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I admire any person who’d rather think than sulk. Peter Dreier is a professor of politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and his response to Tuesday’s Republican landslide was to order his thoughts, lay them out in an e-mail, and on Friday send it to friends. One of those friends is my sister Michele, and so it came to me. If you’re trying to get a grip, you should find Dreier’s work helpful.