A dirty little secret, &c.

The Republican primaries have been heated and dramatic. But here’s the dirty little secret: The candidates agree on everything. I mean, Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich, with Paul to one side. Oh, sure, there are teensy differences here and there: Santorum has this special plan for manufacturing; Romney has ideas about capital gains; Newt may be thinking moon.

But on the basics — energy, the budget, entitlements, defense, abortion, foreign policy, education, health care — they agree. There are not clashing philosophies in this campaign. There is no, say, Goldwater versus Scranton. There is simply the personal, the stylistic, the tonal.

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