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Mark Russell: Afterthoughts

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The Democrats' fall election strategy: Hold twin public ethics show trials for Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters. Republican strategy: Abolish the 14th Amendment. A double suicide! Party unity at last!

Are the Democrats dumb enough to believe that if they can air their dirty laundry just before the election, the Republicans won't notice? Obviously, you betcha.

Are the Republicans dim enough to believe that if they hold a public debate over whether to throw out the cherished 14th (anti-slavery) Amendment, they can still call themselves the party of Lincoln? Ditto the above.

Republican leaders Honest Mitch McConnell, the Rail Splitter, and Jon Kyl, The Great Emancipator, want to take away the citizenship of American-born children of illegals. They could hold the ceremony at Gettysburg.