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“Shiite Republicans”

Molly Ivins has apparently been using this phrase for a while, although today is the first time I saw it. Republicans should be less offended by it, as Republicans, than by such phrases as “Taliban Republicans.” But if I were Shia, I wouldn’t be happy about the use of my religion as a pejorative term. And my gripe would be legitimate.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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