GOP's own goals.
Politics: Instapundit has the list and I agree with all of them except the beginning of the end started at Miers and went downhill from there. Tone-deaf and illogical actions just had the GOP digging itself into a hole they may not be able to get out of this time. Another item that did not get mentioned is the perception of lack of leadership in both houses. A majority that acted like it was the minority while the minority acted it was in charge. How many times did it come up about the lack of fire in the GOP to fight back against Dem's charges of any subject or in most cases it seems bloggers and conservative media did all the heavy pushing while the GOP just sort of wandered about oblivious to what was going on around them?