Their True Primary Colors

Primary season has a way of reducing grand, soul-searching battles into questions you can cup in your hand: Are you better off now? Why not the best? Whom do you trust? Candidates unspool speeches on education and health care and economic policy, and then they trip over questions about where the Confederate flag should fly and whether they can tell if a person is gay and "How off-beat is your heart anyway, Senator?" There are still nine months of ads and polls and policy papers to go, but there may never be a better time than these next few weeks to...

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