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Obama and the system: Who will change who?

It doesn't matter what Barack Obama does with his Presidential appointments. They will make somebody unhappy.

Democrats are upset because he isn't stacking his cabinet with left-wingers bent on imposing an extreme radical agenda on American government.

Republicans complain that his cabinet isn't bi-partisan enough.

The right is mad. So is the left. Hell, even the centrists are bitching.


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Recycling mistakes of the past

The unbounded joy from the Democratic side of the political universe these days is tempered by economic realities of a faltering nation.

America is in trouble -- deep trouble -- and we are not going to get out of it by simply accepting everything that Barack Obama does as gospel and blaming everything that's happened on George W. Bush.

Yes, Bush is a bad President, perhaps one of the worst in history, but the many problems that face this nation have been decades in the making and much of the relief that we see as Bush's administration comes to an end follows what many -- myself included -- felt at what we hoped was the end of a national nightmare when the Clintons packed up to leave the White House.


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New boss, same as the old?

Thanks to a prolonged battle with pneumonia, I've had a lot of time to lay on the couch and watch, via TV, the actions of our incoming President -- Barack Obama.

I've also had time to dissect the media and blogger feeding frenzy -- pro and con -- over his appointments to the cabinet and senior administration positions.

The whole thing is enough to put me into a relapse and on oxygen therapy.

On the surface, Obama's appointments defy the conventional wisdom of what we might expect from a President-elect who won on the promise of change.


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The Rant is hard down

Capitol Hill Blue founder, publisher and editor Doug Thompson -- aka The Rant -- was diagnosed with pneumonia two weeks ago and is currently recovering at his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia.

His column will return on Monday, Dec. 1.


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The hillbilly from Wasilla

With the election over and new revelations about the excesses of Republican vice presidential joke Sarah Palin emerging daily, we learn more and more about the incredibly dysfunctional Presidential campaign of John McCain.

When compared to Palin, Dan Quayle becomes a mental giant. Spiro Agnew emerges as a paragon of virtue. Dick Cheney is a laid-back moderate.

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An American President…for a change

The embodiment of what America can and should be stood on stage at Grant Park in Chicago late Tuesday night and accepted the prize that is rightfully his.

Barack Obama – half black, half white and all American – swept into office on the tidal wave of young voters, black solidarity and enough white dissatisfaction to send too many years of Republican regression packing.

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Now it’s our turn…

On Tuesday, I will climb into my Jeep Wrangler and drive three miles to the volunteer rescue squad headquarters here in my rural Blue Ridge Mountain community and, finally, have my say about who will be the next President of the United States, one of two U.S. Senators from Virginia, and my elected representative.

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Whack job? You betcha!

Senior aides to Sen. John McCain tell reporters his flakey running mate is "a whack job."

A couple of days earlier, those same aides called her "a diva."

And a couple of days earlier, they said she had "gone rogue."

Ah, you gotta love the smell of death on a political morning. With less than a week to go, the flies and buzzards are already gathering around the dying campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin.

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Sarah Palin: Dumb and dumber

Jesus this Sarah Palin woman is dumb.

Not just politically dumb: Nah, the Republican choice for Vice President is just plain dumb and stupid.  As my granddaddy used to say, what she doesn’t know would fill an encyclopedia.

Her stupidity surpasses even the inane reasoning of GOP Presidential candidate John McCain for picking the obscure and flaky Alaska governor as his running mate.

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McCain and his phony plumber

Maybe John McCain should dump the coat and tie and appear at campaign rallies in a pair of low slung work pants that show the crack of his ass. He certainly has proven what an ass he can be to the nation with his tiresome embrace of “Joe the Plumber” in the last Presidential debate.

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