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Panic sets in for Obama, Democrats
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Friday, September 12, 2008, 09:04 PM | By Jim Wooten

Posted on 09/12/2008 7:47:36 PM PDT by 11th_VA

Barack Obama knows it. The election he had in the bag is slipping away.

The selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has so thrown him off stride, as it has most other Democrats, that all the momentum he had has vanished. He’s getting panicky advice from everywhere. He intends to launch more and sharper attacks, abandoning any pretense of a new and different, more civil campaign.

Democrats know something, and desperation is setting in. They have a novice campaigner who wanders off message. With every advantage in the primaries, Obama couldn’t win the big states — New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania — against Hillary Clinton, even when he got to define the rules for running against him. She could never risk alienating the base she’ll need in 2012; John McCain and Sarah Palin have no such constraints — hence the panic.

For a “change” candidate, Obama appears to be a man locked in time, unable to move past criticism, unable to move from the grip of the Democratic left, unable to adapt to the changed reality that the campaign is not the referendum on the war in Iraq or on the administration of George W. Bush that he’d envisioned.

He’s begun to sound dated. Last week, for example, he devoted valuable campaign days — less than two months remain — into explaining a silly “lipstick on a pig” line. The McCain campaign had reacted, accusing him of making the reference to Palin. “I don’t care what they say about me,” Obama responded. “But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and ‘Swiftboat politics.’ Enough is enough,” he said. (The Swiftboat reference is from the 2004 campaign of John Kerry).

The Democratic left is still seething from the Kerry campaign’s loss and is determined to see Bush expelled from the White House in disgrace — the reason it is locked in to making this a referendum on the administration now ending.

It barely worked when the maverick McCain, no darling of the Bushites, got the nomination. With Palin, the Washington outsider, the “third term” argument is plainly absurd. But Obama can’t let go, just as the lefties can’t let go of the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth defeat of Kerry. He can’t move on.

Obama has the habit, too, of reminding voters of their doubts about him, as he did in reminding a Detroit audience that he’s been accused of being less interested in protecting you from terrorists than reading them their rights. And, when he professes love of country as his basis for refusing to allow the McCain campaign to attack his words, he raises questions about why he finds the affirmation of love necessary.

Obama will lose because with less than two months remaining voters won’t be able to get comfortable with him. He can’t stay on message and he can’t avoid sending signals that interfere with the message when he does.

McCain, on the other hand, has been superb going back at least to Obama’s European tour. Mainstream America is comfortable with him and, with Palin’s selection, conservatives who had their doubts are onboard. The GOP is energized and suddenly an unwinnable election is reversed.

Obama got this far by winning small states and Southern states he has no chance of carrying in November. In Georgia, for example, the latest Insider Advantage poll has McCain pulling 56 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Obama, numbers that are not likely to change more than 4 percentage points in November. The undecideds and those who intend to vote for third-party campaigns are at 6 percent.

In this election, voters will decide early. Obama’s been in a yearlong campaign; McCain’s familiar. The two are sufficiently exposed and known for voters to make a decision now.

It’s not over. But it’s getting there — and Obama knows it.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; demmeltdown; dempanic; demsgoingape; electionpresident; elections; mccainpalin; obama; obamabiden
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Wow - even the AJC can read the tea leaves ...
1 posted on 09/12/2008 7:47:36 PM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

Obama isn’t anything new. He’s just another two-bit, Chicago politician just like all the others.


2 posted on 09/12/2008 7:52:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Whites lift McCain to slim lead over Obama in poll" - Ass. Press ---09-12-08)
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To: 11th_VA
The Democratic left is still seething from the Kerry campaign’s loss

Actually, they're still seething from '00 (when the election was "stolen" from Gore). They've been seething non-stop for a long time now.

3 posted on 09/12/2008 7:52:22 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies; Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes)
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To: 11th_VA
Expect a replay of the 2000 elections, with 0bama trying to cheat across the country with voter fraud and disallowing military absentee ballots.

If that fails, expect hundreds of lawyers contesting voting results state by state across the country.

And then there will be riots....The left is full of evil, violent, sick people.

4 posted on 09/12/2008 7:52:27 PM PDT by airborne (Don't pray that God is on your side. Instead, pray that you are on God's side!)
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To: 11th_VA

maybe they are trying to start minimizing Obama’s chances in this election, so that it will soften the blow on election day? The MSM has been telling us for two years that 2008 was shaping up as a Democrat year, based on various indicators of the public mood, the economy, etc. Now a major part of the MSM is really minimizing Obama’s chances, even though there are 7 weeks left in the campaign.


5 posted on 09/12/2008 7:54:23 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: 11th_VA

Democrats seem to have walked right into a tar pit, and they can’t go in any direction without sinking further. I hope they never get out. No party has more deserving of extinction since the communists and the nazis.


6 posted on 09/12/2008 7:55:00 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: airborne
And then there will be riots....

That's what I have been concerned about. There will be riots if he wins, and riots if he loses.

7 posted on 09/12/2008 7:55:16 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: 11th_VA

I assume this was written before the attack add that foolishly derided McCain for not knowing how to send an email and the subsequent debunking. Most likely today’s gaffe by the Obama campaign will prove more of a distraction and more costly than the lipstick debacle.

This is getting to be fun!


8 posted on 09/12/2008 7:56:07 PM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: 11th_VA
I just can't believe that nominating a little-known female governor from the Arctic Circle caused the Obama campaign to just plunge over a cliff the way it did. His allegedly big and strong campaign had the sissiest glass jaw of any Presidential campaign in my lifetime. Even Dukakis was stronger.

Obama is stumbling around in pain like he just got sacked by former Oakland Raider linebacker Bill Romanowski and can't continue the game.

9 posted on 09/12/2008 7:56:15 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: airborne

I got caught off guard by the LA Riots in 92. I’m starting to get that same sort of feeling now.

I’ve just invested in a new red-dot sight for my “assault” shotgun and I’m buying stick mags and a drum for it.

Never again.


10 posted on 09/12/2008 7:56:41 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: airborne
Expect a replay of the 2000 elections...

Only if it's close. The tactics you mentioned only work in close elections, and I no longer see this election as being close.

It's starting to look like 1980 instead.

11 posted on 09/12/2008 7:56:46 PM PDT by Publius (Change is not a destination, and hope is not a strategy.)
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To: airborne

As far as the lawyers and recounts are concerned, I certainly hope that it’s a clear McCain victory for that very reason. They can’t realistically ask for re-counts in 20 different states at one time. If it’s a close election they will sue in certain places where they have a chance of moving that state to Obama from McCain, to get that state’s electoral votes. But if it’s not close, then the lawsuit/vote fraud/voter intimidation complaints would be a moot point anyway.


12 posted on 09/12/2008 7:57:09 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: 11th_VA
That's Jim Wooten - he's a conservative for the Constipation-Urinal. The election was over the night Sarah spoke. Its been evident for some time and people have made up their minds. There are very few undecided voters. Too few to change the election. No wonder the Democrats and Obama are panicked. They're trying to get back on message. But they have no strategy for convincing voters in the last 57 days left that their lives will get better under their rule. As the old saying would have it, their goose is about to get cooked!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

13 posted on 09/12/2008 7:57:42 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 11th_VA
Media is slowly turning on their candidate who is increasingly embarrassing them. Things could turn pretty ugly if Obama keeps on nasty attacks, reminding voters that he is just another militant leftie.

At some point, black activists could blow their top and create ugly incidents. If it happens, it will be a spectacular self-destruction of one-time front runner.

14 posted on 09/12/2008 7:58:10 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: 11th_VA

They have a novice campaigner who wanders off message.

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At EVERY opportunity, his obsession with Sarah has made him appear, petty, jealous, and feeble.


15 posted on 09/12/2008 7:58:28 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: airborne

yeah, I’ve heard of the threats of riots.

Let ‘em riot. It just exposes them further, and all they’ll do is burn down a few hundred bucks worth of inner city property.

Yes, the left stands for everything that is anti-God, which, by definition, makes them evil.


16 posted on 09/12/2008 7:58:51 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: 11th_VA

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! He deserves to lose because of how arrogant he is. American’s don’t like arrogant.


17 posted on 09/12/2008 7:59:07 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: 11th_VA

Nice article by Wooten, who was just about the first MSM guy in 2004 to pick up on the gathering storm of veteran resentment against John Kerry.


18 posted on 09/12/2008 7:59:13 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The Obamao is a gutter politician with a good PR Staff in the media.

I won’t say one way or another on who will win or lose this election, the gestalt of Obama is out of whack, no matter that 90% of the media is running flack for him.

If the Obamao stopped suddenly, Matthews, Olberman, the Staff at Salon would all draw tickets for who could get to taste the hair gel..


19 posted on 09/12/2008 7:59:25 PM PDT by padre35 (Sarah Palin is the one we've been waiting for..Rom 10.10..)
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To: Spktyr

Keep your powder dry!


20 posted on 09/12/2008 7:59:27 PM PDT by airborne (Don't pray that God is on your side. Instead, pray that you are on God's side!)
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To: MrB

21 posted on 09/12/2008 8:00:51 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: 11th_VA

Obama est “fini”....


22 posted on 09/12/2008 8:01:20 PM PDT by wac3rd (The MSM will accompany the Captain of the SS Marxist Titanic to the bottom of Lake Michigan)
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To: dr_who
No party [is] more deserving of extinction...

And that is precisely what is going to happen. Here's a golden oldie from 2005.

The Splintering of the Democratic Party

23 posted on 09/12/2008 8:02:00 PM PDT by Publius (Change is not a destination, and hope is not a strategy.)
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To: airborne

The nice thing is that 12 gauge ammo is available in industrial quantities for cheap through your local WalMart.


24 posted on 09/12/2008 8:03:01 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: dr_who
No party has more deserving of extinction since the communists and the nazis.

And these Democrats today are not them???

25 posted on 09/12/2008 8:03:48 PM PDT by prophetic (God, let Obama speak utter foolishness and confound the wisdom of his counselors)
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To: 11th_VA

bet the clintons are lol!


26 posted on 09/12/2008 8:04:52 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: 11th_VA
Sarah Palin is shaking the Democratic leftist-liberal house to its foundation, and bringing it down. She and her family, their faith, their values, and their story represent the absolute refutation of all the tired old liberal mantras and victimology that they malignantly use to mentally, pshycologically, and financially enslave whole classes of people.

From women's rights, to family values, to gun rights, to abortion, to energy policy, to taxation, to envrionmentalism, and on and on...she is a wrecking ball to the leftist, liberal, socialist house.


























27 posted on 09/12/2008 8:06:47 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: PistolPaknMama
That's what I have been concerned about. There will be riots if he wins, and riots if he loses.

In November maybe ... but unlikely. They prefer warmer weather.

28 posted on 09/12/2008 8:06:53 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: goldstategop

What’s the state of the states right now? As I understood it, Rasmussen still had Obama in the lead, electorally. Every time I turn around the swing states have changed hands, esp. Ohio. I just can’t be convinced yet that this is a done deal.


29 posted on 09/12/2008 8:08:19 PM PDT by workerbee (Sarah Palin's very existence is a threat to the Left.)
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To: 11th_VA

Obama got this far by winning small states and Southern states he has no chance of carrying in November.
***Interesting take, meaning he’s even more toast than he appears now.


30 posted on 09/12/2008 8:08:24 PM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery. http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/certifigate/index?tab=articles)
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To: 11th_VA

Why do they tell BO how to act? Let hussein be himself - so the clueless can see what he really is. Once Sarah arrived and spoke truth about him - he unraveled from his ‘staged’ appearance.

Before Sarah - he announced he didn’t want his middle name - HUSSEIN - used/spoken. Then he commanded his spies to check the internet for anyone posting ‘rumors’ about him. Intimidation and major control issues revealed. Then Sarah-then he becomes unraveling and back to his real self - street thug and totally unfit to be in the Senate (fence sitter 147x w/present) much less president and commander-in-chief.


31 posted on 09/12/2008 8:09:13 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 11th_VA

All this thread is missing is Harry Reid declaring defeat!

and....More Cowbell


32 posted on 09/12/2008 8:09:38 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: 11th_VA

Obama is toast and everyone who has studied any election cycles knows it. Sure, the polls suggest it is still a race, but it reminds me of a joke:

I guy jumps off the roof of a 50 story building. As he passed the 20th floor, A guy sticks his head out the window and yells, “how’s it going?!”

The jumper replies, “So far, so good.”

That is where we are. November is the pavement. McCain passed him in the electorate map for today. It is all “downhill” from here.
http://www.electoral-vote.com/

For fun, use the ‘This day in 2004” link to see where Kerry was last time on this day.

What a fun election.


33 posted on 09/12/2008 8:11:04 PM PDT by RobRoy (This is comical)
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To: 11th_VA

Stick a fork in Obama, he’s done.


34 posted on 09/12/2008 8:11:32 PM PDT by PeterFinn ("I will stand with the Muslims" - Barack Hussein Obama p. 261 "Audacity of Hope")
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To: Jeff Head

GREAT photos.


35 posted on 09/12/2008 8:13:33 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama: Terror Groups have "legitimate claims.")
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To: Jeff Head

One poster dubbed her Ms. American Pie! It certainly fits those pictures. They are great - thanks.


36 posted on 09/12/2008 8:14:12 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: PhatHead

I want ten of these in bumper sticker size!!!!


37 posted on 09/12/2008 8:16:12 PM PDT by gbs
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To: prophetic

Seems your tag prayer has worked!


38 posted on 09/12/2008 8:17:13 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: The KG9 Kid; All
Obama is stumbling around in pain like he just got sacked by former Oakland Raider linebacker Bill Romanowski and can't continue the game.

That's former Denver Bronco linebacker Bill Romanowski to you! Hey, this IS fun!
39 posted on 09/12/2008 8:17:34 PM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: airborne
And then there will be riots.

Then there will be a lot of valid excuses to take out some of those vermin. Stock up on hollow points.

40 posted on 09/12/2008 8:18:14 PM PDT by PeterFinn ("I will stand with the Muslims" - Barack Hussein Obama p. 261 "Audacity of Hope")
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To: The KG9 Kid
I agree. I love Sarah, however there are many more reasons that are not Sarah Palin that have impacted Obama's plunge and one of them is it is clear what an empty, arrogant, wind bag he is. John McCain's team has also been good at challenging quickly and directly falsehoods and this began before Sarah arrived on the scene.

I feel a bit set up as well as the more the MSM and we build this whole Obama free fall being because of Sarah (which is not entirely incorrect), if anything happens to Sarah it could make people think they should vote for him--not us but the indies etc. Or atleast that would be my fear.

It is as if John McCann is forgotten in all of this too and he is the man that was ballsy and courageous enough to pick her. I love Sarah but I think even she would agree that John McCann and his campaign team deserve major credit and that Obama has done much to sink his own ship.

41 posted on 09/12/2008 8:18:50 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: workerbee
Its the internals. They're catastrophic. But the MSM is doing a heckuva job to keep the Hermann Munster corpse look like it still has signs of life!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

42 posted on 09/12/2008 8:20:25 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: airborne

It ain’t going to be close enough for that crap.


43 posted on 09/12/2008 8:20:38 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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To: GOP Poet

McCann=McCain


44 posted on 09/12/2008 8:21:27 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Mr. Mojo
They've been seething non-stop for a long time now.

And we will continue to win until they learn the lesson - accept defeat graciously. The adults must teach the little b'rats. It's a dirty job - but we are up to it. (Thank you, Sarah and John).
45 posted on 09/12/2008 8:21:42 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 11th_VA

I predict some real trouble in the streets if Obama loses.

I hope I’m wrong.


46 posted on 09/12/2008 8:21:58 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: RobRoy
Obama is toast and everyone who has studied any election cycles knows it. Sure, the polls suggest it is still a race, but it reminds me of a joke: I guy jumps off the roof of a 50 story building. As he passed the 20th floor, A guy sticks his head out the window and yells, “how’s it going?!” The jumper replies, “So far, so good.” That is where we are. November is the pavement. McCain passed him in the electorate map for today. It is all “downhill” from here. http://www.electoral-vote.com/ For fun, use the ‘This day in 2004” link to see where Kerry was last time on this day. What a fun election.

Boy, the "this day in 2004" link was very telling. Still 7 weeks to go, so lets not get too sure of ourselves. I think that Ras, and Gallup will show a tightening up early next week.
47 posted on 09/12/2008 8:22:25 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: 11th_VA

Sharper attacks.

Obama focuses on the disabled.

Good call.


48 posted on 09/12/2008 8:22:54 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: RobRoy

The fact that they had Kerry winning big this time 4 years ago doesn’t give me much confidence in this.


49 posted on 09/12/2008 8:22:59 PM PDT by redk
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To: PhatHead

Nice poster.


50 posted on 09/12/2008 8:23:00 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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