Yes, political purity is just the sort of dumbness that pragmatic Republicans (there are still a few) love to see in “progressives.” Indeed, there is a point of extreme purity whereby progressives might as well be right-wingers for all practical purposes. They have so far cost Gore and Hillary the presidency, giving us instead W. and the Donald. Thanks guys!

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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