I'm tired of candidates who don't have the guts to fight for their principles. I'll say this right out, I'm a Libertarian, so I shouldn't have a stake in politics between the two parties in theory. The practical side of me has me supporting Republicans more often than not however due to the old adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The truth is we Libertarians have never managed to put forth a viable national candidate or organize in a meaningful way. Probably never will to be honest since the party philosophy stresses individualism to such an extent.
Still, Republicans claim to want smaller government, and most of the reductions of government (at least as a percentage of the economy in earnings and work force) have come from them. They support constitutional rights more often and generally believe in the primacy in the individual, then the state government, then the federal. So why do so few Conservatives really fight for those values publicly? Yes, we have Chris Christie, and Sarah Palin, but besides them who is really vying for the title of conservative lion?
Sure you could point to Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, or even Rush Limbaugh, the problem is all of them are commentators on the process and not active politicians. It's all well and good we have people out there speaking about conservative values, but when it comes right down to it we need someone holding office and speaking with the confidence and resolution that sways people, or in every argument the conservative position becomes a defensive one. People respond to self assurance and energy, if we conservatives of various stripes start showing enthusiasm and courage when we speak we can take back the nation and bring it to glory again.