THE REVOLUTION GOES GOOEY

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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