Every Republican knows another Republican who agrees with them on 99% of the issues, yet will attack them relentlessly over the 1% of issues they disagree upon. Instead of uniting against the left, these busybodies waste countless hours criticizing other Republicans. They will frequently do it under the ruse of being the “true conservatives,” claiming that anyone who does not agree with them is not conservative enough. Yet the 1% of issues they disagree with others on are often arbitrarily decided and not legitimate issues. Mitt Romney was criticized for being too moderate of a Republican presidential candidate, yet he ran...
One must view the big picture. I think you are attempting this, but missing a level. Elections matter not simply for what who is elected, but also for who is elected later. Most would probably agree that IN THE VERY SHORT RUN, the sorts of candidates you mention would be EVER-SO-SLIGHTLY less harmful than their Democrat rivals. But so what? The difference is small, and meanwhile, the harm piles up and the BLAME piles up with it. And the blame falls on "capitalism" and "conservatism" when neither has actually existed. But the backlash against them happens anyway, and then you get Democrats elected. Let the blame fall on big-government where it belongs, until a REAL small-government candidate comes along.
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