In addition to losing the White House, Republicans lost their second Congressional election in a row.
Two straight losses....
Result: not one Republican representing all of New England in the House of Representatives. Not one New Englander....
The brand itself is toxic. In the eyes of the youth, and people across the world, Republican stands for stupidity and incompetence.
A party that is against science and progress.
An anti-intellectual party, in which feelings matter more than facts.
A party that hates big cities and despises art and culture.
A primitive party.
A holy-roller, hillbilly party.
Like it or not, that is its image.
What will come of this Republican party?
It will probably split into two or more parties, as the rightwing-religious faction refuses to recognize how deeply out of touch it is with the overwhelming majority of voters. Like old Marxists, the rightists will withdraw into an ever-shrinking base--an ideologically pure comfort zone of zealots and religious kooks who care more about issues like abortion and gay marriage than the economy and national security (as shown by their insane, suicidal opposition to VP short-list candidates Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge).
The US could be on the brink of a new three- or even four-party era, with the Democrats dominating national politics for decades to come.