Despite widespread predictions of record turnout in this year’s presidential election, roughly the same portion of eligible voters cast ballots in 2008 as in 2004.
Between 60.7 percent and 61.7 percent of the 208.3 million eligible voters cast ballots this year, compared with 60.6 percent of those eligible in 2004, according to a voting analysis by American University political scientist Curtis Gans, an authority on voter turnout.
A good candidate, a good campaign and someone who helps the party follow it's core principles would have gotten Republicans a good result. There isn't some huge tsunami of unbeatable Democrats out there. This is about a tune up, not ripping the party to pieces.