Today in PostOpinions

Our PostOpinions coverage this morning is chock full of reactions to the deaths of two giants at opposite ends of the moral spectrum. Eugene Robinson leads our offerings, pointing out that Mitt Romney’s rash reaction to Kim Jong Il’s death bodes poorly should he make it to the White House. Columnists Anne Applebaum and Michael Gerson, as well as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, offer remembrances of dissident and former Czechoslovakia president Vaclav Havel. The Post Editorial Board also considers the very different legacies of Il and Havel.

Domestically, Charles Lane argues that Obama’s new populist strategy won’t work in 2012. “The public wants fairness,” he writes, “but retains a healthy skepticism about the federal government’s ability to achieve it.” Finally, in Congress, Dana Milbank and Greg Sargent both conclude that the payroll tax fight shows House Speaker John Boehner can’t control his caucus.

James Downie is The Washington Post’s Digital Opinions Editor. He previously wrote for The New Republic and Foreign Policy magazine.

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