At the end of the day, politics is about more than winning elections. The Republican Party remains in intellectual tatters. Its main two policy ideas — extending the Bush tax cuts and repealing health-care reform — will make its main policy concern — the debt — much, much worse. It has no answer for our economic moment, for inequality, for the health-care system (Mitt Romney used to have one, but then Democrats took it), for the deficit. You don’t need good ideas to win. But you do need them to govern.