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Cross-posted at Craig Smith's Blog.

I am well aware that there's a certain segment of the Santa Barbara blog reading public that would prefer that I stay away from the presidential race as a topic to write about.

But ever since Sarah Palin jumped off the glacier and onto the Republican ticket, it's been too much of a target-rich environment to ignore.

And besides, in less than two weeks it will all be over, for better or worse.

One week after he burst onto the national scene, "Joe the Plumber" is still getting lots of press.

Actually make that, "Joe the Unlicensed Contractor."

For Joe to worry about what will happen to him tax-wise if he should ever make more than $250,000 a year, is a little like me worrying about what life would be like if I married Madonna.

In other words, let's cross that bridge to nowhere when we get to it.

It turns out that kids fly free on Air Palin.

Actually, the taxpayers of Alaska are picking up the tab.

Congress bailed out Wall Street. The Republican National Committee bailed out Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue. To the tune of about $150,000.

Never knew it would be so expensive to clothe the body politic.

New wardrobe or no new wardrobe, who looks more like an "ice queen," Arizonan Cindy McCain or Alaskan Palin?

The most "socialist" sounding thing I've heard of in the last six weeks is the fact that every resident of Alaska gets an annual check from the state, just for living there.

If you're keeping score, Obama leads the race for daily newspaper endorsements by 124 to 46.

Originally posted to craigsmithsblog on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:39 PM PDT.

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