Because the central plank that united all conservatives was smaller, less intrusive government. Our current President has expanded government as much as LBJ. He was electable and is a decent person, certainly. But he’s not conservative.
If you go for the person who is merely “electable”, you wind up with a bunch of mealy-mouthed populists who are completely unable to make an unpopular decision for the benefit of the country.
Exhibit A: The House of Representatives.
Exhibit B: The Senate.
I don’t think I have ever seen such a namby-pamby collection of outright losers than those circus geek rejects we have “representing” us... my state notwithstanding.
That, my FRiend, is what “pragmatism” gets us. I find it unacceptable.