Since last summer the Republican Party has been splintered so it should come as no surprise when Super Tuesday is more of the same. There are three reasons why:
First, Mitt Romney has not been able to put forth a clear, consistent explanation of his past, including an illicit affair with centrist policies, that appeases the furthest right of the Republican Party. This has sent Tea Partiers searching, in vain, for the true conservative, leading us to to the second reason:
Politicians, for the most part, are not principled in the way this new group of conservatives would like them to be. Tea Partiers are idealists, they want someone who is willing to take principled stands on issues important to them and will not compromise. What Tea Partiers are realizing is that no politician meets their expectations. Politicians have to cut deals and make compromises, not just to get things done, but to stay in office. No one likes to admit it, but Rick Santorum was right about politics being a team sport. In a representative system of government, with three separate branches at the national level, cooperation is needed from many people who have competing interests, making compromise necessary. The only way to avoid compromise is to change the system into some sort of autocratic rule or to insure that all those in office have the same interests. The first solution is as undesirable as the second is unrealistic.
There is one Republican candidate who does not play well with others, and rejects compromising his values, but Ron Paul can’t get the support he needs to win the nomination because he is unwilling to sacrifice his ideals for political expediency, which is ironic to be sure. Ron Paul offers a message of limited government and individual liberty as each is defined by his reading of the Constitution. The Republican base loves his ideas on the economy and taxes, but they object to his non-interventionist foreign policy stances. If liberty is a fundamental human right then, as Paul claims, the U.S. has no business fighting the wars we are fighting. But Republicans are hawks and their hawkishness is inconsistent with their domestic outlook, which makes it impossible for them to rally around Paul.