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This is the funniest thing I've heard this year:

Out of power on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue and mostly out of favor on K Street, many emasculated elephants in the GOP herd will begin the Age of Obama with what amounts to an extended holiday vacation. Instead of fighting the quadrennial cold and what are expected to be record-setting crowds, they're heading out to greener pastures, with better temperatures, less hassle and more agreeable company.

"What better way to mark the Obama Inauguration (and his millions of adoring fans that will be in D.C.) than to get out of town to fabulous Las Vegas!" Charlie Spies, a Republican lawyer and former CFO to Mitt Romney’s campaign wrote in a blast e-mail to GOP friends. "We hope you can join us for dinner and a fun evening on Monday, Jan. 19, to celebrate the last few hours of our Republican president in the White House."

Yes, let's celebrate the last few hours of a President Bush. I think most of the country is willing to join in on that celebration.

I almost feel bad for this guy:

One Bush administration official who is heading to the Italian Alps explained the logic with precision in an e-mail: "1. I am out of a job on Jan 20 at noon, no better time to take a vacation. 2. I like skiing, and have not seen my whole family in almost a year, no better time to get home and ski for a week. 3. Why bunker up and be in this town for that week, when we all know that [the crowds] will be worse than [the] Cherry Blossom [Festival] or Memorial Day?"

Welcome to my world. I don't have a job either. Unfortunately, I (along with MOST of the country) can't afford to head to the Italian Alps, hell I can't even afford to head to the alps here in Ohio.

And this guy is clearly a Cheney fan:

Greg Crist, a GOP lobbyist who was willing to be named, said, "I will be pondering the future of my party at a remote location, aided in the conversation by my friend Jack Daniels."

And this guy put a nice spin on it:

Kevin Sheridan, who served as spokesman for President Bush’s second inaugural in 2005, is heading to an undisclosed island in the Caribbean.

"The Inauguration of Barack Obama will be a great moment for our country and the planners have a major logistical feat to pull off," said Sheridan. "I figure I’m leaving a little extra room for my Democrat friends to enjoy it up close."

Way to look out for the little people while you head to the Caribbean. I think I'd rather take the trip to the Caribbean and let you free your butt off in D.C. :o) (yes, I realize I typo'd "freeze" but people liked the typo better, so I un-corrected it and decided to add this little note so I don't get "falmed" for not correcting a mistake :oP)

I mean seriously, notice how all of these people are going to expensive locales? Looks like they have a reason to mourn the death of the Bush II era, since they've been sitting pretty.

And they're off!

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UPDATE Okay, someone was nitpicking, so I changed the title.

Originally posted to Muzikal203 on Fri Jan 02, 2009 at 12:04 PM PST.

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