Choosing candidates who have been previously elected to public office doesn’t guarantee sound policy and governance. But picking inexperienced ones invites recklessness. Consider the example of televangelist Pat Robertson, who sought the 1988 Republican nomination. His daily experience on television for more two decades did not prevent him from making rookie mistakes—like exaggerating his military experience and record, which was easily disproved and caused immense damage. Despite what the mainstream media might want to claim, recklessness is not part of the conservative DNA. Being a conservative is more than a matter of ideology. It includes a worldview on how things should be done.

For instance, after the 1994 elections, some congressional Republicans spoke loudly about the beginning of a conservative revolution. There is a problem with that notion. Voters who call themselves conservative, in the truest sense of the word, don’t want a revolution of any kind. They want lawmakers to play by the rules and protect the foundations of American greatness.

Finally, although polls of registered voters show the outsiders leading, consider who actually participates in the GOP primary process: committed party members and insiders. For an “outsider” to win, he would need to achieve what Barack Obama did in 2008 and turn out a large number of voters who previously haven’t participated in primaries and caucuses. This is not an easy feat.