Republicans consistently vote against self-interest.
Republicans, particularly women, really don’t care about issues or the character of their candidates.
In fact, according to data from FiveThirtyEight, they’ll vote for anyone at all, as long as they’re Republicans.
The strength of partisanship has proven more powerful than many could have imagined, as Republicans, including Republican women, decide that the agenda of their party matters above all else this election…
Republicans and Republican women are, by virtue of the person they have nominated, sacrificing a certain amount of respect in service to their concern for particular issues.
It could be argued that these voters have sacrificed more than their self-respect, especially considering Donald Trump’s trashing of the US Constitution and the legitimacy of the electoral process. Add to that all the overtime fact-checkers have to work every time he opens his mouth, and all you have left is blind party loyalists who render the actual earning of votes irrelevant.
There is proof of this completely irrational behavior right before our eyes in the US Congress. Since Republicans took over in 2010, their approval rating hasn’t risen above 19 percent. Yet like a child burning their hands on a hot stove, they forget their pain and repeat the behavior.
Here’s the puzzling thing about the Republican agenda that too many voters refuse to see. The more conservative policies are put in place, the more the working classes are hurt, because the GOP’s austerity agenda by any other name remains the driver of income inequality.
If Americans look past the ‘bathroom’ issues of the Republican Party and Speaker Paul Ryan’s smoke and mirrors “Path to Prosperity,” they might actually see that more tax cuts for the rich are only going to lead to larger budget deficits. And those budget deficits are going to lead to more cuts to programs that help people who aren’t millionaires.
Conservatives are masters of deception, as evidenced by how may people they have convinced to vote against their own best interests.
Back in 2011, Thomas B. Edsall wrote in the New York Times:
The Republican Party, after winning back control of the House in 2010, has reverted to the penny-pinching of an earlier era, the green eyeshade Grand Old Party of Herbert Hoover and Robert Taft, advocating a “root canal” approach to governance evident in the first budget passed by the Republican-controlled House — the Paul Ryan “path to prosperity” budget with $4 trillion in cuts..
Now, 5 years later, ask any American if the Republican tax cuts for the rich and budget cuts for everyone else have made their life better? Then ask them how many times they’re going to burn themselves on the same hot stove before they figure out that repeating a painful behavior doesn’t change the outcome.
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