Opening Act: New Values

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Sept. 14 2012 8:29 AM

Opening Act: New Values

Attendees sing the National Anthem during The Family Research Council (FRC) Action Values Voter Summit on September 14, 2012, in Washington, DC. The summit is an annual political conference for US social conservative activists and elected officials. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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I'll be spending the bulk of the day at the annual Values Voter Summit, a joint production of the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, and the American Family Association. Stay tuned for reports on the last big confab for social conservatives before everybody goes out and votes.

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Jason Horowitz trolls the Romney campaign, attempting to get them to utter the real "n" word.

“What I’m saying is,” said Wong, “Governor Romney’s embrace of American values and interests and his call for American leadership is a philosophy of peace through strength.”
So then does he dispute the classisfication of neoconservative?
“What I’m saying is,” said Wong, “Governor Romney’s embrace of American values and interests and his call for American leadership…”
So does he feel comfortable being called a neoconservative?

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I'm a huge fan of Hanna Rosin's book, but I still enjoy watching people get apopleptic about The Atlantic.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



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