Have you been been watching the Republican primary debates. These people call themselves "conservatives." However, the ideas they espouse are extremely radical, not conservative. They want to radically cut government spending to the point of creating disaster. The Republican Congress prefers to create gridlock causing uncertainty and bringing down the credit rating of the United States unless they get their way completely with no room for compromise. They plainly say their primary goal is to defeat President Obama in the next election, no matter what it takes, and they back it up with realities that are harmful to the USA. They are financial anarchists, but socialists when it comes to government dictating their mores.
Actually there are 2 real conservatives in the presidential race so far, John Huntsman on the Republican side, and Barak Obama on the Democratic side. They differ in their ideas of what the country should do, but seem to have some realistic ideas of what compromises and common ground can be attained. The rest of the Republican candidates seem either crazy or pandering to the crazies.
But then, what do I know. I'm just a dog.