The remnants of the Bush presidency and recent Republican Congress is a crisis of conservatism with a major backlash brewing beneath the surface. None of the Big Three (McCain, Romney, or Guiliani) has won the confidence of authentic conservatives. The boomlet for Fred Thompson will grow and challenge the conventional wisdom, again.
What is a conservative? While the conservative brand has taken a beating over the last several months with many independent voters, being a conservative is still essential for winning the Republican nomination for president.
But what kind of conservative? That remains the most difficult point of contention as the Republican primary process commences and as Hill Republicans seek to gain their voice and their footing in a Democrat-dominated Congress.