Here's a very illuminating panel discussion with Republicans from across the spectrum (for Republicans, anyway). The most interesting/important statements came from Cathy McMorris Rodgers, whose position as Vice Chair of the House Republican Caucus makes her the highest-ranking female Republican. At around 1:13 of the linked video "What I saw, largely, was a status quo election. The voters decided to keep things basically the same, with the Republicans in the majority in the House." She says later, at 11:00, when asked how the Republican party can succeed, that "We saw in the House, the Republicans kept the majority. We had been bold, we had been putting forward our solutions whether it was on the economy, the fiscal cliff, how to get Americans back to work. We've been putting that forward and we got re-elected."
She seems to think that a "status quo" election as the minority party when unemployment is at 7.9% is an indication to just keep on keepin' on. A status quo election is a disaster for the minority party in this kind of environment. Does she think that they'll do just as well next in 2016 when unemployment is around 6% (.pdf)?