The biggest challenge facing the incoming administration is making a radical shift from sabotage mode to reconstruction. So far, the Democrats have done everything in their power to destroy the Republicans, regardless of cost - it will be much more difficult to repair the damage to the nation, and there is no guarantee that they can make the change from being part of the problem to part of the solution.
That being said, what kind of public face should the Republicans present in the years to come? John Hawkins of Right Wing News wrote "Fifteen Questions For People Who Say the GOP Should Become More Moderate," cautioning the party to avoid making the same mistakes that caused us to lose both houses of Congress and the presidency. The bottom line is, there is simply not enough popular support for these failed policies, and really no justification, since why should the public vote for a wannabe Democrat when they can vote for the real thing? We are anxious to revive the once-great Republican Party, rather than watch helplessly as it joins the bleached bones of the Whig, Know-Nothing, and other dead parties. Whether they agree or not, the Democrats need the competition, since the prospects of preserving democracy in a one-party state are slim to none.