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Consider the sheer entertainment value of our new Republican leaders

This brings us to the First Rule of Newt-watching: Whatever he accuses his opponents of, look for carefully in his own behavior.

Gingrich recently told a group of lobbyists that he was, to put it crudely, shaking down, that his election strategy was to portray Clinton Democrats as "the enemy of normal Americans" and proponents of "Stalinist measures."

I'm fond of hyperbole myself. But when politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as "enemies," it's time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.

Stay alert.
Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Copyright 1994 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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