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Is Romney Scared To Vet Rev. Wright's Connection To Obama?
The Washington Times ^ | May 17th | Henry D'Andrea

Posted on 05/17/2012 6:58:03 PM PDT by conservativeforpalin

Mitt Romney tied one arm behind his back today when he repudiated efforts to make an issue of the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his connection to a former member of his congregation, Barack Obama.

Running a campaign much like that of failed 2008 Republican nominee, John McCain, Romney has taken an important issue off the table this election cycle. It is an issue that goes to the deep roots of Obama's character.

Wright is arguably most famous for saying, “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America!"

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1 posted on 05/17/2012 6:58:10 PM PDT by conservativeforpalin
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To: conservativeforpalin
Its no holds barred against conservative candidates, though.

RINOs disgust me.

2 posted on 05/17/2012 7:01:33 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: conservativeforpalin
It's not off the table. Many PAC’s will go after Jeremiah Right. Romney can stay above the fray.
3 posted on 05/17/2012 7:01:48 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico

Wright. I can’t even spell the crazy guys last name!


4 posted on 05/17/2012 7:03:42 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: conservativeforpalin

Rev Wright should be highlighted even more this time around. Obama’s policies can be directly tied to Wright’s Black Liberation Theology. Totally fair game.

Romney is McCain II.


5 posted on 05/17/2012 7:03:54 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: conservativeforpalin

5 days after 9/11, Obama’s filthy friends threw a party to celebrate 3,000 Americans being burned alive, crushed to death, or leaping to their deaths from 1,000 feet to avoid the flames. I have been to WEDDINGS!!!!!!!!!!! where there was not half as much joy on display as shown by those pieces of filth in O’s church as they celebrated 9/11. They were transported with rapturous ecstasy, numb with joy and throbbing with delight as they partied and screamed. And this is supposed to be off the table?


6 posted on 05/17/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: conservativeforpalin
Reason he was going up in the polls because we thought he had the fighting spirit in him....HOW disappointing! Watch his poll numbers start diving....the MCPAIN nicy, nicy BS all over again..I have a sinking feeling this will be the summer of the MCVAIN REDUX hellish nightmare...chit!!
7 posted on 05/17/2012 7:04:31 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: conservativeforpalin

The idiot GOP consultants are blinded by their polls that tell them everyone loves Barry personally. What they can’t grasp is everyone lies about liking Obama because they think admitting they can’t stand the guy is the same as admitting you are a racist.


8 posted on 05/17/2012 7:05:36 PM PDT by DManA
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To: conservativeforpalin

Romney took his dog on vacation 40 years ago, and this is relevant and important. Obama went for 20 years to a church where 9/11 was an occasion for orgasmic ecstasy, and that is irrelevant and unimportant.


9 posted on 05/17/2012 7:06:05 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: conservativeforpalin

Romney does not have to do it. Others will. He can even say in public that he would not support any group going after the Wright issue but that would not stop that group from doing it and Romney can always say that he does not control this group... This is called politics. He did the same when his super pacs attacked and destroyed his opponents during the primaries...


10 posted on 05/17/2012 7:07:42 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: nhwingut

why??? there are a ZILLION other things to trash obama with; his divisiveness, belligerence, failed economic record, lies, etc over the past three years....

most Americans could care less about Wright- ayatollah obama can be bludgeoned into the ground with his complete failures from the past three years....i’m not a Romney fan but tactically this was probably the smart move...


11 posted on 05/17/2012 7:07:58 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: DManA

The EXACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! same thing happened during that sub-human piece of filth Clinton’s presidency! “I’ll tell the pollsters I like Clunton so that I show how I am not a prudish, uptight white guy when it comes to sexual perversion.”


12 posted on 05/17/2012 7:08:31 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: conservativeforpalin

Rinomby can’t criticize a religious doctrine or their leaders because of his own belief.


13 posted on 05/17/2012 7:08:40 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: conservativeforpalin

Could it be that Romney is trying to take religion off the table since he is Mormon? If so, it won’t work. Dems will eviscerate him on the mormon issue.


14 posted on 05/17/2012 7:09:07 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: conservativeforpalin

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a TRAP , don’t fall for it


15 posted on 05/17/2012 7:10:03 PM PDT by molson209
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To: jveritas

FRiend, every single issue is lost with ROmney.

RomneyCARE.

Romney associated polyamory (it does not matter
if he is different because the MSM will
unload it as the Oct. surprise).

Bad governorship.

Ineligibility.

LYING.

LYING.

Coverups of criminal actions.

LYING.

Destroying Constitutions (ROmney did THAT to
impose his agenda).

and did we mention, LYING?


16 posted on 05/17/2012 7:12:28 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: conservativeforpalin
Relax FReepers. We don't need Romney for this. This is why God invented the Super PAC. It will get done - by your fellow FReepers.


"if history has taught us anything, it's that you can vet anyone"

17 posted on 05/17/2012 7:14:34 PM PDT by montag813 (No Amnesty - Enforce the Law! http://www.StandWithArizona.com)
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To: conservativeforpalin

Romney probably figures if he gives Obama a pass on Wright he will get a pass on Mormonism. Of course, he figures incorrectly.


18 posted on 05/17/2012 7:16:43 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: conservativeforpalin
I don't know where Romney stands on the Obama/Wright connection but I suggest he should keep his powder dry on the issue for now.

Jeremiah Wright Can Sink Obama

"Mr. Wright says Mr. Obama possessed an “Islamic background” and despite his conversion to Christianity has never abandoned his Muslim roots." more at the link above...

19 posted on 05/17/2012 7:18:39 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: montag813

I don’t see how this is a winning issue for Romney. He needs to hammer him on the economy and his record. Let the surrogates handle this stuff.


20 posted on 05/17/2012 7:19:09 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: conservativeforpalin

I think Wright is old news at this point and probably should not be the focus of the Romney campaign. (I thought it was a much more relevant topic in 2008 and still hold it against McCain for stifling discussion of it.) However, I really don’t like the idea of being told that it is off limits to discuss this topic that clearly does relate to Obama’s character, beliefs and background. Moreover, stifling discussion is akin to admitting the liberal framing that any discussion of this issue is “racist”, which it is absolutely not. If the topic comes up, Romney should just quickly tell it like it is and then move on, i.e., Rev. Wright said some despicable things, Obama writes about his relationship with him and his church, I think the situation speaks for itself, next question.


21 posted on 05/17/2012 7:22:08 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: skeeter

It is very obvious what is going on. Romney is going after the votes of the Limbaugh-Hannity haters. It does represent a significant voting block and if those on the fence see this as a bold move by a non-conservative Republican they just might abandon Obama and vote for him.


22 posted on 05/17/2012 7:22:08 PM PDT by easyrighter
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To: conservativeforpalin

He won’t have to. He can stay focused on the economy, and let the SuperPacs do the dirty stuff.


23 posted on 05/17/2012 7:22:33 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Running in circles and screaming is not a strategy.)
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To: jveritas

I think you nailed it.


24 posted on 05/17/2012 7:25:40 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: conservativeforpalin

to be honest, its a waste of time. It be like going after Bush for what he did when he was in the airforce. We vet president’s background to understand how he will govern as president. Now that obama is president, we know what he is like as president and his background is pointless. Go after Obama for his assosiation while as president, not before


25 posted on 05/17/2012 7:28:01 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: conservativeforpalin

to be honest, its a waste of time. It be like going after Bush for what he did when he was in the airforce. We vet president’s background to understand how he will govern as president. Now that obama is president, we know what he is like as president and his background is pointless. Go after Obama for his assosiation while as president, not before


26 posted on 05/17/2012 7:28:13 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: conservativeforpalin
Romney is not afraid, he is logical.

Any effort that is not economic or policy related is ad hominem and therefore unproductive.

Keep your eye on the ball.

27 posted on 05/17/2012 7:28:30 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

That is Bishop Romney, who will become a God, and whose fellow Mormon Gods will rule over Pope John II, and all Christians, who instead of joining their Christian God after death as they thought, actually become Mormons and worshipers of Mitt Romney and other elite Mormon men who ascend to be Gods.


28 posted on 05/17/2012 7:29:10 PM PDT by ansel12 (When immutable definition of Bible marriage of One Man, One Woman, is in jeopardy, call the Mormon.)
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To: molson209

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a TRAP , don’t fall for it

Oh please, Romney is just the POS RINO I knew he was deep down in my gut. He’s just doing the exact same thing McLame did against O.


29 posted on 05/17/2012 7:30:42 PM PDT by hillarys cankles
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To: conservativeforpalin
Mitt Romney tied one arm behind his back today when he repudiated efforts to make an issue of the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his connection to a former member of his congregation, Barack Obama.

This issue was gone over repeatedly in the 2008 campaign, and Obama won. It'd be just like the GOP to stick with a losing strategy but voters have heard all about Wright and apparently don't care. All the issue does now in 2012 is take the focus off of Obama's horrible performance as POTUS.

If Romney has a brain in his head, he'll hammer Obama nonstop on the economy, the national debt, and gas prices. A real conservative could also hammer Obama on the massively unpopular Obamacare, but Romney has Romneycare.
30 posted on 05/17/2012 7:30:42 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: conservativeforpalin

Typical Republican. He watched McCain make every mistake and lose his ass , then decides to go down that same road. Stupid is as stupid does.


31 posted on 05/17/2012 7:32:44 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: conservativeforpalin

The campaign is scared to bring it up because:

A) they will be called racists

B) Romney’s “Mormonism” will be used to counter.

Is it just me.....or do I find it rather odd that the “Book of Mormon” was launched not that long ago on BW and reached “critical acclamation”?

Had it been known that he was to run? Was this a slam to Glenn Beck? I just find it pretty interesting.


32 posted on 05/17/2012 7:33:55 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: God luvs America; All
why??? there are a ZILLION other things to trash obama with; his divisiveness, belligerence, failed economic record, lies, etc over the past three years....most Americans could care less about Wright- ayatollah obama can be bludgeoned into the ground with his complete failures from the past three years....i’m not a Romney fan but tactically this was probably the smart move...

You know, I've seen this kind of comment umpteen hundred times on FR framed nearly the same way -- only addressed as to why we shouldn't focus on Romney's Mormonism.

So, if you've made similar comments along these lines re: Romney...kudos to you...in that you're one of the few consistent FREEPERs we see...

IOW, you apply your worldview/convictions evenly...whereever it falls

That stands in contrasts to the FREEPERs who go around like liberals and label other posters as "bigots" or "anti-Mormons." Were they consistent on these Rev. Wright threads, they would rush out the same labels ("anti-Muslims"; "anti-blacks"; "bigots" vs. Obama's religious ties)...but they don't...showing inconsistent and hypocritical they are.

Again, Kudos to you for your consistent application.

33 posted on 05/17/2012 7:48:14 PM PDT by Colofornian (Mom when I grow up, I want 2B like Ike. Mom when I grow up, I want 2B a god from Kolob like Mitt.)
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To: conservativeforpalin

Kudos to Hannity back in 2008 for sounding off about the Rev. Wrong. Now its yesterdays news. Let others hammer it but not Romney. He just needs to be very proactive and take command of framing the debate.
There’s a ton of issues with a target rich enviroment of Obama’s words and actions as president. I’ll give Willard some kudos too if he hammers the Bam effectively and unlike the fall guy RINO McLame last election.


34 posted on 05/17/2012 7:54:41 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: conservativeforpalin; All
Romney should have a laser-like focus on his plan to get America moving again in sharp contrast to the failed record of Obama's policies.

Let the "vetting" come from surrogates.

35 posted on 05/17/2012 8:00:19 PM PDT by newzjunkey (I advocate separation of school and sport)
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To: conservativeforpalin

Sounds to me like a cold, hard calculation on the Romney Camp’s part: they clearly don’t need it and aren’t interested in gambling on whether it would help anything or hurt.


36 posted on 05/17/2012 8:02:11 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: newzjunkey
Let the "vetting" come from surrogates.

Exactly....President Bush never had to bring up the Swift Boat Vets against Kerry, and he did just fine.

37 posted on 05/17/2012 8:02:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Colofornian; Jeff Head
That stands in contrasts to the FREEPERs who go around like liberals and label other posters as "bigots" or "anti-Mormons." Were they consistent on these Rev. Wright threads, they would rush out the same labels ("anti-Muslims"; "anti-blacks"; "bigots" vs. Obama's religious ties)...but they don't...showing inconsistent and hypocritical they are.

First of all, I know just who you are talking about, so I'll ping him, since you didn't.

Second, I don't EVER recall Jeff saying anything remotely resembling "God DAMN America!"

To the contrary, Jeff is a bona fide patriot who IMO would probably be hard pressed not to deck anyone who said such within earshot.

So tell me again why Jeff - no matter what his religion (and a religion I do not share with him, nor do I care a whit for Mitt) - does not have the moral standing as a patriotic American to condemn Reverend Wright without any caveat to his personal religious beliefs.

38 posted on 05/17/2012 8:06:44 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: MacMattico
It's not off the table. Many PAC’s will go after Jeremiah Right. Romney can stay above the fray. 

Exactly. Bammy Boy attacks via surrogates and well funded PACs and Romney will do the same.

39 posted on 05/17/2012 8:11:40 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: conservativeforpalin

Why now the hub-bub over the IrReverend WLeft? Could this be a twisted ploy of sorts? With the gay marriage support upsetting many blacks one way to bring them back is gin up the race card and even though its Jeremiah Wright it represents an attack to blacks. Then the left can hammer away on the Mormon cult of Mitt. He needs to steer clear of that snakepit in disguise.


40 posted on 05/17/2012 8:12:53 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: dennisw

Bama has the entire MSM at his disposal, although if Clinton wanted to take Obama out, they might shift their allegiance.


41 posted on 05/17/2012 8:13:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Texas Songwriter
Could it be that Romney is trying to take religion off the table since he is Mormon? If so, it won’t work. Dems will eviscerate him on the mormon issue.

I won't feel sorry for him either. Will he be afraid to say Hussein like McCain was. He eviscerated Newt over personal matters when Newt wanted to keep it clean. Guess he can't bring himself to go after BO like he needs to.

42 posted on 05/17/2012 8:14:04 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: tsowellfan

Wright wants to get revenge on BO too.


43 posted on 05/17/2012 8:18:23 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: conservativeforpalin

Romney doesn’t want to win. His purpose is to give the election to Obama.


44 posted on 05/17/2012 8:26:32 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: conservativeforpalin

When the media starts running (and the will) the documentaries about Mormon’s skinning puppies or whatever other tripe...then it will be time to Vet Rev. Wright’s Connection To Obama.


45 posted on 05/17/2012 8:28:09 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: newzjunkey

By now you should have realized Romney has no plan for improving the American economy. Rather, he has a vague outline of a plan to make himself president.


46 posted on 05/17/2012 8:32:06 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: RoseofTexas

I think Romney wants to distance himself from the super-Pacs, then let them have at Wright. He then will say, “I can’t control them”, just like Obama can’t make his super PACs return Bill Maher’s $1,000,000. The man has more diabolical than one can imagine... Very ingenious...


47 posted on 05/17/2012 8:37:00 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: RoseofTexas

I think Romney wants to distance himself from the super-Pacs, then let them have at Wright. He then will say, “I can’t control them”, just like Obama can’t make his super PACs return Bill Maher’s $1,000,000. The man has more diabolical than one can imagine... Very ingenious...


48 posted on 05/17/2012 8:37:26 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: conservativeforpalin

Right out of the McCain 2008 How To Lose Handbook!


49 posted on 05/17/2012 8:37:57 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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To: dirtboy; Jeff Head; NoRedTape; All
Second, I don't EVER recall Jeff saying anything remotely resembling "God DAMN America!"

Jeff says he's been a Mormon for 40 years...
...that means he was Lds around 1972-1978 -- when Lds practiced open racism by disallowing blacks to hold the priesthood...
No priesthood, no temple recommend;
no temple recommend, no temple access;
no temple access, no ability to be married in the temple for eternity -- a requirement for the highest Mormons if they want to live in the celestial kingdom;
no marriage & no celestial kingdom, then no living with Heavenly Father forever.

And...if you don't live forever with Heavenly Father, you might as well call it "damnation" -- even if Mormons don't always do. Therefore, Mormons DO essentially "damn" America to a life minus living with Heavenly Father forever...(Even non-temple Mormons are so "damned")

So tell me again why Jeff - no matter what his religion (and a religion I do not share with him, nor do I care a whit for Mitt) - does not have the moral standing as a patriotic American to condemn Reverend Wright without any caveat to his personal religious beliefs.

It's not Jeff's religion that "disqualifies" him from such commentary...It's this comment he was making to NoRedTape -- indicating that commenting on the religious ties/beliefs/convictions/worldviews of a POTUS candidate is somehow supposedly out of bounds:

May 8, 2012, to NoRedTape: Do you really have to make this thread an anti-LDS thing? ...As to religion, if you must make it about that... Source: Santorum endorses one-time rival Romney

No religious hypocrisy being practiced here, eh?

Tis OK to make threads an anti-Islamic "thing" as long as it pertains to Obama, eh? But Mormonism -- per some Mormon FREEPERs -- is somehow "sacrosanct" from similar dissection?

50 posted on 05/17/2012 8:46:19 PM PDT by Colofornian (Mom when I grow up, I want 2B like Ike. Mom when I grow up, I want 2B a god f rom Kolob like Mitt.)
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