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(NC Gov) Perdue says her point was 'sarcasm'
Raleigh News & Observer ^ | September 29, 2011 | Rob Christensen and John Frank

Posted on 09/29/2011 4:44:03 AM PDT by abb

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue has long had a reputation for shoot-from-the-hip remarks that leave her audiences shaking their heads, part of her folksy, I'm-just-a -coal-miner's-daughter persona.

But none of her previous comments hit a political nerve like her startling suggestion this week that Congress suspend its elections next year to concentrate on fixing the economy.

In the connected digital age, her remarks - made in response to an audience question at the Cary Rotary Club and reported online by The News & Observer - leaped across the Internet and were soon the subject of a provocative headline on the Drudge Report, scathing commentary by Rush Limbaugh, and dark warnings in the blogosphere by the conspiratorial minded of the coming of a "Banana Republic."

On Wednesday, Perdue continued to try to walk back her comments, which her staff initially described on Tuesday as hyperbole.

"My point was one of sarcasm," Perdue told reporters in Thomasville. "We really just need to encourage our leaders who are elected to work together and solve America's problems."

She added: "It was taken out of context from my perspective. But honest to goodness, who would think something like that would be said seriously. It's ridiculous to have this kind of discussion about it."

But Republicans and other critics were not going to let her off the hook so easily.

"In light of Gov. Perdue's support for suspending Congressional elections, I want to state clearly, on the record, that I do NOT support suspending our next gubernatorial election," said Republican Senate leader Phil Berger.

"The next time they tell you how stupid Sarah Palin is or Michele Bachmann, just think back to this day and North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue," said Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host.

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, who is expected to challenge Perdue next year, said the governor should admit she made a mistake and apologize. But he now is using the remark to raise money for his forthcoming campaign.

"It's one thing for Governor Perdue to suggest that we should suspend congressional elections as a very odd approach to getting the economy moving," McCrory said. "It's an entirely different thing for the governor to get her staff to cover up her blatant mistake by saying she was joking."

(Perdue's staff never said the governor was joking. The word was used in a headline by some media, including The News & Observer.)

Michael Munger, who as the Libertarian candidate ran against Perdue in 2008, said it was clear that Perdue was not serious and that even if her proposal was nonsensical, she had a valid point.

"The reaction proves her point," said Munger, a Duke University science professor. "Is that what we should all be arguing about? An off-the-cuff remark instead of what we need do to improve the economy and the situation of the country and the state?"

For Perdue this was not her first gaffe. In fact, it was not even her first gaffe that day. Earlier on Tuesday, at an appearance in Raleigh, she referred several times to Raleigh Denim co-founder Victor Lytvinenko as "David."

When Perdue is off script, it is often an adventure. While visiting SAS's solar farm in Cary where sheep graze, she commented to co-founder John Sall: "If we only had that ram, John, we could mate and have fun."

Or while appearing at a state employees health fare, Perdue talked about her decision to give up smoking cigarettes and eating a bag of Doritos at the end of each week when she thought she was having a stroke.

"My head popped open, and I said, 'Dear God, if you let me live, I'll quit.' And I quit. I didn't quit for me. I quit because I thought about my kids not having momma or a daddy."

Or there was the time, when a television cameraman, offered a lascivious "All Right," after Perdue said she would "undress" from the TV microphone that was clipped to her jacket. " I'm an old woman," Perdue said. "You are a pervert."

She has publicly acknowledged in speeches - as she is about to go off script - that her staff has urged her to stay on script. And she runs through communications staff like water - David Kochman, Tim Crowley, Justin Guillory, Pearse Edwards and Chrissy Pearson are all former communications staffers no longer on the governor's staff.

"She is perfectly bright," Munger said. "But she is not quick on her feet. George Bush had the same problem. He was a smart guy but he would sometimes come across as: What in the world is that?"

To enter politics today, one has to have "an absence of self-doubt" and both Perdue and Bush have that, Munger said, allowing them to say whatever is on their mind, when other people might hold back.

When a politician makes a controversial mark, more than anything, speed matters, said Karen Finny, a Democratic strategist and former spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee under Howard Dean, another politician known for speaking out.

"When politicians, in particular, say something off the cuff, whether it's a joke, or they're on a roll and say something, you have to make a quick decision when you hear it ... either clarify what they did mean or it was a joke and put it in the proper context," she said. "That's the reality of the news environment that we live in. Things get posted to the Web. It not only happens quickly, but it's permanent."

Several reporters did not immediately question Perdue about her remarks after her speech at McGregor Downs Country Club.

"It was obviously hyperbole," said communications aide Mark Johnson, who was at the governor's side. "Nobody asked about it at the time."

Several hours went by before the governor's office took steps to clarify her remarks. But by that time, her remarks, after appearing on newsobserver.com, had spread like wildfire over the Internet.

It is a sobering lesson for politicians.

"The worst wounds in politics are always self-inflicted, particularly when things can go viral," said Gary Pearce, a veteran Democratic strategist. "It emphasizes how disciplined politicians have to be. The slightest controversial remark and all of a sudden you have a million hits on the Internet."

Rob Christensen: 919-829-4532


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: congress; elections; northcarolina; perdue
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In politics, if you're explaining, you're losing.
1 posted on 09/29/2011 4:44:12 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

She meant every word she said. There is video to prove it. She’s a liar.


2 posted on 09/29/2011 4:46:40 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: abb

“She is perfectly bright,” Munger said. “But she is not quick on her feet. George Bush had the same problem. He was a smart guy but he would sometimes come across as: What in the world is that?”

HO, HO, HO. yea right.


3 posted on 09/29/2011 4:47:09 AM PDT by wita
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To: abb

Lefties all over are trying real hard to spin that she was joking. She wasn’t.


4 posted on 09/29/2011 4:48:38 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: abb

In a vacuum I could buy it but the overall behavior of the democrats has made it a lot more plausible that she’s serious.


5 posted on 09/29/2011 4:49:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

She meant what she said. She said what she meant. All Democrats are liars 100%.


6 posted on 09/29/2011 4:50:20 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: abb

What a load. My bet is that she is an airhead who was expressing frustration with the fact that politicians can’t make big decisions because of their fear of being voted out so in frustration she said we should suspend elections without having any clue what that means. Its more a sign of stupidity than a desire to overthrow the government, but it still doesn’t put her in a good light. And now she is clearly lying to cover up the gaffe.


7 posted on 09/29/2011 4:50:59 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: abb
"It was taken out of context from my perspective. But honest to goodness, who would think something like that would be said seriously. It's ridiculous to have this kind of discussion about it."

For the sake of discussion, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt she wasn't serious....though I am less than convinced it's the case.

Conservatives deal with this kind of distortion every day. Welcome to our world, Ms. Perdue.

8 posted on 09/29/2011 4:50:59 AM PDT by edpc (Former Normalcy Bias Victim)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

It puts her in the position of being a sarcastic imbecile.


9 posted on 09/29/2011 4:54:02 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger......)
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To: abb
"... put it in the proper context"

So what's the proper context?

From where I sit, our elected officials are already too far removed from the public they supposedly represent. How does suspending elections, our only voice, improve that situation?

The truth is that this is not a sarcastic remark but is her genuine opinion, and it is the genuine opinion of all big gov. leftists. If only they didn't have to deal w/ the people they could really get alot done.

Just like Chavez and the ChiComs.

10 posted on 09/29/2011 4:56:57 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: abb; archy; Squantos; CodeToad
Here is a purely sarcastic, humorous photo to go with the sarcastic story about suspending elections.


11 posted on 09/29/2011 4:57:31 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: abb

A fool, a liar, and a Democrat. But I repeat myself.....


12 posted on 09/29/2011 4:58:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
The Obama guys are all in and are not going to have the grace or smarts go quietly into the night like Gorbachev’s did.

We are dealing with Che wannabes

13 posted on 09/29/2011 5:00:24 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: abb

HMm Who knew Bev Purdue was also a tap dancer.....


14 posted on 09/29/2011 5:00:58 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: wita

Gov. Beverly “Sugar Dumplings” Perdue has stepped in it big time.


15 posted on 09/29/2011 5:02:12 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Purdue is full of...

...stuffing.


16 posted on 09/29/2011 5:05:46 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: abb
her startling suggestion this week that Congress suspend its elections next year

OK, have it your way.

Let's just concentrate on the Senate and Presidential races.

17 posted on 09/29/2011 5:07:17 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: abb

This should be no surprise as liberals sincerely believe that average Americans are too stupid to make the “right” decisions in their lives and that liberal elites must make these decisions for them.


18 posted on 09/29/2011 5:07:37 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: abb

BS about this being sarcasm...it is a trial baloon sent out by the democrap in chief as he is now saying he is not going to leave if he loses the election, er, when he loses the election. Remember the line elections have consequences...he is going to take it one step farther, they have consequences when you don’t reelect a thug.


19 posted on 09/29/2011 5:08:18 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: abb
Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue has long had a reputation for shoot-from-the-hip remarks that leave her audiences shaking their heads, part of her folksy, I'm-just-a -coal-miner's-daughter persona.

Loretta Lynn never suggested suspending elections. An elected official making such a suggestion, as a joke, or as a sarcastic aside, shows herself to be unfit for office.

20 posted on 09/29/2011 5:10:27 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: abb

They always say it was a ‘joke’ or ‘being sarcastic’ when they get caught being truthful.
Always.
Always.
Always.


21 posted on 09/29/2011 5:12:14 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly ("Hit 'em again, Todd!!")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Video

http://thedc.com/oZcahI#ooid=IwOGF1MjrieXHTJDfRhGHU7qyK86OEJ6


22 posted on 09/29/2011 5:13:28 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Travis McGee

Is that Freeper Molon Labe?


23 posted on 09/29/2011 5:16:25 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Travis McGee
If memory serves, Perdue has a handy state law at her disposal which restricts the carrying and transport of firearms. All she needs to do is declare an "emergency" and she's halfway home.

Pay no attention to my guitar case or carton of "curtain rods".

24 posted on 09/29/2011 5:25:24 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: abb

Now its “sarcasm”...yesterday it was “humor”.

What a twink! This idea has been percolating for awhile in leftist dreams...she just gave voice to it, however stupidly it was done.

It will make for a GREAT campaign video come next fall. You listening, challengers?


25 posted on 09/29/2011 5:25:54 AM PDT by Adder (Say NO to the O in 2 oh 12)
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To: abb

Can somebody please tell me what the people of North Carolina were thinking when they elected this nitwit?


26 posted on 09/29/2011 5:27:04 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: abb
Email the NC Governor governor.office@nc.gov
27 posted on 09/29/2011 5:27:46 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Pietro
"My point was one of sarcasm," Perdue told reporters in Thomasville.

It would only have been sarcasm if her point was that Members of Congress had no ability or desire to fix the economy, but were only concerned about reelection.

28 posted on 09/29/2011 5:30:28 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: ladyjane

Doubt it; “molon labe” is a popular term. The photo is at least 10 years old. Dig a little and you’ll find some mildly interesting history surrounding it.


29 posted on 09/29/2011 5:30:43 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: abb

Perhaps a recall is in order.

I am sure that are other issues that, if they are shown the light of day, will show her failures.


30 posted on 09/29/2011 5:31:39 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: abb
sarcasm

Yeah yeah yeah....just like the RATspeak "Vote early and often".

That's just a funny joke that everyone really laughs at, not an actual suggestion.

31 posted on 09/29/2011 5:35:36 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: abb

>> Perdue’s staff never said the governor was joking. The word was used in a headline by some media, including The News & Observer <<

Is that a retraction? Because the News & Obfuscator put it in quotes.


32 posted on 09/29/2011 5:38:39 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

The comment is proof of what we already know. They care more about keeping their jobs than doing their jobs.

If we didn’t have to worry about those silly little elections, we could get something done.


33 posted on 09/29/2011 5:41:33 AM PDT by MichiganCheese (Racist Honkies For Herman Cain!)
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To: The Great RJ
But they also know that if they let "the average American" know that that's how they think of them, they'll never see the halls of power, or have the power to implement their "superior vision" on the rest of us, because the "average American" is also too stupid to understand how superior the liberal elites are.
Nope, it wasn't sarcasm, it was


34 posted on 09/29/2011 5:41:54 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Travis McGee

Remember the conditional phrase in that statement -

“when all else fails”


35 posted on 09/29/2011 5:43:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: abb
Michael Munger, who as the Libertarian candidate ran against Perdue in 2008, said it was clear that Perdue was not serious and that even if her proposal was nonsensical, she had a valid point. "The reaction proves her point," said Munger, a Duke University science professor. "Is that what we should all be arguing about? An off-the-cuff remark instead of what we need do to improve the economy and the situation of the country and the state?"

For me, the take-away from this article is to observe how far the libertarians have fallen from their stated purpose.

To claim the Governor had a valid point is to fly in the face of every principle the Libertarians once stood for.

Thank God I bailed on that party so early in my political evolution.

36 posted on 09/29/2011 5:45:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Michael Moore: Aggressively Hypocritical and Smug About It.)
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To: abb
Sarcasm, my ass! She was floating a trial balloon for the DNC and the White Mosque.

The Imam-in-Chief knows that his only means of remaining in his present job is to suspend elections.

37 posted on 09/29/2011 5:51:19 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: abb
But honest to goodness, who would think something like that would be said seriously.

Anyone who listened to the audio, Bev. There was no hint of humor in your voice.

The fact that you said this so matter-of-factly in public means it's something you've been discussing freely in private.

38 posted on 09/29/2011 6:03:33 AM PDT by silent_jonny ("count it all joy" -- James 1:2)
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To: tgusa

it puts her in the position of being a sarcastic imbecile.

That it does. If she says it was sarcasm then she is indeed making a caustic joke about the current set of professional politicians.

But what it really is, is a "freudian" type slip, where she really does think professional politicians, like her, should rule over the citizenry.

This is as a fundamental psychological revelation of the LEFT as there can be.

Think of all those, including myself, who advocate over and over term limits, for exactly the reason of eliminating this type of psychological sickness - comprehensive disrespect for one's citizen peers, and hence authoritarianism.

Johnny Suntrade, the Suntrade Institute

39 posted on 09/29/2011 6:03:47 AM PDT by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Didn’t this Perdue idiot repeal conceal carry permits.....twice.....when hurricanes hit North Carolina?


40 posted on 09/29/2011 6:18:53 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Obama inherited a mild recession from George W. Bush and turned it into a major depression.)
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To: abb
Was this guy kidding, too....?

Peter Orszag calls for less democracy, more rule by elite technocrats

Purdue, the NYT, Orszag....all just kidding.

41 posted on 09/29/2011 6:28:41 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: abb

Sad!!! The voters of North Carolina hit on, beat on, rant and comment on this site about the remarks of Gov. bev Purdue to cancel congressional elections next year, when what they should be doing is forcing her to resign or impeach her!!! Folks, this is dicator stuff!!! North Carolina, a state I love, you all asleep at the wheel. Yoru freedom and liberty are in jeopardy and you cannot see the forest for the trees. You all, deserve Herr Obama and Dictator Bev Perdue!!!


42 posted on 09/29/2011 6:32:29 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: abb

I love it when the mask slips off...


43 posted on 09/29/2011 6:33:43 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: abb

This one made it to the North Woods. Quite a stir here at the camp. Glad I left the old north state, these New Englanders are so peeved at Ms PurDoodie.

Ms PurDoodie is far from an incompetent political hack. The battle axe helped nominate Pat McCrory to be her opponent in the 2008 election. By nominating a bozo former mayor of the Big “C” as her opponent she was certain to win and did.

Other former Big “C” mayors from both parties suffered similar fates in the recent past. Gantt and Vinroot come to mind.

Fear not, the NC republican party will figure out how to screw this up so bad that the LOON BAT will carry at least 93 of the 100 counties there.

The NC republican party is guilty of felonious incompetence.

Caddis the Elder


44 posted on 09/29/2011 6:34:02 AM PDT by palmerizedCaddis
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To: abb

She needs to look up the definition of the word “Sarcasm” in the dictionary, because that wasn’t it.


45 posted on 09/29/2011 6:34:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: abb

Lying whore.

LLS


46 posted on 09/29/2011 6:40:41 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: abb

Govnr...YOU LIE!


47 posted on 09/29/2011 6:46:12 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Travis McGee

Oh, come on, voting from the rooftops means voting more than once! (hehe)


48 posted on 09/29/2011 6:47:10 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: abb

She was not kidding. She should be prosecuted for treason.


49 posted on 09/29/2011 6:58:59 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: abb
She has put it out there and that's all that matters.

Will see who picks it up and runs with it.

If that happens, there will be the greatest march on the WH we've ever had.

50 posted on 09/29/2011 7:09:35 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (.a.d.y.)
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