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Mark Russell

I think I know what Newt Gingrich's basic message is: "Let them eat food stamps." "Obama is the food-stamp president!" cried Gingrich. Newt is using food stamps to buy a red herring. A sure-fire crowd-pleaser guaranteed to produce whoops and whistles of boisterous approval is promising to make English the official language. "Yeah, why don't them people talk good English like us?" Mitt Romney would have released his tax records a few days earlier but H and R Block was closed over the weekend. (E-mail Mark Russell at tmseditors@tribune.com, or write to him c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207.)

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