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Can Sarah Win?
Frontpagemagazine ^ | Jun 1st, 2011 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 06/01/2011 5:04:39 AM PDT by SJackson

Seventeen months from the 2012 election, the Republican presidential field is unsettled in the extreme. Mitt Romney, the supposed conservative, was considered a liberal four years ago before his miraculous transformation – but he still has Romneycare on his resume. Ron Paul’s vision is a bit problematic, to say the least — as Michael Medved has documented; he thinks the president shouldn’t have authorized the killing of Bin Laden, that heroin and cocaine should be legal, and that prostitution is constitutionally protected. Newt Gingrich has spent the last two weeks destroying his conservative following, running desperately for the center in an attempt to claim that empty middle ground as a McCain wannabe. Tim Pawlenty is now being outpolled by Herman Cain. Even Thad McCotter, a wonderful Congressman but an unfeasible presidential candidate in his current position, is considering a run.

The candidate sucking all the air out of the room, of course, is Sarah Palin. Palin has made no secret of the fact that she is considering a 2012 run – she would “crash through” any of “open doors” that would lead her to the White House, she said back in 2008. Next month, Palin’s campaign will likely kick off with the release of Steve Bannon’s The Undefeated, a documentary reviewing Palin’s accomplishments in Alaska. “The film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976,” Bannon said to RealClearPolitics. “Let’s have a good old-fashioned brouhaha.”

This week, she’s beginning a bus tour across the country. Tim Crawford, treasurer of Palin’s PAC, explained that Palin was embarking on the tour “Because she wants to see how this nation was built and get fired up about that.” Or, more realistically, Palin’s embarking on the tour because she’s softening the ground for her big announcement, which will likely come on July 4. Palin’s not one for subtlety – that’s her drawback, and that’s her charm.

Will it prevent her from winning?

Current polls have her trailing President Obama badly, by 17 percent according to Public Policy Polling. That same poll shows Obama beating Gingrich by 14 and Romney by just 7. Even more disturbing, the poll shows Palin’s favorability ratings dramatically underwater, at 30 percent. PPP is a Democratic-stacked poll, but these are bad numbers nonetheless.

Oddly enough, Palin is polarizing even within the Republican Party. Seven percent of Republicans who know her strongly dislike her, compared with just 5 percent for Gingrich. The only Republican who ranks lower among Republicans overall is Gingrich, at 29 percent to her 27 percent. By the same token, she blows away the rest of the field in terms of name recognition and favorability (71 percent). In urban areas, Republicans fear that she’s not sophisticated enough (false), that she’s prone to gaffes (true), and that she’ll be blown off the stage by Barack Obama (unclear). In rural areas, Republicans love her because they’re not put off by her accent or her corny tics.

The question is whether in this election, Americans will be put off by Palin’s winking more than they’re attracted to her clarity. Palin’s strength is her glibness – she’s able to boil down issues to their bare essence. She knows how she’s seen, and she embraces it. She’s purely authentic – when she says she wants Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” as her cellphone ringtone, she’s telling the truth. In this way, she’s the polar opposite of President Obama, who loves to obscure issues in a cloud of rhetoric and faux complexity, and who is purely inauthentic. He runs from the fact that he is an ivory tower elitist, alienating Americans with his upturned chin and “into-the-future stare.”

For all the criticisms of her supposedly rough political abilities, she’s navigated the Republican field far more ably than seasoned politicians like Gingrich and Romney. She hasn’t declared, and she’s already running second. She didn’t shoot herself in the foot by embracing liberal politics, and she allowed Donald Trump to play stalking horse on the birth certificate and school records issues. She has never thrown a fellow Republican under the bus (she has praised Romney, Herman Cain, Gingrich, and virtually everyone else who has declared), and she has never promoted a non-conservative candidate for higher office.

She knows her base, and she knows her principles. She smacked Obama on Israel last week with brevity and simplicity: “Anyone who studies history, studies the Old Testament, studies geography understands that Israel now is surrounded by enemies at all times. It should be now that America takes a stand in defending our friends in Israel …. More than ever, we should be standing strong with Israel and saying, ‘No, you don’t have to divide Jerusalem, you don’t have to divide your capital city.” Then she went even further: “I’m going to call him our temporary leader because my goal is to make sure that President Obama is not reelected in 2012.”

It’s that kind of absolute willingness to go after Obama that endears Palin to Republicans. And with Obama’s unpopularity on the rise, the economy in a double-dip, and our foreign policy in shambles, more and more Americans want truth spoken to power. That’s why, counterintuitive though it may seem, Palin may be perfectly positioned for 2012.

Ben Shapiro is an attorney and writer, and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and author of the upcoming book “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV” from Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. He is also a board member of Declaration Entertainment, an organization dedicated to the creation of conservative film and television content.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: palin2012

1 posted on 06/01/2011 5:04:41 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson
Sarah Palin is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN

Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama isn't!

2 posted on 06/01/2011 5:11:06 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: SJackson
PPP is a Democratic-stacked poll, but these are bad numbers nonetheless.

Why not find a poll taken exclusively at an Obama fundraising event and see if they get better? It's hard to take anything in this article seriously when he includes brilliant insights like that.

3 posted on 06/01/2011 5:13:47 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: ASA Vet

So?

Slick Willie was never held accountable for his treason and pretty much got away with his sexual misconduct.

What do you think will ever be done about this illegitimate Barry Soetero regime?

We all know what should be done, but that is far different from what the establishment will let happen.


4 posted on 06/01/2011 5:27:09 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe ( "Failure to speak out against evil is evil itself" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
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To: ASA Vet

Sarah Palin is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN - and she’s Genuine.

Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama isn’t! And he’s a fraud.


5 posted on 06/01/2011 5:28:24 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: SJackson

You birthers need to be less blunt and more equivocal.
The simple fact is that we don’t know for sure if BHO is or isn’t a natural born citizen.

For example, suppose that he used a passport that said he was an Indonesian citizen. That he was lying on that passport is just as plausible as that he was telling the truth on the passport.


6 posted on 06/01/2011 5:36:26 AM PDT by spintreebob
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To: SJackson
HA!

We elected an empty suit with no verifiable history.

At least we know SOMETHING about Sarah Palin.

As far as I can tell, Sarah Palin's only political flaw is she is very pretty and thus hated by a number of obviously jealous women.

7 posted on 06/01/2011 5:38:49 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority (What this country needs is an enema.)
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To: SJackson

In a word, NO!


8 posted on 06/01/2011 5:41:47 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ ("If I ever kill you, you'll be awake. You'll be facing me, and you'll be armed. " Mal Reynolds)
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To: SJackson

Music to the ears of the fly-over people on Jan 21, 2013 will be “President Sarah Palin”


9 posted on 06/01/2011 5:47:56 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: SJackson

26% of the republican voters say they will never vote for her, so I guess that means she will need 40% of the black vote.?????


10 posted on 06/01/2011 5:50:51 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: spintreebob
The simple fact is that we don’t know for sure if BHO is or isn’t a natural born citizen.

How about we just take own BHO Jr's words as true. His book claims BHO Sr as daddy. He then released a birth document confirming BHO Sr. as daddy.

BHO Jr. isn't a Natural Born Citizen.

11 posted on 06/01/2011 5:53:33 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: org.whodat

the 26% will have to vote for Obama then, let ‘em


12 posted on 06/01/2011 5:55:33 AM PDT by jenk (ima go with tgo)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

As far as I can tell, Sarah Palin’s only political flaw is she is very pretty and thus hated by a number of obviously jealous women.

True, My wife is one of them, but when the chips are down she will vote for Palin in a heart beat rather than the muslim.


13 posted on 06/01/2011 5:56:17 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: SJackson

Everyone is saying that Palin needs to strengthen her brand and not run in this election, that farther down the road she’ll be more viable after she’s learned more.

My take is that farther down the road will not work for her, and that if she doesn’t move now, she’ll risk being remembered as not stepping up and being counted at a critical time.

Those who blatantly assert that she’ll not run shouldn’t be so sure.


14 posted on 06/01/2011 5:56:41 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: SJackson

Of course she can.


15 posted on 06/01/2011 5:57:02 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: spintreebob

” That he was lying on that passport is just as plausible as that he was telling the truth on the passport.”

And that’s the problem. He likes to have it both ways so he can posture all of it to his good.

Phony is what people like that used to be called in Pre Political Correctness days.


16 posted on 06/01/2011 5:57:12 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: SJackson

“Palin’s strength is her glibness – she’s able to boil down issues to their bare essence.”

THIS IS CRITICAL!

We don’t have the time or the luxury to debate and parse insignificant issues and trivialities. What is needed now is decisiveness on basic issues of autonomy and sovereignty! If we return “O” to the WH, THAT will not happen. He’s a guy who is demonstrably inimical to American interests!

America is a country under fire and struggling economically.

‘Do-nothing’, unqualified, inexperienced, Anti-American, pseudo-‘personalities’ hawking dated and moribund ideologies which are wholly incompatible with American values… need not apply.


17 posted on 06/01/2011 5:59:34 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: chainsaw

” My wife is one of them, but when the chips are down she will vote for Palin”

Have a good friend who doesn’t like her accent, or speaking style, but when put to the test will pull the lever for her.

I remind this person that we all have an accent to someone from another part of the US or the world.


18 posted on 06/01/2011 6:00:26 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: SJackson

She and Todd and the family went to Joplin and physically helped with the cleanup right after the tornadoes. Not ten days later as in the boy king. Plus her arrival and presence was unannounced and unheralded. This is the essence of the American spirit, pitching in to help those in need without demanding payment or publicity. Neighbor helping neighbor.

Ah, but that’s so redneck, so dull, flyover country, so unPC.


19 posted on 06/01/2011 6:01:38 AM PDT by hershey
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To: patriotspride
I remind this person that we all have an accent to someone from another part of the US or the world.

Having an accent didn't stop the Kennedys. If people have to nit-pic someone's accent they aren't following the issues. Keep up the good work!

20 posted on 06/01/2011 6:03:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: patriotspride
The Huffington Post thinks that Hispanics are the only way Obama can win.

However their biggest gains where the old southern states and Obama can't win there.

The economic realities do not favor Obama as they continue to get worse and never did recover.

21 posted on 06/01/2011 6:04:02 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: SJackson

This is 1980 redux.

Everyone, including the GOP establishment, was convinced that Reagan couldn’t win because he was just a B movie actor who was too conservative for most Americans.


22 posted on 06/01/2011 6:19:24 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: MikeSteelBe
Slick Willie was never held accountable for his treason and pretty much got away with his sexual misconduct. What do you think will ever be done about this illegitimate Barry Soetero regime? We all know what should be done, but that is far different from what the establishment will let happen.

Look who it was who refused to prosecute Clinton and allowed his dogs Ben Veniste and Jamie Gorelick to screw up Fred Thompson's committee hearings into Chinagate? George W. Bush.

I think the real story is that Clinton had stuff on Poppy, and to protect Poppy, Dubya had to play ball. I've also seen a photo of Dubya, taken in his wastrel days, walking around the Mena, Arkansas, airport with one of his brothers (either Jeb or Neal). What was up with that? What is it about Mena?

Sarah is heir to, and shackled to, none of that. Watch and see if she nominates a real former prosecutor like Bill McCollum as AG -- if so, then you will see the fur fly as she starts taking apart the Old Boy Network, and then we'll see if in fact there has been a Clinton-Bush condominium in force since 1988 or 1992.

Look for a takedown of the TARP banksters, access capitalists like the maggots running GE, and phony foundations that abuse their tax status while funneling megabucks to the hard-line left-wing Cause People and their nasty little NGO's.

And Clinton may just surprise everybody by suddenly moving to China, and taking his lovely wife with him (who has campaign finance felony liabilities from 2000, 2006, and 2008 to deal with). Maybe Slick, Beastie, and Charlie Trie can all have a nice reunion with John Huang and Johnny Chung at a pleasant Peking restaurant, and chow down on Peking duck, People's Liberation Army medals, and Slick and Beast's ill-gotten gains.

While Sarah and her AG take what's left of the Clintons' reputations apart back home in open court, and the big gates of Leavenworth gape wide to receive fraudster and impostor Barry Soetoro, his Wookie, and co-fraudster Shirley Sherrod, among other people.

And who knows? Maybe a murder charge, sauced with Patriot Act prosecutorial tools, will finally catch up with the abominate Bill Ayers and his unlovely gun moll.

23 posted on 06/01/2011 6:23:01 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: SJackson

The elites in the Republican party know if even Romney or any other candidate but Palin managed to beat Barky, nothing would change. All the regulations being put into effect by this admin to stifle the USA would not get rolled back. The climbing debt would continue, etc., etc. They make speech after speech, talk, talk, talk, nuance, nuance. Nothing would happen. That’s why Palin scares them, and millions of others. The Gravy Train might get slowed down.


24 posted on 06/01/2011 6:31:39 AM PDT by radioone
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To: SJackson

Considering stories like this:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2728038/posts
You Betcha!


25 posted on 06/01/2011 6:47:01 AM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: org.whodat

“26% of the republican voters say they will never vote for her, so I guess that means she will need 40% of the black vote.?????”

Wonder what the percentage is that say they would never vote for Romney?


26 posted on 06/01/2011 6:48:10 AM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: org.whodat

Rasmussen Poll: Palin favorability highest with 2012 GOP voters

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/128011-poll-palin-favorability-highest-with-2012-gop-voters

Are you a wet blanket, somebody who’s trolling against Palin, or both?


27 posted on 06/01/2011 6:50:36 AM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: org.whodat
26% of the republican voters say they will never vote for her, so I guess that means she will need 40% of the black vote.?????

26% of rinos would never vote for her. That leaves 74% that either would or might.

She'll have to go after some very difficult voter blocks - and I'll be very careful to not "double count" here....

1. Blacks - I believe she'll do well with educated, working lower middle class to the very upper rich class in this group. She'll never appeal or gain traction with the inner-city, poor, hand-out receiving blacks.

2. Other minorities - principally spanish. I don't know enough about this one to comment on it...except to say, she'll need at least 25% of this entire block.

3. Illegal immigrants who vote (illegally to be sure, but vote nonetheless). She'll draw nothing from this group - hopefully it is small

4. The biggie....INDEPENDENT voters. This is the critical block. She's got to attract and hold at least 75% (better 80%) of this group (yes, I know there are independent blacks and other minorities...but I'm assuming small numbers). It would appear no one professional national polling organization is asking this question. But from all appearances, she's got a lot of hard work to do with this group.

5. Rino/repub/conservatives (yes, I know there are blacks and other minorities in here, but damn few, I'm thinking). If she wins the nomination (assuming she runs), she'll have to have at least 80% of this group. The others - avowed Palin haters - will either stay home, or jump to the stain's side. So she'll have to sway at least 4% to 6% more to her side than she currently accounts for.

6. The left. Unless they are "closet conservatives", she'll get less than 0.005% of this group.

So...do a headcount. There's your 2012 election in a nutshell.

28 posted on 06/01/2011 6:55:30 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be ERADICATED....NOW!!)
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To: org.whodat

If Palin's true intentions is not to run. This cartoon will be the official illustration of Palin's image among the American General Public.

29 posted on 06/01/2011 6:59:18 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I do believe that is what is happening.


30 posted on 06/01/2011 7:25:15 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: SJackson

31 posted on 06/01/2011 7:29:44 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP; org.whodat

Sarah Palin lives in your heads rent free.


32 posted on 06/01/2011 7:32:53 AM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: erod

Man, the truth is the truth, she has nearly 100%; name id, but she has the. Highest negatives. That puts her in a no win position. The facts are the facts, buy a voodoo doll maybe that will help.


33 posted on 06/01/2011 7:36:37 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: babygene

Probably higher than that, Willard did not win the last time either.


34 posted on 06/01/2011 7:38:14 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: SJackson

If Sarah Palin can win the GOP Primary, she will beat Obama. Obama is running against the US economy and his socialist actions have done everything to harm the economy.


35 posted on 06/01/2011 7:54:24 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: erod
Sarah Palin lives in your heads rent free.

What the hell does that even mean?

Reminds me of "speaking truth to power", "hit the streets" and the other crap on Dummie Funnies.

I can tell you that using Paultard tactics isn't going to get Palin elected.

36 posted on 06/01/2011 9:39:58 AM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: Eaker

I hate Ron Paul,and I can assure you that I late liberals even more.


37 posted on 06/01/2011 11:01:37 AM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: erod

late = hate.
And DU sucks.


38 posted on 06/01/2011 11:02:13 AM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: Eaker
What the hell does that even mean?

It means that Sarah occupies so much of the Left's, and a large number of folks who claim to be Republicans, mental energy that she's just about living in their heads. And Sarah doesn't have to pay a nickel of her own money for it.

Personally I like it. It's a nice turn of a phrase. Say it to someone who's spouting off about how stupid and unelectable she is and watch the reaction.

39 posted on 06/01/2011 11:05:45 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Shrub and Slick may have gotten their nose candy from the batches at Mena.

The thought of that Palin purge made my day.

The issue to be solved is that if the GOP nominates an establishment RINO, how do we convince all of the “lesser of two evils” voting republitards to support Palin in a third party?

Seeing that pic of her shaking hands with Allen West made my Memorial Day as well.


40 posted on 06/01/2011 11:06:51 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe ( "Failure to speak out against evil is evil itself" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
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To: Eaker
Sarah Palin lives in your heads rent free.

What the hell does that even mean?

It means you have a fixation often accompanied by hate or envy or the inability to grasp simple logic. You know, the qualities of the MSM.

41 posted on 06/01/2011 11:14:41 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: org.whodat

and who do you think does the polling??? There are no Conservative pollsters, and no Fox is one of the absolute worst out there.

Reading your posts is very entertaining, I had no idea there were conservatives that believed such things.


42 posted on 06/04/2011 8:25:00 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST, SARAH PALIN BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT, ALSO APPLE OF THE LORD`s EYE)
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