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Honk If You Were
Ever Devoted to a Car

Wall Street Journal, by Michael Medved

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/9/2013 6:04:55 AM

I recently said goodbye to a car I drove and cherished for several years, repeating an experience familiar to most baby boomers. Bringing our 20-year-old son into the garage the night before taking the vehicle back to the dealer at the expiration of the lease, I unsuccessfully invoked the bittersweet nature of the moment. "Take a good look," I said. "This is the last night he´s going to spend in this garage—the only home he´s ever known." My son didn´t get it. "Sometimes you´re really weird, you know that, Dad? I don´t think your car is going to feel

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This must be a guy thing. I cannot relate.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 3/9/2013 6:34:18 AM     (No. 9216165)

Had that experience yesterday with "Hazel Katherine" my almost 14 year old, ordered directly from the factory, Saturn SW2. We replaced her with a new Nissan Versa Hatchback. "She" will live in the driveway for the next few months until we deliver her to my eldest Grandson...on his way to college in June. I hate to banish her to the driveway as she has only known garage living since we "created her." She still gets 30mpg around town and 35mpg on the highway. I don´t think our Grandson will understand the "jewel" he is getting. Oh, the new Nissan´s name is "Uncle Versey" in honor of Jerry Clower´s Uncle Versey Ledbetter....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 3/9/2013 6:35:00 AM     (No. 9216166)

´93 Jeep Wrangler with a 3" lift kit. I left my Butchie in Vegas and didn´t feel the same until I got another one (this time a ´92) almost a year later.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: corndoggies, 3/9/2013 6:40:07 AM     (No. 9216171)

My Mom called her car "Matilda" when it wouldn´t start and would give it some love when it finally did. Now I have a car, a 96 Acura Integra that doesn´t look nearly as nice as it used to but it´s the family car when someone needs a temporary vehicle. An acquaintance of my husbands asked him if it was for sale and he said no way for whatever reason, my wife loves that car.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/9/2013 6:56:08 AM     (No. 9216197)

I´ll admit to having a ´53 Ford we named Lena in our early married days. Lena was usually unloved, however. Her ignition would lock up at very inopportune times, such as in a Yosemite National Park parking lot while attached to a loaded U-Haul. Since unlocking the ignition involved jumping up and down on a bumper, first the U-Haul had to be unhitched. I didn´t shed a tear when we finally could afford to replace Leapin´ Lena.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: franq, 3/9/2013 7:25:38 AM     (No. 9216227)

Never gave my vehicles names, but did have twinges of grieving when they were towed off to the yard. That´s the only way I get rid of them.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: sinic, 3/9/2013 7:52:02 AM     (No. 9216268)

I´m over 60 and have owned well over 70 cars in my lifetime...I practically "lived" cars in my youth. But I guess that number pretty much indicates that I wasn´t "devoted" to any of them...I used to change them like underwear. I´ve had them all...antiques, muscle cars, classics, high end foreign cars, etc. Now I wish I had a lot of them back. But, to be honest, I don´t have much interest in them any more...they´ve lost their character.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/9/2013 8:06:52 AM     (No. 9216293)

Tuesday will mark the 10th year of driving the "Axles of Evil" ( Dakota Sport 4WD gas hog) . Hope to patch up the ´fringe´ along the bottom and drive it for another few years. Another fave was our 76 Buick " Best Western"- a 9 passenger Estate Wagon that had the factory installed´ still in the crate´ look woodgrain exterior. Heard it´s still on the road somewhere near Sioux Falls.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: harleynyc, 3/9/2013 8:08:24 AM     (No. 9216300)

´70 chevelle ss 454 ls6. THOSE were the days.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: kanphil, 3/9/2013 8:33:01 AM     (No. 9216345)

Honk! Feb ´73 Toyota Land Cruiser(devotees will understand the necessity for the month designation). Took me all over Baja California and the deserts of the great Southwest and NEVER broke down. Rides like a buckboard but is the toughest thing on the trail. I still have her but more or less retired her to a barn on the ranch in ´90.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 3/9/2013 8:41:04 AM     (No. 9216354)

HONK. 99 Mitsubishi Montero. I loved that car. I actually cried at the dealer, trading it in after 10 years...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JAN, 3/9/2013 9:04:45 AM     (No. 9216412)

I agree. Medved is weird.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: john56, 3/9/2013 9:05:03 AM     (No. 9216413)

Still wish I had my first car -- a 1965 Olds F-85 four door.

Sadly, some drunk wiped it out while I had it parked on the street. Over 25 years later, I (twice) saw an exact duplicate in a mall parking lot. I kinda kick myself wishing I had put my business card on the windshield offering to buy it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 3/9/2013 9:13:29 AM     (No. 9216434)

First car was a ´55 Turquoise/White Belaire Chevrolet 4-dr. I get nostalgic (warm and fuzzy too) whenever I see a picture of one just like it. So roomy, under-the-dash AC was very good, etc. Wish I still had it. Had just gotten my first job at a dollar an hour and had no trouble paying for it, without any outside help.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: coldoc, 3/9/2013 9:20:39 AM     (No. 9216453)

I´m with #6. Used to fix ´em for a living, changed them like sox. Its hard for me to see someone like medved doing the anthropomorphism thing with a car. Too weird.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: LadyVet, 3/9/2013 9:21:20 AM     (No. 9216456)

#3, I had a "Matilda" also. It was a ´69 Chevy Camaro, white exterior with blue plastic seat covers. Lack of A/C in the Texas summers would leave the backside drenched with sweat.

Matilda and I went through the war together.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Cannon, 3/9/2013 9:26:45 AM     (No. 9216470)

Cars have always meant "freedom" to me. Honk!


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Reply 17 - Posted by: geoman, 3/9/2013 9:32:39 AM     (No. 9216481)

As a youngster, I couldn´t wait until my dad traded the old Plymouth, with its heinous tail fins. My first visit to a show room floor, I had my hopes set on the new Buick Riviera, with its cockpit-like dashboard, powered by the Super Wildcat 425 fed by dual 4-barrel carbs. We wound up with the vastly more pedestrian LeSabre, a life scarring experience.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: cgood, 3/9/2013 9:36:42 AM     (No. 9216493)

I´m still driving my 1997 Jeep Cherokee, Black Beauty. It has over 275,000 miles and is still running fine, although beginning to show some age in scratches and puckers. The teenagers are appalled and my husband keeps telling me to get another car. I tell him he should be grateful that I´m not a high maintenance wife who needs a new car every few years.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 3/9/2013 9:42:21 AM     (No. 9216509)

A friend had a Pinto he named Cecelia, as in the song.

I don´t name my cars. I do get wistful and sad when I sell one that I´ve had a long time. When these cars go away, I think about the people, dogs, and things they carried. The memories of snowstorms, thunderstorms, happy sunrises, goodbyes both tender and bitter. The car was with you through all of that and stands as a tired companion.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: veritas, 3/9/2013 9:43:20 AM     (No. 9216514)

People to whom a car is just an expensive, self-propelled household appliance are "missing something" [in two senses of the phrase].

Missing what? a. missing "something inside;" whatever it is that those who do "connect" both have as a part of who they are, and which is a necessary piece of ... I guess "all this" is the best that comes to me right now. Odd. Sometimes a "universal truth" is so basic it´s not within the reach of words. Hmmm.

b. and missing everything that is given to / is part of those who do "connect" through that / through those ephemeral, inexplicable mystical bits that underlie all that we´re discussing.

Sort of like the place great music or painting have for some of us: communicating things and in ways that conventional language cannot hope to.

Full disclosure: I have never "named" a car [or bike] I´ve owned. Cars aren´t appliances, or pets either.

As for Medved -- egads! I´ve seen him wrong, wildly wrong, on many things, but [setting aside the lack of real insight in the piece], the factual errors are almost physically painful. A "V6" ´53 Plymouth? A guy [his father] with a recent physics Ph.D. saying a 100 horsepower car has power equal to 100 [real] horses? If [if] his father said that -- dead wrong. [Setting aside lots of variables, one oat-powered horse has about 15 horsepower.]

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/9/2013 9:50:54 AM     (No. 9216536)

Still have my 1998 Honda Accord. Named him Mr. Spiffy because he was the first decent car I had ever own. Used to drive all the family rejects which broke down if you sneezed, so when I went out and chose this car without any help from my hubby, I chose that name because he has always been reliable for me.

I am stealing ´Axles of Evil´ as my hubby has a gobbler too.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 3/9/2013 10:16:42 AM     (No. 9216576)

Have always gotten attached to my cars, we´re currently in possession of a ´98 Vette convertible, an ´03 Ford Lightning and the wifes ´10 Caddy CTS Wagon. They´ll have to really break before they´re let go!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 3/9/2013 10:39:11 AM     (No. 9216615)

In high school in the early 80s I drove my father´s handmedown 1979 Buick Special (2-door), a car he used quite heavily to answer fires (he was a volunteer fireman) so it always had that faint tinge of smoke to it. No matter how much my Dad worked on it, it always seemed to have a habit of dying right when I needed power the most (acceleration into a busy street, turning corners etc). So I named it the Millennium Falcon. It was essentially a piece of junk, but I talked about it so much that I soon had the entire family referring to it as the Falcon.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 3/9/2013 11:34:27 AM     (No. 9216701)

Yeah, but not at the end of a lease, I mean me and the car signed a prenup, just leave the papers on the dresser, Mike.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 3/9/2013 11:44:33 AM     (No. 9216722)

Ah! Old car memories. I got attached to a cream puff Delta 88 - a big, roomy road car that I took several trips in, alone. It was such a dependable car, but my big mouth got me in trouble when I had to sell it. My brother called one day & gave me a sad story about a friend of his who was going through a divorce & needed a cheaper car. I´d had the Olds for a few years, but I carelessly said that I would sell mine for exactly what I paid for it. Never thinking the guy would go for it, sight unseen, I kept my word & he came & got it that night & paid my price for it. I look at it this way - I drove the car for almost nothing for several years & I´ve learned to make my own car deals just like a man!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: homjett, 3/9/2013 12:03:50 PM     (No. 9216753)

Down on the Farm whilst a Ward of the State, the Good Reverend who looked after us, put together a 1936 Ford, so we could take it to school an in Town on Sat Nites. Loved that Car, until one nite we hit a Cow. The Car was made in the same year I was Born.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: thewarden, 3/9/2013 12:21:42 PM     (No. 9216780)

My mom cried when she had to give up her 1976 Ford Pinto, cherry red with white vinyl roof and white pinstriping, and plaid interior. We all learned to drive in that tank, good times. She really loved that car.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ASAvet, 3/9/2013 12:52:24 PM     (No. 9216829)

Recently I traded my 1996 Nissan Pathfinder for a brand new 2012 Ford F150 4x4. Owned the Pathfinder since new and put on 148k miles. It still looked almost brand new, had no body rattles, the seats/carpet were pristine and the engine purred like the day I took delivery. It never gave me a minute´s trouble. The Ford is nice, but I shoulda kept the Pathfinder.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: HKMK55, 3/9/2013 1:50:45 PM     (No. 9216917)

My first car was a 1964 Rambler Classic, purchased in 1972 for $300. I still miss ´ol ´Bessie´, with the horseshoe I wired to her grille. I´ve had six cars since, but never cared about any of them enough to give them a name.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 3/9/2013 2:22:28 PM     (No. 9216962)

When, as a young mother of 3 boys, they came to tow my 1977 Camaro out of my driveway, I cried like a baby. I was literally waving goodbye to my carefree youth.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 3/9/2013 2:31:01 PM     (No. 9216978)

365 GTB-4 12 cyl quad OHC

1969 \\

Broke my heart to have to sell her.....

....yes....the IRS was involved.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Rakasha, 3/9/2013 3:32:40 PM     (No. 9217035)

My first was a ´63 Chevy Malibu. #12, I lost mine to a drunk driver as well. And yes, I cried.

Our first car together after we were married was an early ´70´s Impalla. A maroon tank with a dark grey, cloth top. (I think at one point it used to be black.) We had to sell it because we needed a pick up truck to haul tools and materials when he started working as a contractor. I think we were both crying but I can´t say for sure because neither of us would look at the other.

Honk, honk.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Penney, 3/9/2013 6:10:48 PM     (No. 9217212)

We grew up in the, ´´Happy Days,´´ and have always loved cars. Our first new car was a ´63 Plymouth Fury convertible, white exterior & red interior, ...GORGEOUS! Hubby had 3 jobs at the time and I also worked so we could afford the car we wanted. -It is the only one we wish we still had.

Next came several station wagons for our growing family, -plus also a Gremlin, (-for commuting during Carter´s dem years of gas shortages & general, ´mailaise!´ UGH!), small Toyota & later Nissan trucks, (-gotta have a truck in So. Texas!), a couple of foreign cars and then we absolutely loved our Ford Explorer & later a Mountaineer.

But the most wonderfully fun car was the fulfillment of our youthful dreams a few years ago, a Torch Red ´55 ´Baby´ Thunderbird. -HONK!!

God bless the USA!!!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Italiano, 3/9/2013 6:44:41 PM     (No. 9217242)

´68 Porsche 912. Wish I had it back, but I was younger then.

Now...do trucks count?

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal


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