Briefly: one gets the sense that Gov. Mitt Romney will spend another day fending off accusations that he doesn't mind people believing that he would never appoint a Muslim to federal office. For one thing, there's a second report of those sketchy comments. For another, Romney does not seem to relish being forced to deny the story -- perhaps he finds it too absurd to bother with -- but such lack-of-relish shows, and it's leading reporters to try and parse his statements.

Answering the subject by challenging the premise and challenging the credentials of the person who made the accusations are debating techniques, but they won't the get media to leave the story alone.

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