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One must stay together within one’s tribe:

An array of Republicans and conservatives — including some of Mitt Romney’s sharpest critics — rushed to the GOP presidential front-runner’s defense Thursday to counter efforts to paint the former venture capitalist as a job-killer.

But it is a pretty big, broad and long-standing tribe, immune from repercussions:

The desperation of homebuilders was a running joke among top Federal Reserve officials during the waning phase of the housing bubble in 2006, according to transcripts released Thursday…“We think the fundamentals of the expansion going forward still look good,” Timothy F. Geithner, then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, told his colleagues when they met in December 2006.

Finally the bipartisanship of the wealthy.