1. America is diverse. Deal with it.
2. Don't attempt illegal nonsense to subvert the democracy.
3. The electorate did not fall off a turnip truck.
4. Pandering to the "base" is perilous. The Republican Party has a tea party problem because it has allowed itself to.
5. "Trust me" doesn't get it done.
6. If you must pander, do not alienate large chunks of voters in the process. The Republican Party should not have the gender gap and the "race gap" that it has.
7. The system self-corrects.
8. "We've got to fix that." As an aside, President Obama commented Tuesday night on the flaws in our electoral process that produce the enormous lines, disenfranchisement and disillusionment about our democracy. It's not an aside, it's vital.
9. Retail politics still matters.
10. Nate Silver is a freaking genius.
Explanations & elaborations in the article here:
Ten hard lessons from Tuesday | Politics Blog | an SFGate.com blog
Do you agree or disagree?
I agree with every single one of them. I know several self-proclaimed life-long Republicans IRL who tell me they voted for Obama because *this* Republican Party is an embarassingly messy combination of morality policing and lack of transparency. They want less government but they wanted to know exactly which parts Romney would cut, and they want the government to stay out of everyone's bedrooms which the GOP seems to think is its right. And the they recognized that the majority of small businesses won't have *any* business, even with all the tax breaks in the world, if they don't have customers with money in their pockets to pay for those services. It seems this election wasn't about the economy, after all, it was about everything else.