“Where’s the beef?” Walter Mondale taunted Gary Hart (ne Hartpence) in 1984. No smooth-talking lightweight with fancy hair, Mondale knew, was going to derail the Reagan-Bush juggernaut. No sir. Especially when Hart turned out, four years later, to be a skirt-chaser, too. Under the obscure rules of political buzz, the former frontrunner is as dead as Ed Muskie. But even if you can’t refight the war, it seems, you can revisit the battles. Hey, Fritz! Here’s some fuckin’ beef for ya: Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st-Century America. It’s Hart’s Oxonian D. Phil. thesis (what you got, Fritz, an L.LB.?), a hardbound argument, sans author photo, for remaking the United States around a system of local “ward republics.” Sample question: “[I]s not recourse to Jeffersonian republicanism simply an argument for subsidiarity by another name?” Well, Walter? How ’bout you, George? Class dismissed. Get your Hart on at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1200 F St. NW. Free. (202) 347-3686. (Tom Scocca)