As a registered Republican since 1948 and a Republican nominee for the House of Representatives in 1982 and 1984, I believe that many of my Republican friends have unwarranted tendencies that have kept our candidates from winning elections.
After reviewing a number of Federal and State voting records, I found that countless Republicans have a tendency to hang their hat on the top of the slate of candidates and often do not cast votes for the candidates on the rest of the slate.
Normally, Republicans vote at a higher percentage than the members of other political parties do. However, when they are in the voting booths, Republicans vote for Presidential and Gubernatorial candidates about 95% of the time, roughly 70% for Federal Senate, around 50% for candidates running for the House of Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly. The rest of candidates on the ballot get around 30%. I believe the reason for this selective behavior is when Republicans are not familiar with their party’s candidates; they will not cast a vote for them. Democrats and members from other parties generally vote for all the candidates that represent their party, whether they are familiar with them or not.
This tendency has hurt many Republican legislative candidates. In California, since 1943, Republican governors have occupied that office 66% of the time. During that same period, the Republican majority in the State legislature was less than 30% of those years. Need I say more?
Another tendency that has beguiled many Republicans is that they feel they must appease Democrats and Independents by modifying some of their principles and values in order to get their votes. To compromise on certain issues is understandable. To concede ones principles as an appeasement, is detrimental to both sides and seldom accomplishes its goal.
In addition, when Republicans are faithful to the issues in their platform, the Democratic leadership demonizes them as extremists. When someone stoops to demonize the messengers, instead of criticizing their messages, it becomes obvious that their positions are weak, harmful and often false.