How significant is the difference between policies of Conservative and liberal candidates in any electoral system? The candidates may belong to different parties and yet can be stereotyped into those belonging to Conservative and to the liberal segment.
Of course, Conservative candidates do not always focus on fiscal conservation and traditional social values. In the same way, liberal or democrat candidates need not always adopt radical solutions at all times. These generalizations do not work very effectively at the grassroots. In a community plagued by excessive debts, fiscal conservative approach may be the only way to proceed.
It may involve infusion of government funds and restriction of freedom of individuals to trade as they please. These features happen to be the bulwark of Conservative politics. Yet, significant deviations have been noticed in the past and shall be visible in the future as well. This is because politics is the art of possible. Anything that works as a solution will be good enough even if it does not appeal to one’s ideologies.
More often than not, political parties have moved out of their traditional approaches and have embraced radical solutions. However, they have always, rather inexplicably, sought to prove that the move was an aberration and only strengthens the rule.
Chances are high that US republicans will embrace solutions suggested by Democrats to counter the financial mess. They may not do it wholeheartedly but wholesale denial is not going to work. However, Republicans will try to use the deviation to stress the importance of their original ideology.
However, politics works on pragmatism and not on ideology. Excessive emphasis on conservative values may backfire as it did when Bill Clinton was the President and Republicans gained control of the House Of Representatives. The resulting deadlock disgusted votes and Democrats surged not because they were preferable but just because the public was tired of the politics of one-upmanship.