The real reason many Republicans are of the "me too" variety is because they don't sincerely believe in anything meaningful--they just want to win elections. A real Republican or "Conservative" would lose on principle and still not back down. Very few successful people stand on principles. I mentioned in a letter to the editor of the Washington Times that if George Bush Senior was a real candidate he would debate David Duke and all comers, regardless. George Bush Senior said in a press conference the next day "No" and an assumed man of principle was defeated in his bid for a second term. Winning is not the only thing, having principles is everything!