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Jindal Says Republicans Can Only Blame Themselves for Loss
AP Via FoxNews.com ^ | February 8, 2009

Posted on 02/08/2009 6:59:06 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Saturday that the Republicans only had themselves to blame for losing control of Congress and the White House.

"The country fired us from our congressional majority in 2006. Why? The country didn't stop being conservative. The Republican Party did," Jindal told a gathering of Arkansas Republicans. "We became what we came to Washington to change -- the party of earmarks and government spending. The party needs to stop worrying about what to do to fix itself. Let's worry more about fixing our country. Then the party will fix itself."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 2008; blame; bobbyjindal; gop; jindall
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To: mick; Kimmers
His name is Kirk Adams..here's a story about him:

House speaker Kirk Adams vows transparency

51 posted on 02/08/2009 7:37:09 AM PST by Hildy
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To: cripplecreek

You’re in Michigan’s 7th District ...


52 posted on 02/08/2009 7:38:52 AM PST by WheresMyBailout
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He is sounding more and more presidential, but he needs to do a good job in Louisiana first.


53 posted on 02/08/2009 7:41:42 AM PST by Fishing-guy
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To: Long Island Pete

“The country didn’t stop being conservative. The Republican Party did”

He’s starting to sound an awful lot like Reagan. I was a Sarah fan...but I think I’m shifting.


54 posted on 02/08/2009 7:44:25 AM PST by BobL (Drop a comment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2180357/posts)
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To: WheresMyBailout

Yeah, a traditionally conservative district.

The locals are already whining about democrat rep Shauer already. He promised to bring home lots of pork and it looks like we get very little “stimulating”.


55 posted on 02/08/2009 7:45:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: stockstrader

“I know that McCain agreed to limit himself financially,,,,but my question is,,,”

That’s easy...because he figured he could win without the base (i.e., pull in all of those phantom moderates). Without the base...no money. He had to go on welfare.


56 posted on 02/08/2009 7:50:38 AM PST by BobL (Drop a comment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2180357/posts)
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To: BobL
It still boggles my mind that the Republican Party couldn't even raise 1/4 of the money that the Democrats raised.

That, in itself, is an indictment of how far to the 'left' the American electorate has moved.

57 posted on 02/08/2009 7:52:25 AM PST by stockstrader (Joe Biden is now officially our first "CLASS WARFARE CZAR".)
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To: Hildy

Thanks. I’m passing it on to relatives in AZ.


58 posted on 02/08/2009 7:54:36 AM PST by mick
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To: stockstrader

It shouldn’t. If you have a candidate at the top of the ticket that’s made a career out of attacking Republicans and what they stand for, it kinda demoralizes the masses.

Put Sarah or Bobby on the top and watch what happens to fund raising.


59 posted on 02/08/2009 7:54:47 AM PST by BobL (Drop a comment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2180357/posts)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Bobby Jindal is 100 percent right! I’m more and more impressed with the man with each passing day. He gets it, that’s why! Run, Bobby, Run! Jindal 2012! It’s time that we, the Republicans, have our own historical election — the first Indian-American President of the United States of America. Go Bobby!


60 posted on 02/08/2009 7:54:49 AM PST by chippewaman
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Yes he is a native born citizen but he is not a Natural born citizen -both parents need to be citizens at the time of his birth & they were here on Student visas. We can debate w/out name calling.
I am not “spouting ignorance”. I have been watching Jindal for a while & I think he would be great as our President but there is the problem of Natural born citizenship (requirement to be POTUS) It is in the Constitution.


61 posted on 02/08/2009 7:55:00 AM PST by classical artist
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To: Erik Latranyi

Come on, guys. I am as Conservative as they come (really), but sadly, I have to conclude that we screwed up. The reasons are many and its hard to point at any one thing. But, if forced to, I would say we erred by ceding areas like Education & culture to the Libs, buying into “non-judgementalism” and letting things like the Motor-Voter bill slip thru.

Are there still a lot of conservatives? Sure. However, we’ve had a massive influx of illegals, voter fraud, and a winking at the rule of law (to facilitate the first two). I hate to break it down along racial lines, but the fact is that most conservatives are White & Asian. The number of Whites is declining (our own fault) and the percentage of liberals have gone way up—in part because of the body blows of Iraq and Katrina. As a result, the Conservative center no longer holds. The fact is no matter what the Republicans do (stand fast or get along), the deck is now stacked against them.

My opinion is that the best strategy is to stand fast on Conservative principles and hope for Jimmy Carter II. That is, that Obama screws to pooch so badly, that even the white liberals start to defect. Not a perfect option, but probably the best shot we have. IMHO, the Jimmy Carter II scenario is likely because I can’t see how this country can sustain this insane level of spending. Some kind of massive collapse is inevitable.


62 posted on 02/08/2009 7:56:17 AM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Thank you Bobby. That’s exactly what I kept firing at the GOP fundraising callers. They left us, we didn’t leave them and I’ve had the opportunity to reiterate that complaint a couple of weeks ago when I asked one how they had the nerve to call folks on the GOP’s behalf since they lost all that we handed them during the election cycle of ‘06.

One young man was very courteous and we agreed on many points (all major points), turns out he was just as frustrated as I am! We have folks of like mind making those calls, make a strong point but be courteous.

I’m a conservative, not a Republican. Monetarily I only support individual candidates that have a PROVEN track record. I tell them I’m not listening to what they SAY they’re going to do, I’m WATCHING what they do.


63 posted on 02/08/2009 7:57:25 AM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: TomGuy
For 2008 the Republican Party hoisted John McCain on us as the nominee.

Some Republican voters in the Northeast and FL did their part. The "Republican Party" can't "hoist"---voters elected McCain...and it was done before most of us got to vote. People in NH had more say than we had in Texas! Where is the logic in that?

The red state primaries should vote before the blue states or it could happen again.

The GOP presidential candidate was chosen primarily by states that went Democrat in the general election....makes zero sense and we got a zero POTUS!

64 posted on 02/08/2009 7:59:55 AM PST by lonestar
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To: classical artist
Yes he is a native born citizen but he is not a Natural born citizen -both parents need to be citizens at the time of his birth & they were here on Student visas. We can debate w/out name calling.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, as the case may be), from 1790 forward, you won't find a single legislative act or court decision that agrees with your interpretation that "native-born" is distinct from "natural-born".

65 posted on 02/08/2009 8:01:07 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: stockstrader
It still boggles my mind that the Republican Party couldn't even raise 1/4 of the money that the Democrats raised. That, in itself, is an indictment of how far to the 'left' the American electorate has moved.

We've no accounting for how much of Obama's money came from overseas. There is every reason to believe that much of his money came from non-constituents.

McCain, on the other hand, limited himself by accepting public financing -- as his contribution to the hare-brained scheme of "reducing the influence of money in politics".

Accordingly, while a 4:1 ratio in spending prevailed, we just don't know whether contributions would have been in the same ratio -- if McCain had been able to accept unlimited dollars and Obama had been restricted to American sources only.

66 posted on 02/08/2009 8:09:31 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

If you’re talking about Kratovil, I know how you feel...

Hopefully, those coat tails that were there last year won’t be there in two years.


67 posted on 02/08/2009 8:09:41 AM PST by stevecmd
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"We became what we came to Washington to change -- the party of earmarks and government spending. The party needs to stop worrying about what to do to fix itself. Let's worry more about fixing our country. Then the party will fix itself."

Wiser words I have not heard come from any politician in recent memory.

68 posted on 02/08/2009 8:10:15 AM PST by Spiff
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I agree, he’s right. The same thing happened in Colorado as Republicans acted like Democrats in spending too much and failing to keep taxes low.


69 posted on 02/08/2009 8:11:27 AM PST by Morgan in Denver (Barack Hussein Obama: More corrupt than Clinton, more inept than Carter.)
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To: BobL

‘He’s starting to sound an awful lot like Reagan. I was a Sarah fan...but I think I’m shifting.’

I still like Sarah, she’s against Porkulus,Jindal has his hand out.


70 posted on 02/08/2009 8:12:43 AM PST by kickonly88
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To: cbkaty
Nice yard sign.
Hope you don't mind if I borrow it.
71 posted on 02/08/2009 8:22:25 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: stockstrader

Millions of dollars from outside the US flooded into Bambi’s campaign. Its one of the “lost” unwritten stories about the election.


72 posted on 02/08/2009 8:23:48 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: stockstrader

They couldn’t raise that kind of money because they played it straight. They had no clue how to circumvent the rules, ie: debit cards with unidentified donors, unidentified money from foreign countries etc etc.The Dims dared anyone to try expose what they did and they got away with it.


73 posted on 02/08/2009 8:26:06 AM PST by curth (TEAM SARAH DOESN'T WANT ME. THEIR LOSS!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
. "The country fired us from our congressional majority in 2006. Why? The country didn't stop being conservative. The Republican Party did,"

When you've that, you've said it all!

74 posted on 02/08/2009 8:26:13 AM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: Hazwaste

I agree Jindal can think on his feet.


75 posted on 02/08/2009 8:28:30 AM PST by mel
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To: rbg81

A lot of that could have have been overcome if the Party had practiced conservative principles when it was in charge, and if it and its candidate had hit hard on stopping the march to socialism. Sadly, the Party had no credibility when it came to preaching conservative principles. And there couldn’t have been a much worse candidate than McCain. It was 1996 and Bob Dole all over again.

The electorate wasn’t given a choice between liberal and conservative in the last election. The choice was between very liberal and not quite so liberal.


76 posted on 02/08/2009 8:30:49 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Many of them advocated for John McCain to pick Jindal as his vice presidential running mate.

I wonder if Jindal would have been thrown under the bus by McCain's handlers like Palin was, and if he would have just kept quiet about it and take it?

77 posted on 02/08/2009 8:42:23 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Millions of dollars from outside the US flooded into Bambi’s campaign. Its one of the “lost” unwritten stories about the election.

So where is the MSM's investigative reporting on this one?

Where is "60 Minutes"? Where is "Prime Time"? etc...

No need to respond.

78 posted on 02/08/2009 8:42:48 AM PST by stockstrader (Joe Biden is now officially our first "CLASS WARFARE CZAR".)
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To: cripplecreek
Tim Walberg from Michigan. He was at the top of a list of 5 names they called lost causes. He was also one of those who stood firm against the bank bailout (and GOP leadership)

They thought Walberg was a lost cause? More than say, Knoellenberg, or Tom Feeney, or Robin Hayes? What were those morons smoking? I saw polls that had Walberg out ahead, I was surprised to see him lose.
79 posted on 02/08/2009 8:46:16 AM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Russia invades Georgia? For a moment, I thought that was Red Dawn II)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“The country fired us from our congressional majority in 2006. Why? The country didn’t stop being conservative. The Republican Party did,”

There are those on this very forum that would disagree with him. Not me of course, I’ve been trumpeting that news for years now.


80 posted on 02/08/2009 8:47:14 AM PST by Grunthor (All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin; cripplecreek

No, I suspect he’s talking about Tim Walberg and RINO Joe Schwarz.


81 posted on 02/08/2009 8:51:07 AM PST by Norman Bates
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Hope you don't mind if I borrow it.

certainly......my wife suggested that I hang the McCainiac portion below Palin...but that was just more than I could take.... I loathe McCain.

82 posted on 02/08/2009 9:34:50 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: cripplecreek

He’s 100% right. I haven’t read the comments yet but I’m curious if the Party over Principle crowd will be on this thread. Or maybe their heads just exploded.


83 posted on 02/08/2009 9:40:13 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Palin-Jindal 2012. Real Change, Real Reform.
84 posted on 02/08/2009 9:43:08 AM PST by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The party needs to stop worrying about what to do to fix itself. Let's worry more about fixing our country.

That is what I keep asking, when will the Republicans step forward and say this is what we screwed up and this is how will will fix it. What about the credit default BS, slipped into a bill in the middle of the night. etc, etc, etc,

85 posted on 02/08/2009 9:44:04 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: stockstrader

He knew he couldn’t get more based on his financials.
He was a turd and couldn’t raise funds.


86 posted on 02/08/2009 9:46:48 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: Thermalseeker

“I hope the Republican country club elitists types choke on it.....”

I doubt it effects their caviar intake. I just hope it’s contaminated Chinese or Russian caviar with a little Po-210.

Matriculation and “breeding” doesn’t trump common sense and ethics if the playing field is level...and we have to make it as level as possible.

To make the playing field level we have to forget conservation and destroy a species. Rino extinction should be our goal.


87 posted on 02/08/2009 9:46:59 AM PST by A Strict Constructionist (Hitler advocated the nationalization of education, health care, transportation...)
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To: stockstrader

No, it’s indictment on how lousy McCain was (is).


88 posted on 02/08/2009 9:48:32 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: Carley

The man says he is not and will not run for president, his parents were not citizens when he was born here. And his mother is not a citizen today, the last I read she lives in Saudi.


89 posted on 02/08/2009 9:48:54 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: jwparkerjr

Absolutely right!


90 posted on 02/08/2009 9:51:26 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: stockstrader

Its a bigger story than the Clinton kickbacks from Red China. You saw how well the MSM covered that, eh ?


91 posted on 02/08/2009 9:52:15 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

If I am remembering right Knollenberg had the nerve to say the bailout money was not our money, or something like that.


92 posted on 02/08/2009 9:52:27 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
Neither parent were citizens!! Check your facts as well.
93 posted on 02/08/2009 9:55:07 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/11/19/gop-bailout-stooge-to-cavuto-its-not-your-money/


94 posted on 02/08/2009 9:55:13 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: TomGuy
the current Senate and House minority leaders seem at ease with their minority status.

Minority candidates can make a lot of money off of arbitrating disputes and divisions within the minority. You can make quite a comfortable political living off of it. It is not leadership, but it's not a bad life.

95 posted on 02/08/2009 10:19:43 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: arealconservativeforachange
What's sad is we saw it coming, just like we did with Bob Dole, and so many of us insist on purity that not enough of us could settle on strong candidate. And, as usual, when you refuse to take a stand you end up with what's left over. And that was McCain.

Whether your objection is based on a candidate being pro-choice, anti-second amendment, bad record on health care, an unfaithful spouse or too this or not enough of that the end result is the same. Bob Dole or John McCain.

Somehow we manage to shoot ourselves in the foot every time. Our problem is that we have no comparative, just superlative. One guy is pro-life and pro 2nd amendment and is a good speaker, but oh no, he voted to raise taxes one time. Another guy has never voted to raise taxes, been a lifetime member of the NRA, but oh no, he's not outspoken enough on the abortion issue. We go down the list finding something about every one that we don't like. Everybody ends up finding someone they like, but there aren't enough of them who like any one of the candidates so we end up with the one who is disliked least by the most. That's bass-ackwards, we need to go with the one who has the most to like.

And we can't learn from experience. Who is the one person who has brought us the most success in the last 40 years, other than Ronald Reagan? Newt Gingrich. Say what you want about his morals, he and he alone was responsible, with a large helping of Rush Limbaugh, led the Republican revolution. The Contract with America was his, as was the idea of buying a full page ad in Reader's Digest, and having all the Republicans gather on the steps of the Capital to kick off the election season. He's the one who took on Jim Wright. The list goes on and on.

Of course he became the lightning rod for the MSM/Left/Liberals. Just like Bill Clinton became the lightning rod for conservatives. But look at the difference between how we handled the Left going after Newt with how they handled us going after Bill Clinton. Newt suddenly found himself with precious few friends in Washington. Clinton, on the very day he was impeached, found himself on the South Lawn of the White House surrounded by the entire Democratic leadership.

Look at where we are today and tell me that we wouldn't have been better off sticking with Newt, or going with Rudy, etc.

You can see it right here in FR. Say something nice about anyone except Ronald Reagan and you find yourself being flamed in several posts.

96 posted on 02/08/2009 10:23:57 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: jwparkerjr

I don’t recall who said it but this sums it up for me:
I can vote vote for an imperfect Conservative, I can’t vote for a near perfect Liberal.

I’ll take some imperfections but people like McCain have far too many imperfections to pass the smell test for me.

Give me:
Sandford, Palin, Jindal and I’m tickled pink.

Give me:
Rudy, Mitt, Huckabee and I’ll do a write-in again.

I won’t pick between two flavors of Liberalism, ever.
I would rather feel the urge to vote FOR someone than merely vote against someone.


97 posted on 02/08/2009 10:31:46 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: arealconservativeforachange
Do you honestly think we would be any worse off today with McCain in office instead of Obama. Seriously, I'm trying to be a smart ass.

IMHO, we would have been better off to elect John McCain. I can't help but feel he would be better in the office than Obama.

98 posted on 02/08/2009 10:40:44 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: classical artist
He can not run because he is not a Natural Born Citizen

You are wrong on that. He was born in Louisiana.

99 posted on 02/08/2009 10:58:41 AM PST by Long Island Pete (For the first time in my life, I am afraid for my country.)
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To: Long Island Pete

http://federalistblog.us/2008/11/natural-born_citizen_defined.html


100 posted on 02/08/2009 11:01:36 AM PST by classical artist
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