Is it too early for conservatives and constitutionalists to rally around a Republican candidate for president?

Without question, there are several worthy candidates who fill the bill.

But with stakes as high as they are in 2012, that can be a problem because there are also some eminently unworthy candidates seeking to make Barack Obama a bad political memory, a national disaster from which to recover, a shock treatment for Americans who bought into the lies of empty progressive promises.

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The simple fact is that we cannot afford to make a mistake in 2012. I don’t think the nation can survive a wrong decision – a halfway repudiation of Obamaism. So maybe it is an absolute necessity for those determined to save America to choose early and winnow the field.

Here’s the way I look at it: I have reservations about every single candidate in the field save one – Michele Bachmann.

I think she genuinely strikes fear into the progressive heart for good reason. She is smart. She is tough. She is attractive. She is principled.

That’s why I don’t think it’s too early to rally around her to ensure one of the truly awful establishment GOP candidates doesn’t emerge to give us a repeat of the recent past.

Let’s face it, we haven’t had a solid conservative Republican constitutionalist as the nominee since 1984. That is a very long time to be in the political wilderness.

In 1988, George H.W. Bush got the nomination largely because of his association with Ronald Reagan. He never shared Reagan’s worldview, just a political ticket of convenience. Choosing the establishment vice presidential running mate and his political opponent might have been the worst decision Reagan made for America. We held our collective noses because it was “Bush’s turn.”

By betraying his no tax pledge in his first term, he ensured he would be a one-term president and be succeeded by someone even more unworthy than himself in 1992.

In 1996, the establishment got its way again, nominating Bob Dole, ensuring Bill Clinton would get a second term and become the only elected American president ever to be impeached.

Yet, in 2000, the Republican Party returned to the establishment well to select George W. Bush. His two terms in office, characterized by the old-fashioned Big Government-style Republicanism, literally set the stage for what would have been unthinkable a few years earlier – the election of a radical extremist with no qualifications for office and a man whose core values were sharply in contrast with America’s political heritage and core values of most Americans.

Then came 2008 when a crowded Republican field led to the nomination of John McCain, another establishment Republican who had just been in Washington too long – a personality hostile to conservative constitutional principles.

How do we get off this 20-plus-year cycle of political error that has left Americans without any real choice in a leader?

The answer is to put the debate over personality and nitpicking differences aside and back the heroine of the 2011 debt limit debate. If Bachmann’s lead had been followed and the debt limit frozen, Obama’s presidency would already be winding down – his wild, chaotic, reckless, irresponsible spending spree over.

Bachmann bucked the Republican establishment, stayed true to her principles, as she always does. And that’s what we need in 2012. We need someone we can count on, someone we can trust to do the right thing.

It’s not Mitt Romney. It’s not Rick Perry.

Don’t get fooled, again.

Don’t believe the lies that she’s not electable because she’s a woman or because she’s a member of the House of Representatives.

She can go toe to toe with Obama as she has with the progressive media who fear her over and above all others.

The long knives are out for a reason with Michele Bachmann – because she’s scary to the establishment and because she can win.

Do you really think they would be trying so hard to discredit her if they believed she was not a threat to their anointed one?

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