There's really no "introspection" way to fix the problem. We got trounced not because of any "bad" candidate but because over decades we've allowed a population to grow intellectually lazy and ignorant of history and almost contemptuous of the work ethic and religion. This train was going to crash like this sooner or later and Obama was the perfect storm for it and he and the slanted school system will help seal this entitlement attitude in stone. Unless you can invigorate the masses with self-respect, civic pride and self-reliance, the only thing that will make them turn the slightest Conservative (of any stripe) is to dish them the same ice cream Dems have for generations. It's an evil quandary and uniquely too late.