The Republicans got their ass kicked, and they deserved it.
The Republican party spent the last eight years kicking their conservative base, and any Libertarians who were leaning toward them, in the teeth.
You can say a lot of things about GW Bush, calling him a fiscal Conservative isn’t one of them.
Given that, John McCain got 48% of the popular vote. Remember kids, Bill Clinton at his best, never got more than 48%.
One of the key reason the Republicans got that much is Gov. Sarah Palin.
She appealed to the Conservative base in a way that Senator McCain could not.
One of the best indicators of how popular Gov. Palin (the most popular governor in America) is with the conservative base, is how much effort the DNC/MSM spent on trying to discredit her.
Personally, I think Sen. Stevens should resign, and Gov. Palin should take his seat.
The 2012 race has already started for Republicans. Before we close the book on the 2008 election, let us remember that Barak Obama barely got over 50% of the vote. That is no mandate. The US electorate is still deeply divided. Despite this, the Reid, Obama & Pelosi triumvirate will try to ram an extreme far left political agenda down the throats of a divided American people. It is the duty of the Republican minority to oppose that agenda with every means possible. In other words, they should give Obama all the support the democrats gave President George W. Bush.