There are many mirrors being ignored. Trump wiped the floor with Jeb, Cruz and Rubio before he defeated Hillary. Watching the Sunday morning talk shows this weekend gave the impression that about as many high-ups in the Republican party seem to believe that they won this Presidential election as there were people running the DNC that thought Hillary's loss was due to everything but the Democratic party.
Hillary and the Democrats were given a golden opportunity in an opponent like Trump. They ignored the progressive populism that could have brought many new voters to the polls on election day. The Dems also took for granted too many traditional voting blocks that should have been courted. Labelling a large portion of the population as deplorable, xenophobic racists didn't win Hillary any cross over votes and turned many people against her. The Democrats seem to be acting as if they did nothing wrong in the 2016 election.
The Republicans now have a golden opportunity, but they will have to accept that their message did not win the election, Trump's message did. They can make this a way to rebuild their party. Programs based on need, not race. Government that delivers for all, not just handouts for the poor and tax breaks for the rich. Equal justice for all Americans, of all races. The Republicans can transform their party and truly do something great.
They'll probably just use it to shovel trillions of dollars in defense and security funding to the biggest donors to their elections and run up the national debt like they usually do, but they have the opportunity to do something big.
If the Republicans try to run this administration like they have in the past, and they ignore the populist themes that caused their chosen ones to get beaten, just as Hillary ignored so many, they will pay a big price in the 2018 mid-term elections. The Republicans are in a great position to take advantage of the mood in America, if they can actually do some good for working, middle class Americans in the next two years and be inclusive of all of those Americans, regardless of race. They need to put aside the history of the Republican party being the party of the already rich and embrace this new opportunity.