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Conservatives Call on Rick Perry to Exit Race
abcnews.go.com/blogs ^ | 1/18/2012 | Arlette Saenz

Posted on 01/18/2012 1:22:00 PM PST by TBBT

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Several prominent conservatives have called for Rick Perry to call his presidential bid quits, with one blogger urging the Texas governor to end his campaign and throw his backing toward Newt Gingrich.

Erick Erickson, the founder of RedState.com, the website that hosted the event where Perry announced his presidential bid in August, penned an entry today calling Perry a potential “kingmaker” in the South Carolina primary if he drops out before the weekend.

“Barring a miracle, this is Rick Perry’s final act in the 2012 elections. On Saturday, he will come in last in South Carolina,” Erickson wrote in a diary entry on RedState today. “Perry, however, has a potential trump card up his sleeve as he rebuilds political capital. It’s simple: he can drop out today, and endorse someone else. Doing so today, before the CNN debate tomorrow, gives the news time to sink in.”

Erickson suggested that the Texas governor’s choice of an endorsement would likely be Gingrich, not Romney or Santorum.

Earlier in the day, radio host Laura Ingraham urged the Texas governor to leave the race in order to boost another social conservative over front-runner Mitt Romney. “It’s time for Rick Perry to drop out of the race — he is only helping Romney by splitting the vote,” Ingraham tweeted.

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1 posted on 01/18/2012 1:22:04 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

Both Sarah Palin and Mark Levin urged all candidates to stay in for now. Sarah said we need to know more before anyone drops out. Mark said it’s still early.

So what is with all this pressure for Perry to drop? Newt can do it alone, he’s surging and Romney’s tanking.

Listen to Sarah & Mark, they’re the smartest ones in the room.


2 posted on 01/18/2012 1:28:07 PM PST by Kenny
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To: TBBT

It depends why he’s running, I guess. There has been some speculation that he may be working as a spoiler for Romney and the Establishment, in hopes of future reward. No idea if that is true. I hope not, because this whole business has been getting more and more dismal, with even RuPaul managing to cause more trouble than usual.

We’ll see. If he selfishly stays in despite having no chance, it sure won’t do his reputation any good. And I think he is diminishing his reputation in Texas by doing this, too. Kay Bailey Hutchinson pretty well destroyed her rep in Texas by going more and more RINO over the years. Let’s hope Perry doesn’t try the same ploy. It won’t work for him.


3 posted on 01/18/2012 1:28:07 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: TBBT

RINOS Call on Rick Perry to Exit Race.

There, fixed it...........


4 posted on 01/18/2012 1:28:48 PM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: TBBT

Eric was so in the tank for Perry initially and so Anti-Palin it is nice to see him eating humble pie.


5 posted on 01/18/2012 1:29:02 PM PST by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: TBBT

Erickson KNOWS Perry. Call him up and git r done, Scott!!


6 posted on 01/18/2012 1:29:19 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: TBBT
I was an early supporter of Perry, but it's way past time for him to leave. Both Ricks are putting ego ahead of the good of the country, but at least Santorum has some reason to believe he could pull off a miracle upset. Perry is clearly dead in the water. If Myth wins SC by a margin less than the votes for Perry I will never forgive Perry.
7 posted on 01/18/2012 1:30:21 PM PST by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: TBBT

Eric Erickson is a RINO. Stay in Perry.


8 posted on 01/18/2012 1:30:34 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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Oops, I mean Erick ;~)


9 posted on 01/18/2012 1:30:43 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: TBBT
I think conservatives should vote for Newt in S.C. but I don't think Perry should leave the race.

I still wouldn't be surprised if Perry is the last man standing.

He doesn't have the personnel baggage Newt had and he doesn't have the political baggage Santorum has.

The downside is he isn't a good speaker although he did pretty well at Mrytle Beach.

I do fear a Newt implosion.

10 posted on 01/18/2012 1:31:45 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote ABR)
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To: Kenny

The pressure comes from short-sighted morons who are hysterical to stop Romney. It is a noble desire to drop Romney, but they are hysterical in that they let the every day motions of the wind, when we are only 3 states into this, cause them to make irrational demands.

But no one ever said that our political system worked according to rational laws. Conservatives are no better than the libs when it comes to bandwagons and judging things based only on the appearance.


11 posted on 01/18/2012 1:32:20 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Red Badger

Beat me to the punch!


12 posted on 01/18/2012 1:32:30 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: freekitty

Stay in and get 5% in dead last while Willard beats Newt by 2-3%???


13 posted on 01/18/2012 1:32:43 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: TBBT

I’m not convinced we should have primaries any longer.

We work for months to put these dog and pony shows on, watch one open caucus and one primary, and then announce who the leader is.

What a sham this process is.

It looks for all the world like we’re going to have another di—weed this time around. I may not even vote for the jackass we’re headed towards.

Give me a choice folks. Let’s go third party in 2013. The Republican party has proven it has nothing at all to offer us.


14 posted on 01/18/2012 1:33:46 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: TBBT

As for Red State, I stopped reading them when they were all too happy to harp on the Herman Cain hit job. Erickson is a fool who doesn’t understand the candidates or himself.


15 posted on 01/18/2012 1:33:54 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Hugin

What has Newt won at this point?

It makes no sense for Santorum to drop out and endorse Newt, considering that he won a primary and Newt has not.

If Newt really has what it takes, he can win South Carolina. If he doesn’t, we’ll find out in just a few more days.


16 posted on 01/18/2012 1:34:33 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: TBBT

Good reason.

Everyone knows the Perry campaign is over. At this point I think Even Perry knows it. He’s just staying in to show he’s a guy that doesn’t quit when the going gets tough.

But, another masculine quality is self sacrifice. If Perry would frame it that he’s getting out for the greater good, he come out of this a winner.

If he gets creamed in SC & Fla, what does it really gain him?


17 posted on 01/18/2012 1:35:09 PM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney has been consistent since he changed his mind.)
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To: TBBT

Conservatives unite to defeat the establishment RINOs and the Marxist!!

Romney is simply a big government, business as usual RINO and that’s why the establishment RINOs are trying to shove him down our throats. They want to hold on to their power!!

The media and the demoncrats love Romney too, because they believe he will lose to the Marxist, and he will.

If conservatives remain split three ways it’ll be a repeat of 2008 and the establishment RINO Romney waltzes in (and loses to Obama a la McLame).

We are the resistance!!

We are the grassroots!!

Don’t let the establishment and the Marxist have their way with us!!

Rebellion is brewing!!

NO RINOS!! NO ROMNEY!! NO WAY!!

NOT ON OUR WATCH!!

TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVES UNITE!!


18 posted on 01/18/2012 1:35:34 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: CainConservative

If he can’t win then I guess he wasn’t the one, eh?


19 posted on 01/18/2012 1:35:44 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: TBBT

Wait, wasn’t it just last week that everyone on this board HATED Erik Erikson and Redstate?


20 posted on 01/18/2012 1:36:02 PM PST by magritte
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To: Kenny

47 states have not voted for a nominee yet! I would like to actually have my vote count.

STAY STAY STAY STAY


21 posted on 01/18/2012 1:36:02 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Tribune7

I don’t see him dropping out just yet, maybe after SC not before.

Afterwards, it’s clear he and Santorum have no money.

I think Newt should STFU about asking people to drop out. There’s a slim chance, depending on tomorrow, that he might be able to beat Romney or come close.

I’d be sorry to see Perry leave the debates because he adds a lift to them, and Romney seems to get flustered by him.


22 posted on 01/18/2012 1:36:14 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: Brookhaven

I think we should let the people of South Carolina have the option of supporting Perry.

We heard that argument from the Newt supporters before that we shouldn’t let Iowa and New Hampshire decide the nominee.

If Newt can stay in, then so should Perry. Let the folks in the South have their say, and then go from there.

Sure, it would benefit Santorum if Perry were to drop, but that’s not the point.


23 posted on 01/18/2012 1:39:24 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: TBBT

Perry polling at 4% is not a factor and it does not matter if he stays in or drops out.


24 posted on 01/18/2012 1:40:36 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: freekitty

Do you actually know who Eric Erickson is?

He’s is the editor of Red State and has been one of Perry’s largest supporters (literally as someone point out, in the tank for Perry). Perry announced at an even sponsored by Erickson.

This isn’t some random RINO calling for Perry to leave, it is perhaps his largest and most consistent supporters in the press.


25 posted on 01/18/2012 1:40:44 PM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney has been consistent since he changed his mind.)
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To: nikos1121

“I think Newt should STFU about asking people to drop out. There’s a slim chance, depending on tomorrow, that he might be able to beat Romney or come close.”

And there’s also the chance that he implodes and Santorum passes him again.

Let the people have their say. If Newt really is the candidate, then the people will say so. So far they’ve shown that they really don’t like Newt.


26 posted on 01/18/2012 1:41:36 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: TBBT

Perry got 2% in NH.


27 posted on 01/18/2012 1:42:16 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BenKenobi
It makes no sense for Santorum to drop out and endorse Newt, considering that he won a primary and Newt has not.

If it turns out Santorum wins Iowa after recount he did so because of the last few days of the lies Romney's PAC hit Newt with. Santorum did nothing but ride on the back of these killer adds. Maybe you forgot that Newt was way the winner until Romney's crap.

28 posted on 01/18/2012 1:43:36 PM PST by Logical me
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To: BenKenobi
Correct. If we continue to see the Perry we saw in the last debate, he could become a viable candidate. He has a lot less baggage than Newt.

I still think Rick Santorum is the best candidate standing but you don't hear us whining for somebody to drop out. You don't hear that out of the Perry supporters either.

29 posted on 01/18/2012 1:47:54 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: TBBT
I've been calling for Perry to drop out since the day after he got in the race; well not quite, but I was never excited about his entry. Perry needs to endorse Newt and then get on the next bus back to Tayhas! He has NO chance of winning this election! This country doesn't want another George W. Bush. I for one want someone who can articulate what conservatism is and do so with less than 4-seconds between each word when he does it. Don't talk to me about Perry not being Bush - because that's exactly who he is. I'm sorry if you don't see it. Most conservatives will NEVER support Perry over the other conservative candidates like Newt or Santorum. If Perry continues this charade, it will only increase our chances of getting Mittens as our candidate - puke!
30 posted on 01/18/2012 1:49:28 PM PST by Arcy
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To: Vigilanteman

LOVE THIS TWEET :

“Newt calls for other candidates to drop out. Other candidates call for newt to drop dead! ;) “


31 posted on 01/18/2012 1:54:02 PM PST by baysider
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To: Vigilanteman
"...you don't hear us whining for somebody to drop out. You don't hear that out of the Perry supporters either.

That's some argument you got there! How ridiculous would it be for someone who can only get less than 4% of the vote (Perry) to call for candidates who can actually win to drop out?!?! I know you say that you're a Santorum supporter, but the logic of your argument is what a Perry supporter would use.
32 posted on 01/18/2012 1:55:23 PM PST by Arcy
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To: Jim Robinson
The media and the demoncrats love Romney too, because they believe he will lose to the Marxist, and he will.

Even if he wins, they still don't really lose that much because of his liberal record which requires no elaboration around here. He's their win/win republican candidate and it's no surprise at all that they are working hard to clear a path to the nomination for him.

33 posted on 01/18/2012 1:55:23 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Coldwater Creek
47 states have not voted for a nominee yet! I would like to actually have my vote count. STAY STAY STAY STAY

Thank you! I love the way a few people want to dictate the terms of the election. Don't drop out, guys. The rest of the country would like to also be able to choose.

34 posted on 01/18/2012 2:01:54 PM PST by Kenny
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To: Vigilanteman

I’m getting pretty sick and tired of being battered by the Newt supporters telling us to GTFO.


35 posted on 01/18/2012 2:06:37 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: Logical me

“Newt was way the winner until Romney’s crap.”

Newt was at 36 percent nationally, and then imploded.

I haven’t forgotten. We should give Santorum credit for the work he did to actually defeat Romney in a primary, something Newt has not achieved.

Call it shoe leather, call it whatever you want to call it. But the point is that he won and we need to give him credit for it rather then diminishing his accomplishments.


36 posted on 01/18/2012 2:08:54 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: BenKenobi
So far they’ve shown that they really don’t like Newt

He tied Santorum in NH and was undone in Iowa by millions of dollars in negative attack adds that were directed solely at him. Furthermore, who really cares what a couple of blue states think in a Republican primary anyways? Now we get to SC and, despite Romney's negative attack add blitz, Newt is still closing in on him. RCP polling averages have him polling in second place behind Romney. Yesterday's Rasmussen poll has him within 3 points of Romney in fact and 12 points ahead of Santorum in third place. I think it's pretty difficult to argue that people don't like the man.

37 posted on 01/18/2012 2:09:27 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Arcy

“Perry needs to endorse Newt and then get on the next bus back to Tayhas!”

Right, because dissing Texas is the way to draw Perry supporters into your bus.


38 posted on 01/18/2012 2:11:43 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: nikos1121

As far as I know, Newt has not asked anyone to exit the race. The thing about Santorum was a question posed to him from a reporter, where he answered that he would love Santorum’s endorsement IF he exited the race.

Until I actually hear him directly ask for candidates to drop out, I will not fall for the media spin. My guess is that it is coming from the Romney camp. They are dirty players.


39 posted on 01/18/2012 2:11:57 PM PST by Shelayne
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To: RC one

“He tied Santorum in NH”

Actually, he lost after the count was finished. Santorum came from behind once again and overcame the deficit.

“undone in Iowa by millions of dollars in negative attack adds that were directed solely at him.”

Sounds like an excuse. Newt wilted in the heat.

“Furthermore, who really cares what a couple of blue states think in a Republican primary anyways?”

Sour grapes. I didn’t really want them anyways.

“Now we get to SC and, despite Romney’s negative attack add blitz”

Newt was +20 in SC before.

“RCP polling averages have him polling in second place behind Romney.”

This was supposed to be a Newt blowout.

“I think it’s pretty difficult to argue that people don’t like the man.”

Some people do like the man. But his favourability is far lower than Santorum. Newt has very high unfavourability. Call it baggage, but that is why the attacks are effective.

If you think that the attacks are going to let up now, you’re mistaken. If Newt can’t beat Romney in South Carolina, it’s over for him.


40 posted on 01/18/2012 2:16:11 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: Shelayne

The message is clear. If Perry drops out now, he has at least a bit of political capital he can trade for influence down the road. If he finishes a dismal last in SC he will drop out and have zero influence. The choice is his. If he genuinely believes the GOP needs a conservative nominee, now is the time for him to act decisively.


41 posted on 01/18/2012 2:20:41 PM PST by littleharbour
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To: Kenny
At this point Santorum is only in the race so that he can get several cable news 'contributor' gigs on cable tv

Much the same way Herman Cain had from the beginning

We've just cast our early ballots for Newt here in Florida

.

42 posted on 01/18/2012 2:25:17 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Kenny
Sarah and Mark are wrong. It's early on the actual calendar but not early in the process. A Romney win through SC and then FL will cement his nomination. It's sick. It's wrong. It's reality.

Sadly, Perry needs to exit while it can still do some good. Santorum's supporters need to look deeply at his establishment, big gov't record and W 2.0 proposals and not just get swept up in his "pro family" happy talk.

43 posted on 01/18/2012 2:29:59 PM PST by newzjunkey (Imbecilic early voters doom us all.)
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To: BenKenobi
a statistical tie for 4th place in a blue state. Woo Hoo, let's brag about that.

Newt definitely still has a path forward even with a second place win in SC.

Newt polls higher than Santorum even after the attack adds and despite his "baggage". what's that say about the rest of the field?

44 posted on 01/18/2012 2:49:25 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Kenny
So what is with all this pressure for Perry to drop? Newt can do it alone, he’s surging and Romney’s tanking.

I don't get it either. If Perry dropped right now and every one of his supporters went to Newt, it wouldn't accomplish much because Perry doesn't have enough supporters to really make a dent.

Plus South Carolina is an open primary. It's far too early for folks to drop based on such weak states/primaries as Iowa, NH, and SC. Perry should stay in it if he wants to.
45 posted on 01/18/2012 3:11:34 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: RC one

He did win Iowa - clearly it’s not something to brag about. ;)

Newt folks would be ecstatic if he were anywhere close to Romney in SC, let alone beating him as Santorum did.


46 posted on 01/18/2012 3:11:57 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: BenKenobi
Right, because dissing Texas is the way to draw Perry supporters into your bus

Considering many Perry supporters were heavily dissing everyone else during this election cycle I don't think anyone cares to even open the doors on the bus but would rather he be underneath it.

Since he's polling so badly right now, any of the slag left behind after his eventual exit wouldn't be enough to matter anyway.

47 posted on 01/18/2012 3:14:32 PM PST by montyspython ((Romney-Perry-Obama ... No Way))
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To: BenKenobi

He’s within 3 points of Romney according to Rassmusen yesterday. Nobody else is anywhere near that. Santorum squeaked out a tie in Iowa. Good for him; however, as predicted, he started to slip right after that. We’ll see what happens after SC I guess. I don’t dislike Santorum btw, I just question his viability in a general election against Obama. I want the most conservative candidate that can win and I think that’s Gingrich after you have weighed and measured everyone. I’m not in love with Newt for that matter. It isn’t personal, it’s just politics. Hopefully it doesn’t rip us apart which is what the Dems are obviously hoping for.


48 posted on 01/18/2012 3:25:43 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: TBBT

Perry doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit.....or a lot of other words either.


49 posted on 01/18/2012 3:25:43 PM PST by Taking Congress back in 2010
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To: trumandogz

When there’s a 3% difference in the polls between the two leading candidates, 4% is very much a factor.


50 posted on 01/18/2012 3:26:09 PM PST by Boogieman
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