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The First Gay President (The next attack meme against Rick Perry?)
The Harvard Crimson ^ | September 1, 2011 | Dhruv K. Singhal

Posted on 08/31/2011 10:21:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Texas Governor Rick Perry has a problem.

You see, since becoming the newly-minted national frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president in 2012, he now finds himself standing in a red jumpsuit before four bad-tempered bulls: his rivals in the Republican field, the Republican establishment, the national mainstream media, and the Obama White House. Compounding his woes is the fact that he faces these foes with a hefty albatross around his neck: He is a white man.

In 2008, one of then-candidate Obama’s greatest electoral assets was the history-making nature of his campaign to become the first rich, Ivy League-educated, Protestant, male president who also happened to black. This cycle too promises to be historic, as we have Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann vying to become the first truly fringe president, Georgia pizza tycoon Herman Cain vying to become the first president to have his own gospel album (it’s true!), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich vying to run the worst winning campaign since William McKinley campaigned from his front porch.

But the history-making only reaches veritably transcendental proportions when the candidate is a member of an oppressed minority. Election 2008 also-rans Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin can both attest to the fact that running against a member of a historically disenfranchised group is an exceedingly difficult task.

So what is Governor Perry to do? He could attempt to emulate the politics of working-class white victimization that the Grand Old Party has perfected to an art form since the Nixon Administration. But as rural America continues to shrivel into an increasingly cantankerous, backwater husk with declining electoral relevance, this class of identity politics may prove inadequate in 2012. Luckily for the governor, he does have one other potential victim card in his hand.

As a native Texan, I can speak to the intolerance on which my state prides itself; hence the political potency of the perennial rumors of our governor’s closeted homosexuality. Festering since at least 2004, when Perry was forced to confront it head-on in The Austin-American Statesman, the ambiguity surrounding the governor’s sexual orientation has routinely provided fodder for colorful political sallying. Even our state Democrats can’t resist some good old gay-baiting.

In the 2010 cycle, for example, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was shamefully caught juicing her gubernatorial campaign website with the search engine optimization keywords “rick perry gay.” Democratic political action committee Back to Basics, likewise, ran a delightful statewide newspaper ad campaign asserting that “When he's not in San Francisco … Perry's … flipping through the pages of his Food and Wine magazine … in his fancy … rental mansion,” a message Noreen Malone described on New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog as “clearly meant to remind voters that Perry's red-blooded American maleness wasn't an established fact.”

Some have predicted that the obstinacy of these rumors will impede Perry’s presidential ambitions in the same way that persistent allegations of President Obama’s Muslim faith and lack of birthright citizenship impeded his. I would suggest, however, that, sadly enough, these rumors might actually be a political godsend for the governor, and the very best political move he could make right now—in what may be a fairly damning indictment of our system—would actually be to embrace them wholeheartedly and come out of the closet as the second openly gay governor in American history (the first, of course, was the disgraced Jim McGreevey of New Jersey).

The political meed of coming out is considerable. The political calculus of a Perry candidacy was that he was perhaps the only politician in America capable of satisfying both the Tea Party and establishment wings of the Republican Party. However, since his announcement, even the Republican establishment has signed on to the fact that Perry is George W. Bush without the intelligence and moderation, and that the American people may not be so keen on hiring the former president’s stunt double so soon after so-emphatically rejecting his legacy by electing Barack Obama in the first place. Polls have confirmed this, for while he does not quite achieve Palin-Bachmann-Gingrich levels of radioactivity on the electoral dosimeter, Perry consistently underperforms frontrunner Mitt Romney in head-to-head polls with President Obama and has yet to beat the incumbent in a single poll. To say the least, Governor Perry has an electability problem.

And that is the beauty of the coming-out strategy.

President Obama faces potentially crippling levels of discontent from his truculent base, and the prospect of an openly gay Republican opponent could drive a decisive wedge between the president and the left. Gay donors and voters rightly disgusted by the president’s prevaricating on the issue of gay marriage may choose to overlook Perry’s virulently anti-gay record and platform to embrace one of their own. The disillusioned latte-sipping yuppies of Cambridge and Manhattan may also decide that the optics of opting for the gay candidate is more conducive to maintaining their self-righteous guise of social progressiveness than the symbolism of retaining the comparatively gay-friendly incumbent.

Of course, there is an obvious ethical issue in a straight man coming out merely for a political advantage, but this is politics we’re discussing, and Rick Perry in particular. Given that he is party to the execution of an innocent man (remember the name Cameron Todd Willingham—you will be hearing it a lot soon), I’m not quite convinced that morality really factors into Governor Perry’s decision-making in any way whatsoever. Furthermore, it’s not as if admitting he is gay would not redound to the nation’s benefit: Were Perry to come out of the closet this Wednesday during the Republican presidential debate, Michele Bachmann’s head could quite possibly explode on live television.


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I've lived in Texas and have never heard a peep about this. The same thing was floating around about Charlie Crist in Florida. Plus we've already had at least two of them: James Buchanan and Barry.
1 posted on 08/31/2011 10:21:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So if Perry is gay, wont the left just love him?


2 posted on 08/31/2011 10:24:30 PM PDT by svcw
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To: svcw

That’s like asking if they’ll like Sarah Palin because she’s an accomplished woman or Herman Cain because he’s a successful black man!


3 posted on 08/31/2011 10:25:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ROTFLMAO!!!

OMG!!!

So damn funny how lame these guys are.


4 posted on 08/31/2011 10:25:44 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

a total hit piece if you ever read one.


5 posted on 08/31/2011 10:25:51 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

/snicker

Liberal pipe dreams.


6 posted on 08/31/2011 10:28:13 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is this getting ridiculous or what?


It's nowhere near the trashing, slashing, bashing, lies and smears by the lamestream of Sarah Palin and her precious family, but my Lord, this is ridiculous.
7 posted on 08/31/2011 10:28:38 PM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As I understand it, there’s a guy out there named Larry Sinclair who says he had sex with Rick Perry. All anyone has to do is interview that guy and......oh......wait a minute....maybe I’m thinking of a different Presidential candidate.


8 posted on 08/31/2011 10:28:46 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: svcw

“So if Perry is gay, wont the left just love him?”

I think that’s what this deranged leftist is trying to say, in his humorless ‘funny’ way.

These attacks on Perry are desperation.


9 posted on 08/31/2011 10:29:27 PM PDT by WOSG (Cut the spending!)
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To: Texas Eagle

The bathhouses of Chicago & the suburbs (and probably Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan and Hawaii) are filled with guys who could testify to that....


10 posted on 08/31/2011 10:30:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Say, Harvard Crimson, you seen any of Bamboozle’s college thesises or scholastic records laying around anywhere?


11 posted on 08/31/2011 10:30:56 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

12 posted on 08/31/2011 10:31:23 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At least they correctly list the main stream media as one of Perry’s rivals.


13 posted on 08/31/2011 10:31:40 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Even our state Democrats can’t resist some good old gay-baiting.

The hell you say.

14 posted on 08/31/2011 10:31:55 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: lentulusgracchus

LG - FYI.


15 posted on 08/31/2011 10:42:07 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

16 posted on 08/31/2011 10:42:55 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s only a matter of time before he’s outed for being AMBIDEXTROUS.


17 posted on 08/31/2011 10:45:04 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I took this as satire, bacon fat against the media and the White House operatives who will be starting early with the oppostion dumping of the kitchen sink and fairy tales against Rick Perry. Last week they called out the Texas crew to begin. They have got to get his poll numbers down, and fast. The article seems to be spoofing how they will be attempting to do that. I don’t know, the people are so anxious for another leader to emerge and get on with some early and well orgainized push back against the Marxist machine in the WH, that Rick’s early routing success may be enough to roll every one in the race, so we can begin to do that pushing back. Success often breeds more of the same. Certainly, this is not his first rodeo and though he is fearless, they may not know that yet.


18 posted on 08/31/2011 10:45:41 PM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Harvard Crimson or Harvard Lampoon?

Take the hook out of your mouths.

This is bullshit.


19 posted on 08/31/2011 11:01:42 PM PDT by jessduntno (Obama shanks. America tanks.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’re basically becoming the Palin version of pissant.


20 posted on 08/31/2011 11:11:41 PM PDT by Carling (DeMint to Obama: I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a TelePrompter.)
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To: Carling
pissant called Gov. Palin a lesbian and was banned. Show me where I did the same for Gov. Perry. This article? Sorry, didn't write it. I've never even been to Massachusetts, much less Harvard.
21 posted on 08/31/2011 11:26:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: Carling; 2ndDivisionVet

Now that’s a real big stretch but suffering from PDS as you do - that’s part of the syndrome.


22 posted on 08/31/2011 11:50:59 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: jessduntno

An story literally written by a college Junior.

“Dhruv K. Singhal ’12, a Crimson associate editorial editor, is an English concentrator in Currier House.”

OK, WTH is an associate editorial editor or an English concentrator?


23 posted on 08/31/2011 11:51:41 PM PDT by KingKongCobra
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I've never even been to Massachusetts, much less Harvard.

Just scanning the article quickly, it certainly isn't a plus saying one is from Harvard - so consider yourself blessed! Dhruv K. Singhal is one dummie!
24 posted on 08/31/2011 11:57:30 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don't think so.
Now, if the Harvard Crimson wants to look into sodomites & the GOP look no further than Palin friends/supporters Tammy 'Butch' Bruce and GOProud.

25 posted on 08/31/2011 11:57:30 PM PDT by jla
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To: jla

You got the guts to elaborate?


26 posted on 08/31/2011 11:59:35 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Carling
To 20 -


27 posted on 09/01/2011 12:00:12 AM PDT by jla
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To: presently no screen name

No, I’m afraid of some hillbilly on the Internet!


28 posted on 09/01/2011 12:01:10 AM PDT by jla
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To: jla

So you are nothing but a wuss.


29 posted on 09/01/2011 12:05:14 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

Not if he doesn’t want to go the way of pissant.


30 posted on 09/01/2011 12:06:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The same thing was floating around about Charlie Crist in Florida.

Sometimes it's true.

31 posted on 09/01/2011 12:15:29 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Green Iguana.


32 posted on 09/01/2011 12:20:03 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey 2ndDivisionVet, I know you’re a huge Palin supporter and that’s cool but three times today you posted three huge negatively implied articles on Perry.

* The First Gay President (The next attack meme against Rick Perry?)

* Has the Tea Party Set a Trap for Rick Perry in South Carolina? (Amnesty)

* Governor Perry‘s Islam Connection (The Truth)

What goes with you ?


33 posted on 09/01/2011 12:54:26 AM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: Java4Jay

Read that third article, which I didn’t post. It’s pro-Perry. I linked to it for a Perry supporter. As for amnesty, is he for it or against it? That thread is about whether Rep. King will “ambush” him with that issue, not 2ndDivisionVet, so it’s a discussion about the debate & GOP politics. That’s not fair game? As for the Harvard “gay” rumor, read my comments. I didn’t subscribe to the rumor. Some dweeb from Haaah-vaahd did.


34 posted on 09/01/2011 1:03:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

James Buchanan is the first. Obama may be the 2nd.


35 posted on 09/01/2011 1:35:49 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Is it actually known that Buchanan was gay, or is his case like Lincoln’s, with modern-day historians reading too much into the “evidence?”

Buchanan had a fiancee but she died.

and Sonja Kovalevski was gay because she entered into a sham marriage to get an exit visa.


36 posted on 09/01/2011 3:08:32 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: svcw

Yeah, I agree: if he’s gay, why isn’t he being celebrated?!

The left accuses everyone who disagrees with them of being gay. It shows a very screwed-up thinking (i.e., I love gay people but since I disagree with you, YOU MUST BE A STINKIN’ GAY!)

I heard Andrew Breitbart on Dennis Miller’s show saying HE’S been accused of being gay by the left. He was laughing about it.


37 posted on 09/01/2011 3:41:07 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: svcw

I think this is one “first”” that is extant.


38 posted on 09/01/2011 3:45:26 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: mylife

LOL!!! That picture just shows what a ballet dancer Obama really is!!


39 posted on 09/01/2011 4:28:37 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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According to a routine ethics commission expenditures filing, the Perry campaign spent $78.26 at "La-Te-Da" in Key West, FL, on April 13, 2009.

La-Te-Da is a hotel & restaurant which also has a separate cabaret theater which features, among other things, a female impersonator.

This drew the attention of an activist gay blogger, Michael Rogers, who attempted to make a big deal out of it in light of Perry's marriage views.

The Austin American-Statesman covered the story here, including this bit of explanation from Perry's camp:

Anita Perry, Texas' first lady, had lunch at La Te Da, which, it turns out, is a hotel with several facilities, including a well-reviewed restaurant.

"She was there for a personal visit and she had a business meeting with supporters and constituents after that," said Perry spokesman Mark Miner.


40 posted on 09/01/2011 4:30:06 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Will racist demagogue Andre Carson be censured by the House?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The same thing was floating around about Charlie Crist in Florida.

Well I believe that crist and obama are queers with beards.
I felt that way about mcgreevy too, but people said I was being unfair.

Of course it's all the rage now, so if Rick Perry was-I'm sure he'd embrace it and come out for votes.
I'm sick to death of broke back cowboys though so if he did, I'd probably stay home.
(okay done with my sarcastic morning moment)


BTW, I'm a Palin fan, but know of many that hate her. Hate may be an understatement, and most of the haters are women.

Palin or Perry, I'll vote for them.
Not so much for everyone else.
41 posted on 09/01/2011 4:51:16 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: jla; 2ndDivisionVet; presently no screen name; Diogenesis; DJ MacWoW; Jim Robinson

For a poster that holds such low regard for your fellow FReepers, what are you doing here?

You’ve likened our Veteran, 2ndDivisionVet to pissant; you’ve called presentlynoscreenname an Internet hillbilly; and you’ve posted nasty about Palin and her supporters again, not to mention you cowardly called Diogenesis’s post ‘white trash Republicans’ yesterday. One look at your forum posts [again] shows that you’re still spitefully mean and nasty and dealing in personal attacks.


42 posted on 09/01/2011 8:47:25 AM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx; jla; 2ndDivisionVet; presently no screen name; Diogenesis; Jim Robinson

jla, if the only way to support your candidates is to tear down someone else, you’ve lost before you’ve begun. Insults don’t win votes either. You want these posters that you’ve insulted to support Perry? You just guaranteed that it won’t happen.


43 posted on 09/01/2011 9:09:00 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He could attempt to emulate the politics of working-class white victimization that the Grand Old Party has perfected to an art form since the Nixon Administration. But as rural America continues to shrivel into an increasingly cantankerous, backwater husk... -

Dhruv K. Singhal of Harvard

But, but, but, people told me these highly educated foreigners are just the kind of immigrants we want. Surely they wouldn't be hostile to native Whites.

44 posted on 09/01/2011 9:11:47 AM PDT by triumphant values
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To: KingKongCobra
“Dhruv K. Singhal ’12, a Crimson associate editorial editor, is an English concentrator in Currier House.”

OK, WTH is an associate editorial editor or an English concentrator?

He's one of those highly educated third-world immigrants we're told so often that we need to let in here.

45 posted on 09/01/2011 9:18:22 AM PDT by triumphant values
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m very reserved on Perry, seems like ‘they’ are pushing him down our throats. The headlines are negative and read all three due to shock factor.

I support Cain and Santorum but my early picks never win.


46 posted on 09/01/2011 10:44:21 AM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: mylife
" I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying. "

~Barack Obama






47 posted on 09/01/2011 10:50:13 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m defensive of splinter groups attacking and eating our own. We need to unite and support one another in a team effort. I normally like your post but I had to speak out. God Bless Texas.


48 posted on 09/01/2011 10:51:58 AM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: onyx; DJ MacWoW

Thanks, onyx and DJ.


49 posted on 09/01/2011 10:53:49 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Oh, urp. Hadn't seen that one before. Is that "Larry" or the other guy, the ex-NFL player?

Urp, urp, urp -- and it's in the White House, ordering wagyu beef by the truckload.

50 posted on 09/01/2011 10:52:00 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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