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From a reader:


I’m an undergrad at Miami University (in OH) and I’m spending my summer

studying the election and the “emerging Republican majority” and how it

will affect the country over the next few years. As soon as I started

delving into the studies and analyses done on the subject, I started to

realize what you just wrote your column about – the defining

characteristics of Republicans seem to be optimism and patriotism, not

wealth or class, and the reverse (pessimism and cynicism)best characterize

Democrats. The key factor binding each of the parties together is an

outlook on life and the country, not any demographic indicator. This is

not to say that cynicism is not sometimes warranted, just to share with

you my thoughts on what I think might be a coming sea change in American



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