There is only one reason the republicans lost the election . . . the shenanigans they pulled in disenfranchising the Ron Paul delegates led to their downfall. A "floor fight" would not have been a problem. It would have shown that the republican party encourages vigorous debate and would have resulted in the best candidate being nominated.
Let's face it . . . the democrats and republicans are "two sides of the same coin", the republicans being "democrat lite" . . . maybe the republicans need to go the way of the whigs . . .