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First Bloke

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Off-topic but interesting:  Debra Saunders has this column on Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard and how her personal life is not much of an issue. 
Since 2006, Gillard has lived with Tim Mathieson, a hairdresser. As far as Australia knows, the couple has no plans to marry. You may recall that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband was dubbed the state's "first dude." Australian papers have dubbed Gillard's boyfriend, usually referred to as her partner, as Down Under's "first bloke."

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What a refreshing story. How nice it would be if politicians in the U.S. could be elected regardless of their marital status (or lack thereof), religion (or lack thereof), or parental status (or lack thereof), so long as they were the most qualified person to do the job. Seriously, does anyone think that Abraham Lincoln could be elected today? He was unattractive, a dull speaker, and his wife had serious mental health issues. Anyway, good luck to P.M. Gillard...and the "first bloke."

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