You could call them the San Francisco Giants in the world of politics.

After being left for dead in the wake of the 2008 election, Republicans staged a stunning comeback over the past year.

Winning back the House and gaining a significant number of seats in the Senate in November gives them another stab at governing. The energized GOP, added to Americans' discontent with the way the country is headed, played a large factor in the midterm election wins.

via What Republicans have done -- and what they need to do - CNN.com

This article explains the good and the bad of the Republican Party this year, as well as their goals to take back their power in the upcoming year.