What is more important for the 2012 GOP...

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What is more important to you?

  1. Staying true to your convictions.

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  2. Backing the candidate with the best chance of winning.

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  1. Missourian
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    ...primary?

    Staying true to your convictions?

    Or backing the candidate with the best chance of winning?
     
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    There is no difference in my opinion
     
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    If you can't stay true to your convictions, you shouldn't be elected.
     
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    This is where the Republican Party gets messed up on.

    Who is to say who has the "best chance of winning?" Is it determined by manipulative polling, where the candidate with the better name recognition tends to have the earlier advantage? Is it determined by being more "moderate" to attract the so-called independents?

    If it's the latter, then we never should have nominated Reagan in 1980, and we should have won with McCain in 2008. Or when a moderate does win, where does that get the Republican Party (think Nixon/Ford/Bush1/Bush2). What did bodybulder/action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger do for the California Republican Party except to feed his own ego? Short-term gains (wins) can often lead to long-term disasters.

    Now of course the art of elective politics is more complicated than whether we go with who fits where on the linear (and often misleading) political scale, who has the most executive experience, who can raise the most money, who has the best looks (yes, some people will vote on that basis), who has the best debating skills, who is the flavor of the week in polling, etc.

    When it comes to trusting polling, often we'll get manipulated out of supporting the better candidate to represent us and upholding our Constitution rights and liberties, to supporting a less-than-ideal candidate, then gripe when we get what we vote for.

    I'd therefore say, stay true to your convictions. If you have none, well, then I guess you're up for grabs. And that's the problem with politics.
     
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    You didn't specify primary or general. In the primary i always stay true to my convictions, in the general I support the GOP candidate.
     
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    I voted based on it being the general election. In the primary I will vote my gut but in the general ABO
     
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    *Yep*

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    There are too many flounders in politics that will flip flop like a fish on a dock.
     
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    At this point I would say finding some candidates that are not loony bin material.:lol:
     
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    But I should always try to speak truth.
     

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