I'm going by memory, and paraphrasing a podcast from earlier this year where Mike Murphy made a persuasive case that it was almost impossible for a conservative candidate to win a national election. If I recall correctly, Mike made the argument that a nominal conservative, such as Mitt Romney, would probably lose. The country had changed so much, both attitudinally and demographically, since Reagan's victories that a conservative victory would never happen. Conservatives are a minority.
And Mike Murphy was right.
Darn. Now what?