According to exit polls, Moderates/the center determined the election. "In effect, the pragmatic center reasserted itself on Tuesday. According to exit polls, a plurality of voters, 41%, were moderates, and they favored Obama by 15 points. In general, voters viewed Obama as more for the middle class and Republicans as tilting toward the interests of the rich. They did not accept Romney's claims that Obama has been an incompetent economic manager; nearly half the voters instead blamed the weak economy on his predecessor" The GOP's real problem is ideology - CNN.com Both parties should take note of the voting block known as the center. Both parties have been controlled by the fringe block which really doesn't appeal to the center. Will the GOP do what they have done when they lose and move more to the right? That would be political suicide. Will the Dems misread the election results and push a fringe agenda? Will either party actually make an honest attempt to put country first and seriously work at compromising with the other side to address the fiscal cliff that America has in front of it? If either party wants a future, they should make a strong effort to actually compromise because that's what a huge majority of Americans want. The future is in the hands of both the left and right, yet the majority is the middle. Who will react to the majority? The bottomline is, whatever party can appease their base to a point but appeases to the center the most, will become the better positioned to lead the country into the future.