Plus, the Senate results were atrocious. Bright new conservatives lost. Foot-in-mouth conservatives lost. Establishment retreads lost. Moderates lost. Way too many people lost, even in solidly “red” states. Republicans obviously are missing something.

The whole country is in for a rough, rocky, even frightening four years. Conservatives and Republicans must refuse to break key principles — but other than that, politically speaking, we need to take a little time to reassess. We’re doing something very, very wrong, or maybe many “somethings.” We might need a whole new strategic paradigm — and we need enough humility to acknowledge that right now, we obviously don’t have the right strategic answers. We need some time to clear our heads. We just lost, badly. We’re not going to win again by making snap judgments about what went wrong.