I'm always amused by a party thats viewed Big Government as the problem for the last forty years or so. Every time that they are in power or are competing for the opportunity to get into power, like at a National Convention. Goes out of their way to promote Big Government and make Americans less freer, a you can see with who are their major Presidential Candidates, the fact that Rick Santorum who finished. 2nd in the GOP Presidential Nomination battle is all the evidence you need to know about that but the fact that Michelle Bachmann who said that pornography and Same Sex Marriage are threats to National Security. Or that so many Republicans wanted Sarah Palin one of the Generals in the Culture War for the right, to run for President in 2012. The fact that someone like Ron Paul who actually believes in what Republicans claim to stand for, Limited Government, Individual Freedom and Responsibility but can't go anywhere in the polls. Or even win a Republican Primary, because he actually believes in those things and doesn't support things like Constitutional Amendments to ban pornography or Same Sex Marriage, that he actually believes in Federalism and doesn't just say he does.
The Republican Party has now become the party of Limited Government and Individual Freedom and Responsibility. Just not for the people, for everyone else we have to live our lives the way Neoconservatives want us to, which means 80-85% of the country that actually believes in Individual Freedom. Has to live our lives like the other 15-20%, the ultimate minority ruling over the majority. The fact that the GOP is nominating Mitt Romney for President, doesn't tell me they believe in whatever Mitt believes him, because they don't know what Mitt believes in. Mitt might not even know what he believes in, the fact that they are nominating him, doesn't tell me that they want to go back to being a real Conservative Party. Thats even more Libertarian then anything else but that the GOP Establishment wants to win and they believe that Mitt. Has the best opportunity to do that out of a very weak field to choose from.
And all you have to do to know this is to look at all the new restrictions on our current freedoms. That the GOP wants to put on Americans in the next Congress, from abortion to homosexuality to pornography to voting to immigration, doesn't mean that Mitt Romney agrees with all of it. But that the party that he's going to have to try to lead in the late summer and fall. A party that more to the right then Mitt couldn't ever dream of flip flopping on enough positions to be that far right in the future.