Let's play (SET ITAL) Imagine an Alternative Universe (END ITAL).
Suppose that Rep. Paul Ryan had said that Joe Biden had "sullied the
religion that he and I share." How many days of the news cycle do you
suppose would be dominated by the story? How many Democrats and members of
the press would declare that this kind of religious provocation/bigotry
rendered Mr. Ryan unfit for high office? Please submit your estimates to
As anyone who has worked on a presidential campaign knows, there is always an undercurrent of trepidation that the candidate or a trusted advisor will say or do something that connects in a very negative way with the vast majority of voters.
A well-regarded Republican strategist at a private gathering recently warned, "And just wait until they play that Mormon card." By "they," he meant the Obama campaign and its complicit media cheerleaders.
When the former junior state senator from Chicago, one Barack Obama—a man no one knew diddly about—decided, “Hey, I’m gonna run for president!” people were eager to learn more about this promising upstart.
IN A COLUMN many years ago, I described how I once attempted to chart a family tree. Most of my father's family had been killed in Auschwitz and my efforts to trace their genealogy left me, I wrote, with a family tree that "has stumps where branches ought to be" and "gets narrower, not wider, as it grows."
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