Monday's HOT MIC
Roger, I'm not arguing that ideology necessarily wins elections. What I am saying is that it gets people to the polls and keeps them motivated. It's what got me involved in the Republican Party in the first place. The idea that my involvement could help move the needle on the ideological issues I care most about led me to donate my time, talents, and treasure to the party and various candidates. If rolling back the administrative state is your big issue (or number two or three), you're probably very happy with Trump and may even work to keep him in power. On the other hand, if reducing regulations doesn't even make your top ten list, there's not much to keep you in the fold at this point. We all have a hierarchy of political needs that causes us to act with regards to candidates and elections. For some, it's that elusive "inspiration" and vision thing. Others have more specific policy-oriented needs. If a party signals that it no longer cares about what the ideological voters care about, their eyes will begin to wander.