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Did you know that Sarah Palin is more qualified than Caroline Kennedy? A writer to The Baltimore Sun seems to think so.

The writer reminds us that Palin was a mayor "and is currently governor of a state that covers a land mass one-seventh the size of the continental United States."

Is there some kind of special election taking place right now? Minnesota hasn't named a senator yet, but that election's over. Governor Paterson of New York has to appoint a temporary Senator to take Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton's place. Governor Palin has to choose someone to take Ted Stevens' place in the senate. Governor Blagojevich seems to have found a buyer for the senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, but I don't know of any special election taking place right now.

Actually, in keeping with the theme of the letter, the contest referred to above would have to be one in which Sarah Palin was running against Caroline Kennedy. After all, according to the writer, Palin is "eminently more qualified than Ms. Kennedy is to hold any position of authority."

If you're like me, you don't give a rat's ass about how Palin measures up against Kennedy or the fact that Kennedy "has held no public office". There's plenty of time to learn if it's true that "Kennedy has no qualification for any office", as the writer states in his letter.

Palin is not presently competing against Kennedy for political office and this kind of comparison is all but meaningless.

That is, of course, unless one's already made up one's mind that the Obama administration has failed before it's even taken office. Some people have already created very well organized web sites which call for the impeachment of Barack Obama.

I watch Keith Olbermann almost every evening. He presents the news with a progressively biased slant and I'm a progressively biased person, so it's a pretty good match. He's also humorous. What draws me to Olbermann more than anything else is the oratory genius with which he many times exposes truths about political corruption and social injustice. It's the potential that he'll do one of his passionate commentaries that keeps me coming back for more.

However, Mr. Olbermann, what you call "the gift that keeps on giving" could deter viewers from watching your show. No matter what stupid thing Sarah Palin says or what stupid thing Sarah Palin does, many Progressives no longer want to hear about it. She's finished. Her 15 minutes lasted far too long, but it's over.

Nor do Progressives want to begin following the career of Carline Kennedy Princess Di style. Progressives don't want all Caroline all of the time.

Granted Fox News types, mostly Conservatives, love to make the kinds of comparisons made by the writer of the letter and love to make them well before it's appropriate. It takes them a long time to build their muddy case for tearing down people they consider "liberal".

Right now, however, if all goes according to plan, there will be an Obama administration starting at 12 noon on January 20, 2009 and that administration will have much to prove and much with which to prove it.

From my personal perspective, I've allowed myself a fraction of an idea that Barack Obama may really become President of the United States of America on the 20th and that he'll genuinely carry out the duties of that office. I want to see that Obama was not pre-chosen for his position by The Corporacracy to carry out The Corporacracy's agenda. I think it won't take me long to figure that out, but I'm committed to at least allowing him to be sworn it before making up my mind.

There are issues that need addressing once he takes office or once the charade begins, whichever it is. As far as working Americans are concerned, or should I say American workers who are not working are concerned, there's a financial crisis that's put them out of work.

Israel has ratcheted up its defensive offense or offensive defense against the Palestinians. Depending upon how violent or self defensive Israel gets, Iran may feel the need to come to the aid of the Palestinians. If that happens, total chaos may break out in Pakistan and none of this can bode well for The U. S.

Military personnel and their families have to hold their breath to see if Obama's promise to get us out of Iraq equals getting us out of a war or just getting us out of Iraq in lieu of getting into another quagmire in Afghanistan.

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