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Enough of this made-for-TV 'cliff' hysteria

Published 12/15/2012, Syndicated Columnist

As yet another make-believe Washington “crisis” looms, it’s tempting to suspect that the most fraught interludes in American politics derive from turning government into a TV show. Artificial deadlines, imaginary cliffs, villains and heroes — a state of permanent emergency. These well-worn dramatic devices have been the stuff of serial melodrama from “The Perils of Pauline” through “24.”

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