Take a deep breath. Get a little sleep. Don't bother with finger pointing and recriminations. Don't blame Sarah Palin, she's the only thing that kept this race competitive. We can't change history, but we shouldn't draw the wrong conclusions.
This country remains a center-right nation (just look at some of the ballot initiatives), something Obama shrewdly recognized as he abandoned one liberal policy position after another after the primaries. Obama won because he is the best politician of our generation, maybe in our history, making Bill Clinton look like a piker. And Obama is politically lucky, as all successful politicians must be. If not for the market meltdown just a month out from the election, we would be celebrating a McCain-Palin victory.
You don't need think tanks, exit poll analysis, psychoanalysis, or new policy positions. Read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The majority of Americans support the principles set forth in these documents. Everything you need to know is in there.