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Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor, The Nation: “The Republicans should resolve to do no more harm. The Democrats should fight hard to make sure the Republicans don’t unmake everything good about our country, from Head Start to habeas corpus.”

Ann Coulter, pundit: “Democrats: Purchase tinfoil hat to suppress conspiracy theories about Osama being in U.S. custody, the Saudis warning Bush about 9/11, Fox. Republicans: Convince the world that Bill O’Reilly is not a conservative.”

Hank Sheinkopf, Democratic strategist: “For the Democrats: Exploit the steel tariff. For the Republicans: Push patriotism. And pray that Greenspan stays healthy.”

Andrew Solomon, writer: “The Republicans should resolve to act more like Democrats. And then the Democrats should resolve to act more like Democrats. And then we’d all be fine.”

Max Boot, National Security Studies senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations: “For the Democrats: Kick those conspiracy theories cold-turkey. They give the impression that their foreign-policy guru must be Noam Chomsky. For the Republicans: Stop spending as if the government were a late-nineties dot-com.”

Wolf Blitzer, CNN pol watcher: “For both parties: Promise to think first about what’s best for the American people.”

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