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This Courtland Milloy column is the kind of ill-conceived triumphalism that helps no one:


Payback is a . . . well, you know what they say.

And people who need more time to gloat and wave their fists, take it. I know that the presumptive mayor-elect, Vincent Gray, is calling for healing, as he promised on the campaign trial. And that's all good. 

 But Fenty was a cruel mayor. He inflicted deep hurts, not little boo-boos that you kiss and blow to heaven and make feel okay overnight. Air out those wounds. Having taken office promising to cradle the most vulnerable residents, Fenty set out almost immediately shooting the wounded. Closing homeless shelters. 

Forgetting about job-training programs. Firing city workers with the wave of a callous hand -- black female heads of households more often than not.

Yes, gloat. It does wonders for the unemployment rate. I mean, I guess there's some substance here. But this is just feels like score-settling. 

They really are no heroes here. Pettiness, and a powerful need to yell "I was right, you were wrong," abounds.
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