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.

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.