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Obama faces a white flight
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 27, 2011 | By Melissa Harris-Perry

Posted on 09/27/2011 6:21:27 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology. So far, Barack Obama has been involved in two elections that suggest such racism is no longer operative. His reelection bid, however, may indicate that a more insidious form of racism has replaced it.

The 2004 Illinois Senate race between Obama and Alan Keyes, two African Americans, was a unique test of old-fashioned electoral racism. For a truly committed racist, neither would have been acceptable.

In 2008, the long primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Obama added hundreds of thousands of Democrats to the rolls. By October, it was clear that Obama could lose the general election only if many of these Democrats failed to turn out or crossed party lines - which, after eight years of Bush, could be interpreted only as electoral racism.

The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.

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KEYWORDS: bho2012; bhojobapproval; buyersremorse; failure; melissaharrisperry; msnbc; obama; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; socialism; whitevote
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Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University.
1 posted on 09/27/2011 6:21:31 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Tell the GOP voters in Florida more about that “insidious racism,” Mellisa.
2 posted on 09/27/2011 6:24:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University.”

Perfectly indoctrinated, poorly educated, too.

The NappyOne


3 posted on 09/27/2011 6:24:24 AM PDT by NappyOne
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As a graduate of Tulane Law and a person who loves Louisiana and New Orleans, let me just tell you, many of us think she is a nut job.


4 posted on 09/27/2011 6:24:40 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I can’t eat hope and change,sweetie!


5 posted on 09/27/2011 6:26:16 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent.

Bu11shit!

Barack Obama has, if anything, been held to a LOWER standard than any past president -- and he has failed even by that standard,

6 posted on 09/27/2011 6:26:20 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent

FDR was reelected three times while pursuing much the same economic lunacy as Zero has, with the same results. But at least he wasn't trying to help the Iranians get nuclear weapons.

7 posted on 09/27/2011 6:26:27 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology.”

So how DO we vote for him based on his ‘qualifications’ or his ‘ideology’ instead of his race.

This author claims that any vote is racism.


8 posted on 09/27/2011 6:27:13 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I found Melissa Harris-Perry’s picture on Google, and she looks like a liberal.


9 posted on 09/27/2011 6:27:56 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology.

You've got it exactly bass-ackwards babe. We witnessed electoral racism in its most egregious form in 2008 when essentially the entire black population voted for a person because of the color of his skin, NOT the quality of his character (or any other damned thing).

10 posted on 09/27/2011 6:28:33 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Readers Digest version: Vote for Obama again or you are a racist. My reply? If you voted for Obama to prove you are not a racist, vote against him this time to prove you are not an idiot.


11 posted on 09/27/2011 6:28:45 AM PDT by jdsteel (I like the way the words "Palin for President" make progressives apoplectic.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This article has started a racial cat fight. Joan Walsh responded to this article, which prompted a reply from Harris-Perry, which included this nugget:

...a second common strategy of argument about one’s racial innocence: the “I have black friends” claim. I was shocked and angered when Salon’s Joan Walsh used this strategy in her criticism of my piece. Although I disagree with her, I have no problem with Walsh’s decision to take on the claims in my piece. I consider it a sign of respect to publicly engage those with whom you disagree. I was taken aback that Walsh emphasized the extent of our friendship. Walsh and I have been professionally friendly. We’ve eaten a few meals. I invited her to speak at Princeton and I introduced her to my literary agent. We are not friends. Friendship is a deep and lasting relationship based on shared sacrifice and joys. We are not intimates in that way. Watching Walsh deploy our professional familiarity as a shield against claims of her own bias is very troubling. In fact, it is one of the very real barriers to true interracial friendship and intimacy.

Are White Liberals Abandoning Obama? - Joan Walsh, Salon
The Epistemology of Race Talk - Melissa Harris-Perry, The Nation

12 posted on 09/27/2011 6:29:13 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Failing to vote for Obama is by definition “racism”. Even though Obama has not proven that he is eligible for the job. Even though Obama has proven that he is not competent to do the job. Even a vote for Cain over Obama is racist. Regardless of the relative merits of the incumbent anti-American communist or the (hopefully conservative) challenger who gets our votes, any vote other than Obama has been defined to be racist. I am relieved to live in a world where we no longer need the words “racism” and “racist” for their intended purpose and can play with them as political toys. I just hope those who are still influenced by the race card will soon recognize that it is an empty accusation that is only worth ignoring.


13 posted on 09/27/2011 6:30:14 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Tulane

“...many of us think she is a nut job.”

Enough said.


14 posted on 09/27/2011 6:30:38 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad
" This author claims that any vote is racism. "

All the more reason to just do the oposite, vote against him.
SO WHAT ! who cares any more if some lunatics yell racism anymore ? what are they going to do if we vote our conscience ?
15 posted on 09/27/2011 6:30:46 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: rockrr

It wasn’t just the black population that voted for him because of his skin color.

There were lots of whites that voted for him for nothing other than the color of his skin as well.


16 posted on 09/27/2011 6:31:22 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be the triumph of a more subtle form of racism."

And, yet again, The One is being pressed into service for all mankind to break still another barrier. What more can one anointed man be asked to endure for the cause of his people?

Get out your bunny slippers and hop to it, pioneers. As for me and my people, I have a Krispy Kreme, and I'm going to eat it for breakfast.

17 posted on 09/27/2011 6:31:50 AM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: American Constitutionalist

Spelling correction : “ All the more reason to just do the opposite, vote against him. “


18 posted on 09/27/2011 6:31:59 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s NOT ‘liberal’ support which Obama is losing; it is support from the so-called center. Clinton held on to ‘liberal’ support because liberals had no one else to support. but he also held on to a decent percentage of so-called centrists. In 1996, when Clinton was re-elected, so-called centrists had either Bob Dole or Ross Perot to choose from in additona to Clinton, but he STILL managed to maintain enough support from them to win re-elecction with a plurality of the vote.

Barack Obama is unlikely to duplicate that feat, and it has NOTHING to do with voters being any kind of ‘racist’ - overt or subtle.


19 posted on 09/27/2011 6:33:08 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: jdsteel
People vote their lunch pails. Obama has stolen them from everyone and people will not vote for him because they have no jobs. It's simple and no amount of speeches, fund raisers, threats, anger and belittling will get unemployed people to vote for him.
With unemployment above 9% and no signs of it coming down, he is finished. The lunch pails are as empty as he is.
20 posted on 09/27/2011 6:33:10 AM PDT by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: jdsteel
People vote their lunch pails. Obama has stolen them from everyone and people will not vote for him because they have no jobs. It's simple and no amount of speeches, fund raisers, threats, anger and belittling will get unemployed people to vote for him.
With unemployment above 9% and no signs of it coming down, he is finished. The lunch pails are as empty as he is.
21 posted on 09/27/2011 6:33:17 AM PDT by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: Second Amendment First
Cat fight! Cat fight!

I never thought of mere friendship as needing to be as deep and lasting as Ms. Perry suggests.

I would have loved to seen Joanie's reaction to Perry's comments.

22 posted on 09/27/2011 6:33:51 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
These comparisons are neither an attack on the Clinton administration nor an apology for the Obama administration. They are comparisons of two centrist Democratic presidents

It had my interest until I came to that statement and then, I had to stop reading. Neither was or is "centrist" and to refer to Obama as centrist is incredible.

23 posted on 09/27/2011 6:34:12 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
There is racism in America... and it is rampant in the black community... obama is the movement's leader... black liberation theology... **** whitey... and that is exactly what obama has done since day one... in fact he has harmed the black community even more... and set race relations back 100 years... and this author is a blatant racist pig.

LLS

24 posted on 09/27/2011 6:34:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: WayneS

Wait! I’d like to amend my comment:

Barack Obama may duplicate Clinton’s 1996 popular vote percentage (43%) in 2012, but it would be against one opponent, not two.


25 posted on 09/27/2011 6:35:36 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.

What a remarkably stupid conclusion. "Standards never before imposed on an incumbent"?! If Zero was being held to standards that HAVE been imposed on previous incumbents, his own party wouldn't even give him the nomination.

His race is irrelevant. His incompetence, arrogance, and marxism are.

26 posted on 09/27/2011 6:36:47 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.

Wow.

Voting for more jobs; for a stronger America; and for a sound economic future for America is RACISS.

Voting against socialism; against overreaching Federal bureaucracy; and against empty promises by a teleprompter-reader is RACISS.

Voting for a more secure Israel; for a return of competancy to the Executive branch; and a Justice Department that once again acts with JUSTICE, is RACISS.

27 posted on 09/27/2011 6:37:30 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The answer is 'Yes'.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Why is it always about race? Can't it be about who is best for the Country? Oh wait, I see why it's about race.....

Melissa Harris-Perry

28 posted on 09/27/2011 6:38:08 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: WayneS

The only standard that applied to this goof is that he is a committed marxist and has black skin.

The CPUSA approved of obama.
The Democrat party approved of obama.
The drive by media approved of obama.

This claim that poor little baraq will be held to a standard never before imposed on an incumbant is just planting the seeds of cries of racism and discrimination. “See, all you white racists didn’t reelect the first historic black president. You are all a bunch of bigots.”

They are pre protesting just in case.


29 posted on 09/27/2011 6:40:06 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Second Amendment First

Sounds like Melissa Harris-Perry is the hater, hates Joan Walsh and refuses to be friends because Joan is white.


30 posted on 09/27/2011 6:40:36 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: rockrr
We witnessed electoral racism in its most egregious form in 2008 when essentially the entire black population voted for a person because of the color of his skin, NOT the quality of his character (or any other damned thing).

Not really. 88% voted for Kerry, 95% for Obama.

Given that blacks, like other Democrats and many other Americans, were really pissed off at the GOP in 08, the Democratic candidate would have gotten 90%+ of the black vote regardless of the color of his skin.

Where his skin color did make a difference in the black vote was in the number of black voters who showed up.

31 posted on 09/27/2011 6:40:42 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology.

Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of blacks to vote for non-blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology.
32 posted on 09/27/2011 6:41:16 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yeah, I’m voting to throw Biden, Reid, Pelosi and Warner out too because they are black and I’m a racist. /s


33 posted on 09/27/2011 6:41:45 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent.

"It's the economy, stupid."

34 posted on 09/27/2011 6:42:45 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s okay for 95% of blacks to vote for a candidate because of his race, but not okay for whites not to vote for someone because of the candidate’s race (although the reason for white flight from Obama is not race, it’s policy and performance).


35 posted on 09/27/2011 6:44:36 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Melissa Perry is anything but an intellectual. The truth is Melissa, Obama is an abject failure at governing. He is an absolute success at destroying. Blacks should be turning their backs also if they want any semblance of this country to remain


36 posted on 09/27/2011 6:47:18 AM PDT by rocketmag
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To: rockrr
...when essentially the entire black population voted for a person because of the color of his skin

Ah, the elephant in the room that nobody is allowed to address.

The SCFOAMF got about 96% of the black vote in 2008, IIRC. Hell, Kim Jong Il doesn't even get 96% in his "elections" and that dude is a way better golfer than Zero.

When you have 96% of any group voting in lockstep, I think it's safe to say that you have some serious deficiencies in individual thinking at work.

37 posted on 09/27/2011 6:47:24 AM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This “professor” is one of many people who have been teaching multiple generations of her own race that they are instantly “disadvantaged” at the moment of birth by reason of the color of their skin. She and many others continue to perpetrate white racism towards blacks whether it is real or imagined, while ignoring the rampant racism among themselves.

Antisemitism, hatred of whites, hatred of different Asian races and black on black violence and murder are the modern hallmarks of Professor Harris-Perry’s people, but you can be sure she does not focus on any of those issues.


38 posted on 09/27/2011 6:48:23 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: Pollster1

Look at the bright side, this line of attack by the liberals is going to BACKFIRE bigtime. I had an apolitical female friend who supported Barack Obama tell me the other day that she is really sick all opposition to Obama being labeled a racist. She said she won’t vote for him again based on that reason alone.


39 posted on 09/27/2011 6:48:34 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
President Obama has experienced a swift, steep decline in support among whites - from 61 percent in 2009 to 33 percent now. I believe much of that can be attributed to their disappointment that choosing a black man for president did not prove to be their redemption or the nation's. The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.

This conclusion makes some sense.

Of course, Obama ran not as another politician, but as the savior of America and the world.

If you oversell yourself, you don't really have a right to get upset when buyer remorse sets in more strongly than if you'd been more realistic in your sales pitch.

40 posted on 09/27/2011 6:50:51 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yeah yeah white conservative here so I gots to b racist


41 posted on 09/27/2011 6:53:17 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (Majo)
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To: KansasGirl

There’s one...


42 posted on 09/27/2011 6:54:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: liberalh8ter

Let the liberals have their theories, conspiracies and paranoia. Bottom line is their cipher, their hope and change is about to get beaten badly next year. How they rationalize or blame the loss on the moon cycles, racism, voting machines it’s meaningless to me that they like our verdict on Obama. I listen to the liberals logic as much as I used to listen to my daughter when she was 6 and would make excuses why she should stay up past her bedtime. They are lunatics, they have a demonstrable mental disorder, for some it’s a malignant pathology that would lead them to violence and mass murder. If we could dispirit and demoralize another black, white or purple leftists from running again even better. That’s right liberals we are crazed racist, you can’t win in the long term, surrender, quit liberals there is no hope. This liberal egghead in particular I would worry, your six figure cushy tenured job, we are going to get rid of that also. Hope Rachael Maddow or HuffPo pays well because your Buppie lifestyle is going to be over. Higher ed is one of the biggest scams going, 10’s of billions in waste a fraud and obsene salaries for proferssors and administrators.


43 posted on 09/27/2011 6:54:57 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: Night Hides Not

My Husband and I will have no qualms writing-in Herman Cain’s name if the powers that be neglect to add it to the ballot! The character of a man is what counts. This Country needs Herman Cain in the White House.


44 posted on 09/27/2011 6:56:20 AM PDT by Tomato lover (We need an army of Woodrow Call's.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hey Melissa,
Call me what you want, but I’ll NEVER vote for this muslim, gay, crackhead, commie..

FUBO


45 posted on 09/27/2011 6:59:33 AM PDT by bfree (The revolution is coming - OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
150 years of freedom and it's still racism that keeps blacks down.

Hey Melissa!

Want to know what keeps blacks down?

Talk a walk, at anytime during the day or night, through Louis Armstrong Park, right there in New Orleans.

Then take a walk through the Garden district.

Teach THAT!

46 posted on 09/27/2011 6:59:45 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama - Wear The Fail!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

47 posted on 09/27/2011 7:00:14 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent

If he walks and acts like a Jimmy Carter you can call it racism, but, that doesn't change the fact that he is Carter-lite and he ain't getting my vote. Period.
48 posted on 09/27/2011 7:01:31 AM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: MNDude

49 posted on 09/27/2011 7:03:28 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Tomato lover
My Husband and I will have no qualms writing-in Herman Cain’s name if the powers that be neglect to add it to the ballot! The character of a man is what counts. This Country needs Herman Cain in the White House.

When it comes to the survival of our country, character trumps all.

50 posted on 09/27/2011 7:05:28 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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