So it appears that “San Francisco values,” so foolishly maligned by the Republicans in the days leading up to their electoral wipeout, have been heard from nationwide. They may even prevail in the lower chamber of Congress, as The City’s own Nancy Pelosi — to whom go our hearty congratulations — assumes the speakership.

San Franciscans may not be so isolated from the heartland after all, though the notion may grate on the self-alienated among us. To be sure, a phrase meant to betoken special values, like The City itself, carries with it a foggy good-heartedness that can be difficult to define.

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