According to WHAT? It's all wind and wishes. Her record is far from Conservative, and is too short to offer any sort of proof of continuity. She cannot embrace all three pillars of Conservatism, because her record and her words have already boxed her out on all three.
She is pretty, popular, knows how to work a crowd, and there's that "lipstick on a pig" thing... but I see *nothing* of substance to base a vote upon.
[...] asked to describe his great heroes to replace her [...]
Replace her? That presupposes that she HAS a place. And unlike you, it seems, I am not looking for heroes. I am looking for statesmen (as a distinction from politicians). Heroes are found in Saturday morning cartoons... Something I have not attended for well over 4 decades.
names three pretty conventional guys that we see in every election
It seems you judge things by the thrill down your leg, more that by accomplishment. DeMint is hardly ordinary, nor is Pence. And both have skin in the TEA Parties game (unlike your darlin' who has nothing to lose). IIRC, Demint was "all in" on the TEA Parties long before Palin decided to pimp her ride (Pence I follow less closely, but he is no slouch).
[...] you even named Barbour [...]
As to Barbour, My nearest recollection of him is his handling of events post Katrina - His calm demeanor and steady determination were a stark contrast to the cacaphony of NO. His leadership in very hard times is well proven, and a credit to him, and to Mississippi.
He has always been a bit too chummy with the Bushes and their cohorts for my taste, which is a detriment (an indication of neocon), though he seems to tend to the right of them (perhaps borderline).
But all of that is little more than impressions- I have not followed his career very closely, nor will I until he throws his hat in the ring... Then, he will be judged solely by his record rather than mere impressions - Which is why I said "maybe".
If my observations are lacking, there is no doubt that will be corrected once he is a contender, and I look at him in earnest.
BTW, I held much the same benevolence for Palin before her '08 candidacy (benefit of the doubt). It was when I looked at her record that I developed a distaste for her.
This is bizarre, Palin is more tea party than any of your guys, yet you pretend that she is not. You even push the anti-tea party, anti-social conservative, Haley Barbour.