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NOW THAT DOLE IS HISTORY, HOW SHOULD REPUBLICANS BUILD A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE?

Here's one thing at least that Republicans have in common with Democrats. Every few years they give off the odor of desperation. Both parties rest on such unstable coalitions that after every big election the losing side goes into a mortal funk, wondering whether its crucial constituencies are cutting loose once and for all. One year after George Bush was proclaimed unbeatable, the Republicans were sifting through the wreckage of their loss to Bill Clinton. Two years after that, the Democrats lost Congress so badly they were asking if the numbers would ever add up their way again. Now it's the...

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