A short description of the (hypothetical) party that I believe will come to replace the GOP after the Tea Party induced death spiral runs it's course might be "Bob Dole Conservatives": a group committed to a fiscally restrained, well-run social democracy.
So is Bob working on getting the party started? Maybe! Not Running For Anything, But Running Hard:
“I’m trying to cover all 105 counties,” he told an audience at the Olathe, Kan., City Hall on Monday afternoon. “I don’t know whether I’ll make it or not. When you’re 90, you don’t order room service.” The room cracked up.
Dole has returned to his home state this week to say thank you to the people who supported him for so long. He is running for nothing but is nonetheless running hard. He made three stops on Monday, four more on Tuesday, including at the Dole Institute, which is named for him, at the University of Kansas here in Lawrence. He has two stops planned for Wednesday. That’s just a warm-up. When he returns next month, he has 16 stops on his schedule.
What does a man who actually knew Ronald Reagan think of today's Reaganists?
“You don’t say, ‘You’re not a good enough Republican, you’re too moderate.’ I thought I was a conservative, but we’ve got some in Congress now who are so far right they’re about to fall out of the Capitol.”