In the past the greatest conservative voice was William F. Buckley. He was smart, very smart, funny, and on his game at all times. Now the "leaders" of American conservatism are Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber, and Limbaugh.
Now you have to be a butt-picking, hill-billy, high school drop out, who thinks God founded the United States of America, and are always worrying about turning gay, in order to be a conservative.
They remind me of the damned in Dante's Inferno. The GOP should adopt "Abandon Hope all ye who enter" as their tag line and their slide will be complete.