With fewer Republicans having voted nationally Tuesday than in any election since 1980, the party faithful have to be wondering not only what went wrong but what to do now. Why did exit polls show only 28 percent of John McCain voters “excited” about a McCain presidency? Is the uneasy GOP coalition of economic and social conservatives on the rocks? The fracture over illegal immigration remains, too. “Pat Buchanan isolationist Republicans have little in common with Wall Street Republicans, and libertarian Republicans have little in common with the religious right,” said presidential historian Richard Norton Smith.
What Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., heard voters say Tuesday to the GOP: “Go back to basics, stop embarrassing them and ourselves, be true to our principles, and regain the majority by the virtue of our deeds rather than the eloquence of our words.”
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