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Lilly Ledbetter and Ann Romney: Gone in six seconds

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(Read caption) In this March 19 file photo, Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, talks with audience members after her husband spoke at the University of Chicago, in Chicago.

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How long does it take to set D.C. media/communications mafiosi gunning?

In the Washington spin cycle, gaffes can go from a spokesman's mouth to full-blown tempest in a teapot in a mere six seconds. 

Six. Seconds. One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Missis....

Case in point: Wednesday's Lilly Ledbetter news moment. In case you missed it (and you likely did), Wednesday began bright and gay as many days do: with a conference call with a group of surrogates from one of the presidential camps.

In this case, it was Team Romney on offense.

Until they took a simple, nonhostile question from HuffingtonPost's Sam Stein: "Does Governor Romney support the Lilly Ledbetter Act?"

Six seconds went by. "Sam," an unidentified voice replied, "we'll have to get back to you on that."

Wait, that doesn't sound like a massive newsmaking event to you? Au contraire.

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