I follow Bunkermeister's "Sgt. Says" blog; it's full of common sense law enforcement advice. Occasionally I pop over to his "Hysterical Right Wing" blog. Being a moderate, I disagree with a fair amount of what he says there, but this post is dead on:
They can't tell us what they stand for until after they're elected. That's when the power brokers and puppeteers will tell them what to stand for.
One of the reasons Obama was elected was that he tried not to play that particular game; they reined him in and neutered him pretty quickly, and it's laughable that anybody still thinks he's a threat. This crop of "presidential" candidates, Obama included, is proof positive that the the Democratic and Republican parties have no interest whatsoever, in what real people want or need. Both parties serve themselves, at our expense.
Considering the depth of the fear and anger aimed at Obama, you'd think that the millions of intelligent conservative PEOPLE in this country, could come up with one viable Republican candidate. Just one person who would fight the corruption that rules Washington. He (or she) exists, but he'll never reach the national spotlight, because The Party has has carefully selected our options for us, just like both parties did three years ago, and previously - ad nauseum.
Sadly, neither party even pretends to have principles anymore. They tell the candidates what to say, the "news" media gobbles it up (and gets arrested or beaten when it asks questions) then pukes it back up for us to consume. The power brokers keep hoping we won't notice what's missing: useful information. And apparently most of us don't. Kudos to Bunkermeister for noticing and speaking up!