The­o­ries now abound, about what was lost, why, who will care and who will not and what this will por­tend for the 2016 Pres­i­den­tial race.  Pres­i­dent Oba­ma lost a major­i­ty in the House in the last mid terms, and now he has lost a major­i­ty in the Sen­ate, but not a super major­i­ty (which would be required to over­turn the Afford­able Care Act).  Repub­li­cans are now in what should be a hap­py spot, but it is also a rough one.  Now it is not enough to just crit­i­cize what comes from the White House – they must make pro­pos­als of their own, and they must be sub­stan­tive.  So will we see a rad­i­cal change on immi­gra­tion pol­i­cy, health care, and oth­er hot but­ton issues?  Not like­ly, but then there is always the strat­e­gy of  “death by a thou­sand cuts” – and it is like­ly that Repub­li­cans will do what they can to weak­en the ACA at the very least.  It’s the least they can do.