1. "Its the Economy Stupid" still rules 2. The party in power can push its agenda, but America does not like rapid change 3. You can't buy an election. Whitman, McMahon and Fiorina spent their massive fortunes to try to buy an election. It didn't work 4. America still does not like its politicians to come from corporate America (see above) 5. He who lives by the Tea Party....dies by the Tea Party. The Tea Party helped the GOP take the House, but cost them the Senate. The Tea Party is a powerhouse in conservative states but is a liability in moderate and liberal regions.