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More lessons from the election

Robert Jeffress [“United we stand,” Washington Forum, Nov. 16] has a proposal for Republicans: To attract evangelical voters and win elections, they must select nominees willing to compromise on taxes, the environment and health care (presumably excepting women’s reproductive health care) but stand firm that abortion and gay marriage should be illegal. Election results suggest otherwise.

The 14th Amendment of our Constitution guarantees “equal protection of the laws” to all citizens. Voters broadly rejected candidates who insisted that this guarantee does not apply to gay people, women in general and pregnant women in particular.

Article VI states, “This Constitution . . .shall be the supreme Law of the Land.” In the public sphere at least, the doctrines of Mr. Jeffress’s church, or anyone else’s church, do not supersede it. The Republican Party will believe otherwise at its peril.

Gordon G. Cash, Oakton

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Regarding Eugene Robinson’s Nov. 16 op-ed column, “They still don’t get it”:

The Democrats will be making a big mistake if they lull themselves into thinking that they can coast to easy victories in the years to come. A similar thinking was at work following President Obama’s victory in 2008. It only took two years for the GOP, which had been blamed for the financial crisis at the end of President George W. Bush’s second term, to come back roaring in the midterm elections in 2010.

Money can do wonders. The 30 GOP governors will do all they can to keep the House in the GOP hands, and they may even be successful in denting the Democratic majority in the Senate, in 2014.

Sivakumar Tadikonda, Herndon

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