Choice: Fiscal Cliff Talk Or Petraeus Scandal

Thank You David, Paula, Jill And John For Saving Us

I think I speak for most everyone when I say, thank you Peaches, Paula, and the entire cast of "All In" for saving us.

With the election over, our immediate prospects were pretty much limited to rehashing the results, and the partisan posturing over the fiscal cliff. You have no idea how grim we found this.

Now, though, instead of deficits and taxes blah-blah-blah we get to follow the first halfway decent sex scandal since you know who.

Not that former Congressman Anthony Weiner sending suggestive photos of himself to young women he met online wasn't entertaining.

Or that we weren't riveted by former astronaut Lisa Nowak's diaper-wearing dash from Texas to Florida to kidnap a rival for her lover's affection.

But those didn't have the glitz this one has.

I mean, we are talking about the nation's top spook, former General David (Peaches) Petraeus, the married, 60-year-old director of the CIA.

His biographer and boudoir mate, Paula Broadwell, a married, 40-year-old, West Point and Harvard grad with really toned arms.

A social climbing, Tampa socialite named Jill Kelley, to whom Broadwell was sending harassing e-mails.

John Allen, another four-star general and Petraeus' successor in Afghanistan, who exchanged hundreds of e-mails (non-harassing) with Kelley.

And, of course, an FBI agent named Fred Humphries, who Kelley contacted in regard to Broadwell's harassing e-mails, and who once sent Kelley a photo of himself shirtless.

I mean, as this farce plays out we may be just a diaper, a pair of Jockey shorts or a smoking-blue-dress away from a major historical footnote.

So, again, a heart felt thanks to the entire ensemble. You're the best.

You Want Some Cheese With That Whine?

There is evidence this week that Republicans learned little from their thumping at the polls. As their collective waaaaaaaaaah over the results continued, there were these developments:

Mitt Romney told a group of his biggest contributors that the reason Obama won was because he bestowed gifts on base supporters — you know, the 47 percent.

Republican congressional leaders reiterated their position that raising taxes on the wealthy was borderline unconscionable.

And John McCain, with his strident attack on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, was putting Republicans into a position where they appear to be picking on women, while at the same time setting Obama up as the guy saying to the bully: Why don't you pick on someone your own size?

Really, guys, get your act together. We need a two-party system.

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