Sorry John, the so-called neo-conservatives are still around in the D.C. area as they have been for decades. Of course neoconservatives aren't conservatives at all, but militarists seeking an ever expanded military establishment and more wars to justify it.
On the other hand there are also plenty of liberal Republicans still in the party establishment. Would someone please explain to me why flaming liberal Republicans are called "moderates."?
The liberals and militarists keep shoving in the face the demonstrably false myth that real conservatives and libertarians can't win. Just as they have been since they tried to block the nomination of Barry Goldwater.
There is a really big fight going on for the soul of the Republican Party.