Ironically, when conservative ideas are on the ascendency across America, the leading Republican contenders for the nomination are all establishment icons who excel at fundraising from the moneyed special interests that dominate Washington DC, no matter who is in control.
Both Governor Mitt Romney and Mitch Daniels have records supporting government run healthcare. This is the largest single issue of the 2012 campaign because it has such a negative impact on job creation.
On social issues, both Daniels and Romney have adjusted views in recent years to get more in sync with social conservatives, but both governors make social issue conservatives nervous because of past actions. Gary Glenn of Michigan's American Family Association wrote of Daniels: "He issued an executive order adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the state's nondiscrimination policy, and not just to the laundry list of characteristics already found in the policy, but highlighted in a separate paragraph all their own."
Perry, from the Bible Belt state of Texas, would in contrast poll very well with social conservatives. We are waiting to see if the Rush Limbaugh ignited campaign creates momentum in support for Governor Rick Perry amongst Republicans nationwide. If so, Perry may be the person who can right this listing ship and get America back on an even keel.