The Republican gimmick this year is to pledge. The trick is to be as general and as apple pie (“honor our veterans”) as possible, particularly in areas where specifics could be difficult. Republicans all oppose Obamacare, for example. Coverage for pre-existing conditions? More money for old folks in nursing homes? The end of insurance caps? Broader coverage for all? Details. Details. Not now, please.

In furtherance of his nationalized campaign for governor against Barack Obama, Republican Jim Keet offers the following pledge.

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