Here in Chicago, the countdown is on, ticking down the days before Barack Obama is inaugurated as President of the United States. While I understand and appreciate the excitement, it strikes me as a tad overblown to have the countdown be by the second, as it is on the Trib’s website.

Tempering the Tribune’s online breathlessness is columnist John Kass, whose wry assessment of potential Obama assistants, like Oprah Winfrey, Jesse Jackson, Tony Rezko and Todd “Urkel” Stroger, is on Page 2 of the newspaper.

My favorite part of the column, rightfully slamming Obama’s cynical endorsement of the incompetent Stroger two years ago:

“Send Stroger to Washington,” Susan E. wrote. “Don’t really care in what capacity, as long as we get rid of him. Let him work his magic for the nation. We really shouldn’t be hiding this talent in one place. Send all 500 of his closest relatives, too.”

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