Dan Holler

With hypothetical losses in high-density Hispanic states such as Colorado and Nevada, and too-close-for-comfort wins in states like Florida and North Carolina, the Republican Party Establishment would re-open the door to a sweeping amnesty plan. Remember, the wise ones championed a similar plan during the Bush years. They claimed "compassion" (i.e., ignoring the rule of law) was essential to creating a permanent governing majority.

The same misguided political analysis would be applied to elderly states (think Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa and even Ohio) when it comes to Medicare. Never enthusiastic about the party-wide embrace of Paul Ryan’s budget, the party elders would banish "premium support" from their policy binder. Instead, they would be content to merely tweak around the edges of our massive entitlement state. Similarly, they may even accept the inevitability of Obamacare, leaving the monstrosity intact while offering only token critiques.

After months of defending theoretical cuts to Big Bird, NPR and Planned Parenthood, long-time GOP strategists would backtrack on spending, too. They would claim the party was too bogged down in the smallness of the politics and failed to make the case to the American people; so instead of fighting to cut spending, they would give mere lip service to spending restraint. Sadly, such a pivot would likely accompany an abandonment of the earmark ban.

But perhaps the most damaging hypothetical reversal would come on taxes. Tired of defending small business owners and successful Americans from the left’s class warfare rhetoric, the party’s statesmen may quietly allow Taxmaggedon to strike a certain segment of America -- pledges be damned. In fact, unnamed GOP aides are already suggesting as much, even as Romney gains momentum.

Again, I believe Romney will prevail next Tuesday; in fact, the stakes are so high that he must prevail. Not only is the future of our country at stake, but an Obama victory would cause panic among the old-school Republican kingmakers. In an attempt to save the Party, they would "moderate," blurring any real distinction between America's two major political parties.

Although there are no permanent defeats in Washington, the left would happily watch as the Republican Party cast conservative principles aside like unwanted garbage. For the sake of our country, we cannot allow that to happen.

Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.