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Mark Levin grills Newt Gingrich on his comments about Paul Ryan’s plan
The Right Scoop ^ | May 16, 2011 | Mark Levin

Posted on 05/16/2011 6:06:53 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner

If Newt thought he was going to get an easy interview on the Mark Levin Show today regarding his comments on Paul Ryan’s plan yesterday, he was very wrong. And the bad thing is that Newt didn’t come off very well at all. Jedediah Bila said that Newt was giving a very weak statement and I must concur. Newt mostly agreed with Levin about Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal and ended up conceding that he shouldn’t have allowed Gregory to frame the question the way he did. That’s not really a big concession to me and I’m still a bit confused on where he stands.

Levin however was awesome and that alone makes this interview worth listening to.

Enjoy!

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KEYWORDS: gingrich; levin; marklevin; newt
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Mark could have been tougher, and at one point he almost lost his temper over Newt's hemming and hawing, but reined it in.

Newt was obviously ticked off at being thrown on the defensive, and comes across very poorly.

Can't undo seppuku. He's toast.

AUDIO

1 posted on 05/16/2011 6:06:58 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: Al B.; onyx; Lakeshark; Brices Crossroads; sarah fan UK; Fudd Fan; holdonnow
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2 posted on 05/16/2011 6:09:03 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Awesome.
BUMP for great freeping.


3 posted on 05/16/2011 6:12:35 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

gingrich cannot be trusted.

he’s unpredictable.


4 posted on 05/16/2011 6:12:48 PM PDT by ken21 (dem taxes + regs + unions = jobs overseas.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I don’t like Ryan’s budget plan either. It doesn’t cut enough and takes too long to complete. But then again our problems really aren’t necessarily realted to the quantity of money government spends, but that the majority of it is spent on things it has no constitutional authourity to be involved with.


5 posted on 05/16/2011 6:13:13 PM PDT by dajeeps
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Newt apparently lost a fair amount of his mind while sitting on the couch with Pelosi.


6 posted on 05/16/2011 6:13:33 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Just another reason to be disgusted with him. He can be lead by the nose from a wimp in an interview. Never liked him, there is something about that man that my gut says....do not trust him. Along with not really likable..


7 posted on 05/16/2011 6:15:08 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Paladin2

She swallowed it...


8 posted on 05/16/2011 6:15:18 PM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Newtie was on Hannity’s radio show and came off pretty poorly there, too.


9 posted on 05/16/2011 6:16:22 PM PDT by Ole Okie (++++++++)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Too much time in the US Senate will do that to a man. Anything longer than 90 minutes or so.

Now Newt was never in the Senate, but it was done to him anyway.

10 posted on 05/16/2011 6:16:40 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
it is kind of shocking that Newt would admit this. This is a guy who has been giving interviews for 40 years. I don't want to be unkind and I'm sorry to say it but I think Gingrich is losing it.

Newt mostly agreed with Levin about Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal and ended up conceding that he shouldn’t have allowed Gregory to frame the question the way he did.

11 posted on 05/16/2011 6:16:56 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Levin just went off the air. Before doing so, he said he could tell Newt was struggling but didn't go for the kill because he wanted to leave Newt with some sense of humility. (I think he meant dignity.)
12 posted on 05/16/2011 6:17:38 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The problem is that Newt changed his argument. When he earlier called Ryan’s proposal “right wing social engineering” he was objecting (or seemed to be objecting) to the substance of the proposal. Then he comes on Levin’s show and claims he was just making a process argument — i.e. that his concern was just that Ryan’s proposal wouldn’t be fully debated and that the public wouldn’t be “fully engaged”.

It came across as a very lame attempt to weasel out of what he said before. I thought Levin nailed him pretty good on it — Newt definitely seemed uncomfortable — though I wish he had been clearer in pointing out that New had switched arguments.

BTW, I kind of got a chuckle out of how Levin just kind of skipped over the opening pleasantries and immediately got to work cornering Newt. Newt started off with some chit chat about what he’d been up to in Iowa; Levin listened to that for about 5 seconds then basically said “yeah, whatever, now let’s get down to business...”


13 posted on 05/16/2011 6:18:44 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Paladin2
Newt apparently lost a fair amount of his mind while sitting on the couch with Pelosi.

It's bad enough he was cozying up to Pelosi on any couch, what's worse is he was agreeing with her on the urgency of dealing with the entire fraud that is man made global warming.

Doesn't matter now, Newt's done. He's completely poisoned the well with virtually every congressional Republican.

14 posted on 05/16/2011 6:19:56 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I saw Newt yesterday on Meet the Depressed and my lying ears heard what they heard. I could not believe what he said....it wasn’t pretty.

“Right wing social engineering”? And like so many have pointed out, from now till 2012 election day all Republican candidates will hear “Even your former Speaker of the House calls Ryan’s plan social engineering” from their Democratic opponents.

What a horrible thing, horrible horrible thing. I believe this will be the death knell for Newt cause what the hell can he say that will change those awful words?

That being said, I don’t listen to Mark Levin till around 11pm or so and now I’m looking forward to hearing his take on this.

All day, ALL DAY, it’s been the stuff of talk shows. Rush led off his show with the exclamation that he didn’t know what Newt was thinking. Krauthammer and Hume of the Fox All Stars declared Newt’s candidacy dead. Even Mara Liason said Newt was probably toast.

This is not to mention his stand on forced health insurance...which he called posting a bond, guy must think we were all born at night, LAST night.

Hannity danced around the issue as Newt’s one of his buddies.

I think Newt ought to try and negotiate a deal with Fox for a pundit job cause in the history of politics that had to be the dumbest thing a candidate’s done since Dukasis put on that awful helmet.

Oncit I considered Newt fluid in the language but to disdain as RIGHT WING social engineering that which almost all of the House of Representative Repubs voted for will go down in history as the dumbest statement of them all.

If there’s any explanation at all for such a stupid move it’s that, I dunno, maybe Newt’s hoping to reap some kind of DEMOCRATIC nomination?


15 posted on 05/16/2011 6:20:33 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Newt suffers from a failing a lot of academics do. The only thing he loves more than listening to himself talk is watching the effect of what he says has on others.


16 posted on 05/16/2011 6:20:33 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Well Ryan's budget is a POS, it allows the 900 billion of stimulus to be spent every year for evermore, moving the base line. That is what newt should be attacking, hell do you people realize how much pork that is, no wonder the spineless bastards gave up ear marks. They built in 900 billion in ear marks forever.
17 posted on 05/16/2011 6:22:30 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Fishtalk
I think the salamander is still stinging from his “medicare... die on the moment of yester year and hoping by dissing Republicans can neutralize that statement.
18 posted on 05/16/2011 6:27:15 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The whole reason for Newt’s blunder is that he decided up front, as part of his campaign strategy, that he was NOT going to let the rats once again nail him with a “wither on the vine” moment. Fifteen years ago the lying scumbag rats took a Newt soundbite completely out of context and turned it into an effective campaign ad. (It was effective primarily due to the GOP’s incompetence in responding to the lying ad, but that’s now beside the point.) Newt wasn’t going to be painted as an “extremist” on Medicare again, nosiree Bob.

So what happens? Right out of the gate Newt gets hit with a Medicare question and he immediately - - instinctively - - goes on the defensive and sticks his foot, ankle, and knee straight into his mouth and down his throat and refers to Paul Ryan’s plan as “right wing social engineering”. Newt is reasonable, centrist, and moderate when it comes to Medicare. See?

Good grief. It was a pathetic performance and is as indicative as anything that Newt is simply not presidential timber.

Buh-bye, Newt.


19 posted on 05/16/2011 6:27:29 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: DManA; Virginia Ridgerunner
Yes, what he was up to 15 years ago ain't there anymore.

Time to retire from active political involvement. Even Dick Morris is cutting back.

Now, for FR, time to attack Gregory. His racism comment was definitely below the belt. And, he delivered the George Soros sponsored "confuse Gingrich" question so well ("the framing was from Soros' crowd") we really can't afford to have this puke around this election.

Time to get rid of him at all costs.

20 posted on 05/16/2011 6:29:19 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Lancey Howard
#18...

Great minds, dude.

21 posted on 05/16/2011 6:30:50 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

You beat me by 14 seconds.


22 posted on 05/16/2011 6:33:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Ole Okie

Agree. You could hear the testiness in his voice when questioned about his “right-wing social engineering” remark, which has effectively become his Dean scream.


23 posted on 05/16/2011 6:34:59 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: ken21

He’s a flipper. Which means he’s a liar. Like Ross Perot said “If your wife can’t trust you how am I going to trust you?”


24 posted on 05/16/2011 6:37:44 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Newt is always at the deep end of the think tank and often has a near-drowning experience.


25 posted on 05/16/2011 6:38:25 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Lancey Howard

Which is a lifetime on FR. I’m FReeping on a Blackberry whlie sitting in my 2000 Ford Expedition outside Marshalls waiting for Mrs. GBC. Hardcore, or what?


26 posted on 05/16/2011 6:39:05 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: Trod Upon

Mark let him off very easy. I was surprised to hear Hannity give him a harder time.


27 posted on 05/16/2011 6:40:40 PM PDT by paul544
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

If Newt is somehow the GOP pick in 2012......nightmares.....


28 posted on 05/16/2011 6:40:55 PM PDT by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Great post but can you tell us more about what he said lo those many fifteen years ago?

I wasn’t quite the political junkee then as i am now.


29 posted on 05/16/2011 6:42:59 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Yeah, there were several points in the discussion where Mark could have pulled the trigger but didn’t. I wish he had and buried Newt once and for all.


30 posted on 05/16/2011 6:43:49 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
I remember the congressional revolution in 1994 that centered around the "Contract with America" and played a major role in Republicans taking control of both houses for the first time since the early 50's.

I'll bet 9 of 10 people associate this historical happening with Newt. Actually, he didn't author the plan which actually came from a Ronald Reagan State of the Union address in the mid 80's, but he was up front and got in front of the parade. He was minority whip before the election and became Speaker as the result of his opportunistic effort.

At the time I admired his spunk because I believe heroes are born of opportunity. However, I also thought that becoming speaker and rolling with the momentum voters had given him was a role he should have played out. A role he was obligated to play out because of the trust we bestowed upon him along with that of his congressional colleagues. Instead, his giant self absorbed head took over and he jumped into the race for President while Bill Clinton was still strong in the polls and playing the independent middle like a dime store kazoo.

If Newt was as smart as he wants us all to think he is, he would have done his duty, made himself a memorable speaker and waited to run for a higher office until he had created a record of service that would trump his poor domestic image. Instead he squandered a great opportunity - I'd say his duty to complete the mission.

Now he is back with a history of having done nothing saying, "Vote for me because I'm smarter than them ...AND YOU!"

Well, Newtster - I ain't buyin'.

31 posted on 05/16/2011 6:44:51 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: ken21
gingrich cannot be trusted. he’s unpredictable.

Oh, come on. Newt is very predictable! He cheated on his first two wives, and I predict he'll do it again with #3!

32 posted on 05/16/2011 6:45:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed: he's hated on seven continents)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

What hour was this in VM? Having trouble getting this to pull up. TIA


33 posted on 05/16/2011 6:52:36 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: Outlaw Woman

yes, but remember when

rush limbaugh said that he hoped obama failed?

newtered agreed, and then

turned 180 degrees amid the msm heat

and apologized!


34 posted on 05/16/2011 6:58:48 PM PDT by ken21 (dem taxes + regs + unions = jobs overseas.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

In his first major campaign interview (Meet the Depressed0 Newt actually made John McCain look like a brilliantly aggressive political tactician against the democrats and Obama. and here I thought that was nearly impossible to accomplish.


35 posted on 05/16/2011 6:59:35 PM PDT by rod1
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To: Outlaw Woman

Newt came on at 6:35 p.m. EST. His office called Mark and actually begged him to talk to Newt on the air.


36 posted on 05/16/2011 7:02:39 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Mark Levin took Newt to school with his interview. It showed Newt on the defensive and not in command of the subject like he should be as a candidate for president. Newt should have put forth some ideas on how to improve Paul Ryan’s plan. Instead, he showed he does not have a real handle on what to do. Not a good start as a candidate.


37 posted on 05/16/2011 7:04:37 PM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

Newt having the reputation as being so intelligent, outsmarted himself! I wonder if he couldn’t handle Ryan’s plan being so well presented, that Newt may have been jealous? Thought Levin was very kind to Newt during the interview!


38 posted on 05/16/2011 7:08:43 PM PDT by spiderfern
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To: ken21

NG talks as though he’s the smartest guy in the room and certainly smarter than those of the “far” right... that attitude alone makes him a quisling in my eyes... he’s trying to carve out his own little niche... not too far to the right and somewhere in the moderate. He does the same thing O’reilly does to try to attract the mealy moderates by equating the “far” right with the far left. Hey, the idiot believes in man made global warming and did commercials with Nancy Pelosi in the run up to Obama getting elected... a “me-too-er”... what a dick.


39 posted on 05/16/2011 7:12:17 PM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: dps.inspect

yeah, i agree.

neutered is trying to cut himslf an o’reilly middle.


40 posted on 05/16/2011 7:17:34 PM PDT by ken21 (dem taxes + regs + unions = jobs overseas.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Levin was as polite as he could be, but he really tore Gingrich apart. He kept asking Gingrich, “What do you propose”instead of Ryan’s plan (which is really very simple).

Newt of course had no plan, except the double speak that he wanted something “more comprehensive”. Newt’s only reply that we need to have a lot of “hearings” and “meetings” (presumably so Ryan’s plan could be cut to pieces. This is the M.O. for politician like Newt). Newt was toast before this major gaffe. He is now burnt toast. Won’t achieve liftoff. Out within a few weeks.


41 posted on 05/16/2011 8:01:40 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Newt was also on the RINO Hugh Hewitt’s radio show and Hugh did not press Newt at all.


42 posted on 05/16/2011 8:14:50 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Brices Crossroads

I hear a sound. Lord, what could it be? Why, it’s the sound of Newt flushing down the toilet into the cesspool of obscurity, forever!! Beat it, deadbeat RINO, traitor!!! Go hang out with your Green Lady friend, Nancy “the nutcase” Pelosi”!!!


43 posted on 05/16/2011 8:16:27 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: ken21

Well..I was asking what hour the interview took place. But your post needs attention (good one btw).

Gingrich is showing just what a ‘typical elitist’ rino he is. He will do anything, say anything in order to deceive.
There was a program on Christian radio today that brought this to light as well. Gingrich invokes God whenever he can. You know what that means? That means that these losers know without God fearing Americans they are sunk. And....Newt Gingrich is sunk... (bad english :) )


44 posted on 05/16/2011 8:18:28 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: Ole Okie
"Newtie was on Hannity’s radio show and came off pretty poorly there, too."

In fairness to Newt, it's hard to stay focused when you're having your butt kissed.

45 posted on 05/16/2011 8:21:24 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
LOL...how humbling for Gingrich. But it sounds like he stepped in it again. WTG Mr. Levin.

Can't wait to hear. (Levin's audio rewind is downloaded on his site.)

46 posted on 05/16/2011 8:21:53 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

>> Article: “Levin however was awesome”

Was the author of the article really Mark Levin?


47 posted on 05/16/2011 8:23:54 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Fishtalk

Here is an excellent summary of what happened to Newt back in 1995:

http://www.zimbio.com/Newt+Gingrich/articles/v7OcAwJxkRq/Withering+On+The+Vine

Sixteen years later that lying TV ad by the Democrats caused Newt to get so jittery from being asked a Medicare question that he imploded. “Right wing social engineering”, he said of Ryan’s proposal. Pathetic.


48 posted on 05/16/2011 8:24:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard; onyx; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; dixiechick2000

49 posted on 05/16/2011 8:26:51 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
I hadn't heard the question from David Gregory about the ‘racist” statement he alleged Newt made.

What really got me is the way Gregory mentioned that Newt was in Georgia when he made the Food Stamps comment, in fact he made a point of it more than once.

He was obviously implying that Georgia is full of Bigots. Those Elitist Yankees like Gregory are almost seething with rage when they spit out the names of any Southern States.

50 posted on 05/16/2011 8:27:49 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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