DON’T KNOW MUCH….If Jeff Stein isn’t careful, no one is ever going to talk to him again. He’s breaking some serious beltway conventions here.

On the other hand, if you were to ask a bunch of congress critters whether, say, Italy was fascist or communist during World War II, I wonder how many would beg off with jokes about not paying attention during high school history? How many would stare at the ceiling in chagrin if Stein asked them whether the IRA was Catholic or Protestant? How many would throw him out of their offices if he asked whether Wahhabis were good guys or bad?

Of course, the last one is a trick question. Best to stick to questions about how many people in their districts have been employed by earmarked pork.