Frank Rich delivered the definitive post-mortem on the 2008 election in his column here. My favorite part is this:
The post-Bush-Rove Republican Party is in the minority because it has driven away women, the young, suburbanites, black Americans, Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, educated Americans, gay Americans and, increasingly, working-class Americans. Who’s left?
Who’s left? White, non-college educated males over age 65 who live within 100 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, that’s who.
Keep these demographics in mind when the conservatives say President-Elect Obama shouldn’t “over-reach” and try to enact progressive policies because we are a “center-right” nation. Personally, I would like to see a bold, rather than a cautious, President Obama.