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I was pleased and dismayed to read David Brooks’ column “If not Trump, what?” [Opinion, May 1]. Brooks eats crow and has capitulated — this column is essentially an admission that the liberals have been right all along.

Brooks’ suggested solutions to the Republicans’ current implosion include: rebuilding the “sense that we’re all in this together” and building a national story that is “less individualistic.” What? Is he suggesting that maybe government (gasp!) or the collective should really, really have a stronger role?

Brooks goes on to use national railroad building, NASA and the Works Progress Administration as examples of how solidarity can be rekindled.  Those are precisely the kind of things that Republicans have been fighting with all their might, tooth and nail.

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OK, Brooks gives up. Maybe Republicans can give up.

Isabel D’Ambrosia, Seattle