Commentary: Now, You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Republican Smile

Louisiana's Robert L. Livingston is not your natural-born smiler. The head of the House Appropriations Committee is part bean-counter, part hothead who gets his kicks--literally--at karate class. So why is Livingston suddenly popping up on television talk shows, grinning as he tells viewers his Mom told him to stop having tantrums on the House floor?

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