Standing against big government and for the people!
The conventional wisdom of this time of the political cycle says that candidates running for president need to appeal to their base now, and then moderate to the muddled middle after securing their party's nomination. However, as Rush likes to say, the conventional wisdom is wrong. This is the typical view of politicians and their handlers: those who have had the power in the District of Confusion and our state capitols.
Our time demands a real leader. The difference between a real leader and the typical politician is that a real leader persuades people to the rightness of his/her cause. Ronald Reagan persuaded people to the rightness of his cause. Politicians "compromise their principles" in order to get things done (as the Sr. senator from my state has said). I, and I believe many others in the Tea Party, have been looking for such a leader; someone who articulates a vision for America and reflects our values.
In an earlier post, I had said that I didn't see such a leader in the current field of candidates. Perry and Bachmann are doing so now. The real test will come when "the powers that be" within the old structure of the GOP will try to get the candidtes to moderate their message. NOTE TO CAMPAIGN STAFFS: DON'T DO IT! The people of this country are looking, just as we are (remember, we are America), for a leader with common sense values and the testicular fortitude (not to say that a female candidate couldn't have such fortitude) to restore our nation to greatness and bring us back from the brink. The true test of the current field of contenders will be to distinguish the real leader from the politicians.