The GOP should be fun to watch. It'll be weird seeing them without an obvious leader/figurehead. In my adult lifetime they've only really been like that during the brief period of the 2000 Republican primary, roughly between Newt's resignation and the choosing of W. I mean, is it going to be McConnell? Hah. Boehner? Hah. Mittens? Huckabee?
What about Lamar Alexander
He's moderate (at least by Republican standards). He's a Bush Senior
kind of guy. He won reelection this year by a huge margin (look at the election results
by county - its amazing). He's from Tennessee, which may be important since so much of the GOP is southern-based. He's run for president twice, which makes a politican less provincial in outlook. He was born in 1940, which is too old for any more presidential ambitions but old enough to be the éminence grise of the party.
From a purely politics angle, Alexander might be the kind of guy to heal and reorient the GOP. Lamar!
Mark Foley, not Tom. Tom was the former Democratic House speaker from Washington.