“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president,” George W. Bush told former aides and advisers at a reunion in April, according to Politico.
And so there’s a kind of “convention within a convention” in Cleveland, to “pick up the shards of the shattered GOP,” Politico says.
Among the efforts in Cleveland and beyond:
The Koch brothers want to re-educate the electorate. Another big donor, hedge fund manager Paul Singer, wants to reshape the Republican Party with a “welcoming vision” for gays and immigrants.
There’s been talk of forming a new organization to reassess the situation, like the Democratic Leadership Council from the 1980s — the think tank that paved the way for moderate Democrats, “third way” politics and, ultimately, Bill Clinton.