“So, what are you working on?” is a pretty common small-talk question among friends in Washington, D.C. (Yes, we’re horrible stereotypes). This week, a friend of mine that I respect said he’s being considered for a position in the White House in President-elect Trump’s administration. That’s what he’s “working on.”

These same kinds of conversations are happening everywhere. A think-tanker I spoke to said he’s working on “transition stuff.” An issues-based activist said he’s talking with those who will be on executive staff for the agencies he works with.

The dream of the conservative “Never Trump” movement was that the probabilistic forecasters were right, and we wouldn’t have to deal with Trump or his campaign loyalists ever again after Nov. 8. That dream is dead.

Despite disproportionate representation in the media, the “Never Trump” movement was always very, very small. Trump won 90 percent of Republicans in exit polls. That’s a higher percentage of his party than Clinton won of hers, and within the margin of error of what Romney won in 2012. Most Republicans voted for Trump. Even though the “Never Trump” movement is likely overrepresented in Washington’s elite circles, it’s likely that the vast majority of those elite-circle Republicans still voted for Trump.

“Never Trump” conservatives made many arguments, but perhaps chief among them was that Trump is a con artist who hoodwinked conservatives while being completely unprepared for the office that he sought.

Well, he won. We have to hope he is not as unprepared as we judged him to be, and that the scraps of reheated rhetoric he threw to conservatives will be respected now that he sits in the most powerful office in the world. We have to hope our friends and colleagues that we respect who join a Trump administration will be able to exert influence to genuinely do good. We have to hope that the Capitol Hill Republicans that we respected before they threw in with Trump had better judgment than we did, and that Trump will work to make good policy with their help.

Former Bush administration state department official Eliot Cohen discouraged conservatives from working with the incoming Trump team. He’s a “Never Trump” official who says he was open to working with them, but was turned off once he actually began talking to people on the transition team. Perhaps, as Cohen says, Trump staffers are currently so possessed with animosity toward those who worked against them that the well is poisoned. We can only hope that does not continue to be the case.

We’re going to have to work with Trump, his staff, his appointees and those of our colleagues that do join his administration. Whether we work on entitlement reform or international trade or school choice or technology policy, “Never Trump” conservatives are all staring down the barrel of at least four years of Trump in the White House.

In a Hillary Clinton administration, we would have opposed her bad policies and worked with her on good ones. The same should happen with a Trump administration. As much as we would have liked to cover our heads and hide, the world will go on and there is still potential for good policy to be made and good laws to be passed.

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While I’m not particularly prestigious or experienced enough to be under consideration for an administration position, I won’t be sending my resume to the Trump recruiting website, greatagain.gov. Nonetheless, I do hope the Trump White House gets staffed with Republican policy experts who have a genuine desire to do good and do not share the NeverTrump judgment of Trump’s character and qualifications. If they do, I’ll hope my fellow “Never Trump” colleagues who care about policy continue to work to do good.

The world will go on. We can only hope that we were wrong, and that Trump can be a successful president.

Kevin Glass is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog. He is director of outreach and policy at The Franklin Center and was previously managing editor at Townhall. His views here are his own. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.

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