GOP asks "why" and "where do we go from here?"

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are plunging into an intense period of self-examination, blame-setting and testy debate over whether their party needs serious change or just some minor tweaks.

The postelection fallout will help determine whether the GOP might regain the success it enjoyed in the 1980s. Some fear that instead it will suffer even deeper losses as the nation's Democratic-leaning Hispanics increase in number.

Some hard-core conservatives called on party leaders Wednesday to resign in the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election.

Establishment Republicans largely shrugged off the tirades. But they differed on whether the party should hold its course or shift to the political middle.

GOP congressional leaders showed few signs of offering new compromises to Democrats right away.


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