However, the daylight between Bush and true conservatism is allowing one man to make an appealing pitch in the US Republican candidacy race. Ron Paul has been preaching the benefits of capitalism, free markets and small government for decades - it is finally striking a big chord with the public. His name is close to the top of all the internet searches and he is the leading candidate on youtube. Pretty addictive stuff. His campaign is pulling young activists into the Republic Party so that they can influence the nomination.
On the downside, his isolationist principles could lead to massive worldwide upheaval, but then again why should other nations be able to free-ride on US military protection? However well-intentioned, the US role as global policeman has infantilised other countries. If Ron Paul's momentum continues maybe it would serve as a reminder that America's politicians over-riding responsibility is to their own electorate.
Not only do I support Ron Paul, if he gets in I might well move to the US. Here's his campaign site.