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Guessing Game

Thursday, Nov. 06, 2008 3:58 AM

I'm going to stay away from the Guess Who's Going To Be In Obama's Cabinet game for the moment. All I care about in that regard is that he picks capable people who can offer sound advice, and doesn't insulate himself behind personal counselors and entrail-readers.

Contrast Speaker Nancy Pelosi's saying that President-elect Obama faces higher expectations than any president she's known to W's classic, "Expectations? I'm doing my best to keep 'em low."

Senator Harry Reid is supposed to have a little talk with 'independent' Senator Joe Lieberman, who could lose his chairmanship on the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.

I don't see this as a particularly partisan move - Lieberman has been trying to have it both ways, claiming he is caucusing with the Democrats while campaigning for John McCain - and the Democrats have gained enough seats in the election that they needn't come hat-in-hand to Lieberman on critical votes.

Parting shots out of the McCain campaign include a few choice selections from the Dumber Than A Sack of Hammers Department:

- Sarah Palin apparently didn't know that Africa is a continent, referring to South Africa as a province.

- Sarah Palin apparently couldn't name the participants in NAFTA. (There are three, we're one of them, and the other two countries are directly to the south and north.)

- Sarah Palin refused coaching for her interview with Katie Couric, then complained after said interview resulted in her now-famous incoherent babbling about Putin and Russia.

- Campaign advisor Randy Schunemann was quietly fired a week before the election after starting rumors that Nicolle Wallace was trying to torpedo Palin.

- Sarah Palin once greeted McCain staffers wearing nothing but a towel, telling them she'd be just a minute, and they could talk with the First Dude, Todd.

- Sarah Palin came prepared with her own speech on Tuesday night. She was told no. (I'm not sure what she expected to do/say - launch her 2012 ambitions on the corpse of her running mate? Toss out a final shout-out to Joe Sixpack?)

And this woman's name is seriously being floated as someone to watch in 2012?

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