Someone named Bruce Walker (no idea who he is) writing at the badly misnamed American Thinker website has a couple of illogical positions. One is that “leftists” are responsible for keeping the Republicans from nominating a truly conservative presidential candidate; the other is that conservatives should vote in Democratic primaries to force a conservative Democrat as their nominee. But he starts with a little sexism:
The two major political parties’ presidential nomination campaigns will begin before we know it. The Republican nomination seems wide open, but Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton seems headed for a bloodless coronation.
Oh yes, don’t call her by her actual name, call her by her husband’s name. Because she doesn’t have any identity outside of that.
The left is a small fraction of the American electorate. Gallup polls, for example, routinely show that except for one or two states, conservatives outnumber liberals in every state in the land, while at the same time party identification with “Republican” and “Democrat” is just about even.
Yet not only does the leftist minority within the Democrat Party utterly dominate that party, but, as Republicans rage about every four years, the left intrudes its unwelcome presence into the Republican Party presidential nomination as well, which is why the last strong and unapologetic conservative to win the Republican nomination was thirty years ago — when President Reagan was re-nominated by his party in 1984.
When JFK was president, he summed up the Soviet attitude towards the Cold War thus: “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is negotiable.” We began to win the Cold War when Reagan completely switched the paradigm by articulating our own Cold War strategy: “How about this? We win. You lose.” So why not try to defeat the left within its own political party — or if not defeat the left, at least force it to be on the defensive? In other words, why not promote a conservative Democrat for the Democrat nomination in 2016?…
Now consider this: twenty states have “open” primaries, in which voters from either political party can cast a ballot in the Democrat presidential primary. The vast majority of these states are much more conservative than the rest of America, and conservative Republican crossover voters could give a conservative Democrat an outright majority of the vote in these primaries. Beyond that, every primary and every caucus state must allow those voters who even nominally register as a Democrat to participate in the delegate selection process.
Walker is clearly not the sharpest bulb in the sign. First of all, the notion that Clinton is some sort of radical leftist candidate is utterly laughable. She IS the conservative Democrat and the only challenge she is likely to face in the primary will come from the left, not the right. Which means that if conservative Republicans want to switch over in the 20 states that have open primaries in order to vote for the more conservative Democrat in the race, she’ll be the only one.
Second, his argument is hopelessly inconsistent. If he really believes that “the left” is a “small fraction” of the population, shouldn’t the goal of Republicans be to vote for the Democrat in the primaries who is furthest to the left? And wouldn’t all those conservative Republicans abandoning the Republican primaries for the Democratic ones only make it more likely that all those imaginary liberals who are voting in Republican primaries will be able to control them and force the more liberal candidate on them? Good thinking, Bruce. You’re a brilliant political strategist.