For the GOP, the journey ahead is more perilous. They will be going through civil war after this Romney loss: the very conservatives vs. the establishment; the cultural conservatives vs. the economic conservatives; the populists vs. old school. And there is no clear leader ahead. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, would be formidable with his name and money.

Paul Ryan is a favorite among deficit conservatives and did well on the Romney campaign.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a rising star of party and they need Latino inroads.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did well in Hurricane Sandy and is a tough talker.

Rick Santorum would consider a run, and has backing of social conservatives.

Mike Huckabee needs to make a decision and is a popular figure in the party.