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Voters shy from hard choices. Lexington’s bet is that Americans will never give the Republicans a clean mandate to drown the sort of state they have now. Like voters everywhere, they want many impossible things before breakfast, including low taxes and all the things that high taxes pay for. They will expect their leaders to muddle through. And muddle through they probably will, despite both Mr Norquist’s call to arms and the jeremiads of the think-tankers.

- Lexington: Are the Republicans mad? | The Economist