Some saw Tuesday's election as a "shellacking" and took from the results a lesson that there should be greater efforts to cooperate and compromise.  Sen. Bernie Sanders had a different take.  "We have to be crystal clear about what we stand for,"  he told radio host Ed Schultz on Thursday. "What we have to do is take it to them rather than being on the defensive.  When we're clear and fight for the American people they will come down on our side."   Tune in Friday to The Thom Hartmann Program to hear more of Sanders' analysis of what happened on Election Day and what happens next in Washington. The weekly one-hour call-in program airs nationwide at noon eastern time.

To read an essay laying out the senator's thoughts about what comes next, click here.