I am writing about the photograph on the Nov. 8 front page of The Californian showing the women crying over the results of the presidential election. What they should have been lamenting is the death of the Republican Party.

The picture depicts the face of the Republican Party: old, white, selfish, racist and intolerant. The button worn by the woman that says "Take Our Country Back" says it all. It is not their country; it is everybody's country. On Election Day, everybody voted and President Obama was re-elected. As these people stood blubbering at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, the majority of America celebrated in union halls and community centers across our nation.

Now that the election is over and the people have spoken, the Koch brothers can return to their fiefdoms and Mitt Romney can retire to one of his mansions. As they sit and count their money, they need to understand that elections are not won by wealth and power but in the polling booth. That is democracy and that is America.

The Republican Party is as extinct as the woolly mammoth. Unfortunately, there are no glaciers left to preserve them.

Bruce Blythe