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Talking Points really liked Juliet Eilperin’s and Eric Pianin’s article in today’s Washington Post about how furious Republicans might cripple a potential Gore presidency. (Actually, Talking Points likes everything Eilperin writes; he doesn’t know the Pianin guy.) But maybe this is a moment for a reality check.

No doubt the Republicans will be furious with Gore if he wins; they’ll do all sorts of nasty things because of it; they’ll probably try to obstruct his agenda, and so forth. And this would be in contrast to …?

The get-along-go-along free ride they’ve given Bill Clinton?

Please!

Hardcore Republicans (and not a few soft-core ones) never accepted the legitimacy of Bill Clinton’s presidency either. And while no one can be happy about the sour feelings which will result from this mess (however it turns out), Democrats shouldn’t be bullied or intimidated by Republican threats, or mau-maued into inactivity should Gore win Florida.

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