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A Tale of Two Endorsements

In the "Endorsements You Don't Really Want" file, we have two this week.

First, President Bush endorses Jeb Bush for the US Senate saying his little brother would be "an awesome senator" to replace the retiring Mel Martinez in Florida.

"I think the party would benefit a lot by having Jeb Bush in the U.S. Senate," the president added. "I think Florida would benefit a lot. I think the country would benefit a lot. And I think the Republican Party would benefit a lot. He is a proven leader who, when given responsibilities, succeeded."

Jeb was term-limited out of his previous job as Governor of Florida and has stated that he's "considering" making a run for Martinez's seat.

Our second item today is Vice President Dick Cheney's endorsement of President-elect Barack Obama's national security team.

"I must say, I think it's a pretty good team," Cheney said of Obama's national security choices, in a segment of the interview broadcast Tuesday on "Good Morning America."

Cheney specifically cites the picks of Bob Gates and Jim Jones and even gives a half-hearted nod to Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State saying he wouldn't have hired her, but, "I think she's tough. She's smart, she works very hard and she may turn out to be just what President Obama needs."

The first endorsement is probably a little bit of brotherly love and family duty to the Bush Dynasty, but the second smacks of a little more than innocent props to the incoming President. Could it be just a bit of an effort to gently undermine Obama by rousing an already skeptical liberal base by putting his dubious stamp of approval on the President-elect's decisions? Sure, it seems a little more than a little Machiavellian, but this is Dick Cheney we're talking about here.

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