First of all, the reason the GOP didn't benefit from these issues is that they did not support them. Remember, e.g., how we were able to grab some of the black vote by constantly pounding school vouchers and standing up to the teacher's unions?
Secondly, before we nominate another centerist twit who doesn't want to restore the Constitution would someone on the right ponder this:
Here in Wisconsin our GOP stood up to the public sector unions, took unapologetic conservative positions, and GAINED strength in the legislature even as Romney lost the state. Across the river in Minnesota their GOP took center-left positions, agreeing to TWO publicly financed stadiums. The Dems took over in November LESSON?