What Ever Happened to Conservatism?

From the “Clowns-to-the-left-of-me, Jokers-to-the-right; here-I-am, don’t-know-what-I-should-do” Department
I decided to dust off my Two-Headed-Monster hat to ask a question that has been bothering me since at least 2004.

Where are the Conservatives?

Why have they gone into hiding?

Well, they are not in the Democratic Party, and they are few and far between in the Republican Party.

The reign of the Bush-era Republican Congress was one of disdain for me. Looking back, I was sickened by how the Revolution of 1994 turned in on itself, and the Republican Majority became the Establishment Majority. Conservative Values were tossed aside.

Now, after the 2006 election, Republicans are in retreat, and are running in the wrong direction. They are more worried about keeping their remaining seats than they are in standing by the values that got them elected in the first place.
Instead of staying by their base, they are placating the left, thinking the moderate vote lives there.

Now, as we move closer to the Presidential Election of 2008 (which is still quite early, in my opinion) the Republican Base is crying for a conservative candidate.

Looking at the current field, we see:

  • Rudy Giuliani
  • John McCain
  • Mitt Romney
  • Sam Brownback
  • John Cox
  • Duncan Hunter
  • Jim Gilmore
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Ron Paul
  • Tom Tancredo
  • Tommy Thompson

While all of these men have some conservative leanings, non of them are stand out conservative leaders.
McCain has the most leadership potential, in my opinion, but his recent dealings in the past 8 years have left questions in many Republican Minds.

One potential candidate is out there, that Conservatives are pining for:

  • Newt Gingrich

Newt has not said he is running, and is leaning towards not running. Though, he is disturbed as most Core Republicans are, that there are no Conservative Leaders, currently, in the Republican Party, or the Presidential Candidates.

What is the Republican Party to do?
Is there anything they can do?

I was listening to a program, this weekend, about the Gilded Age of American History (after the Civil War) [I call it the Ass-end of American History], and compared it to today. While I disagree with the Comparison, the end of the Gilded Age was the asscendancy of Theodore Roosevelt, a maverick.

McCain, seems to be the Gilded Maverick of today.

So what say you?

Do we need a conservative, or do we need a Maverick?
Or do we need both?


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