I don't care about the "What is a true conservative?" argument. First of all, there is very little about our government that I want to conserve. Let's just keep the constitution and start over.
My dream is to one day be able to honestly say that government is smaller than it was a year earlier. I will never again vote for a politician who isn't trying to make that happen. That is why I didn't vote for Mitt Romney and why I hold in contempt those you call "kept cons".
If I want to go in one direct and you want to go in the opposite direction, compromise is impossible. Agreeing to ago in your direction, just more slowly than you would prefer, is capitulation, not compromise. Republicans have been doing this all my life and I have had it.