Eugene Robinson has "a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election."
There's all the transparently insincere blather about the GOP's sudden need to woo "emerging" demographic groups--such as African Americans, who've been here since the Pilgrims; and Latinos, who were here before African Americans; and women, who've been around since Eve--but, Robinson continues, "there has been less acknowledgment of an obvious fact about the present: Voters preferred Obama’s policies to Romney’s."
And that, of course, is the real problem for the Republican Party. Its ideological Holy Grail remains the destruction of New Dealism. This crusade has peaked and it has valleyed, but never vanished. It may simmer and smolder for a while, but the GOP's religious enthusiasm for crushing civilized, collectivist tendencies is a passion whose flame is inextinguishable. It's an eternal vendetta against human decency.
Remove that core of malice, that determination to reverse the calendar, to vanquish the wickedly enlightened, and what's left? The conservative wing of the Democratic Party.
Republicans know this, so the crusade carries on, hopelessly.