GOP entrepreneurship demands that you put your conservative pals on the payroll and give the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal $4 million to appear on public television.
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If you want to see just how large Republicans can build their Big Tent, or alternately, how tight they can hold their noses, look at the Senate primary race in Rhode Island today.
Already notorious for calling Arabs "ragheads,'' using the N-word in a meeting with editors at a Montana newspaper and holding a mock "slave'' auction, Burns has kept up the pace this campaign.
To see why the difference matters, take a look at the Senate race in New Jersey that may be the nastiest in the country.
It's never so much a gaffe itself that hobbles a candidate but his reaction, and whether it taps into other things we know about him.
It was an opening volley in the fight to change the subject from Bush as protector to Bush ignoring the obvious threat from bin Laden and fighting the wrong war at the wrong time.
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