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Jonathan S. Tobin is senior online editor of Commentary magazine and chief political blogger at Commentary’s Contentions blog, where this originally appeared. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author: Jonathan S. Tobin is senior online editor of Commentary magazine with responsibility for managing the editorial content of its Contentions website – as well as serving as chief politics blogger.
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