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So long as Americans remain Americans, newness won’t lose its appeal. Whether what’s being sold is a kitchen appliance or a presidential candidate. We’re gamblers at heart and in presidential politics.

That’s why Barack Obama and Fred Thompson, two new faces in the presidential sweepstakes, could emerge as their respective parties’ presidential nominees.

If they do, remember you saw it here first. If they don’t, forget I told you so.

Paul Greenberg is a nationally syndicated columnist.