The Incumbent Factor

Bill Quick pointed to a Jim Geraghty piece that says:

But apparently the Kos are not the only ones with an all-or-nothing mentality. Sometimes in life you have to use the West Coast offense, nickel and diming your way down the field instead of going for the long bomb. If I want a more conservative government, I get it by electing the more conservative of the two choices, even if he isn’t as conservative as I would like. I do not get it by sitting on the sidelines and pouting, and letting the less conservative guy take the reigns of power.

What Mr. Geraghty misses is that when you elect a less than conservative politician to office the politician becomes an incumbent party anchor that is almost always harder to dislodge from within the party than an opposing party member is to dislodge from office.  Incumbency within a party is a 99% winner.  At least an opposition party member can be directly opposed with polarized views that are greater differentiators than can usually be achieved within the same party.

That is why booting the RINOs now has such appeal.  Let the Democrats have a big run up and make even more stupid mistakes.  Without more RINOs muddying the waters everyone will have a clear choice between collectivist Democrats and true freedom promoting, small government, tax cutting Republicans.

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