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GOP Senator: "We're Part Of The Problem"

12/21/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A day after losing Ted Stevens' seat, along with their best hope for getting Joe Lieberman to cross over, Senate GOP leaders preached party unity as the key to surviving the Obama years.

If that doesn't work, there's always psychotherapy.

Down to 42 seats with two still at risk, Senate Republicans are in a deep funk. Some are in denial. Some want a return to conservative principles. Some want to cut deals. Some want more filibusters.

Others want to jump out a window -- but they're afraid they'd screw that up, too.

"We probably wouldn't die," a Republican Senate aide joked Wednesday. "We'd just lie there, hurt and suffering, which is not too much different from where we are now."

Two years ago, the Republicans held a 55-45 majority. They're down 13 seats since then, with a too-close-to-call race in Minnesota and a runoff in Georgia still to come.

"The feeling I get is that we're not ready yet to discuss with ourselves what happened," said Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, one of the few Republicans to win an easy reelection this year. "I think people are kind of still a bit stunned and are not prepared to have thought it through sufficiently."

"We think the whole problem is George Bush and not us, and we're part of the problem," added Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

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