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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A good day for Mitt to be quiet?

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Michigan Governor George Romney's famous statement that he had been "brainwashed" about Vietnam. The remark caused a national furor, and effectively ended his frontrunners campaign for the presidency (a campaign which, unlike today, had barely begun in September of 1967).

It is hard today to understand the fuss, really, especially since Romney's new position was essentially right and he had that revelation far sooner than most of America's leaders. But in those days, the idea of "brainwashing" was a truly scary one to most Americans (see the original "Manchurian Candidate" if you care to know why - but do not see the atrocious, cheesy Denzel Washington remake of a few years ago.)

Anyway, might be a good day for son Mitt, the Republican frontrunner in the early primary states, to stay low key, if you're superstitious and all.

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