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• Spin is a way of life in Washington, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi carried it to new heights last week. When George Bush was president and Democrats controlled the House, she blamed everything in the world, maybe even including bad weather, on Bush. Now that Barack Obama is president and the economy is still struggling, she blames all the world’s woes on Republicans, who have a majority in the house. “They hold the power,” Pelosi says. Right.

• You can never be sure of what a jury will do, but the group who convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seemed to get it right, including bagging him for trying to sell access to the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama was elected president. Blagojevich reminds us a bit of John Edwards -- a little too oily, a little too slick.

• Public opinion polls tend to dance up and down regarding various subjects, but one thing seems clear whenever Americans are asked about our elected officials in Washington: they pretty much turn thumbs down on them. President Obama is drawing his lowest approval ratings ever, with Congress also mired in the muck when it comes to doing their jobs. It’s a sad commentary of what’s going on in Washington, and the blame lies with those who are doing such a lousy job.

• Bill Byars, a Camdenite who’s director of the S.C. Department of Corrections, has suffered a stroke described as “mild” and is resting before returning to his difficult job. Byars has carved out an enviable record of public service and we wish him a speedy recovery.

• We’re glad to see that Kershaw County Council members decided to forego a raise they had recently voted themselves, with council member Tom Gardner explaining that the timing was not right. We agree, given the austere financial times. Council members work hard and could never be accused of being overpaid, but it was a good choice for them to go back and change their original vote.