To fully understand why, one need only to look back through the last quarter century or so to see how many real conservatives have even thrown their hats into the ring.
Starting in 1992, it was George H. W. Bush’s reelection year, opposed only by Pat Buchanan. No one stood a chance against Bush.
1996 gave us one conservative, not a politician — Steve Forbes. Then there was Bob Dole, the eventual nominee, Lamar Alexander with his flannel shirts, Pat Buchanan again, Bob Dornan, Phil Graham, Richard Lugar, and Alan Keyes.
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