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Editorial writers, defense lawyers and letter-writers claimed that Governor Perdue was defying the courts and the “rule of law” in the life-doesn’t-mean-life brouhaha.
 
But now one judge has agreed with her – and the Supreme Court has decided to review the matter.
 
In truth, her critics’ rhetoric was just as overheated as the Governor’s.
 
She had the right instinct on this issue. And the public agrees with her. But she overreached at first, especially when she vowed to stand in the jailhouse door.
 
Sometimes in politics it pays to underreact.
 
The Governor can dial it back now. If the (Republican majority) Supreme Court rules against her, she can disagree and vow to do whatever she can to keep people safe.
 
Let the critics rage, Bev. They’re helping you.

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