The Blackest Sheep?

Could Cheney be inherently good? Obama evil?

Lynne Cheney told MSNBC yesterday that her husband and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama are eighth cousins.

A month ago, the Chicago Sun-Times said the two very different politicians are “ninth cousins once removed.”

The Sun-Times based that conclusion on this connection:

Obama is related to Cheney through Mareen Duvall, a 17th century immigrant from France.

Mareen and Susannah Duvall were Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents and Cheney’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents.

We can’t get our mind around all this. Anybody out there who can bring some expertise to this “important” news so that we can figure out what sort of cousins they are?

Meanwhile, Obama spokesman Bill Burton says of the apparent Obama-Cheney kinship that, “every family has a black sheep.” Will he be charged by the political correctness police?

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