Per usual, Antle hits the nail square on the head. If ideology and philosophy are not kept at least somewhat separate from Republican partisanship, then ideology and philosophy will be subverted whenever the Republican Party believes it needs to be subverted to win--which, as we've seen these last several years, is essentially every moment of every day. (Few here may want to believe it, but Tucker Carlson's book from a few years back has a great opening bit about the many ways ideologues are preferable to partisans.) Conditional alliances with individual candidates are more appealing to me than simply saying the Party, right or wrong.
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