How can you tell when the Republican revolution has moved into its postrevolutionary phase? When the G.O.P. troops start talking about mammograms. Whether or not Newt Gingrich is re-elected as Speaker, the movement he led is turning toward the sensitive center, borrowing from Clinton's family-friendly campaign playbook to prove that a G.O.P. that once fought accounting battles over CBO-VS.-OMB numbers really does have a heart.

The idea isn't totally new--everyone from Gingrich to Bill Bennett to the self-anointed compassion queen Arianna Huffington has tried to peddle it. What's significant this time is that some of this softening has slipped into the...

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