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The big boss here recently broke the story that the Washington Times plans to eliminate the use of “scare quotes” (surrounding phrases such as “gay marriage”) and will try to stop calling human beings “aliens.”

But does this anti-hack movement mean the end of “Democrat Party” at the Times?

That surefire firestarter hasn’t been showing up in the Times much lately, except in quotes from President Bush and John McCain. And Times editorial writer Joel Himelfarb went off the reservation yesterday to get “Democrat Party” into his copy.

Himelfarb’s piece didn’t run in his own paper.