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What Would a President Romney Do?
National Review ^ | 02/22/2013

Posted on 02/22/2013 8:16:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind

For those convinced that President Obama doesn’t deserve any blame for the fiscal gridlock, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Mitt Romney was elected president, and was dealing with the same Congress that Obama has faced so much trouble in getting legislation to avert sequestration and myriad fiscal emergencies. Would a President Romney be confronting the same crisis?

It’s impossible to know for sure, but a look at Romney’s compromising tendencies with a Democratic Legislature as governor of Massachusetts suggest that things would look very different. Romney cut his business and political profile as a deal-maker, reaching bipartisan agreements on health care, environmental regulations, and taxes. He explicitly campaigned against sequestration, bringing it up at one of the presidential debates. Indeed, his work back home with Massachusetts Democrats was a late, if belated, argument in his campaign down the home stretch -- the theme of an expensive advertising buy.

More important, a close look at the composition of both the Senate and the House suggest the numbers would be there for Romney to pass some combination of spending cuts and the closing of tax loopholes, as he called for in the 2012 campaign. In the Senate, Romney probably would have courted the 12 red-state Senate Democrats, six of whom are up for reelection in 2014, to support some type of compromise. In the House, his task would be winning over recalcitrant conservatives.

If House Democrats were united in opposition, he could afford 17 GOP defections, probably more if the few remaining moderate Democrats joined with the GOP. It’s a little bit easier to do when your party holds the White House, as opposed to fighting in the minority.

The point of the thought experiment isn’t to relive the Romney campaign but to demonstrate there was a very plausible path for a Republican president to win support for a middle-ground budget proposal. The Senate has more red-state Democrats than blue-state Republicans, and most of them are up for reelection. These same Democrats who are giving Obama trouble on gun control would be looking to cut a fiscal deal as they prepare for reelection. Win over just five of them, hold enough House Republicans in line, and voila – there’s the bipartisan compromise. It wouldn’t be easy, but it doesn’t take a political scientist to figure out the contours of such a deal.

For Obama to forge a similar path to Romney’s tax proposals would seem asinine to many of his supporters, particularly the base that helped get him elected. To give up raising taxes on the wealthy would, at first glance, be awful politics in the wake of a decisive victory over his opponent. And tax hikes on the wealthy, at least in the abstract, poll exceptionally well. But seeking an alternative plan more amenable to the GOP leadership – a combination of loophole closing and targeted spending cuts – could have potentially unpoisoned the Washington well and led to future compromises on the president’s other priorities, such as immigration.

To get significant legislation passed, presidents from both parties have found they need to take on their party’s most ideological supporters. Bill Clinton angered liberals by passing NAFTA and welfare reform. For his first legislative push, George W. Bush took on his base with the No Child Left Behind education law (with Edward Kennedy as a key partner) and a prescription-drug entitlement. George H.W. Bush famously took on his conservative base by breaking his “read my lips” pledge not to raise taxes. Obama has avoided challenging his liberal base on any issue, and that is partly why there’s such a large congressional divide in the first place. For the president, that might not be good politics, given how large a role the party base played in his two presidential victories. But it would make for better policymaking.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gridlock; romney

1 posted on 02/22/2013 8:16:23 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What difference does it make(aka hillary)


2 posted on 02/22/2013 8:18:43 AM PST by italianquaker
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To: SeekAndFind

That doesn’t matter. He is a mormon and a millionaire so we can’t support him.


3 posted on 02/22/2013 8:19:36 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: SeekAndFind

I voted for Romney and would vote for Romney a million times before I ever cast a vote for the slime we have in office now, but let’s face it: Romney would not have cut spending one dime.


4 posted on 02/22/2013 8:20:22 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama has avoided challenging his liberal base on any issue

Drones?

5 posted on 02/22/2013 8:21:23 AM PST by what's up
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To: oldbrowser
I voted for Romney. I consider him to be the worst candidate we've fielded since Dole. The man had no fire at all.

He lost because he deserved to lose.

6 posted on 02/22/2013 8:22:46 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: oldbrowser

Doesn’t matter. In case nobody remembers HE LOST!!! The questions now are how do we get past permanent minority status?


7 posted on 02/22/2013 8:22:53 AM PST by chopperjc
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To: SeekAndFind

The low information voters didn’t want an experienced executive as the nation’s Chief Executive.

The low information voters wanted to keep the Cmmunity Agitator.


8 posted on 02/22/2013 8:24:15 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: chopperjc

RE: In case nobody remembers HE LOST!!!

FAIRLY? OR BY CHEATING and FRAUD?


9 posted on 02/22/2013 8:24:33 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So he says that Romney would have compromised with the LIBS and with Zero! Is that supposed to be GOOD?


10 posted on 02/22/2013 8:29:33 AM PST by Hilda
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To: SeekAndFind

No, no, you have it all wrong. I have it on good information, (FR), that Romney would have been as bad, if not worse than Obama. Not only that, in spite of the fact that Obama is likely a closet muslim, Romney is a... *gasp* mormon.

Thank your lucky stars you have Obama in charge.


11 posted on 02/22/2013 8:29:51 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: chopperjc

Be patient my friend. Liberalism is a virus and once it has run its course it will be gone.


12 posted on 02/22/2013 8:29:57 AM PST by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator)
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To: SeekAndFind

Am I supposed to get a WWPR bracelet now? Who the hell cares what he “would’ve” done and how do they know anyway? It’s over! The election is done! We have to look to 2014 now and try to stop the dungbeetleOTUS from causing further destruction.


13 posted on 02/22/2013 8:31:34 AM PST by albie (`)
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To: Perdogg

“Be patient my friend. Liberalism is a virus and once it has run its course it will be gone.”

Ah, but when it runs it’s course, it leaves the host dead or severely weakened.


14 posted on 02/22/2013 8:35:05 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who cares?


15 posted on 02/22/2013 8:37:08 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: brownsfan

lol, I’ve heard that same rumor.


16 posted on 02/22/2013 8:41:13 AM PST by Girlene
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To: SeekAndFind
What would a President Romeny do?

the same as any other president; what ever those running WALL STREET and the BANKS TELLS THEM TO DO

17 posted on 02/22/2013 8:41:25 AM PST by drypowder
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To: brownsfan
That is up to us, the real patriots. Russia economically has recovered from 80 years of communism in only 20 years. It is not perfect, but it is now an economic player.
18 posted on 02/22/2013 8:41:41 AM PST by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator)
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To: Hilda

Romney, for all his faults, was a genuinely decent person and didn’t hate America. He probably wouldn’t have made a great president like Ronald Reagan, but he probably would have been as good as a Warren G. Harding or a Chester A. Arthur.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 8:45:00 AM 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: SeekAndFind

Obama is not looking for any bi-partisan agreement. What he is looking for is total surrender. His way or the Highway.


20 posted on 02/22/2013 8:47:28 AM PST by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind
Yeah right, and we are better off with King Obama, the hard core communists black Muslim.
21 posted on 02/22/2013 8:57:01 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Perdogg

From your lips to God’s ear.


22 posted on 02/22/2013 9:05:52 AM PST by stanne
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To: Perdogg

Russia is outlawing talking to children about deviancy. Amazing how things can turn around.

Russia, ahead of us in morality.


23 posted on 02/22/2013 9:07:38 AM PST by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d rather know what President Palin would do.


24 posted on 02/22/2013 9:08:39 AM PST by IM2MAD (IM2MAD=Individual Motivated 2 Make A Difference)
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To: italianquaker

What difference does it make(aka hillary


A huge difference. One thing is the Keystone pipeline would of already been approved.


25 posted on 02/22/2013 9:10:15 AM PST by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
there was a very plausible path for a Republican president to win support for a middle-ground budget proposal.

The problem with Middle-Ground Mitt would have been, like it is with all RINOs, that the middle ground is not the answer.

We've tried it the liberals' way. We've tried it the moderates' way. What we haven't tried is genuine conservatism.

The Republican Party does not run candidates for national office that are committed to defeating Democrats. Hence they are contributors to our coming national disaster.

What would Romney have done? Who cares?

26 posted on 02/22/2013 9:14:30 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Blackirish

I understand that but we have to stop saying what if and start winning elections


27 posted on 02/22/2013 9:14:53 AM PST by italianquaker
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To: SeekAndFind

I voted for RINOmney, knowing at best I’d get Obamadork lite.

Had he actually been elected, things would have improved thusly: we’d have hit the ground in only a 5000 fpm descent instead of the full spin crash currently being ineptly commanded by the Cretin-in-Chief/Muslim/Illegal Alien.


28 posted on 02/22/2013 9:16:19 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind

I voted for Romney, because he was the lesser of two evils.

Just like Karl Rove expected me to.

But he was the lousiest candidate ever. And what would he have done? He would have done just about the same things Obama will do. Gay marriage, baby killing, wreck the military, illegal amnesty, Obamacare . . . you name it, Romney would have done it.

But his job was apparently done after he beat out the other Republicans. He ceased campaigning seriously as soon as he went against Obama. Or maybe it was FOR Obama.


29 posted on 02/22/2013 9:17:43 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

There is no logical argument against your statement.

Guessing a lot of people thought this way and stayed home. Don’t know.


30 posted on 02/22/2013 9:22:55 AM PST by stanne
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To: ClearCase_guy
He lost because he deserved to lose.

Was it his shortcomings in presenting his case, or ours in recognizing our choices

He is a rich man he will be fine.
We are the ones that lost.

31 posted on 02/22/2013 9:23:08 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: SeekAndFind
Romney would tilt his head to the left while turning to the left,
then tilt his head to the right while turning to the right. And say,
"We must go along to get along".

That head tilt thing he did made him look very very weak, and like he was pandering.
Drove me nuts.


Besides that, who cares. It's over..

32 posted on 02/22/2013 9:25:00 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: Cicero
"But his job was apparently done after he beat out the other Republicans. He ceased campaigning seriously as soon as he went against Obama. Or maybe it was FOR Obama.

You got it!

33 posted on 02/22/2013 9:26:55 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It’s impossible to know for sure, but a look at Romney’s compromising tendencies with a Democratic Legislature as governor of Massachusetts suggest that things would look very different. Romney cut his business and political profile as a deal-maker, reaching bipartisan agreements on health care, environmental regulations, and taxes. He explicitly campaigned against sequestration, bringing it up at one of the presidential debates. Indeed, his work back home with Massachusetts Democrats was a late, if belated, argument in his campaign down the home stretch -- the theme of an expensive advertising buy.

The Massachusetts legislature is not the U.S. Congress. The Democrats would not compromise with Romney or any other Republican in the White House.

34 posted on 02/22/2013 9:36:08 AM PST by 0.E.O
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To: albie

I wonder when everyone will admit that Romney was picked by GOP/Rove-ish leaders to be a two time loser. Remember the Michigan Mutt managed to lose to doofus McCain in 08 and then after another 4 years of running, totaling 10 years for the office he lost to a bigger loser Obama. Wake TF UP, next you’ll believe that Sandy Hook was pulled off by a 120# 20 year old!
BBC production re WOT: “Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear”. Wake TF UP!


35 posted on 02/22/2013 9:40:54 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: chopperjc
The questions now are how do we get past permanent minority status?

Simple, we have the majority but we need to unify and support one candidate.

Right now we have an uncivil war between the conservatives and moderates, fiscal and social leaders, grassroots and establishment, and any number of "leaders" that want to run the show. We are not a party, we are a zoo.

We need an amalgamation into a united organization.

36 posted on 02/22/2013 9:40:54 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for posting this unattributed NR GOPES argument. The gist of which is we need get along go along candidates and only GOPES can do it.

To borrow from Rush Limbaugh for those living Riolinda a Judas goat is used to lead US sheeples to the slaughter pen . The Republicans were given a chance to use a wedge issue to split up the democratic party and blew it.

Besides being unable to equate Obama’s socialist schemes particularly his energy policy running up the costs on everything and still is thus forcing those with limited incomes to go on the dole. BTW the angle here is to blame the system not the folks using it. Because they have to. But it’s a signature of Rove’s past performances when with Bush. The demo-coms used it because it fell into “heartless Republicans”.
Blaming Obama and explaining that policy in terms those proverbial LIV’s could understand wasn’t even considered. Refusing to attack Obama was based on MSM polling showing his popularity suggesting an intellectual inability by Rove and the GOPES to rejoin any racial charge.

....Does anybody remember what the Democrats did at their convention ??? First they eliminated any mention of the word GOD...and when they thought twice about doing that they reintroduced the resolution what happened ? They booed God....That resolution was rammed through just like the Affordable Health Care Act ...

Was that fact used in any of the material Rove’s RINOS spewed forth during the 2012 Romney or US senate races his group of GOPES (Government Ofthe People Elite Snobs) used on their hit list ? I like using that acronym because it rhymes with dopes.

Noooo ! They could have used that episode to point out how far to the left the democrat party has hyphenated into; Demo-Coms ...Instead well we don’t like Aikin ...He said what ? OMG OMG he’s unqualified ...If there was a chance he would have been burned at the stake by Rove’s RINOS and the so called “conservative “ talkies spouting Rove’s tripe.

Why ? What drove this ? They were responding to the miss-direction driven by Obama’s instuments of oppression Mainline Socialist Media (MSM).The Aikin or O’Donnells response to a set up phoney issue had nothing to do with any thing that would ever occur in any legislation that would pass their respective desks had they been elected.

THE RESPONSE YOU DIDN’T HEAR WAS THIS “”While at their convention the Democrats were busy denying God . Aikin believes in something like the ten commandments. Including Thou shalt not steal and doesn’t believe that getting elected to office gives you a license to do steal ... Which his opponent seems to have done rather well since being in office. The same thing with Mourdock,O’Donnnell, etc,etc, etc.

That presentation could have been expanded to Reid, Pelosi, and the slew of Demo-Com pigs at the trough. Expanding their personal wealth at the expense of the US taxpayers.

Now this bunch seems to be saying if you hold a religious view don’t run for office... We’re gonna save the Republican party ....to be finished off by Obama and the hypenated democrats..
Roves RINOS wrong for America and wrong for the Republican party...

GOD DENIERS LED BY A CONGENITAL LIAR
ARE REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH INCITERS/
FOR FIRST YOUR MONEY THEN YOUR GUNS
BE DEFENSELESS WHEN THEY COME
FOR TO THEIR GOVERNMENT YOU MUST RUN

It’s time to get government out of Our face
Our religion and and Our pocketbook

(The above is designed to be printed up and passed around your precinct and your friends and neighbors as a (index sized) palmcard. On the face (REVERSE SIDE)or below the slogan you can put the name of the candidate you favor and the election dates...EXCELLENT FOR SLIPPING UNDER WINDSHIELD WIPERS ON CARS PARKED IN KEY PARKING LOTS CHURCHES, RALLY SITES....


37 posted on 02/22/2013 9:51:55 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("It's a sin to tell a lie", in telling others that , got me my nickname .Ex Chi" mechanic"ret)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll go with a radical idea:

I’d bet that he would actually submit a budget to Congress on time.


38 posted on 02/22/2013 10:55:31 AM PST by glorgau
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To: stanne

Of course a lot of people stayed home. And the GOPe blames them.

But the real fault is the jerks who put that loser forward in the first place, because they wanted to keep all their pork and perks.

That’s why they stayed home.


39 posted on 02/22/2013 10:57:35 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mosesdapoet

Romney would have been ten times better than Hussein! We are on our way towards Facism people, with Obama being the all powerful dictator. Freedom is a distant memory.


40 posted on 02/22/2013 11:04:01 AM PST by JohnnyFiveRed
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To: Cicero

If true, they’ll stay home again, in greater numbers too, probably.

GOPe will never ever beat Dems at their game.

They keep trying, but they can’t.

Ah, the GOPe doesn’t represent the conservatives anyway. They disappoint more than the Dems do.


41 posted on 02/22/2013 11:39:53 AM PST by stanne
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

Romney would have limited or ended Obamacare, he would have presented a budget. He would have been a bit too much RINO for me but what we have is a savage Socialist hell bent on bankrupting the nation. Anyone would have been better than Obama II (even Hillary—Newt G. and Van Jones) Hard to say it we live in a MediaOcracy—not a Democracy. the New Your Times and NBC run the nation and they are doing a poor job of it.


42 posted on 02/22/2013 12:05:37 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Vigilanteman
Romney, for all his faults, was a genuinely decent person and didn’t hate America.

The evidence says differently, the Romneys do appear to hate America and conservatives, 170 years of history tells us that no man in Mitt's line will serve the nation in uniform, no draft, no war, no wave of patriotism, not even two generations of Romneys running to be commander in chief during war time, can get a Romney man to enlist.

The Romneys actually abandoned and left the US because of their hatred for it, that is why Mitt's father was born in their new country, they only returned to America because of revolution in their adopted nation. The Romneys even immigrated to America in 1842, not to be Americans, but to serve Joseph Smith personally rather than from a distance.

Mitt has little of what we call personal "decency", he has always called for abortion and homosexualizing the Boy Scouts and the military, he gave us gay marriage and ran in 2012 against the GOP pro-life party platform, his lack of decency led him to leave the republican party and become an open supporter of pro-abortion democrats and Planned Parenthood.

You cannot rewrite history and make the Romneys something that they are not, Romney despised Reagan and conservatism, and has dedicated his fortune and 20 year political career to destroying those things, even to spending years trying to create the lie that Reagan was "adamantly pro-choice".

43 posted on 02/22/2013 12:14:38 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: JohnnyFiveRed

Right after Goldwater lost bumper stickers started appearing reading “Don’t Blame Me I voted Goldwater”

That’s what this article is about. But you won’t see any such bumper stickers pushing Romney. Time for your edumacation http://www.theusmat.com/


44 posted on 02/22/2013 12:16:03 PM PST by mosesdapoet ("It's a sin to tell a lie", in telling others that , got me my nickname .Ex Chi" mechanic"ret)
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To: oldbrowser
We need an amalgamation into a united organization.

This is the eternal battle between the Romney/Rockefeller/Rove wing and the Reagan/Palin/Cruz wing of the GOP.

Running a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual agenda liberal who gave us gay marriage and created Romney/Obama care, and who labelled gun owners as insane killers, who despised Reagan, was an anti-Christian cult leader, and who despised conservatism, is why the GOP lost to Jimmy Carter the second.

45 posted on 02/22/2013 12:24:35 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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