As I continue to observe the 2012 GOP presidential primary, it is becoming more and more apparent that mainstream republican voters are dissatisfied with the current field of candidates. Up until the Ames, IA debate and straw poll, many were clamoring for Texas Governor Rick Perry to enter the race, and he did not disappoint — that is until he first opened his mouth at his first debate. His debating skills are, to say the least, to be desired. Despite that, Perry has been exposed on his less than conservative stances over the years. The bottom line on Rick Perry is that he is a republican opportunist who looks and sounds conservative, but upon closer examination, reveals himself to be inconsistently conservative at best.
After Perry waxed and waned, people were pressing such republican celebrities such as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to enter into the race. As of this writing, all three of them have declined to enter into the race. Unless something drastic happens, the current field of candidates is going to be it. That means conservatives are either going to have to hold their collective noses and pull the lever for Mitt Romney, or rally around a current candidate.