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Bill and Hillary Clinton want to be viewed hereafter as the king and queen of this new era. John Kerry remains a sore loser. (This race, for him, is a reckoning.) Michelle Obama is no angry black woman; she’s a woman who sees the potential in her husband - no differently than Mrs. Reagan, Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Bush. Teddy Kennedy is, well, Teddy Kennedy; the same lion-hearted liberal whose politics never waiver (even when he’s seeing Republican red).

The Democrats have refashioned themselves into some oddball FDR-JFK-LBJ likeness. The Republicans have no comparable latter-day image.

No, my dear Republicans, don’t be fooled by the ornery jackasses. They will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Deborah Simmons is editorial page editor of The Washington Times. dsimmons@