Republicans lost at least 32 seats in the House of Representatives last week.
However, there is a silver lining.
Congress reconvenes tomorrow for an end-of-the-year session filled with contentious legislative battles – including thorny debates on must-pass bills – leadership fights, and Cabinet shakeups.
Republican lawmakers have little room for error, but if they act judiciously can put their party on the road to recovery.
Here are six issues to watch: