Yes. Obama carried the majority of young people (18-29), women (55%), and minorities (80%) according to CNN. These are the very demographics the Republicans seem to do their best alienate.
They need to rejoin the human race.
There are still more elected officials at the federal and state levels who are Republican rather than Democrat, so its not quite how you picture it.<br />
But, the Republican Party does need to evolve to engage minorities better.
Probably not yet, given their continued success in state, local, and house elections and that's their problem. The Democrats have moved so far rightward since the 1980s that there's not really that much difference between the two, particularly given the fiscal excesses of Bush's "compassionate conservatism", or the fact that Mitt Romney implemented the exact same health reform as Obama is now trying to implement nationwide. So, while banking on social issues that have been losers since the mid 90s has hurt them, the Democrats still suck hard enough that they're relevant, and even a candidate who frankly aroused little enthusiasm among the Republican ba<x>se nearly pulled off an upset over the incumbent, only four years post-Bush. <br />
In the long term, yes, they're going to have to move toward different constituencies, meaning that, as they did in 1980, they have to meaningfully differentiate themselves from the Democrats. I'd suggest in the present day this means moving towards libertarianism (They can't move further right, and social issues are losers.). Perhaps this election will serve, as did 1976, as a pretext to purge the social and neoconservatives (The neocons are doing fine with the Obama administration anyhow.) as they purged the old liberal consensus progressives from the party after Ford's defeat in favor of Reagan's radical new vision. Will it be pretty? If you're a progressive? No. Paul Ryan is but the beginning, and if anything goes seriously wrong in the next four years, expect a more radical platform to emerge.
Fundamentalists don't believe in evolution. They'll do anything to put a new spin on the same old crap, but evolution is out of the question. Seriously this is half the membership of the republican party and the best they can possibly do is tone it down a little. Even that won't be possible for a long time to come because right now they're wound up tighter than a coo-coo clock. <br />
What they've always depended on is their sheer numbers and whenever the economy takes off big time. Once the greed starts flowing they're in their element, but that ain't happening again for a long time. When that day does come I'm sure they'll be ready to soften their stance and embrace more diversity, but that's assuming their party will still be relevant. It could be it's replaced altogether, possibly by the democratic party splitting in half.
At the moment they're scattered disorganised and barely functional and its not going to get any better with time.<br />
What they need now is a Tony Blair style reformation. Quietly snipe the old guard and replace them with a younger more modern elite.
Become progressive, like they were when Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive republican president. Dump Nafta and the other free trade agreements, make a constitutional amendment overturning. Citizens United and you'll win in a landslide.