Shocked? You shouldn't be. As Crosspatch over at TownHall said:
Plain and simple. So, who do you want as your 2008 candidate?
I registered for the Republican Party, I didn't register for the "Conservative Party". The truth is that in this country, neither party can win a national election by playing to its base.
The reason becomes clear when you look at the registration numbers of the parties. The Democrats have a couple of points advantage over the Republicans and registration percentages for both parties are in the 30's.
This means that Republicans account for some 33% or so of the voters. In order to win, a party needs to present a candidate that can get at least half the Independent votes and a good number of crossover votes from the other party.
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