WASHINGTON DIARY: GRIEF ANALYSIS

Death had better watch its step in Washington. The day after Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others slammed into a hill in Croatia, editors at the Wall Street Journal showed what steely stuff they were made of by calling the trip a junket. Having criticized Brown in life, they weren't going to let a thing like dying in the line of duty slow them down. Then came Bryant Gumbel, criticizing Republicans for extending insufficient sympathy to the family, which opened the floodgates to comparative condolences. Was Republican Party chairman Haley Barbour's four-line press release equivalent to then Democratic Party head...

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