When I happen to get in political discussions with people voting Republican, the first question I ask is "Why?" And I don't mean "Why" in the antagonistic sense of "why would you be so stupid?" I am generally confused as to why any self professed conservative would vote Republican in 2008. The modern Republican establishment is about as far from the basic tenants of conservatism. In the past 8 years the size of the national government has ballooned and with it the national debt and government influence in lives of it's citizens have increased, and McCain-Palin rallies in their rants against socialism have taken on a very national-socialist tenor. A small but growing number of conservative thinkers are supporting Obama suggesting a possible schism developing in the Republican party. For the remainder of conservatives still planning to vote Republican, I follow up my "Why" with a "Why not?"
The Republican party has deserted conservatives. Isn't it time conservatives deserted the party?