There’s a certain fascination in watching the Republican approach to just about everything. It seems so predictable an observer can guess which talking point will be unveiled in response to the hot issue of the day and pretty much count on being right every time. At the moment the uptight crowd is tying itself in knots over the “don’t ask, don’t tell” issue, what to call detainees in our protracted foreign engagements and how to address the reckless behavior in our financial industries.

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