Millard Fillmore was the last Whig president. He succeeded Zachary Taylor upon Taylor’s unexpected death. There were a few more Whig candidates for president after Fillmore, but the game was really over for the Whigs. The party broke up over the internal "contradictions" of its Northern and Southern factions. Complicating the situation was the competition provided by the "Know Nothing" nativists, the "Free Soilers,’ the "Anti-Masonic" party, and the small abolitionist movement.
David Frum is a Canadian born neocon who wrote speeches for "W" for a few years and now has taken root at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a utopian in political thought who has consistently supported an aggressive pursuit of democratic westernization in foreign policy but has never shown much interest (so far as I know) in American domestic affairs. A few years back, he wrote a book entitled "The End of Evil" with Richard Perle (you remember him). Got the picture?
In the article linked to below, Frum repudiates the strategy of the disastrous McCain campaign. In doing so he also implicitly repudiates the coalition of forces that has made up the present composition of the Republican Party. In recent years the GOP has become a party in which a right wing foreign policy elite has manipulated the voting power of a "base" increasingly made up of small town, rural, white, faith driven activists oriented towards "issues of conscience" such as; abortion, gay marriage, gun control, etc.
The problem with that coalition is that the activists and the neocons do not make up a winning majority on a national basis and the mass of supporters of this coalition are only that, supporters. They are not activists. There are other potential priorities for them.
The country has now come on hard times. The economy, the foreign policy mess into which the neocons led the public, the real estate losses of ordinary Americans, the growing hatred of the Wall Street "Masters of the Universe" (perceived as Republican insiders); all these factors are destroying the aggregation of numbers that has led to Republican victories for decades.
The neocon and nativist/rural factions of the Republican Party may be too deeply entrenched in power to be removed from control. This may mean that the Republican Party itself is not salvageable.
It will be a good idea to look very closely at the the "internals" of the coming election results.
The time may be coming when the centrist parts of both parties have more in common than they have with the existing party structures. pl