The unpalatable choices facing National, then, are a deal with Colin Craig's hardline Christian Conservative Party, and hope it might make it into Parliament in numbers – though most National MPs would probably view that relationship as even more toxic than the relationship with ACT – or extending an olive branch to NZ First.
I suppose this is what happens when you ignore a huge number of people on what they consider vital issues (remember that anti-smacking law that National supported and then ignored the referendum results on?), you then start relying on smaller parties supported by the really annoyed ones in order to try and get yourself re-elected.
Related link: ACT 1, final scene: exit stage Right ~ Stuff
UPDATE: 6:00pm David Farrar asks if the Conservatives will replace ACT, however, he calls them the CCCP in reference to things Soviet.