Newswatch: Columnists in Jelly-Bean Land

Many syndicated Washington columnists respond so predictably to events that they are merchandised to newspapers as liberal or conservative voices, as if editors needed a handy guide on how to balance their opinion pages. But all columnists sometimes react in unexpectedly revealing ways. A sampler of how columns are tilting this summer:

Living with Reagan. Liberal columnists, chastened by liberal defeats and aware of Reagan's personal popularity, at first included a ritualistic reference to the President as a "nice guy" before savaging his policies, as if anxious not to seem partisan. That's how...

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