The fact Palin has taken some undeserved lumps for the gaffe points out the utter hypocrisy of the whole damn "tradition." She's no different that any other politician, she just had the bad luck to have a little reality muck up the script. Which brings me to number seven on Letterman's list "My Remington shotgun says I don't need an excuse." It's meant as humor but it rings with truth. If Palin or any other politician were smart they'd dispense with the farce, pick up a shotgun and go turkey hunting. Pardoning a lump of manufactured meat never has and never will reflect the spirit of Thanksgiving. Honoring our ancestors by putting honest food on the table will.