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Congratulations on your big win, Sen. McCain!

That's the news release that the Michigan Republican Party sent out this evening about the winner of the party's state primary election.

Moments after the last Michigan polls closed at 9 p.m. Eastern, the Associated Press called the winner. And the Republican Party responded quickly with a note of congratulations. "In a close-fought victory, Senator John McCain succeeded again (in) the Michigan Republican primary, winning over a traditionally unpredictable voter base in Michigan."

The problem, of course, is that McCain was not the Michigan primary's winner. The AP had actually declared Michigan native Mitt Romney as the winner, and the party had sent out the wrong prepared statement.

Five minutes later, the state GOP issued a new statement: "In a close-fought victory, native son Governor Mitt Romney won an important contest here tonight."

A party spokesman explained, "We simply pushed the wrong button."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Considering every national network was against Romney, not surprised at the snappoo. I don't see Huckabee winning South Carolina with such a poor showing. McCain has lost the working class vote and may end up depending on special interest issues. ABC and NBC (and News2) must be fuming right now.

Oh, RitterGate Update:

Federal subpoena's served at Denver DA's office overnight.

Who will squeal first? Lynn Kimbrough or Mitch Morrissey?
Place your bets folks.

Romney won not only because of the message, but because of the hard work of his ground game. He is an expert at organizing and motivating people. People like myself that devoted 7 hours over the weekend to calling and many more convincing my acquaintances of his viability as a candidate.

Note to McCain. Don't tell me that my job as an engineer can just go away in the automotive industry. Tell me you will fight to keep jobs here. I don't need retrained for the service industry at half the pay and benefits.

We the People need to awake; We the people need to grasp the depth and seriousness the main media role is in manipulating us the People of this beautiful country.
The majority of the main well known media are privately own and they serve their own interest do not believe by one minute they exists to serve ours. For many years they have been injecting their spin by silencing voices they do not want to gain any traction, it is done under the cover of many words which are nothing more than deceptions.

The sad part is that while we are sending our men and women soldiers to far and unknown lands, to kill or get killed, here at home the process established by the US Constitution, this master piece where 56 founding fathers full of courage signed knowing full well that if it fails they will pay with their life, that process is being tramped by those pretending to brings us the “news” thinking they know what it best for us.
I will leave you with some Thomas Jefferson Quotes to think about it.
Please note the word Newspaper in today’s era is also “Radio, TV and Internet”
- “Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper."
- "The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood."
- "Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day."


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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