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Today, Ari Fleischer unintentionally admitted in public what we have long suspected: that he, and many conservatives like him, are sanctimonious, gluttonous fools motivated to good only by self-serving interests.

For here is his response today to the newly-struck "fiscal cliff" deal:

Now, I don't know if he's correct about the deductions limits, and frankly, I don't care. Because at issue here is that Fleischer, in a moment of oblivious candor, admitted that he and "many others" like him will donate less to charity in the coming years. Why? Because it will no longer be in their financial interest to do so.

So much for empathy. So much for genuine compassion. So much for this: What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?

Not that any of this is surprising, for today we got plenty of reminders that empathy is not a Republican value. After all, just today Peter King (rabid Islamophobe) went apoplectic over Boehner's refusal to bring a Hurricane Sandy relief package up for a vote. Oh, and the House GOP allowed the 18-year-old Violence Against Women act to expire because "the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans."

Yes, we know callousness to be a contemporary Republican value. And Fleischer's Tweet merely admitted this fact.

However, he was appalled to have done so, for after pulling back the curtain today, Fleischer tried to yank it shut, tried to walk back what he had already revealed:

Yes. Math, indeed.

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