Truth is, JC, sometimes I don't think it matters in the least. The Conservatives can wail and pound their chests, but the dirty little truth is NO ONE is willing to cut entitlements and look like heartless c cksuckers.
Romney might cut spending slightly, but it would be on the fat already there. People who are savvy politically, realize that revenues must be increased and that can only come from the wealthy. I can't picture a conservative congress rep declaring that the poor folks down the street or Grandma will get less food stamps and housing dollars.
Lots of people disliked Bush, but the truth is most people's lives are minimally impacted by party affiliation. Most people are in the middle.