Earlier today, I dubbed Mitt Romney’s speech to CPAC an exercise in “checklist conservatism” — just hitting on all the market-tested issues of importance to conservatives. Well, tonight, Gov. Scott Walker’s impressive speech to the conference was an example of the opposite — courageous conservatism. In Mitt Romney’s prepared remarks, a variation of the word “conservative” appeared 24 times. In Walker’s prepared remarks, it appeared zero. That’s because Walker actually has an impressive record of conservative accomplishments to talk about…

The outcome of the recall election may very well be more important that the outcome of the GOP presidential primary.