The GOP, having become smug and arrogant, thought that it could mail it in and still beat Obama. Too bad the country will have to pay the price for their mistakes. Giving the devil his due, Obama is a masterful campaigner and the Republicans didn't take him seriously enough. They failed when the stakes were at their highest. For that reason alone, the party can wither and die as far as this conservative is concerned. This was the most important election since the Civil War era, and the GOP didn't even show up.