Open Thread: Super-Suthron Tuesday

(Tim Egan via GoComics.com)
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Anybody outside of the GOP Magic(al Thinking) Circle still care enough to pay attention?
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And if not, what’s getting the attention in everybody’s neighborhoods, this evening?

258 replies
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    In the last frame, Newt looks like a petulant 2-year-old! It’s so cute!

    And I assume the Puritan is actually Savonarola.

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    Eric S. says:

    Just logged off of work.

    I’ve got Green Zone on in the back ground. Never seen it before. It is a bit blunt force in the messaging department. Maybe that’s a good thing right now vis-a-vis Iran.

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    lamh35 says:

    Could care less. I’m catching up on my DVR queue.

    I do see on twitter that Romney was “caught” on camera saying what we all know to be the GOP man on Planned Parenthood.

    Romney: “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that.”

    The ads should already be written.

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    Gromit says:

    What’s up with the site continually redirecting me to this godawful mobile site when I’m on my iPhone? It didn’t always do this. It’s pretty awful, and tapping on the “desktop site” link only gets me an error message. Mobile sites are for phones with crappy screens and browsers.

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    Anoniminous says:

    I do.

    I want Frothy to win Mississippi and Alabama, knock Newt out, so we can have a naked mud wrestle tween him and the Romney_Bot.

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    We had a hockey game Saturday night and so we DVR’d “Game Change” and are just now watching it.

    What’s really getting me about half way through is not just that the McCain people foisted this clueless bimbette onto the national stage, but that someone so hopelessly clueless about national affairs could be made governor of the state of Alaska in the first place.

    I think right there we have a big part of the problem. People don’t pay attention to the state and local races as much because we no longer have a media which focuses on state and local issues. And clueless idiots become state representatives and then become governor and then become fucking VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES.

    That is all.

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    gbear says:

    @Linda Featheringill: Hmm, I thought he looked like he has a face mullet.

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    Marty says:

    You can laugh at the GOP. But the latest poll shows Obama’s approval slipping because of GAS PRICES UP 30 CENTS OMIGOD!

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    lamh35 says:

    In my best Charlie Brown voice “Good Grief…!” What is the deal with people handing off their babies to President’s? Ya’ll seem to know stuff, is this an age old practice? Who was the first President photographed holding supporters babies?

    Hey baby

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    Quarks says:

    I’m mostly reacting to the news that Hawai’i’s polls close at 2 am EST, which is yet another indication that I may very well be up late in November.

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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    My asshole friend has been posting stupid Obama t-shirt caption contests on fb and I waded into the comments last Sunday. FSM help us all. I don’t post much to my fb page other than political cartoons ripping the GOP a new one. I don’t hear much back from my wingnut cousins, uncles, or friends, but I hope it’s pissing them off.

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    @Southern Beale:

    someone so hopelessly clueless about national affairs could be made governor of the state of Alaska in the first place.

    Something like:

    “Hey. She is governor ferchrissakes. How stupid could she be?”

    Yeah. What could go wrong?

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    Raven says:

    @lamh35: Not just presidents, candidates.

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    dmsilev says:

    There are apparently people in both Alabama and Mississippi that voted for Jon Hunstman. Herman Cain seems to have been shut out though.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    Weather was supernaturally gorgeous today. I’m looking forward to the GOP scaling new heights of idiocy as tonight’s primary returns come in.

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    @lamh35:

    Politicians have been given babies for a long time. Dunno when it started. It’s probably a manifestation of something very primitive. Maybe we don’t want to know.

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    Anoniminous says:

    Santorum has the early lead in both Alabama and Mississippi but both states are under 20% of precincts reporting so there’s a lot of votes to lose mar miscount go.

    ETA: there were 552,209 votes in 2008 in Alabama and 143,286 in Missississpi cast in the GOP primary in ’08.

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    @lamh35:

    According to Wiki, the practice apparently started at the time of Andrew Jackson. FWIW.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Anoniminous: Mississippi is up to almost 25% now, and Frothy is still in the lead, albeit only by a couple of percentage point. The Romneytronic 3000 is running third in both states.

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    Felinious Wench says:

    My family and I were all over the teevee this weekend because Mr. Wench was coaching a basketball game, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

    Young Male child was caught in camera in a full nose pick. Hit the Jumbo-Tron and the network. A very public pick.

    The teasing has been relentless from Other Young Male and Coach. Mom is stepping in now.

    It was freaking hilarious.

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    JPL says:

    @lamh35: He also wants to get rid of Amtrak subsidies. The subsidies normally go to cross country trips because Acela is successful. Most repubs want to privatize Acela and subsidize the cross country. Free enterprise works best when you can insure a profit.
    As far as planned parenthood some nice person will give you a few bucks for aspirin so don’t worry about it.

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    Raven says:

    Clark Kellogg did a nice interview with Obama and Cameron.

    Basetball Jones!

    I wandered into BJ two years ago this week after getting banned from FDL, sure am glad.

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    JPL says:

    There was a couple with a baby during the 2008 election who took pictures with every candidate to insure their baby had a pic with the President holding it. It’s easy if you live in NH.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @dmsilev:

    Romneytronic 3000

    pish-tosh

    You need to up-grade to the Romeny_Bot 2012 Rev. D with the “Eatin’ ‘un Talkin’ Southern” module.

    And

    Wheeeeeeeee!!!!!!! 30% reporting in Mississippi and Frothy’s still in the lead.

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    Zagloba says:

    Lily Ledbetter delivered the Cuninggim lecture tonight; Ms Zagloba and I were very much in attendance.

    A lot has been said about women deserting the GOP this election cycle; one thing I didn’t know was that Ledbetter was a staunchly nonpartisan activist until the 2008 season, and she’s proudly part of the Obama campaign messaging this time around.

    If you like getting paid to work, vote Dem and vote often.

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    scav says:

    @Raven: Dickens wrote about candidates kissing babies when he was still Boz in The Pickwick Papers so it had to be trite even then.

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    magurakurin says:

    @Marty:
    see Silver, Nate aka Poblano

    This is the same old story, in other words. In overreacting to every tick in Mr. Obama’s approval ratings, you’ll risk losing sight of the bigger picture.

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    danielx says:

    The elephant is sinking! Quick, throw him an anvil!

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    Raven says:

    @scav: I was just reading that Gillian Anderson came out as a switch hitter and is playing Miss Haversham in the new Great Expectations.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Anoniminous: I thought about that, but after the hideous experience with RombotOS Vista, I’ve learned to always wait until at least SP2 before upgrading.

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    Jager says:

    @Raven: Damn, was Miss Haversham a switch hitter?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Old Dan and Little Ann:

    Haven’t seen you around for a while. Hope you’re doing well. (Could be me, of course — some days it’s really hard to stay on top of threads.)

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: A friend gave me a play by play of the Obama antics during the game and I guess he carried a baby on the way out. I think it’s so cool that there are a lot of students who know the PM of England and now have better qualifications for VP of the repub party than Sarah.

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    scav says:

    @Raven: immediate non sequitur on my part but now I’m very much in love with the idea of a switch hitting Miss Haversham (almost better than Jasper Fforde’s Miss H.) and didn’t we just get a Helena Bonham Carter Miss H? I am so far behind.

    @Jager: Yea! I’ve got company!

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    Raven says:

    @scav: This is brand new, Ray Winstone is in it too!

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    RossInDetroit says:

    Speaking of teasing, one of my co-workers nearly had to spend 36 hours locked in a gym locker room. He was all alone in a school doing inspections at 9:00 pm on Saturday when a door knob came off in his hand. Locked in! He was in the process of trying to disassemble the lock with a key and a fingernail when his iPhone picked up one bar of signal and he called for help.
    The building engineer got his ass chewed for the defective lock.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @scav:

    and didn’t we just get a Helena Bonham Carter Miss H?

    When? Where? Why wasn’t I informed? I left word that I was to be informed of things like this.

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    scav says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Might not even be out yet, so Google is your friend.

    Here’s a Guardian something or other

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    In Mississippi it looks like it’s mostly the Delta that hasn’t reported yet. Any locals can tell who that would favor?

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    Hill Dweller says:

    NBC projects Frothy Mix winning Alabama.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Anoniminous:

    You need to up-grade to the Romeny_Bot 2012 Rev. D with the “Eatin’ ‘un Talkin’ Southern” module.

    Did Willard craft a new stump speech to appeal to the yahoos in the Deep South?

    “I’m glad to be in the Land of Cotton, where good times are not forgotten…”

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    Gravenstone says:

    NBC news just called Alabama for Sen Frothy. The fun, she is just starting.

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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Always reading. Rarely posting. Thanks for asking, though. I am currently watching the season finale of Portandia. I found it on demand a few weeks ago and now my wife and I can’t get enough.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Anoniminous:

    A few weeks from now, one too many downloadable pandering programs will result in the unfortunate sight of Mitt dressing up in blackface.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mike in NC: Sort of. He revealed a new-found liking for grits, started dropping terminal g’s, and boasted that he hung out with the owners of NASCAR teams.

    I am not making any of that up.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    It’s getting frothy in here. NBC just called Alabama for Sweater Vest Torquemada.

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    scav says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: And them immediately adding that he has friends who own that plantation.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @dmsilev:

    RombotOS Vista

    lol

    (57% in Mississippi with Santorum leading, Alabama 29% ditto)

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    It’s quite possible that Newt could win Mississippi, he’s only 1 percentage point behind Frothy. Somehow I’d like that more that Frothy taking both.

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    andy says:

    I actually liked the new John Carter movie, and found myself looking up at Mars and trying to wish my way there like John Carter did in the books, just the way I did when I was a kid 40 years ago.

    Ahh well.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @scav: Interesting. I would have expected darker hair.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    @Anoniminous: Somewhere in Russia or China there’s a hacker writing the virus that will infect Mitt’s registry and cause him to spew out spam email by the terabyte. It will be very entertaining.

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    lamh35 says:

    now they are trying to say that Exit Polls under-represented late evening voters who broke for Santorum…why cause who coulda thought it…working men and women usually have to wait til after work to vote.

    So that may explain why exit pols are so skewed. Or people lied to pollster about Romney being Mormon being a problem with them…My bet is more the later than the former.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    Looks like all of the overprivileged asshole parts of Missisisisisisisisisisisipi have come in early, and the Romneybot has underperformed. Question remains whether the Talibangelicans bring it home for Man on Dog.

    @dmsilev:

    and boasted that he hung out with the owners of NASCAR teams

    And NFL teams. Compared to them, NASCAR team owners are paupers.

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    one too many downloadable pandering programs will result in the unfortunate sight of Mitt dressing up in blackface.

    And burning crosses on lawns.

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    dmsilev says:

    @andy: I was thinking of going to see that this weekend. My dad had a whole collection of ERB paperbacks in a box in a closet, and I binged on them at age ~13 or so. Good memories, but I’m not entirely sure revisiting them is a great idea.

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    rikyrah says:

    so, Alabama for Little Ricky

    LOL

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    Soonergrunt says:

    I don’t think we’ll see Veritas tonight. I don’t think the little meth-head will be able to stand it in here. Shame. I was looking forward to twenty comments of VICTORY!

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    dmsilev says:

    So, let’s review. The GOP front-runner, the man with all the establishment support and great gobs of cash, is running third in two GOP primaries in the heart of the Republican base.

    Mittmentum!

    *VICTORY!*

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    Anoniminous says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Romney’s swing through the south has been nothing short of an insincere – even for Romney! – bout of ass-kissing. Example, he discovered this new foodstuff called “grits.” He likes them.

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    I highly doubt the “black-face” but I do expect him, at any moment, to start strumming a banjo and singing “Dixie.”

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    danielx says:

    Was watching the planets earlier…Venus and Jupiter both bright as can be. Now watching Justified, since other alternatives appear to suck.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @RossInDetroit:

    Are you referring to the ‘Huckleberry (Jist-Us-Folks)’ SMS Ap for the RombotOS Vista @dmsilev referred to, upthread?

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    amk says:

    @dmsilev:

    mittmentum = mehmentum.

    Gotta lurv sutheners’ hatred for the nahtheners.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    @Anoniminous:

    I was thinking of an Independence Day scenario where the all powerful invader is brought down by a virus.

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    redshirt says:

    If Romney’s the nominee surely his weakness in the South will in the least depress turnout.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

    (He shouted. In his best imitation “Rebel Yell” voice.)

    ETA: @RossInDetroit:

    Ooops. My Bad.

    (+2 going +3, Real Soon Now)

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    Little Boots says:

    they’ve blown it. they actually had a chance.

    but they’ve blown it with the crazy.

    the country is sick of the crazy. for now.

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    KG says:

    @Soonergrunt: let me try standing in for him:

    LOL you dumb libtards, it’s about delegates and because it’s so close Santorum and Gingrich aren’t going to make up any ground. And The Next President, the guy who is going to beat Obambi is going to win Hawaii and American Samoa so he’s probably going to come out ahead in delegates for the night.

    VICTORY!

    And now, I need a shower

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @redshirt:

    I’ve wondered about that, and if it means Southern states with high African-American populations will be, if not actually in play, then at least getting a slightly bigger share of GOP defense money than they usually do.

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    Fluke bucket says:

    Tonight is the night they drove old Newtie down

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @KG: Well done! I think you’ve successfully lowered the average IQ of the posters to this thread. Just like the real one would.

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    magurakurin says:

    Looks like it’s going to be a bad night for…..

    ……Nate Silver.

    The Internet’s number one handicapper is coming up short on this one.
    He had Alabama at
    Newt
    Mitt
    Rih

    and Miss. at
    Mitt
    Newt
    Rih

    Ya can’t win em all, eh Nate. I’m still a big fan though. Best numbers guy there is.

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    chopper says:

    @RossInDetroit:

    that would be awesome. he’s all at a town hall and someone asks him a question and he’s all pretending to be a Nigerian prince looking for a western union wire.

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    Little Boots says:

    it’s really funny.

    I mean, nobody actually likes the left outside the left, generally speaking.

    but it takes effort to get everyone to hate the right. and cain and bachmann and santorum and gingrich and many, many others have made that effort and they have succeeded.

    praise the jeebus!

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Fluke bucket:

    Nah, he’s stayin’ in. Given how badly Romney would be losing basically every state if the conservative vote wasn’t being split in half, it’s enough to make me wonder if there’s any shenanigans.

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    chopper says:

    @magurakurin:

    well folks, when you’re right 52 percent of the time you’re wrong 48 percent of the time.

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    KG says:

    @Soonergrunt: thanks, I think…

    I’m not going to lie, the only way this could get any better is if Ron Paul pulls a surprise in Hawaii.

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    rikyrah says:

    for the person who asked about the Delta, it just doesn’t have the population centers that Jackson and the Gulf Coast have…Willard had to win those areas handily in order to win the state.

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    maya says:

    @Anoniminous:

    Romney’s swing through the south has been nothing short of an insincere – even for Romney! – bout of ass-kissing. Example, he discovered this new foodstuff called “grits.” He likes them.

    He’ll find okra will be more compatible to his slimy texture.

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    dmsilev says:

    Oh boy. Does this mean I have to vote for Frothy in the IL primary next week? Because I’m not sure I can bring myself to do that.

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    Jager says:

    @Raven: I know, I know. I think a switch hitting Miss Haversham would update the story. Is Jenna Jameson producing in conjunction with Vivid?

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    Reuters) – For the first time since early July, more Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing than disapprove, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that shows his approval rating now at 50 percent.

    Polls go up. Polls go down

    Then they circle round and round.

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    HelpThe99ers says:

    If the primary becomes a two-person race, can we call it “Man on Dog on Car”?

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @magurakurin:

    The Internet’s number one handicapper is coming up short on this one.

    His model is only as good as the data that goes in, and he added in a metric fucktonne of caveats over the weekend, saying that the polling data smelled unreliable, and wondered whether it was those ol’ Southrons lying to pollsters, or not surveying cellphone users, or something else.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @maya:

    I have eaten fermented herring. I have eaten raw oysters. I have eaten shark that has been dug-up from a beach after being buried for four months.

    I have NEVER eaten something as disgustingly slimy-awful as okra.

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    magurakurin says:

    Silver’s site has a map breaking out the counties. Romney is winning the cities, Newt in the southern halves of the states and Rih in the dark hill of the northern portions. I only went through Alabama once over 25 years ago. I had a long pony tail and a beard. We stopped once for gas because we absolutely had to. It was a terrifying experience. I realize that judging an entire region based on a single morning of driving is just silly, but I’m guessing that Romney’s hair might be too long for that area.

    Looking at the break down maps, though, it really, really looks like the GOP is severely fractured.

    popcorn, lots of popcorn.

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    scav says:

    @dmsilev: I think we’re going to need a support and plan group to figure it all out. The mind reels.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @pseudonymous in nc:

    Missisisisisisisisisisisipi

    You attended the Herman Cain Colege of Speling at Uzbekibekistanstanstan campus, didn’t you?

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    amk says:

    LOLGOP tweet:

    GOP to President Obama: We get to humiliate Romney first.

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    magurakurin says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):
    +1 for making me listen to that song after a long long time.

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    Quarks says:

    @dmsilev: If Huntsman is still on the ballot, vote that? At least it’s a not-Romney vote, and every one of those forces him to spend just a little more of this war chest before the general election — and that way, you haven’t forced yourself to vote for Santorum.

    Or, vote Paul.

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    Little Boots says:

    we would all like a better country, but this is the one we get.

    and this one is smart enough that it will not pick the Romneybot, it just won’t.

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    dmsilev says:

    @lamh35: Not to mention the claim from the Rombots that Santorum’s campaign was desperate and on its last legs. Probably not the right thing to claim the morning before losing a pair of Southern primaries.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    @Anoniminous:

    Example, he discovered this new foodstuff called “grits.” He likes them.

    It’s worse…he said he liked “cheesy grits.” It’s “cheese grits,” Yankee. And his other great line is that he’s starting to like catfish, after telling a diner owner a month ago he’s “not a catfish lover.”

    Now, remember, in 2008, Obama was roundly criticized for ordering fucking ORANGE JUICE in a diner, instead of coffee, somehow proving he was “not a regular guy.” And this fucking android gets a pass for “not a catfish lover” in the Deep South?

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    TOP123 says:

    @Anoniminous: cold raw sea cucumber. You are warned.

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    KG says:

    oh holy hell, Santorum is going to spend two days campaigning in Puerto Rico. If there was ever something to get them to vote for independence, wouldn’t that be it?

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    @dmsilev:

    the claim from the Rombots that Santorum’s campaign was desperate and on its last legs.

    See “throes, last.”

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    @magurakurin:

    It’s a great song, as are all of Joni’s/

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    KG says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: maybe the grits he got were magic grits (still, quite possibly the best scene Joe Pesci ever did)

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    chopper says:

    man, if you’re looking for a nice natural sweetener i hear mitt’s tears are fucking delicious.

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    Quarks says:

    @KG: Well, part of the Republican strategy does seem to be “get rid of the brown people.”

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    @KG:

    Love that movie, especially since I’m a lawyer in a small southern town.

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    dmsilev says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: Oh Lord, I remember the Orange Juice scandal. That was back when I actually watched Tweety, and I wanted to reach through the TV set and smack him and scream “tens of millions of Americans drink orange juice for breakfast EVERY FUCKING DAY! It’s not an exotic drink, you overpaid blowhard!”.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @KG:

    Wait, the Puerto Rico primary is next? Oh God, there isn’t enough popcorn in the world to watch Mitt rediscover his Puerto Rican heritage.

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    Little Boots says:

    nobody in their right mind likes either of these assholes. nobody.

    please get that, people.

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    dmsilev says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: Well, the intertubes inform me that a Romney spokesdroid went on CNN tonight to proclaim “Resistance is futile.”, so at least they’re drawing from some quality sources.

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    efgoldman says:

    Mittster will probably win the thing, when all is said and done, with his tidal wave of money.
    It is likely, however, that Senator Savonarola will insist on his pound of flesh, in the form of a prime-time convention speech. So, at the exact same time that Mittster is tacking toward the center for the general, and people are starting to pay attention, Senator Savonarola will recap all the worst of the fanatic authoritarian winter and spring. Remember how scary old Uncle Pat Buchanan scared the crap out of the electorate with his “culture war” speech in 1992? A joke compared to what Torquemada will say.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    Jeebus on a bus.

    Is he also planning a campaign at the Daytona 499 later?

    The man is f—ing clueless.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    @dmsilev:

    That was the point at which I began drinking heavily. Well, one of them. If our public discourse had come to that, I didn’t ever want to be sober again.

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    beltane says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: I for one look forward to watching Mitt Romney eat cuchifritos on the campaign trail.

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    KG says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: Puerto Rico goes on Sunday.

    MSNBC just called Mississippi for Santorum

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    It looks like Mississippi is covered in Santorum too. Called for Rih.

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    dmsilev says:

    Nets are starting to call MS for Frothy. A bad night for the Romneytronic; he probably knew this was coming, which is why he bolted from the region before the polls even closed.

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    John M. Burt says:

    Yes, I am passionately concerned with the Repub party primaries.

    The longer and nastier they are, the more House and Senate seats that will go to decent human beings.

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    beltane says:

    Mississippi was just called for the Frothy One.

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    rikyrah says:

    MSNBC just called MS for Little Ricky

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    Anoniminous says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    Wait, the Puerto Rico primary is next? Oh God, there isn’t enough popcorn in the world to watch Mitt rediscover his Puerto Rican heritage.

    The Internets. They have been won.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    Remember how scary old Uncle Pat Buchanan scared the crap out of the electorate with his “culture war” speech in 1992?

    Remember it? It’s the speech that moved me firmly into the liberal camp, after years of being a determined centrist. My words at the time, IIRC, were “fuck these people.”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @dmsilev:

    All the first-person reports I’ve heard say it’s not going to win any awards, but it’s a fun time. Matinee and big bucket of popcorn kind of movie.

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    Chris says:

    @beltane:

    Whaddaya know, a Catholic taking Alabama and Mississippi? And it took a Mormon to make it happen.

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    scav says:

    @beltane: for one glorious minute I thought those would be deep fried cucarachas.

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    Jager says:

    @magurakurin: He shold have grown a mullet and added a feed store cap to his brand new LL Bean barn coat, plaid shirt, mom jeans and work boots

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    beltane says:

    It looks like Romney wins the Bronze Medal in both Alabama and Mississippi.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    @dmsilev:

    Well, they threw out almost everything but the names, but it was still a fun movie.

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    Little Boots says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    yes, and everyone else was turned off.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    Mother of mercy, is this the end of Newt?

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    More poll fun, this one from Bloomberg, that is similar to the Reuters/Ipso poll above, but something stuck out in this poll, broken down by age groups.

    Romney leads among men, by 48 percent to 46 percent. Romney wins seniors age 65 and over by 19 points. The two split those between the ages of 35-54, and Obama overwhelmingly wins Americans under the age of 35.

    This the Greatest Gen” folks, that have been a thorn in the side of dems getting and keeping governing majorities. Doubly so because because they are avid voters and always show up to pull the lever, or circle the oval

    The good news is for the country, though not for them, that they are on their way out for crossing to the other side, as nature dictates its will. What is behind them, are much friendlier demographics for democrats. The goopers know this, and is a big reason why the wingnuts are so batshit crazy and desperate right now..

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    Chris says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    Mother of mercy, is this the end of Newt?

    That he can’t take the Deep South? Yes, I would say so.

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    jl says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    Maybe Newt can take the caucus in Hawaii.

    Edit: If Rih can do more damage by himself, then I guess Newt just has to get out of the race. But I will miss Newt. I doubt I can watch a debate. No Perry, no Bachmann, no Cain, no Newt. They all had some sparkle and dash. Rih and Romney? No. I’ll have to tune out and hope for the worst mess possible in the rest of the GOP primaries.

    Edit: and Paul too, I guess, Paul will always be there.

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    Anoniminous says:

    Alabama and Mississippi both go Frothy.

    The only “reason” for Gingrich to stay in the race, he could collect delegates in the Deep South, has evaporated. Besides wasting wossname’s money … what’s the point?

    (Although if I had to look at this over the morning breakfast table I’d be on the campaign trail too.)

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    Little Boots says:

    seriously, can we have an ounce of self confidence in this movement?

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    Little Boots says:

    I cannot be the only one who gets that we’re winning?

    Doug?

    Omnes?

    John?

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    KG says:

    I keep wondering what these “free market” Republicans plan to do to lower gas prices… I mean other than price controls or tariffs, I can’t imagine how that happens. Not when we are producing at capacity and a net oil exporter.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    @Anoniminous:

    (Although if I had to look at this over the morning breakfast table I’d be on the campaign trail too.)

    AAAAAAAAAHHHHH! WHY DID YOU SHOW ME THAT!!!????

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    beltane says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): It’s heartening to see the way the GOP is using its last few years of relevance in making sure that women under the age of 35 regard them with the same affection young women feel for their local serial killer.

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    AB says:

    I think a big reason Gingrich is staying in is to become VP. If Romney wins, he is going to need a Gingrich type on the ticket. If Santorum wins, Gingrich has no chance at VP.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    I keep wondering what these “free market” Republicans plan to do to lower gas prices…

    Drill more! And on Federal lands!

    That’s the local talking point, at least. Drilling is way up, but it doesn’t count because we’re not doing it on Federal land. Srsly.

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    kay says:

    Our county Obama organizer arrived last night, so she’ll be w/us ’till November.
    They trained in Columbus and then
    went out from there.
    She’s staying w/us for now, for as long as she wants to.
    She’s very young, probably 21 or 22, from rural southern Indiana, and the first thing she did when she got here was call her parents.
    Which made me smile, what with all the bullshit about radical leftist community organizers.

    call her parents

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    Little Boots says:

    oh, damn, I need omnes.

    I promise no numa … maybe.

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    freelancer says:

    @kay:

    That’s awesome.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    You attended the Herman Cain Colege of Speling at Uzbekibekistanstanstan campus, didn’t you?

    I just wanted to make sure I got all the esses in there somewhere.

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    PIGL says:

    I almost feel sorry for Mr. Romney. I mean, I am certain that Gingrich is chaotic evil, and I am fairly certain that Santorum is lawful evil. But Romney…cloddish and unprincipled and powerhungry and Republigan certainly, but I would go more with lawful neutral. Except for that matter of the dog, I do not think he deserves to be defeated by these deeply creepy hosebags.

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    mdblanche says:

    Sigh. My heart’s just not in it anymore. When I first started seeing this show on my TV, I thought it was just too trashy. But it gradually grew on me as a guilty pleasure. Oh, and the twists. Always wondering what whacky unexpected twist they’d come up with next. Each one more over the top and less believable than the last. But now it’s curdled. The pleasure’s gone but the guilt isn’t. I’m ready for cancellation and as much fun as it had been I wouldn’t have minded if they’d wrapped it up and make tonight’s episode the finale. But no, another twist. They’re going to keep going even in the face of steeply declining ratings. Could someone please let them know it’s time to pack it in while we can still remember some of the good times? Oh, too late…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Anoniminous: You think she looks like that at breakfast?

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    Little Boots says:

    @AB:

    better than palin,

    and less disciplined.

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    @beltane:

    Yup

    Romney Would End Planned Parenthood
    In an interview with KSDK-TV, Mitt Romney said he would eliminate any federal funding of Planned Parenthood in an effort to reduce the national debt.

    Said Romney: “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that.

    And the beat goes on

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    newt hears donor of newt gas has cancer, just goes to show, you can’t divorce a donor.

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    Ed Drone says:

    @andy:

    Ulysses? Ulysses Paxton? Is that you?

    Ed

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    PeakVT says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: Easy, easy, it’s just a prop from ST:TOS.

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    freelancer says:

    Ahhhh!They put Rachel in the blue eye makeup again! Why do they DO that?!

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    Warren Terra says:

    @PIGL:

    Romney … I would go more with lawful neutral

    It’s been decades since I was familiar with this stuff, but wasn’t occasionally telling the truth an important prerequisite for “lawful”? I mean, if you’d wanted to say he was the only one with an INT score in the double digits and a WIS score above 6, then maybe. But “lawful”?

    Yes, I was a tremendous nerd, why do you ask? And happy Pi day tomorrow, folks.

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    Little Boots says:

    who wouldn’t love gingrich.

    what kind of thrice married slackjawed yokel wouldn’t love gingrich?

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    Little Boots says:

    oh don’t even tell me I killed another thread.

    just wake up you goobers.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Little Boots:

    just wake up you goobers.

    Maybe its time for a new thread.

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    PIGL says:

    @Warren Terra: You reasoning is sound, and you are way bigger of a nerd than I. I think his inner tendencies are less evil than the others, is what I’m trying to say…the others are evil for fun, or just ’cause, for him it’s a price he’d rather not pay, but does.

    And I say these nice things about the dirty rotten Planned Parenthood basher and extreme conservative ONLY because I understand that he did some things as governer of Massachusetts that were not downright evil. I stand ready tobe corrected.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    :: pounds fists holding eating utensils rhythmically on table ::

    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!
    We. Want. VERITAS!

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Little Boots: Confidence is fine. We just don’t want overconfidence. If there’s anyway to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, Democrats will search long and hard for it.

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    Little Boots says:

    If John were here he’d be very disappointed in you people!

    As would Doug.

    who’d be a little relieved, but still.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    You knew the link was dangerous when you clicked it. I disavow any responsibility for psychological damage.

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    H’mmmmmmmmmm. Well, I guess she could look like this … but I rather hope not.

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    sfinny says:

    What? I just finished cleaning the fridge. Do I have to read the whole thread?

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    bootsy says:

    Guys! Hadn’t really been following tonight’s event, but check out this unbelievable footage of Santorum’s victory celebration! :)

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    efgoldman says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    We. Want. VERITAS!

    Speak for yourself. I’d rather not see any of his nyms, ever again.

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    Little Boots says:

    @efgoldman:

    yes, someone yell at John.

    he tends to ignore me.

    possibly with good reason, but still.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @kay:

    That made me grin widely.

    And tear up, just a little. (Probably allergies. Yeah, that’s it.)

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    jnfr says:

    I’m having too much fun watching all this, but then Mr J and I have a way out of the country if we need to run.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: You can’t handle the VERITAS!

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    David Koch says:

    Reuters Poll: Obama leads Romney 52 to 41 percent in a head-to-head match-up, nearly double the margin from February.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Little Boots:

    yes, someone yell at John.

    I’m sure that John and his furry friends have long since gone to bed.

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    Little Boots says:

    @efgoldman:

    which is so unfair.

    we’re here.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Calista strikes me as the kind of woman who was trained to keep her “face” on at all times. Newt has probably never seen her without makeup.

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    freelancer says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    I love you. That was great.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    and vice versa, god willing.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    Has anyone checked whether the pattern has continued of the Romneybot winning counties that will go to Obama in November?

    Hm, Alabama sort of fits, apart from Mobile; Mississippi is a better match, apart from the area around Gulfport.

    Basically, Dog on Car is winning blue counties.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Little Boots:

    we’re here.

    Not for long. I stayed up long enough to see the forecast (beautiful, sunny, in 60s for RI, about 20 degrees above normal). I’m on my way myself. Pretty soon you’re going to have to go meta, and start snarking on your own comments.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @efgoldman:
    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Um . . . It was a pun.

    No, no…not a pun…What’s that thing that spells the same backwards as forwards?

    Ew. Tnaw

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    Little Boots says:

    @efgoldman:

    wouldn’t be the first time.

    oh well.

    omnes? numa?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mnemosyne: ::shudder:: (another thought) Ew! ::shudder::

    I now doubt I will sleep tonight and, if I do, I will have the nightmares of the damned.

    @Little Boots: No.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Newt has probably never seen her without makeup.

    It would probably crack and fall off in pieces, like Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her.

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    efgoldman says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    What’s that thing that spells the same backwards as forwards?

    A palindrome.
    You’d expect us to notice, this late at night? And I’m old, besides.

    ETA: But what you posted, isn’t [a palindrome].

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    Egg Berry says:

    The silence of UNLIMITED CASH is deafening.

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    amk says:

    poor veritas. Is he on suicide watch yet ? Apparently his boss ain’t.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    so bitter. so angry.

    how can anyone hate the numa?

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    Anoniminous says:

    @pseudonymous in nc:

    I don’t know about counties but, so far, GOP base states have mostly gone to a Not-Romney.

    Florida and Ohio – two GOP Must Haves – did go Romney. Ohio barely (and possibly because Santorum didn’t get on all the ballots,) Florida decisively but you’ll recall Obama won them in ’08.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @KG: Yeah. It’s basically drill and build the pipeline. Which won’t do anything for gas prices, but it would do what they want to do – and they’ll hope people will forget the promise later. A lot of these new oil reserves require high prices to make it profitable to drill. So there is going to be very little incentive to drill otherwise. The president I think made it rather clear that subsidizing the oil companies through tax credits is untenable because the output would be profitable at the current prices. There is no need to incentivize the production. Although the industry would love them some tax credits anyway.

    Bill O’Reilly floated the idea of taxing the export of refined petroleum. But Oil Drum discussed that at length. We don’t have a supply shortage due to export. The petroleum we are sending out of the country is going back to the countries who are exporting oil to us. Oil that we still need. If we were to stop sending it back in a refined form (wrecking their economies in the process), there is a good chance that they would stop sending petroleum to us.

    There’s the Trump plan-you know, where we simply invade countries with oil and take it from them. I don’t know how the Brazilians would feel about that. And it’s a very expensive way to get a resource that someone is willing to sell to you.

    But Reagan showed that gas under a dollar is a right like cheap food, and I could see too many people trading social security and medicare for the promise of cheap food and gas.

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    jwb says:

    @Egg Berry: If I was UNLIMITED CASH, I’d be wondering just how effective I’m going to be in the summer and fall.

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    Redshift says:

    @PIGL: The key thing to remember is that Romney is always doing what is best for Romney, but he’s not always good at foreseeing what will actually be positive for his career. He did non-evil things in Massachusetts because if the GOP hadn’t gone (more) crazy in unanticipated ways, they would have been good qualifications for running for president.

    If he were to be elected (FSM forbid), he would do appalling things, because that would almost certainly mean a Republican Congress, too, so what would be best for Romney would be going along with whatever crazy crap national Republicans wanted.

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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    This is bad news for Obambi.

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    Little Boots says:

    @jwb:

    not very, the party of moneylove is doomed.

    on the other hand, there are many state races where moneylove will win, sadly.

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    MikeJ says:

    @efgoldman: Embargos are macabre. Sad Nell, listen O, not to no nets. I’ll lend a Serb a camera, so grab me.

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    David Koch says:

    i cAN’T bELIEVE a gREAT lIBUEL lIKE rON pAUL oNLY gOT fOUR pERCENT oF dA vOTE.

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    efgoldman says:

    @MikeJ:

    Embargos are macabre. Sad Nell, listen O, not to no nets. I’ll lend a Serb a camera, so grab me.

    You got too much time on your hands. Also it wasn’t me that asked, it was @SiubhanDuinne:

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    moonbat says:

    @Anoniminous: That was scary! I screamed so loud my husband had to check on me.

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    Little Boots says:

    anger begins.

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    PeakVT says:

    Looks like big-C Christian candidates failed to break 10% combined in both MI and AL.

    That’s either progress or very, very weird.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @MikeJ: And odds are that Napoleon never said, “Able was I ere I saw Elba.”

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    Little Boots says:

    how the hell do we take the House in the face of all this stupid?

    that is the question.

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    jwb says:

    @Little Boots: No, not doomed. Well, the party might be, but if the cause really starts to look hopeless Money will simply move to buy off a sufficient number of Dems to ensure that the interests of Money are protected.

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    handy says:

    Why shucks, why wouldn’t NEWTMENTUM stay in this thing? If he had been reading the tea leaves all along he would’ve dropped out long ago. I say hang in there Newt. Oh and pass the popcorn.

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    amk says:

    @David Koch: Is that a ransom note to Fort Knox ?

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    Little Boots says:

    @jwb:

    I wish I knew what to do about that.

    I really do. maybe we do need the collapse that so many seem to wish for.

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    danielx says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    That pic does cause one to wonder about her pharmaceutical intake…although I imagine if I was female and married to Newticles I’d be hitting the Xanax pretty heavy myself.

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    Little Boots says:

    ya know, there really are a lot of us, and just a few of them, why doesn’t that work in the long term?

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    Michael says:

    @MikeJ: Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog!

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    scav says:

    @pseudonymous in nc: But at some point that’s really telling us what we already know: RomTron is the most towards the center of that lot (not thait it can manage much) and so it’s not entirely surprising that he’s pulling more from the same urban pool that Dems usually dominate. He’s really strong with the wealthier parts of their electorate so again, probably more urban. At this point, the real interest might be in pulling apart the results that differ from these expectations to see what happened there.

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    Little Boots says:

    is it john’s fault?

    or Doug’s?

    can it be doug’s fault, please?

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    Michael says:

    @Anoniminous: Obama doesn’t need Ohio or Florida, but any Republican certainly does.

    Obama’s easiest path to victory IMO is Kerry States + Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico and Virginia.

    Also, too, I’ve got it on good authority that they’re going to make the GOP spend time and money in Georgia this year.

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    scav says:

    @PeakVT: MS, not MI, just so your mail gets where it needs to.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Michael:

    georgia? really?

    awesome.

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    @jwb:

    if the cause really starts to look hopeless Money will simply move to buy off a sufficient number of Dems to ensure that the interests of Money are protected

    C’mon now, they already have – the GOP is for keeping them scared straight (into their pockets)

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    JoyfulA says:

    @Chris: Isn’t Mother Angelica headquartered in Alabama?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Grrr.. FY Stupid WP.

    Or, more fairly, FY Stupid Fat Fingers.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Little Boots:

    No we don’t. That sort of stuff never works.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    yeah, I think you’re right.

    we just gotta muddle through.

    and this year, I think we will.

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    Little Boots says:

    we’ll get by, but I just don’t think we’ll get where we really need to get in this country.

    that kinda sucks, when you think about it.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @efgoldman:

    It would have been, but apparently I hit submit before I was done typing my entire comment and then FYWP couldn’t edit.

    Also, Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch, just sayin.

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    RareSanity says:

    Faux News ticker title:

    “Santorum Shocker”

    Really Fox? You’re shocked? Even though all of the polling said that this was exactly what was going to happen, you’re shocked? HA!

    In GOP, much like Soviet Russia, you do not control rubes of the base. Rubes of the base control you!

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    Anoniminous says:

    @moonbat:

    As a woman you may be able to resolve a conundrum that I (as a mere male) am unable to resolve:

    1. Is that the look of a Stepford Wife?

    OR

    2. Is that the look of a woman who, in public, has been informed the batteries in her vibrator are replaceable and she doesn’t have to ‘depend’ on “Mr. Ninety Seconds,” or her right hand, anymore?

    I confess to bafflement.

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    DW says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): The over 65 voters these days are generally not from the GI generation. If you were 18 at D-Day, you’d be 86 now. Most of the generation that served in World War II are dead – the youngest surviving veterans are well in their 80s which is to say past the normal expiration date. Most of the current elderly are the “Silent Generation”, born between 1930 and 1945. They entered the work force when jobs were plentiful and unions were strong, they were the last to get good pensions, they deeply resent government spending on anybody but them and many I suspect are resentful they missed the sexual revolution. That’s today’s cranky old men and women.

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    Here is the real story on Obama’s and Holder’s efforts to follow up on and support genuine ‘whistleblowers’.

    U.S. Recovers More Than $3 Billion in Whistleblower Lawsuits in 2011

    Since January 2009, the Justice Department has recovered $8.7 billion in False Claims Act cases – the largest three-year total in its history. More than $30 billion has been recovered since the False Claims Act was significantly amended — increasing the incentives for individuals to file whistleblower lawsuits on behalf of the government — in 1986.

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    Little Boots says:

    just someone have a music vid soon.

    right, omnes.

    (actually, omnes is a total goob sometimes, but he has great taste in music.)

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    TooManyJens says:

    @dmsilev:

    Oh boy. Does this mean I have to vote for Frothy in the IL primary next week? Because I’m not sure I can bring myself to do that.

    I’m having the same dilemma. I’m not sure which is worst: the soul-staining from voting for Santorum, the embarassment of having to ask for a Republican ballot out loud (in my liberal neighborhood, no less), or getting on GOP mailing lists until the end of time.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    @Michael: Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!

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    Redshift says:

    @RareSanity:

    “Santorum Shocker”

    I don’t think that means what they think it means…

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @scav:

    But at some point that’s really telling us what we already know

    I agree, but it’s a testament to the shit sandwich that the base will be served up when he gets the nomination. Even Grandpa McCain won plenty of deep red counties in competitive primaries. (In MS and AL, the disparity’s obvious, because of the intense racial divide in voting preference.)

    We assume that the 27%ers will suck it up and vote for Mittens in November, but the longer this goes on the more it’s going to sting. And the 2008 Dem primary isn’t a precedent here at all, given that Hillary kept the race going, for the most part, by winning purple counties.

    (Overall numbers from Alabama, compared to the Super Tuesday AL primary in 2008: 30,000 more in 2012. Again, pretty stagnant.)

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    Little Boots says:

    or doug.

    I wanna pick on doug.

    why is doug never here lately when I wanna pick on him.

    blog sucks!

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    @DW:

    Most of the current elderly are the “Silent Generation”, born between 1930 and 1945.

    Just one of the reasons this is such a good blog. I did not know of the distinction you make, that makes sense, I do now. thanks

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    Little Boots says:

    it really is a great blog.

    John doesn’t believe me, but I love this blog.

    (or maybe he just wishes I’d stop, but I won’t. I love his blog.)

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    scav says:

    @pseudonymous in nc: Oh, it’s going to be fascinating to see if they line up and jump as they’re supposed to. And you’re right, another line of attack would be to start pushing in and looking at historical turnout and proportion of the total voting population results in these areas, both for primaries and for the general. Although, at some point, I’m not sure how much historical data is going to help in this one. The base may really be kicking over the traces this year.

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    mai naem says:

    It’s gonna have to be a Mitt Frothy ticket AKA The Dog on Car/ Man on Dog ticket.

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    Little Boots says:

    and my latest obsession song (NOT numa, Omnes.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....38;ob=av2e

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    Little Boots says:

    @mai naem:

    either way, doomed.

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    mai naem says:

    @Michael: They’re gonna be spending money in Maine, Nebraska and Utah.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @Michael:

    Obama doesn’t need Ohio or Florida, but any Republican certainly does.

    Right. Without both Oh and Fl the GOP path to victory drops to highly unlikely.

    It would be nice to force the GOP to spend time and money defending Georgia … as well as Arizona (Latino vote) and Texas (ditto.) For all too long the GOP hasn’t been challenged in these states.

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    Little Boots says:

    jesus fuck is this page gonna load for the next 20 years?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @efgoldman:

    It is likely, however, that Senator Savonarola will insist on his pound of flesh, in the form of a prime-time convention speech. So, at the exact same time that Mittster is tacking toward the center for the general, and people are starting to pay attention, Senator Savonarola will recap all the worst of the fanatic authoritarian winter and spring. Remember how scary old Uncle Pat Buchanan scared the crap out of the electorate with his “culture war” speech in 1992? A joke compared to what Torquemada will say.

    And if we also get footage of NEWT! screaming don’t you know who I am! at the Secret Service agents tasked with keeping him away from backstage — or possibly out of the convention center altogether — I will die a happy woman.

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    handy says:

    @Michael:

    Georgia went to McCain of course but if I recall it wasn’t a slam dunk.

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    Little Boots says:

    omnes, come get drunk up thread.

    or someone post music.

    annie?

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    Mike in NC says:

    Is there a more delusional person on the planet than Newt Fucking Gingrich (and his latest Stepford wife)?

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    Michael says:

    @mai naem: I’ml 99% sure Obama will have field staff in Montana as well.

    As for Georgia, my understanding is that its like North Carolina 4-8 years ago…lots of educated, under-50 transients who Dems can appeal to moving into the urban areas from out of state + significant A-A population. Demographics shifting to at least make it purple, if not now, then soon.

    It went for McCain 52-47 last time around without any significant field ops down there, so a good turnout machine could probably get that closer to 50/49 just on last cycle’s demos. With the trends, it’s gettable.

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    PeakVT says:

    @Mike in NC: Yes, and his name has be invoked upthread repeatedly.

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    AxelFoley says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    And this fucking android gets a pass for “not a catfish lover” in the Deep South?

    Mitt-3PO?

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    Little Boots says:

    @AxelFoley:

    he’s lost, but congress, we still need congress.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: palindrome

    A man, a plan, a canal. Panama!

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    Michael says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason: One of my favorites

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    andy says:

    @dmsilev: Well, revisited in my adulthood, the plots seemed kind of like boxcars, and the dialog was often clumsy. Someone approaching the books having been immersed in modern media their whole lives might find them derivative, until they realized that Burroughs invented most of the tropes in science fiction/planetary romance/adventure.

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    Evolving Deep Southerner says:

    @efgoldman: You mean it’s not really “Satire V?”

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    AxelFoley says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Calista strikes me as the kind of woman who was trained to keep her “face” on at all times. Newt has probably never seen her without makeup.

    Do Stepford Wives wear makeup? I thought that’s just how their interface came packaged?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Rick Santorum’s daughters ADORE their dad. They look at him with beatific expressions. I find it extremely creepy.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: There’s nothing to like or dislike about modern farm-raised catfish. It’s entirely tasteless. The only flavor is the breading. I moved to the South shortly before catfish farming took over the market and the landscape. (They’re an environmental as well as culinary disaster, BTW. The fish get diseases, have to be dosed with antibiotics and drugs, the runoff from the ponds is toxic, etc. etc.)

    Back in the old days you could get wild-caught catfish, meaning that it had been living on the bottom of some entirely gumming-free river, sucking up garbage and waste oil and PCBs. Now that was some good eating!

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    harlana says:

    i luv this cartoon

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Please note then that she will also be in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, coming out this May, with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, and Eva Green. Johnny Depp in my favorite childhood soap opera!

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