The best political column I've read this year

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. . . and maybe the best one I'll read for some time comes from my friend Barry Casselman, in today's Washington Times.

Barry is unique in the political commentary field: He lives in Minneapolis, where he maintains a wide and cordial acquaintance among just about every prominent Democratic Farmer-Labor and Republican politician; he travels around the country by train; he is a poet, with a deep interest in the history of Spain, who has been tutoring me in the works of Jose Ortega y Gasset. As Glenn Reynolds says, read the whole thing. I wish I'd written it.