The Purple Map colors each state based on its tendency to vote Republican or Democrat overall. It’s a much more comforting image to me in terms of this most recent election, because it demonstrates that there’s strong support across the country for non-Republican policies. I’m not sure that I feel any better about the election results, but at least I know that it’s not all a great sea of red out there.
Also this map from USA Today demonstrates that the Republicans tend to win in rural areas, but that the Democrats tend to win in urban areas. So, while there are vast swaths of territory that are largely Republican, there are bastions of blueness even in the heartland. From this we may assume that there is some chance for Democrats to emerge who are capable of talking to the south and midwest.