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Politics of distraction

December 19, 2008

Re "Obama clears himself and staff," Dec. 16

The election is over and everybody knows that President-elect Barack Obama is working very hard to address a number of serious problems.

It's nothing short of outrageous, therefore, that congressional Republicans and commentators are trying to make political hay by speculating about contacts Obama's staff may have had with Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's office.

Creating this kind of controversy at such a crucial time is not only a distraction, it is an unpatriotic act by a political party that claims to have a monopoly on patriotism.

Stuart Olster

Calabasas

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