That’s why, if activists hope to take NY23 nationwide in 2010, they might consider that the best place to find conservative candidates is not among the outsider set, but among experienced legislators who have paid their dues, proven their ability to win elections and amassed a record of supporting conservative policies.

It may be that you can’t find one everywhere you might like to, and if that’s the case, you might end up getting behind an outsider with no political experience, and touting his or her outsider credentials.

But don’t be surprised if the party regulars simply get behind someone they know, and when they do, don’t be so sure it’s about ideology. It’s just the way Republicans do things. Conservatives who want to win these nominations need to start years earlier earning the chance. They can’t expect to ride in with the cavalry from the outside, especially on a third-party ticket, and win.