Cuts in military spending already have the support of most Democrats, but a rising number of deficit hawks in the Republican Party are willing to trim Department of Defense (DoD) spending as well.
Three years ago, conservative Republicans were falling all over themselves to support Mitt Romney in the Republican primary over John McCain.
At the Heritage Foundation last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan demonstrated why he doesn't need to be running for President to be framing the debate for 2012. He delivered there on October 26 a breathtakingly beautiful speech on Saving the American Idea, which defines the Spirit of 2012.
The centrist elements have often led the country to believe that limited government meant accepting half the social and economic agenda that more radical Democrats propose.