One of my favorite political hat tricks is making March 17 a holiday in Boston. A Catholic holiday in the belly of the Congregationalist-Episcopalian-Unitarian beast? No. An Irish ethnic celebration enshrined in law? Surely not. It’s just a 100% American patriotic celebration of the British evacuation of Boston in 1776, uh huh. The Irish, back in 1901, (i) maneuvered the WASP powers-that-were [no love for the Irish there] into making St. Patrick’s Day a legal holiday, [ii] anti-British cherry on top, with [iii] no Hibernian fingerprints on it. Slainte!