October 3, 2014

Why to vote for the GOP instead of staying home

If you are a conservative voter, the quote below is a must read.  It is the most cogent argument that I have yet seen against conservatives staying home for the midterm elections.

Via Jim Geraghty at National Review's Campaign Spot":
Ask yourself, why should Republican governors take the political hit of opposing the Medicaid expansion when A) grassroots conservatives ignore them or pretend they don’t exist or B) self-described conservative Republicans who most strongly oppose the Medicaid expansion proudly announce they’re not going to vote?
It’s fair to fume at the “Democrats win, therefore we must be more like Democrats to win” philosophy, but if Republican voters stay home, the electorate that is guaranteed to show up shifts to the left. After a few cycles of conservatives declaring “I’m staying home because the candidates aren’t rightward enough for my tastes,” it makes absolute sense for Republicans to try to be more like Democrats, because self-described conservative Republicans announce they’re not going to vote.
That's right.  If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.  As I've always said, it's going to be a lot easier to hold the feet of a conservative representative to the fire and get him to listen than to do the same with a liberal Democrat (as a conservative).  A Republican you can shift right with pressure.  The only direction a Democrat can shift is leftward.  Always.

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