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The Seriousness Gap

Why voters turned Republican.

Nov 18, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 10 • By CHUCK DONOVAN and FRANK CANNON
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The challenge now for Republicans is to carry on with the high purpose they have revived in our national life. Americans have shown that they want adults, not adolescents, in high office in times of peril. There is work to be done: terrorists to be caught or killed, regimes to be disarmed, judges to be appointed, poverty to be alleviated, families to be rebuilt, education to be reformed. It is a tall order, but November 5 proved once again that Americans take their votes seriously and will reward parties and candidates who do likewise.

Frank Cannon is a principal of Capital City Partners, a Washington consulting firm. Chuck Donovan is a policy consultant and former CEO of the Family Research Council.