There is such a thing as being too smart for your own good. In our last presidential election, the Liberal Democrat news media provided us an example. They provided Donald Trump all kinds of free publicity during the primary elections, and they were quite pleased with themselves when he won the Republican Party’s nomination because they thought he would be a weak candidate. Then Trump surprised everyone by winning. Funny how that worked out.😁
If Republicans scheme to help Bernie Sanders gain the Democratic Party’s nomination, by crossing over and voting for Sanders in South Carolina primary, for example, we also risk being too smart for our own good. Why? That has to do with how people vote. We don’t always understand what motivates our neighbors as well as we think we do.
Consider this excerpt from an article by former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He gives an example of how a voter votes with his gut.
Let me give you an example. Just before Christmas in 2016, I was shopping at Kohl’s near our home. A young man was hovering near me. I assumed he was either an employee or a fan. Turns out, he was both. He introduced himself, said he was a big fan and asked for a photo. After we took a selfie, he told me what a wild year 2016 had been for him. He started out as a Sanders supporter. After Mr. Sanders lost the primary, he couldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton, so he voted for Donald Trump.
At that moment I felt like saying, “Dude, I want to take a picture of you.” Ideologically, it made no sense. So I listened to him explain.
He liked me because I was the guy who stood up to 100,000 protesters and did what I said I would do and fought for guys like him. He said that Mr. Sanders didn’t look the part but said what he believed and was going to take on the machine. And he said Mr. Trump didn’t care about what the media thought. He was going to Washington to drain the swamp and make America great again. He didn’t have a checklist of issues. Instead, his was a gut check as to who was going to fight for him. (from here (washingtontimes.com))
Walker goes on to suggest that we strive to educate voters, that we make the race for the president about ideas.
Think! Why do Democrats fear a Sanders nomination? Why do Republicans think Sanders would be the easiest candidate to beat? Sanders admits to believing what almost all Democrats believe, in Socialism. Therefore, instead of worrying about which candidate the Democrats nominate, we need to explain why any Democrat would be an awful president. We need to present the virtues of a constitutional republic with a capitalist economic system, and we need to display President Donald Trump’s credentials as a Conservative who believes in the virtues of a constitutional republic with a capitalist economic system.