Every campaign goes through a process beginning the minute the election is finished. First comes the initial response: "We won!" or "We lost??" Next is the physical shutting down of all of the campaign offices, thanking the volunteers, paying the temporary staff, cleaning up and turning off the lights.
An additional step for the losing campaigns is the analysis of the loss, the why and how, and sometimes anger, finger-pointing and blame. This could take weeks or months.
The additional step for the winners is beginning the ramp-up to answer the questions, "where do we go from here?" and "where do we start?"
The entire process is helped immensely by reconciliation and cooperation. They acknowledge it was a tough campaign, and perhaps bitter statements were made by both sides, but no progress can be made unless they work together.
The Mitt Romney I heard last night making his concession speach was a new Mitt Romney altogether. He was gracious and generous, and his offer to work on a bipartisan level seemed as sincere as President Obama's. Perhaps if that Mitt Romney had been the person we saw during the campaign, the outcome may have been entirely different.
Let the healing begin.