Now I am going to get into labeling and name-calling. You are all nuts and a little close minded! The Democratic Party has been manhandled and looked pretty sad before, and they came back. The Republican party was not dismissed on nearly the same scale, and you are calling for their death? Not likely. They will also come back. These things seem to go in cycles...and no matter how hard one party may try to reign supreme or claim to "have a mandate"...neither has been able to accomplish that yet. That is the brilliance of our founders, and their vision of a representative democracy.
Even when the Democrats held the Presidency and both House and Senate, checks and balances worked. And...despite the misgivings of many, on both sides, we have survived every President and Party change so far....
I know there are many things the parties are too pig headed, locked in and stubborn to work together on. Instead of concentrating on those things and blaming each other for stalemate, I hope they will find things they CAN work together on and get something done, together.
If not, they can all hold their heads up proudly(?) as highly ineffective people who have only their own self-proclamation as to their leadership quality.
Long live the United States of America.
I believe the Republican Party is in trouble because of demographics.
They are losing the woman vote.
They are losing the black vote.
They are losing the Latin vote.
They are losing the youth vote.
They are losing the Asian vote.
Women make up 53% of the voters and Obama won 55% of that group
Blacks make up 13% of the electorate and Obama won 93% of that group
Latins make up 10% of the electorate and Obama won 71% of that group
18-29 year olds make up 19% of the electorate and Obama won 60% of that group
Asians make up 3% of the electorate and Obama won 73% of that group
This is the second Presidential election where these numbers appear this way and by the next election, white voters are expected to drop 2-3 percentage points more.
Romney got 89% of his vote from white people.
The republican Party has to attract a more diverse core and the only way they will do that is by changing their platform to attract that diversity. If they don't do it. They will become an outdated party and die. And believe it or not political parties die in America. Just ask the Federalist, or Whig, or War Union, or Democratic Republican parties.
The Republican Party is at a cross roads. I don't think they have to, as angryguy put it "throw the religious right under the bus". They just need to redirect that section to tone down the religion and stress values and to soften their stances on social issues that alienate the groups they are not attracting. If it sends the religious right out of the party, that's their decision, but without a diversification of their base, the Republican Party will die within the next 20-24 years.