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Fox News Sunday is really going out on a limb by giving Sarah Palin the role of analyzing ongoing events. Is this the best they have? This Sunday, she tried to float a" quid pro quo” answer as to why the Obama Administration has not stopped the oil leak caused by BP. She asked if there was any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration," she said. Palin wondered if there is "any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to…grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico." I realize that Fox News probably fed Sarah Palin this line to get a reaction from the mainstream media but a little more research should have been done. They would have found out that in 2008 John McCain receive $2.4 million to Barack Obama's $898,000. They are trying to use the single largest donation to mask the fact that in 2010 republicans have received 71% of the $12.8 million donated by the oil and gas industry. It's common fact the republicans will always receive more money from the oil and gas industry but I don't think it has anything to do with the 5,000 foot deep oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's like Representative Joseph Weiner said this morning" it's not like the administration has a" Plug the oil leak agency." I have yet they hear the republican solution to stopping the leak; unless you count Bill O’Reilly who said "They should stuff every member of NBC News in that hole." I don't think Sarah Palin did Rand Paul any favors by blaming his situation on the media... Chris Wallace gave her some ammo when he got her to acknowledge that it was very a similar to her situation....He’s a libertarian; deal with it.

NBC's David Gregory of "Meet the Press" tried to get Joe Sestek to admit that someone in the White House offered him the job of Secretary of the Navy just so he would drop his challenge against Senator Arlen Specter. If a specific job was officially offered; that would be illegal. Some will think that is just in line with the Chicago politics style of this administration. I don't think, they are that stupid; they might have floated a hypothetical and congressman Sestek may have overstated the offer because he was angry that the administration did not want to back him. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezezinski, hosts of "Morning Joe" have been trying to push this story for a long time but although the White House media has asked the question many times; this story has not gone very far. I guess everyone knows that in the end...Mr. Sestek will say he misspoke.

ABC's "This Week" followed the oil spill but I was really surprised to hear George Will say that" the job offer the White House supposedly offered Sestek is a non story; let's move on. " The rest of the show was pretty much like" Meet the Press" and not as partisan as Fox News Sunday but I was looking for a mention about the sinking of the South Korean vessel by North Korea....Fox News Sunday did mention it but Bill Kristol tried to link it to our non military response to the Iranian situation. In fairness, someone said that if there were not for the two wars we are engaged in; we would have been all over this. I believe we have some backdoor channels working on this problem.

The oil is still leaking but finally the media realizes that the Valdez was a measured spill from a tanker ; we may never know how much we are actually spilling and the future damage this will cause....Neither Politics nor ,who knew what and when will seal the leak.