Rich Galen

The parlor game in Washington will immediately shift to who will get which senior Administration position. There are a lot of talented people on both sides of the aisle and President-elect Obama will need the best of him in these troubled times.

The other major question to be answered over the next few weeks and months will be "Wither the GOP?"

The post-election data will have to be studied to see if the expected number of Republicans voted, but were overwhelmed by the astonishing Obama turnout operation (which was basically the Bush Playbook with an additional $300 million available to execute against it).

Or, the Party will have to see if Republican voters either stayed home or voted for Obama in any significant numbers.

If it is the former, then the GOP may have reached the outside edges of Republican Party membership and its new leaders will have to figure out ways to expand it. There just weren't enough Republicans available to win.

If it is the latter, then the GOP will have to examine its principles and precepts to see if they can be made to better fit the needs of a 21st century electorate.

The never-ending election of 2008 is over. November 2, 2010 is looming on the horizon.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at