Romney Respect is Labeled Race-Baiting

You might think it would be more offensive for Mitt Romney to skip the NAACP convention entirely than to show up and give a respectful speech as he did yesterday — but you’d be wrong. (Well, actually you’d be half-right: the left probably would have accused Romney of racism either way.)

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Romney Respect is Labeled Race-Baiting

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A preventable tragedy?

For millions of earnest and frustrated Americans, there is no justice today. Not in California, at least.

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Calling out genocide.

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The Coming Entitlement Reform Panic

An avoidable crisis.

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Podcast: Crazy like a fox?

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