Isn’t it ironic that the U.S. Postal Service selected a retail partner whose business is almost as troubled as its own? That was the key point in a clever piece by New Republic’s Alec MacGillis condemning the plan to open outlets in Staples stores. USPS lost $5 billion last year, which is why it is eager to boost its revenues by opening retail outlets in Staples. The retail chain isn’t doing much better. Earlier this month, following dismal sales, Staples announced that it was closing 225 stores.