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Twenty-four Hours Later

This time last night I was watching snippets of the various official inaugural balls and hoping to catch a glimpse of President and Mrs. Obama dancing. Dancing as if all was wonderful.

Maybe for the evening it was, although the reprieve was short-lived. Already today, I caught other snippets of two conservative talking heads — not that I wanted to listen, but I ended up overhearing Earl’s favorite daytime programs temporarily — whining about cabinet appointments on one hand and the rendition of a song at the inaugural on the other.

I didn’t expect conservative talk shows to disappear overnight, but I did think the hosts might attempt to be more gracious than usual, more patient, more willing to take a wait and see attitude rather than start the nit-picking right away. I was wrong. Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh are back at it. I can only guess that being a conservative talk show host this week could be risky business; because what if people buy in to Obama’s message? Not just the liberals, but even conservatives and independents. What might that do to O’Reilly’s and Limbaugh’s and their ilk’s ratings? It’s a lot to ask, but I’m hopeful that Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham and others will someday soon be dusting off their resumes.

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