AP-House Republicans reviewing their recent election defeats have concluded
their customary campaign themes failed to sway the voters and their candidates
could not overcome negative perception of the national party. An internal review
says GOP candidates must show deep empathy towards the voters in November. The report was ordered by party leaders in the wake of losses of formerly safe seats in Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Sen. Gordon Smith has jumped on board the Obama coat tails. NY Times Columnist John Harwood explains the Republican reality.