With Donald Trump's presidential campaign now appearing to be heading over a cliff, where is there a credible figure to save the Grand Old Party?
One unintentional function of the 2016 primary elections was the liquidation of that field of 16 alleged political stars, from Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Chris Christie to Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. All of them, also including early frontrunner Jeb Bush, were shunted to the sidelines by the Trump primary blitzkrieg.
At least Bush went down swinging, bearing the brunt of Trump's assault as a "low energy" foil who proved to be a sacrificial lamb, shattering dreams of a Bush family dynasty along the way.
The reigning family of the Republican Party lost any vestige of meaningful influence with the absence of both former Presidents Bush at the party national convention, and the subsequent fall campaign.
The party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who survived that defeat with a modicum of dignity, also made a valiant but failed attempt to rally the GOP establishment to a stop-Trump effort.