Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Electability vs. Ideology

The Washington Post has a truly strange headline, reading "Rick Santorum hoping ideology will trump electability." Within the article is the statement that, "Romney was won Republicans who say electability is the most important factor in their vote," while Santorum does better "among those who say they are 'very conservative.'" This would seem to mean that people voting for Santorum would rather have a candidate who is ideologically pure but would lose to Obama in the general election than to nominate someone who does not meet their standards of ultra-conservatism but who stands a chance of defeating Obama.

It kind of makes me wonder what the purpose of the Republican primary elections actually is. If they don't actually want to take control of the White House, then what in the hell are they doing? What possible reason would they have for nominating someone who they admit will probably not beat Obama? I just don't get it.

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