I was doing my elliptical training workout earlier today admittedly longing for the snow to disappear so I can get on my new bike. I took in 45 minutes of a CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) recap.
I watched clips of Romney, Paul, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Santorum, and even Donald Trump. Ron Paul got the biggest ovation in the clips I watched. Some notable "conservatives" didn't show, like Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.
I'm a conservative guy socially and fiscally- big surprise, I know. So far none of these people resonate with me. More significantly I can't see any of the current crowd defeating Obama in 2012. How do you like that?
I can see Pawlenty rising higher than he currently shows in polls, but I don't see him beating Obama. Obviously if the economy plummets in the next year, Lady Gaga could beat Obama. If things stay status quo and congressional republicans fail to reverse Obamacare and demonstrably slash spending, I'll bet you Obama gets re-elected.
I'm no political expert, but I did pick Obama to win the presidency when everyone else was pretty sure the Clinton machine would ride Hillary to the White House.
Conservatives will have to do better than Romney, Huckabee, and even Pawlenty. Paul is the smartest of the bunch fiscally but too unrealistic on foreign policy and just doesn't garner enough widespread support.
Right now there's not a true conservative in the spotlight who can win in 2012.