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Preaching this fierce urgency of Patrick Henry, Republicans won by historic margins.

And — to their credit — if they had had their way, they would have made deeper cuts. But, up against Mr. Obama, the Republicans settled for much less.

It was as if their fierce urgency of Patrick Henry was replaced by the fierce urgency of a druggie who so earnestly swears to get clean if only the judge will go easy on him.

Charles Hurt’s column appears Wednesdays. He can be reached at charleshurt@live.com.