"We'll have to see what happens, but I suspect in urban areas across the country, Democrats will continue to make gains that they've made the last decade," Davis said during an interview on MSNBC.
"We've become a regional party, basically become a white, rural, regional party, and not a national party. And we're going to have to retool ourselves," he added.
I expect that the Republicans will retool themselves, and adjust to the changes in the country. But the first thing they're going to have to address is their embrace of anti-intellectualism, which culminated finally in the choice of an incurious vice presidential candidate and then the elevation of Joe the Plumber, a symbol for disingenuous and misinformed blathering. It is poisonous to the country and has proved poisonous to the Republican Party itself.
There will be a lot of finger-pointing within the Republican party, and it will be interesting to see what sort of narrative we will hear about a campaign's final days. Whether or not Sarah Palin was a bad choice, it is not a good sign for the Republicans that some have called her "the new face of the Republican party." She may instead become the new face of Republican losses, and the icon of what went wrong. The longer they embrace her as the future, the longer the Democrats are going to win. Since I believe the Democrats will serve all of us better with a more competitive (sensible) Republican party, I hope they jettison this albatross around their necks.
It will be a slow process. Harold Ford is on MSNBC trying to tell Joe Scarborough that we need to invest in infrastructure. Scarborough is (either willingly or honestly) misinterpreting infrastructure to mean "concrete" instead of intellectual, technological, and other infrastructure. And don't even ask about Fox News and the nearly Orwellian "balance" that involves repeating something long enough that it sounds true.
Hindsight is 20/20, but I told Maggie a couple of days ago, McCain should have chosen a more intellectual running mate, an already respected running mate and someone to answer Obama's message of progressive change whether she be a woman or not. Had he chosen someone that Clinton voters could have embraced, and that reinforced the earlier image of McCain, that well might have been a maverick move. It is not a maverick move to appeal to your anti-intellectual base. Shoring up his base would not have been a problem if his strategy had been early on to run against the Democratic congress while Obama ran against Bush. That, and avoiding some of the over-dramatic moments and he could have been seen as that steady hand on the tiller.
Perhaps this takes too much away from Obama's brilliant campaign. In a poker game between experienced players, you're only making advances when your opponent falters. Obama was buffeted by pitfalls around him, but he rarely himself faltered. McCain had barely an opening, but there is plenty of room for criticism in how he played his hand.
But back to the Republican party, what are the implications and the fallout of Obama's 50-state approach?
We heard a lot about this election being the most important in our lifetimes. I scoffed at that, preferring to think we already screwed up the most important election in our lifetimes, back in 2000. I still think that. But considering the changes in the electoral landscape, we should not underestimate the importance of this election. But what political changes will it bring, and what process will the Republican party turn to in trying to regain relevance in a world where we must rely on our ingenuity, innovation, hard work, compassion and intellectualism.