Chris, do not despair.
Mitt Romney isn’t a conservative anyway and it would have been four years of angst before he could have been challenged in a GOP Presidential primary.
In 2016, conservatives will start with a “clean slate” from perhaps a new generation of POLS.
Undoubtedly, some policy issues will “EVOLVE” or “MODERNIZE” and the GOP will refine its message.
On to the 2014 midterm elections and the rebuilding of conservative coalitions within the framework of the demographics.