If there is one central theme to the most politically effective movement in recent memory, it's that the federal government needs to get out of our lives.
Which is why it is so disheartening that Rick Santorum has become the supposed conservative alternative to Mitt Romney in the Republican primary. You would be hard-pressed to identify a Republican who better embodied the Bush era's failed big-government/compassionate conservatism experiment...
The Tea Party has made great strides moving the Republican Party away from Bush's big-government compassionate conservatism. Electing Santorum would be a step in the opposite direction.