Enough looking for silver-linings!
I'd to add my voice to the chorus supporting this comment by Kos:
I've seen a bunch of diaries "debunking" GOP gains amongst various constituencies -- urban voters, Latino voters, etc
Those gains may or may not be real. But I would actually prefer those gains become accepted conventional wisdom.
We have a lot of work to do as a party. And if we think we need to do a better job selling the Democratic Party to voters in cities, to Latino voters, to African Americans, to religious voters, to suburban moms, to hunting fathers, to young voters, and to everyone else, then GOOD.
Arguing things are all right, or not as bad as we think, doesn't do any of us any good.
People may have needed this kind of "on the bright side" talk in order to pep them up after last weeks defeat. But Kos is right that that kind of talk can lead to a sense of complacency. If we start to think, "well, things aren't all that bad" then we will start to relax and we simply can't afford that.
Because things are that bad. Getting 55 million votes doesn't matter when someone who is obviously unqualified for the position gets 59 million votes. We shouldn't be satisfied until we crush the opposition. No margin of victory is large enough.