The real critical positions that conservatives must care about are in the next congress. It makes all the difference in the world in committee chairmen in the house and the senate are conservatives or not.
By far, the most important politician after the president is the senate majority leader. We can but hope that he is a hard nosed conservative, who will strip the Democrat senators of power like Harry Reid did the Republican senators. In past, the Republican senators have acted like abused children, trying to be ingratiating to the Democrats abusing them. This has to stop.
But the more conservatives, especially Tea Party conservatives, that become committee chairmen, the more the country has a chance to get back on track.
The most important committees to utterly dominate are the Rules committees, that will set the rules for the senate and the house; Appropriations, which will determine what parts of the government are funded OR NOT; and Ways and Means, that sets tax policy.
But none of the other committees can be neglected.
The House leader will just go along with Romney. Rubber stamp his tax increases.