E.J. Dionne: Will Republicans respond thoughtfully or vindictively? – The Washington Post

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Opinion Writer

Which path for the right?

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Published: December 12

I try to be hopeful about things. I long for a time when people on the left and the right might exchange opinions without assuming the very worst of each other. I don’t view conservatism as a form of psychosis and would like conservatives to harbor the same attitude toward progressivism. Happy warriors are better than grim antagonists. 

In the weeks since the election, my hopes have been buttressed by conservatives willing to say that, since Republican candidates have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, new thinking might be in order. Democrats went through the same dismal cycle between 1968 and 1988, producing a reformation on the center-left. Conservatives are surely capable of the same.

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