I don't think they are in that bad of trouble. They still have a lot of capital and finance behind them and spending power.
Where the GOP fails is in it's inability to be more inclusive. It has sadly become a party of angry white men and value (albeit selective) voters. They have to get rid of some of their medieval thoughts on women and take a long hard look at how they treat minorities that are rapidly becoming the minority. Try to appeal more to the middle class where the majority of people live in. Roughly 12-18% of people identify as secular. A lot of Americans believe in legalization of Marijuana and Gay Rights. The Grand Old Party is going to have to adapt or die.
Now I have heard some folk suggest they lost because Romney was not conservative enough. He didn't rise in the national polls until he self moderated in the debates. Thinking like this will lead to a generational loss of power for them in the White House. Now they control the HOUSE and truth be told 51 of the 55 Tea Party freshmen won re-election. But some notable tea party guys with out there ideology went down like Allen West (FLA) and Joe Walsh (ILL). Take this with a grain of salt too as gerrymandering protected a lot of these folk. Others like Bachman barely won, so if folks believe they can simply maintain the status quo they are in for a rude awakening as the electorate continues to change.
Personally, I think they can fix things. I am an independent and I don't care for either party. The GOP would appeal to more if they didn't have the religious right dominating them. Guys like Murdoch and Akins did them no favors. I think fiscal conservatism is something many care about. A lot think the government is wasteful in it's spending but a lot of the rest of the platform is dated. This isn't the 1950's anymore Wally....
Did you even watch their convention? They had numerous people up there that were not "angry" or "white" and it didn't matter, the left still spouted the same misinformation and characterizations that are in your post. The party you speak of, only exists in the minds of liberals and the media. It is not based in reality.
I'm also a little taken back by all this talk about how the party should throw it's religious base under the bus. How the religious values that the party holds are somehow not popular with America. If that was the case would the DNC have steamrolled the opposition within its own party to put God back into its platform? It was only after they realized that it wasn't a popular move with the country that they put Him back in. I found that whole thing quite funny to see, the party that preaches "Don't force your values on me" forced God back into its platform over the objections of the majority at it convention.
The party of not pushing values on others had no problem forcing its values on the Catholic church through Obamacare. The same party that was telling us the evil GOP was going to take away birth control has a man, who doesn't believe in the use of any birth control, give the closing prayer at its convention. Does the left really not believe people should have another person's values pushed on them, or is it ok as long as the values align with their agenda? I'd have to say it's the latter.
Christians still make up a large voting block, if the GOP tells them to take a hike, they will insure themselves losses in election after election. It would have the same effect as the DNC telling the people on gov programs to get bent.
I wonder when people are going to see through the crap and stop buying the lies that the DNC and MSM puts out about conservatives and republicans. The GOP was and is not going to take away birth control, they were not going to force women to work for slave labor, our nominee held a more moderate view on abortion than that of the party, yet we were fed lies that he was going to ham on the pro choice movement(note: this is not a discussion on abortion, just an example of a misconception).
Our candidate was not some far right extremist by any stretch. It wasn't the far right ideas of the party that lost this election. How could it, when the nominee didn't champion those values?
The democrats accuse the republicans of being sexists and bigots every single election. But it was they who created the Life of Julia where if you really look at what its saying, told women they cannot make it in life without big brother's help. That should have insulted women and anyone who saw what message that story was trying to convey. According to the DNC, women are not strong enough or resilient enough to lead a successful life without the government. The hypocrisy of the left makes me want to blow chunks.
The disgust that many show for religion in this country is in itself disgusting. Do we want forced religion on people? No. But when religious values were embraced in this country, we were better off. Before the social cleansing of religion from the public view took place, we lived in a country where families were stronger, metal detectors were not needed at schools, teenage pregnancy was a shock, not the norm, parents could let their kids play outside without much worry, and their minds were not corrupted with the garbage that is on TV. Kids have no innocence anymore because of the secularism forced on us by the left. The tossing out of the values that helped build this country have contributed greatly to the societal ills we have today.