WASHINGTON -- Once again, as often happens in this town, conventional wisdom has taken a beating. When it comes to the long, painful saga of Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, the pundits and prognosticators seem to have been wrong at a number of critical junctures.

Here are a few of the whoppers that Capitol Hill insiders accepted as truth about the Illinois Democrat's plight:

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