Time Magazine’s current issue has a picture of Ronald Reagan crying on the front cover. The lead story is about the fall of the conservative empire. In the run up to the 2008 presidential race the Republicans have about a dozen candidates, but none that really excite the conservative wing. Richard A. Viguerie, author of ‘Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause’, had this to say about the current batch of candidates, “It appears most of the GOP presidential candidates believed that, to get along, they had to go along with the Republican Establishment. While some of the candidates are better than others, none of them have interested, much less excited, even a significant minority of conservatives. It’s possible one of the existing candidates will catch fire with conservatives but not likely.” All of the candidates claim to be conservative, even Rudy Giuliani sometimes. A New York Times poll last Tuesday found that 60% of republicans are dissatisfied with the current crop of candidates, and as many as 40% expect the White House to be lost to the Democrats this time around. And many conservatives worry about what President Bush might do in his last couple of years to preserve a legacy of some sort. His only chance now would require him to reach across the aisles to the Democrats to get anything done. The conservatives already have problems with President Bush because of his liberal spending policies. The 2006 elections really split the Republican party between the real conservatives (Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo, and Duncan Hunter) and the candidates that are willing to move towards the left to get votes (Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney). Many feel the GOP is being taken over by the left, and if polls are any indication, the leading Republican candidates are all left according to conservatives. So the consensus at this time is if the Republicans want to win the White House in 08 they need to move to middle of the road, or support a real conservative candidate, but not both. They might be able to reunite the party to fight a common enemy like Hillary Clinton, but that is winning with a negative, not the best way to grow. It is still a long way to go, and there have been no real debates, so maybe the Republican star hasn’t fallen yet. I can’t see Rudy McRomney beating any of the superstars on the Democratic side right now. Real enthusiasm just isn’t strong enough yet and the Democrats have momentum on their side thanks to 6 years of screw-ups by the Bush administration.