Two weeks of protests are being planned for this summer over the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandates.

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Two weeks of protests are being planned by Catholics for this summer over the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandates.

And some pundits still think this election will be close? Hah. Any politician who has made as many enemies as Obama can’t possibly win.


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  • wodun

    I think it is going to be very close, which is why the dems are fighting against preventing voter fraud.

    This is no time to become complaceant :)

  • @inaction_figure

    If Romney is the best the Republican party can come up with, yes, it’ll be a close election.

    Sure, I’ll vote Republican as the lesser of two evils, but the Republicans just don’t seem to be taking it seriously.

  • Chris L

    Depends on how you look a it. No matter who the Republicans picked, he/she was going to be painted as some right wing nut by Obama and his pals in the MSM. Picking Romney (the former chief executive of the liberal Jurassic Park known as Massachusetts) makes that a much tougher sale. Romney has also shown an ability to hit back hard and fast when he needs to, a talent that will come in handy in this campaign. He wasn’t my choice either, but he’s better than the guy who has the job. I also think he’s more than capable of making that case to the American people (Obama has already made the case that he needs replacing.)

  • Chris Kirkendall

    I agee it will be close – mostly because the MSM will be fully behind him, as will Hollywood & the entire entertainment industry. Obama’s gearing up for his big to-do on Jimmy Fallon’s show, which will probably be not much more than a huge (FREE !) campaign commercial. Also, this Admin has shown it’s NOT afraid to gin up racist feelings, as well as try to divide people along old/young, left/right, rich/poor lines. But I’ve also noticed (as you said, Chis L) that Romney is NOT afraid to hit back, and hit back HARD when necessary. McCain was way too timid in that regard – he wanted to run a “gentleman’s” campaign – but you have to know, Obama’s out of Chicago (I live in the area) & plays hard-knuckle, thug-style politics – if you’re not willing to get tough with him, you stand no chance! I agree – Mitt was not my choice either, but in the end, he may turn out to be the best chance we have to rid ourselves of the menace of this current lawless Admin…

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