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JUST ASKIN’ INDEED….Jakes Tapper asks:

What would the response be if Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and his wife Michelle had a pregnant unmarried teenage daughter?

Yeah, yeah, I know how annoying this kind of conjecture is. But I couldn’t help thinking about it. Here’s how my mind wandered: Fox News talking heads….hmmm….solemn statement of faux support from John McCain….followed by the usual innuendo-laden videos from the cretins who run his communications shop….James Dobson would release a statement and it sure as hell wouldn’t be this one….Steve Sailer would weigh in on black family culture….Charles Murray would be next….The Corner would slowly build to a screeching crescendo….Jeremiah Wright….permissive liberal culture….Rush Limbaugh….Sean Hannity….Michelle Malkin….um….um….um….

And then some dude from Porlock IMed me and I shook my head like I was trying to wake up from a bad dream. But it would have been a damn hurricane. The noise machine would have been in danger of meltdown. Does anyone really doubt that?

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