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Good morning ladies and gents, after a lovely weekend cavorting around the District I’ve come back energized, rested, and less hungover than I was Sunday morning after Saturday’s Shamrock Fest at RFK.

Aspirin is my friend.

Anyhoo, today is the day that a certain “maverick” Senator from a certain “state” called Nebraska might declare is “intention” to run for the Presidency of “the” United States. Hagel would jump in as either the anti-war Republican candidate or as an independent.

His stance as the lone anti-Iraq war gunman on the Righty side of the isle has infuriated his colleagues in the GOP and has given him an immense amount of appeal on the left…who are way too lazy to look at his very Republican voting record.

The OuterLoop will keep you posted throughout the day on whether or not Hagel decides to lose the Presidency.

UPDATE: 11:37 AM, Hagel says he will decide on a Presidential run later this year…proves that no one can get anything done over the weekend.

UPDATE 2.0:  For some reason, I accidentally added an “Al Sharpton” tag to this post.  I intend to leave it there just to screw with people.

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Not content with minor coincidences, Barack Obama’s ancestry apparently poked through Drudge the other day and found out about the Strom Thurmond/Al Sharpton connection. From the Baltimore Sun:

“According to the research, one of Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfathers, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky. The same records show that one of Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves”

The Hillary camp will no doubt use this as ammo when the REALLY greasy politics comes into play during primary season especially considering how important the black vote is in the primary. Here are some other interesting tidbits from the piece:

“Reitwiesner’s research identifies two other presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Democratic Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, as descendants of slave owners. Three of McCain’s great-great-grandfathers in Mississippi owned slaves, including one who owned 52 in 1860. Two ancestors of Edwards owned one slave each in Georgia in 1860.”

There, that’s more like it. Let’s level the playing field a little bit.

Anyone else find it disturbing that all this is coming up now? I mean, I understand all the hubbub about Strom Thurmond, first off he’s dead, and secondly it wasn’t as though he was a good person. I fear the worst when the most compelling thing about a campaign right now revolves around what your great-great-great-great grandfather did.