I feel the opposite. I still don't believe that Trump will be the nominee. Somehow, Cruz will get it (not a fan of him either). We'll go down to defeat and the rebuild will begin.
The social issues will be the first to go. These are settled and we need to stop using them as a wedge. Middle class women have abandoned us and that is the reason. I don't care if it's the little old lady in Church, or the college student, no woman is voting to take away legal abortion again. It's over. Move on.
The constant whining about Social Security needs to stop. Regardless of how many complain about it, they would never vote to take it away. Too many elderly are dependent upon it. No one wants to admit it. Once that is stopped, a new party can begin to emerge.
From the ashes will emerge a more populous party and one tinged with libertarian leanings. More Rand Paul and John Kasich. Little bit of Trump as well, minus the racism. A party that is a big tent. We used to get union votes, and Hispanic voters. Soccer moms too.
Everyone owns a hammer but you don't it need for every job. We can have border security without calling people monsters and rapists.
With the right people and message, things can get better. Reagan was about the future. Hopeful messaging with a can- do attitude goes a long way.