Believe me , I'm sure the Republicans can screw this up. The Democrat base is fired up right now. Much like the Conservative Tea Party was. Only the Tea Party held peaceful rallies and cleaned up the area while the liberals wear masks, shout, scream and destroy property.
Here's my take: According the the NYT headline, the Democrats nearly won. It tells me that American conservatives still have a lot of work to do. So, get crackin', folks!! You can do better than that!
Puts me in mind of Seabiscuit. He'd be loping along, ahead of every other horse in the race, just rambling, until some horse got close behind him, then he'd say "Sorry, Charlie" and take off!! No stopping him from there on in.