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Mitt Romney’s campaign strategist, Matt Rhoades, recently revealed the Republican candidate’s historical role model: James K. Polk, the president from 1845-1849.

James K. Polk is famous — okay, in 2012 we may be stretching the term “famous” for a one-termer that came between Jackson & Lincoln — for a few things.

1. Starting a bogus and illegal war with Mexico (perhaps on this anniversary we can finally admit we are as capable as deceit as any other nation…too soon?)

2. Almost starting a bogus and illegal war with England in a land grab for the Northwest.

3. All so that slavery would expand upon and hasten the coming of the Civil War.

The occupation, separation and annexation were, from the inception of the movement to its final consummation, a conspiracy to acquire territory out of which slave states might be formed for the American Union.

– Ulysses S. Grant

…oh, and Polk is otherwise best known for kicking the bucket three months after he left office, to the sorrow of very few.

So Polk was a classic war criminal of the first order (not one of these modern second and third raters who fire drones, right?).

Sounds like another Democrat for Romney, they should have gone all Pope Formosus and propped him up at the RNC after Artur Davis finished.

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In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

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