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Lee Anderson offers commonsense dose of what Washington lacks

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How thoroughly fitting that Lee Anderson’s congressional campaign headquarters in Evans is in the former Strictly Country gift store at Washington and Belair. Nothing the erstwhile shop could have offered to the public, after all, could’ve been more country than Anderson himself.

His campaign signs feature a tractor. He was born and raised on the three-generation family farm in Columbia County he still operates. He went to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Brewton-Parker Christian college. He’s served the Columbia County Farm Bureau for over 27 years, as a past president and current board member. He’s a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

Lee Anderson is homegrown, down to Earth and as real and unassuming and reliable as the land he has worked all his life.

Our modern sensibilities wonder how candidates will look and sound on television and such. Our modern sensibilities, of course, are way out of alignment with the vision of our founders – who no doubt envisioned a Capitol bristling with genuine sleeves-rolled-up Americans with a bit of soil under their fingernails and homespun wisdom under their hats.

So the concern is that Anderson isn’t slick and city-polished like so many of today’s entrenched politicians, including the incumbent he’s challenging in the 12th Congressional District, John Barrow.

Then again, what’s all the polish in Washington done for us except give us a big fat shiner? The collection of careerists in Congress have sweet-talked their way completely through our wallets and into the Chinese’s, bankrupting America along the way. They’re chewing through America’s foundation as surely as a colony of termites. But we’re supposed to be afraid how an ordinary person might sound in this den of thieves? Good grief.

Shame on anyone who tries to sell you that tower of babble. But there are those in this community – reputed Republicans among them – who are trying.

The unvarnished truth is, Lee Anderson represents everything that’s right with America. Hard work and self-reliance. Faith and family. Simple dignity and wholesomeness. Restraint and humility. And, above all, the common sense not to eat one’s own seed corn.

“It’s time for us to get back to basics,” Anderson says – covering up his own photo on his website with the words “Balance the Budget.”

“I am what this district is.”

Voters have already recognized and rewarded that fact, more than once. He was elected to the Columbia County Board of Education for eight years, the Columbia County Commission for four years, and since 2008 the Georgia House of Representatives.

In contrast, his opponent represents everything that’s wrong with Washington. We noted two years ago that the Democrat was talking out of both sides of his mouth – having sent mailers to one group of voters claiming he was working hand-in-hand with Barack Obama, but sending another mailer to other voters saying he’s standing up to the Democratic leaders in Congress. Talk about wanting it both ways!

He’s no more coherent in 2012: Despite trying to sell himself in ads as an independent, Barrow sent out a Democratic fundraising letter bragging that “I have supported the President and the Democratic leadership 85 percent of the time.”

Does that sound like the 12th District of Georgia to you?

However Lee Anderson comes off on camera, you can bet he won’t have two faces.

“I consider myself to be a work horse, not a show horse,” he says.

It’s beyond us why the district chose to be represented in 2010 by someone who has to vote against his party in order to represent his voters. Lee Anderson won’t have that problem.

It’s time to get real in Washington. It’s time to send a reliable conservative there – not to pose pretty, but to vote steady.

Elect Lee Anderson to Congress.

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T.More
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T.More 10/21/12 - 03:19 am
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Editorial Agenda...

I thought facts were supposed to be reported not editorial agendas. Anderson rarely if ever grants interviews, will not participate in debates and rarely comments about his tax voting records as a state representative. He compromises like the rest of them and is not some measuring stick for what politicians should be. The paper can try to blame his lack of polish for staunch republicans abandoning him en masse, but there is more to it than that; his voting record for one and his unwillingness to explain any sort of cognizable plan for changing the atmosphere in Washington. The timing of this editorial piece is suspect. Could it be that there is a chance that the gerrymandering might not work yet once again to get Barrow out of office? Anderson did not even win his home county (Columbia) in the GOP Primary and did not win Richmond Co. The local paper is trying to convince the same citizens to vote for him. Anderson is more of the same, just another politician dangling the proverbial conservative carrot before voters in a historically conservative district. Don’t fall for it voters. Too bad we do not have a strong independent to vote for.

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Techfan 10/21/12 - 05:20 am
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"Lee Anderson offers

"Lee Anderson offers commonsense dose of what Washington lacks"??? People without a grasp of the English language???
http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=A01788054

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/21/12 - 06:40 am
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"And, above all, the common

"And, above all, the common sense not to eat one’s own seed corn."

Hard to eat your own seed corn with you're too busy giving away others to the utilities.

Get yer farm dirt-y hands outta my wallet Lee.

*****FISCAL CONSERVATIVE FOR BARROW*****

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/21/12 - 08:01 am
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"Brilliant" Barrow

I thought John Barrow was just "brilliant?"

jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 10/21/12 - 08:03 am
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I have always voted for

I have always voted for whoever was running against Barrow in the past. But I can't vote for Anderson just because he's supposedly a good person. Why should I help send someone to Washington to represent me who hasn't articulated some type of platform? Just saying you are going to balance the budget and cut taxes just doesn't cut it. Especially when you won't even be able to stand before your fellow representatives and plead your case without sounding like (and making as much sense as) Jethro Bodine [from the Beverly Hillbillies]. I'd rather stick with the crook I know rather than the one I don't. Even if I gag while I do it, I'm going to support the other guy.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 08:24 am
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Lincoln-Douglas?

Lincoln-Douglas. Kennedy-Nixon. Romney-Obama. Barrow-an empty chair? "How sad!," MR. MR can try all he wants to paint Lee Anderson as some kind of homespun man of the soil, but there is simply no way of disguising the truth that Anderson is a man so incapable of articulating his political views that his campaign protects him by refusing to debate Barrow. Comparing Anderson to the Founding Fathers as a man with a bit of soil under his fingernails is laughable. Those 18th century men were sophisticated enlightened men of the world whose command of English is very publicly on display in our Declaration and Constitution. Lee Anderson is the Republican's hand-picked candidate in a gerrymandered district supported by slick national Republican committee funded ads. He is such an embarrassment to his party that they have kept him almost completely under wraps. Why won't Lee Anderson fight his own political battles? Anderson, if elected, will go to Washington and confirm every negative redneck stereotype about the South. He needs to come out from behind the skirts of his handlers and stand up for himself as Americans running for office are expected to do.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 08:26 am
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challenge

I hereby challenge any Anderson supporter to post here a defense of Lee Anderson's refusal to publicly debate John Barrow.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/12 - 08:29 am
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Wow

Sometimes politics can be funny.....just one good comedy show..

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 10/21/12 - 08:30 am
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Anderson??? NOT
Unpublished

He can't even handle a debate with Barrow. If he's that scared of him, they're going to tear him apart in Washington. Vote Barrow!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/12 - 08:32 am
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Debate

We won't hold our breath waiting for Roundtree to debate Sanders ..

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 10/21/12 - 08:37 am
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Remember that Barrow voted

Remember that Barrow voted for the stimulus, which, is a mere political payback to chronies.

Remember that Barrow sent a campaign flier promoting that he is "working hand in hand" with Barack Obama.

Remember that Barrow locked his/our office door and hid the day of the Obamacare vote, only emerging when it had enough votes to pass. Then, he refused to vote for its repeal which is contrary to his campaign commercials claiming otherwise.

All of that said, Anderson's campaign has been an insult to each of us. Our votes are being taken for granted which I find quite insulting.

Anderson's public support of TSPLOST and other grabs at our money does not sit well with many.

At the end of the day we can be fairly confident that Barrow and Anderson will vote to support the Second Amendment and America's farmers. It's a toss up on tax increases and spending. Whereas Barrow will gladly vote to give our money to Planned Parenthood and support abortion on demand, Anderson will not. Furthermore, Anderson knows the meaning of a day's work and is familiar with getting his hands dirty via laboring. Barrow, not so much.

A GAME INSIDE THE GAME
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A GAME INSIDE THE GAME 10/21/12 - 08:40 am
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T.More

I can see that T. More does not know the man .

Suleiman
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Suleiman 10/21/12 - 08:59 am
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This editorial...

...was shamelessly obsequious and saccharine-sweet on a candidate who doesn't possess even the basic skills for the job he's seeking on a national stage... and I'm not even a Barrow supporter.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 09:05 am
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insulting....

Yes, Lee, you should feel insulted. And embarrassed. If the points you make about Barrow and his record are so damaging, can't Anderson stand up like a man and make them? Will he continue to have you and others do his fighting for them? Pathetic and un-American.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/21/12 - 09:29 am
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Voting Along Racial Lines

I try to cut to the bone at times. The fact is racial politics are strong here as they are across the country. That fact results in blacks in Georgia voting exclusively Democratic. Barrow has 99% of the black vote, but I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with voting along racial lines.

I’ve often said Augusta would do much better with a black mayor leading things. Anything would be better than the mayor we have now who is one of those made-up faint colors in the back row of the supersized Crayon box that you really can’t tell what color it is because it’s so weak. Is he a Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal? Who knows? Just color in the lines and keep buying the big box of Crayons.

So Barrow’s strategy is to get all the black vote and get just enough white Republicans to cross over to voter for him. If you vote for him and he wins, you, Gwen Fulcher Young, and the 10% of white voters can meet in her kitchen again and admire her fake granite counter tops.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/21/12 - 10:39 am
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Voting RED and not Obama's type of Red

Simply put I do not like the direction the National Democrat Party has escalated the national debt in the last 4 years. The highest since Reagan and the Global Cold War.

I therefore will be voting straight national republican ticket this time, because they will need the veto proof votes to make some upcoming, very seriously and difficult decisions on where money is spent and wasted.

Note: To all national level Republicans, you have 2 years to show us you are on the road to fiscal responsibility. Screw up this chance, and I can assure you the general sentiment is you will be cast aside in the 2014 & 2016.

Look at the national debt clock to see how bad it is and getting worse by the second. http://www.usdebtclock.org/

See it in honest figures as of Aug. 14, 2012 by each president.
@ http://www.PresidentialDebt.org

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 10/21/12 - 10:47 am
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I'm sure Anderson makes a fine neighbor.

I got along well with Barrow when he lived here in Athens, too. You really need more than that to back an endorsement.

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JRE 10/21/12 - 10:54 am
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what a joke - the only

what a joke - the only qualification Anderson has that matters to the editorial staff is the letter R next his name - here is a look at Anderson's qualifications presented recently:

http://www.peachpundit.com/2012/02/10/lee-andersons-reserved-ignorance/

With that said, it’s important that candidates for Congress in our state at least have a basic understanding of the Federal Reserve. Sadly, State Rep. Lee Anderson, a candidate in GA-12, has not found this issue worth looking into or, apparently, even comprehending.

During a recent candidate forum in Statesboro, Anderson was asked what he would like to do about the Fed; to which he replied, “We must build our reserves even stronger than what it is now…on the federal level.” He then said, obviously referring to revenues, that the legislature is “building back our reserves up now.” You can watch video of Anderson’s comments here (4:08-4:40), courtesy of the Statesboro Herald.

Seriously? Even if you aren’t supportive of Rep. Paul’s effort to audit the Fed, this sort of shallowness from a candidate running for Congress is worthy of a loud gasp.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that a candidate running for office needs to know the ins-and-outs of monetary policy or be schooled in Austrian economics, but it’s painfully clear that Anderson has no idea what the Federal Reserve is or what it does. And not only does he not know what the Federal Reserve is or does, he apparently thinks the federal government has “reserves” of money in the bank we just need to make “even stronger than what it is now”. Word confusion aside, does Rep. Lee Anderson not know that our federal government is running a deficit north of $15 trillion?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 10:53 am
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Open Curtain

The argument you make about Dems and the National Debt is one Lee Anderson could make in a public if he and his handlers had the guts to debate Barrow. EVERY ARGUMENT POSTED HERE AS IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE OF HOW BAD THE DEMS ARE WEAKENS ANDERSON'S REASONS NOT TO DEBATE.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 10:56 am
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CHALLENGE

My 8:26 challenge has gone unmet. I wonder if either of the two thumbs-down posters cares to respond....

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/21/12 - 11:19 am
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effete elitist liberal - has a point

But you have avoided presenting facts.

What has your candidate done to be fiscally responsible?

I was clear in stating, I was voting republican to fix things and if they don't I will cast them aside in 2014 & 2016.

Would you do the same for America, despite your strong party affiliations?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 11:32 am
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Open Curtain

Thanks you for acknowledging that I had a point, but then you disregard it. My point was, and continues to be, that if Barrow is open to the charge of fiscal irresponsibility, why doesn't Anderson stand up in a public debate and say so? My post had little to do with the respective policy positions of the two candidates, a lot to do with which of them has the guts to defend himself in person, in public. You say I "avoided presenting facts." Defending Barrow was never my intention in posting this morning. Barrow can defend himself, has, and will, in public and "live." Anderson depends on you and others to do his defending for him, as he is either incapable or unwilling to defend himself. Every time you make an argument which Anderson should be capable of doing himself in public debate, YOU MAKE MY POINT ALL OVER AGAIN!!!

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allhans 10/21/12 - 11:41 am
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Will Republicans actually

Will Republicans actually vote for a person who is on the same side as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
I have a freeling when they begin to fill out the ballot, they will remember all that Barrow represents and vote Lee Anderson.
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Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 10/21/12 - 11:46 am
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Please do NOT make the mistake of voting for Anderson!

He does not have the credentials [knowledge, skills, and abilities] to be successful in Washington. This country is in bad enough shape; let's not add to it by voting for a candidate who can not debate not explain his platform. Sorry... telling jokes to voters is not the way we are going to improve the course that America is on. I am Republican and I have no problem voting for Barrow. We have got to change the path of America.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 11:46 am
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allhans

Funny thing, allhans, I will thinking about Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Todd Akin when I pull the lever for John Barrow. Don't let all those Anderson signs fool you--there are a lot more of us out here than you suspect....

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 11:55 am
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November 6

I must say I have been very surprised at the number of Republican posters this morning saying that the combination of Anderson's ill-preparedness and increasingly negative public image is enough for them to vote for Barrow. It is rare, especially in a highly charged political atmosphere, to hear voters unwilling simply to rubber-stamp their party's candidate. Our democracy depends on informed, fair, and open-minded citizens, and the evidence here this morning of so many is encouraging. If you are hoping for an Anderson victory, get prepared to be disappointed.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 12:00 pm
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U.S. Chamber of

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
National Federation of Independent Business
National Rifle Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars

All these groups have endorsed John Barrow. Anderson supporters, what do they know that you don't? These groups do not back losers....

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/21/12 - 01:53 pm
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Again what has Barrow done

to demonstrate fiscal responsibility the last 4 years.
Simple question.

The much wanted Anderson’s vs. Barrow debate has nothing to do with my vote. I am voting straight State & National republican in 2012. Just to get the republicans a veto proof voice to fix the mess.

If they screw it up too, or don't take a few seriously REAL steps like a balanced Budget amendment, I'll start voting 3rd parties.

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 10/21/12 - 03:40 pm
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I cannot believe that I am

I cannot believe that I am endorsing via a public forum elitist liberal's comments.

If I recall, the local GOP establishment was condemning Barrow left right and center in 2008 and in 2010 for refusing to debate Stone and McKinney. Well, he's willing to do so now, and to not take full advantage of the free exposure with which to slam Barrow for his "hand in hand" with Obama flier, his vote in support of the $800,000,000,000ish stimulus, his refusal to vote for the repeal of Obamacare (the largest tax increase ever), and the list goes on, can very well cause an open-minded rational adult to conclude that Barrow's opponent has things to fear.

All I "know" is that if Maria Sheffield had been the nominee (she was clearly the best candidate and person), Barrow would not be guns ablazin' to debate.

If I were Anderson's manager, I would have him attend every debate, forum, gathering, have him on the same stage as Barrow, and point blank tell the 12th that Barrow spent campaign money for the flier to boast his Obama support, his stimulus vote, refusing to vote to repeal Obamacare, and when Barrow does the Harvard two-step, just state, "John, that all sounded quite nice and eloquent, but you refused to proudly defend the flier, the vote, the refusal to vote..." and keep hammering away at HIS RECORD. Also, keep stating that he is a work horse and not a show horse. Tell the working people that he knows what a long day's work for little pay is like.

If you recall this paper's story when Anderson first announced, he was quoted as saying something along the lines of, "We took a look at the numbers" and they are favorable to him. Well, if THAT is this campaign's strategy, then it's over. Barrow is flooding the airwaves with ads that make him look moderate at the very worst, and, liked by all demographics and constituencies. And if you think that "the rural Georgia farmers" will vote for the farmer and not the candidate with a superior NRA rating as well as similar ratings from business groups, you are mistaken and aloof.

During the primary campaign I was told by many that "we need a Congressman from here". As vanity-ridden as it is, that is their right. I tried to tell them that you can't just put anyone against Barrow and assume victory because Barrow and Obama are both Democrats. You see, after the primary comes the general, and, Barrow had a million-dollar head start and years of goodwill and needing 7%-9% of "GOP voters" to support him and/or not vote for the "R". That being the case, wants/entitlements must take a backseat to reality which is why I advocated so hard for Sheffield. But, the voters got their wish despite the million warnings, and now they are dealing with it. The lesson to be learned here is, LISTEN TO ME.

I know that there are many who will not vote for Barrow and will not vote or will have a hard time voting for Anderson (I'm one of them). The run-off and the general election cycles soured many of us on the campaign and the candidate. The days of voting for "the party" (either party, mind you) are over, and, for those who say not voting for Anderson or Barrow is a vote for Barrow, maaaaaaay want to hush before people DO vote for Barrow. The Anderson campaign, not the candidate himself (although final authority and decisions "should" lie with the candidate), is a case study in arrogance, chutzpah, and overall ignorance.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/21/12 - 03:52 pm
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Lee

It's OK, just have a glass of white wine, don't call me in the morning, and you'll feel a lot better....

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