PROMISES TO KEEP

CHECKS AND BALANCES-AND POLITICS-CONFOUND THE BRAVE NEWT WORLD

Appearances can be deceiving. Week after week, the Republican revolution proceeded apace. Bill after bill barreled through the House of Representatives. The Republicans won easily. The most important votes weren't even close. Outside the House chamber, however, the picture was very different. Last week House Republicans were showing their first real signs of strain since their euphoric takeover in January. The media were filled with images of the President sharing tacos and corn nibblets with the clientele of an elementary-school cafeteria in Alexandria, VirginiaĆ°a direct hit in the public relations war over Republican plans to curb the growth of the school-lunch...

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