If you think 'we lost', take heart. There are found republicans outside of the money-conscious GOP inner circle; there are independents, and there are people persuaded by Gary Johnson (http://ouramericainitiative.com/) now. The current GOP system, while creating 'Rand Paul' republicans and 'Koch Bros. Tee-Partyers', nevertheless is crumbling into its own corruption, and will disintegrate. I think this may be behind the loss you feel. As has always been the case, a firm grip on constitutional values and your own self-reliance will see you through this feeling of lethargy. All winners are optimists. Your perseverance shows you are one as well!