacher's unions here so the line about fighting teachers unions is BS. He has the towering intellect of George Bush and the personalty of John Kerry.


gary4205
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

Ron Paul is a kook and a fraud. He's taken more earmarks than anyone. Sanford is a nothing. No once cares.

On the other hand, it Was Governor Palin who came out against this porkulus bill first, even calling for Nobama to veto it on national TV!

Sarah Palin is the future of the GOP, and the future of the nation.


Durant
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

More of the same from Republican bottom feeders spouting the same tired lies. Sanford isn't opposed to all the money, just a token bit that mainly hits people that won't vote for him. The Republicans destroyed this country and the Constitution. They want a Nazi dictatorship and worshiped the ground GW Bush walked on as long as he able to cow the sheep-like Democrat scum.

Ron Paul didn't run and he is and remains a Republican so to hell with him. Bernie Sanders runs as an Independent. If Dr Paul means what he says he would leave the party of lying psychopathic crooks and murderers and rally a real third party challenge.


gary4205
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

This is a really sad article. Mark Sanford may be an OK Governor, but he's not ready for prime time.

His stance on the pork bill isn't unique, he followed Sarah Palin.

I agree with Greg, too. He's about as exciting as watching paint dry. Sarah Palin is the only one who can raise the almost 1 billion dollars it will take to run for POTUS in 2012.

She will be the only one who can take Obama out, which she will do handily.


margoharris
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

Double Down Wingnuts!

Palin/Sanford 2012

Yahooo!


Karen
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

The right wingers think he's a savior? Wow. His state is going to over-ride his rejection of the stimulus funds. He's a laughingstock. Good grief, he isn't going to survive the next electoral cycle.


whiteyisfedup
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

If the GOP has a future, you may be right that Palin is their future.
After eight years of allowing a liberal spending conservative wannabe
run their party, they've burnt a lot of bridges. Once Obama ruins the
economy, we'll see if the shell game, two party illusion works again
in 2012. If not, I guess we'll see whether the 'kooks' or 'nothings'
can fix things.


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Danielle
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

This is one of the funniest articles I've read in a long time. The author is doing backflips to build interest in Sanford, when there just isn't any. I especially enjoyed the comment about his 'new celebrity'. Are you kidding? I'll bet ten out of ten republicans you stopped on the street would have no clue who he is, much less independants (and after listening to him speak would run the other way). Tell me one conservative 'principle' he has that Gov. Palin or Jindal don't have. If Palin gets her ducks in order I believe she is the only one who could beat Obama after he takes us down the toilet. I believe there are going to be a lot of shocked elitists and beltway types when her PAC numbers are released in April.


D
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

How funny, you have a lengthy article about how wonderful Sanford is and the only person peoplecan talk about in the comments is Palin. Who, by the way, was the first to speak out against the stimulus. Do your research. You're looking to Douthat and Salam for advice about conservatism. HA-HA-HA!
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Sapwolf
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

I like Governor Sanford. He spoke at the Reagan Banquet at CPAC.

I think he'd be a good Veep for Governor Sarah Palin.


Barry Freed
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

Anyone who is pro-empire, pro-corporation is going to have a very tough time running in 4 years when the country is further bankrupt from our assinine policies.


Sara Schmidt
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

I'm assuming that those who like Sanford do not live in his state. I do, and it is horrible. He is a nut job and EVERYONE knows it. Even his conservative legislature thinks he's nuts.


mjd
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

how can you call mark sanford ron paul, i dont here him talking about closing all of our bases around the world nor do i hear him talk about ending the war on drugs. He is not a libertarian he a fraud much like the club for growth is a fraud. It is big business buying these hack politicians who already have there stooge for the next 8 years in obama


yoikes
Comment posted March 24, 2009 @ 10:10 am

Ron Paul adds earmarks because only the Congress is empowered by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution to allocate spending. The real shame is that only a percent or two of spending bills are earmarked rather than 100%. Earmarks are transparent, which is more than I can say for the spending by the Treasury or the Federal Reserve.

Although Ron Paul adds earmarks to spending bills, he votes against the bills, because he doesn't believe in the government spending money when it is broke.


Becky
Comment posted March 24, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

Sorry, I don't buy it. Sanford is a great guy and a good conservative but he wasn't the one who was out in front on this stimulus bill. Gov. Palin has all along said that she didn't like the idea of the bill but would take money that would be brought in anyway for infrastructure.She said she didn't want the money for social programs and such which would require her state to continue funding after the federal dollars ran out. She didn't have to do backflips like Sanford who stated boldly that he wouldn't take the money and then had to say well yeah I'll take some of it.


Todd
Comment posted March 24, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

Nice try Obama machine jokers – they thought Goldwater was a nut in '64 and the same about Regan in '76. Then came '80 & the paradigm changed. Obama is sewing the seeds of a conservative resurgence with his own actions. Sanford was conservative before true conservatism became popular again – read his bio. instead of a bumper sticker and learn something. Palin is a populist, Sanford is a conservative – there's a difference.


Klyphton
Comment posted March 24, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

Mark Sanford? Dull as dishwater! His rejection of the stimulus came after Palin said she wasn't taking it all. Palin has a far better grasp of how to handle the stimulus cash. First, she was the only one of the 2012 hopefuls to say Obama should have rejected the bill because no one read it. She would have been able to destroy Obama on this once the AIG mess came out. Talk about an I told you so!

Even now, Palin's rejected portion of the stimulus is left on the table for her legislature, but they have to publically discuss it. In other words, her legislature and her constituents will actually READ THE STIMULUS. Once all the nitty grittys are exposed to the public, there will be no backlash for rejecting what she did. Score Palin.


Derek
Comment posted March 25, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

Why do you think he is a nut job?


Derek
Comment posted March 25, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

I didn't know that or political leaders needed to be entertaining. I understand that elections are a “popularity” contest but we as Americans need to pay more attention to what our political leaders stand for instead of how much they entertain us.


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gary4205
Comment posted March 25, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

I really think highly of George Bush, he is a great man. But he wasn't a conservative. And since he wasn't a conservative, he allowed the party to drift away from Conservatism.

That's why Sarah Palin is the ticket. She is a true fiscal conservative. AND she isn't afraid to take on her own party, especially over corruption. Hell, at her previous job as the Chairman of the AOGCC, she took on the the corrupt oil company policies, and beat them, then went ofter corruption in her agency.

The end result was she took down the entire leadership of the Republican party in Alaska! And then went after the sitting Republican Governor and beat him in a landslide. The end result? She pissed off the Alaskan Republican party so bad, that it wasn't until this year that the even featured her on their website!!

That's why a lot of people fear her, who are in politics. Both Republican and democrat. She has no problem going after corruption, and doesn't really care who it is or which party.

Come 2012, if this government still stands, she will have a very easy time taking Obama out. She is the answer to our problems.


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NotFooled
Comment posted March 27, 2009 @ 11:31 am

Oh yeah, lets support Sanford – his state has double digit unemployment, and whats he doing about it? Not much.

Next.


NotFooled
Comment posted March 27, 2009 @ 11:32 am

I like Governor Sanford. He spoke at the Reagan Banquet at CPAC.

I think he'd be a good Veep for Governor Sarah Palin.

Thanks for the laugh!!! That's a good one!


NotFooled
Comment posted March 27, 2009 @ 11:35 am

Whitey must post that nonsense on every site he hits – I've seen the same post multiple times. He's just another parrot – without enough live brain cells to come up with an original thought.


NotFooled
Comment posted March 27, 2009 @ 11:37 am

Will sarah palin be able to answer the really tough questions the second time around? You know, the toughies like…what publications do you read?


GladImnotasdelusionalasGary
Comment posted March 27, 2009 @ 11:58 am

Oh man, lay off the kool-aid and take a reality check. “That's why a lot of people fear her, who are in politics. Both Republican and democrat. She has no problem going after corruption, and doesn't really care who it is or which party. ” – give me a break…you really believe this hooey? She has a problem going after corruption because she's typically right in the middle of it.

Do you even know anything about her but what you heard in campaign speeches? It sure doesn't sound like it. Do your research man. She's polarized to many during the last election, her chances of winning a major national election are somewhere between slim and none.


grandpajohn
Comment posted March 27, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

As a SC resident and Obama supporter allI can say is YES YES please republicans let this lunatic be your nominee in 2012 and prove that there is a God and he is a democrat.
. A governor who routinely vetoes legislation passed by his republican controlled legislature who then ignore him and routinely over ride his vetoes. A governor who showed up in the state house carrying a pig. Oh yes this is exactly who we need.


grandpajohn
Comment posted March 27, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

Also, people should realize that in SC, the governor is little more than a figurehead, he has no real power as far as dictating state policies,the SC governors power is one of the weakest in the country . The legislature is the governing power here and they hold on to it tightly, being governor then does little to actually enhance ones skills and abilities in governing, and really Sanford is considered a joke here with his constant losing battles with the legislature who basically ignore him and his attempts to get legislation passed and really he is a lunatic.


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Ina Tyler
Comment posted March 29, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

Now I'm even more pissed !!!!!!


Lori Pumphrey
Comment posted March 29, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

Goldwater was elected president? I guess I missed that.


Vicarius
Comment posted March 30, 2009 @ 7:32 am

Points in Sanford's favor:
1. He's honest.
2. He is careful with taxpayers' money.
3. Despite what you may read from a few angry bloggers here, Sanford's approval ratings in SC remain high despite the troubling unemployment numbers. It's because of points 1 & 2.


Vicarius
Comment posted March 30, 2009 @ 7:35 am

A Nazi dictatorship? Durant, listen to yourself. Then get a grip.


Dr. Paul
Comment posted April 6, 2009 @ 11:26 am

Buddy, he didn't want to criminalize Phelps when he was found guilty of smoking the reefer. Read the article from American conservative. He's also against pre-emptive war.


Dr. Paul
Comment posted April 6, 2009 @ 11:28 am

And he isn't pro-empire, he voted against the national ID, he is against the embargo act on Cuba and he was against the TARP and stimulus bills.


Dr. Paul
Comment posted April 6, 2009 @ 11:29 am

The difference was that Palin supported the TARP bill and she supported the bailouts of GM. Sanford did not.


Dr. Paul
Comment posted April 6, 2009 @ 11:29 am

Thanks for invoking Godwin's law, Obama is just Bush on steroids. More spending and more bailouts.


Dr. Paul
Comment posted April 6, 2009 @ 11:31 am

Or fighting the inception of a teacher's unioun.


Dr. Paul
Comment posted April 6, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

You’re mistaken, the republicans have been following the big spending ideas from the government.


JenS
Comment posted April 29, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

Y'all are crazy if you think Palin sounds more intelligent than Sanford??? LMAO. Sanford is doing the right thing. I am proud to call him my governor.


JenS
Comment posted April 30, 2009 @ 5:33 am

Y'all are crazy if you think Palin sounds more intelligent than Sanford??? LMAO. Sanford is doing the right thing. I am proud to call him my governor.


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