The hard right continues to fail to understand the most fundamental explanation for why things keep going so badly for them in Congress:
They lost the 2012 election, badly. They were routed in the Senate - they failed to win control of the chamber, the Democrats picked up seats when the math indicated they ought to have lost them, and the hard right candidates who beat moderates in primaries were, by and large, demolished by unpopular Democrats in the general election because they scared the electorate.
They were destroyed in the Presidential election. Their pundits kept saying the polls were wrong, but the polls turned out to be right and the pundits wrong, because the polls followed scientific sampling and the pundits followed their guts and preferences. Their candidate was weak, their message was heard and not agreed with, and they lost.
They lost in the House, by the popular vote. Millions more people voted for Democrats than for Republicans in the elections for the House of Representatives. They managed to hold on to a thin majority by way of extreme gerrymandering, and their leaders in the House know it. Further, their recent actions have been profoundly disturbing to the electorate - enough so that even their efforts at districting themselves into an unbeatable majority status until the next Census might not save them in 2016! Their leaders know that too.
Until the Republican Party finds a new path, one based on evidence and reality instead of fantasy and wishes, they’re going to keep losing. If they don’t take the Senate in 2016 - and their absurd behavior is likely to cost them that chance - they aren’t going to have another chance so good in a long, long time. In 2016, the Senate class originally elected in 2008 is up for re-election, which includes a lot of vulnerable Democrats, and it’s a midterm election, which tend to favor Republicans. In 2020, it’s the 2010 class up for re-election, and a Presidential year.
In other words… absent a paradigm shift in the behavior of the GOP, they’re pretty well screwed.