Like it or not, there is still a very large conservative base in this country. If we could find a candidate to run that could energize that base, they would walk away with an election in a landslide. The problem is Romney didn't energize the base; he didn't make conservatives say "I have to vote for this guy." You dont win by getting people to just not vote for the other guy.
Now, the next two years are going to be full of media reminders that the GOP needs to convert to "democrat lite" if they want to have a chance. If the GOP falls for it, what this will do is divide the party even greater and ensure the liberals gain complete control over the gov.
Christie, Rubio, et al aint gonna get it done. Those are the guys the left is salivating at the change to run a campaign against and who the media will cram down our throats for the next 3 and a half years
The only reason the GOP held on to the HoR is b/c of gerrymandering.
If any of this were true you would think Romney would have screamed from the rooftops.