....yeah...my bad English....she as in "die Partei", heh:)
Merkel's not Conservative per se, neither is von der Leyen.
But that's the problem, the CDU was once the home for the conservatives. Merkel should have chosen the Social Democrats after the "Wende".
Her "modernisation" of the CDU destroyed the party system in Germany, made millions of voters homeless and kickstarted the AfD.
And with her gone, no longer be able to fulfill her promise for this "modernisation", the CDU will wither away, only her bootlicker like Altmeier and Laschet and vdL etc. being left...in the East they are done.
AKK has already proven that she won't be able to take over the helm and steer the CDU back.