This article is just more proof that independent voters are a canvas onto which people paint their own political aspirations:
But thereâ€™s a new factor: unalignment. The American electorate is divided into thirds: Democratic, Republican, and unaligned independents. For this the thid r group, which is heavily white, affluent, suburban and secular, voting Republican is seldom cool or acceptable.
Hardcore Democrats disdain Republicans as macho, war-like, tight-fisted, mean-spirited, intolerant, bigoted and dictatorial. Thatâ€™s expected. Hardcore Republicans deride Democrats as squishy-soft on national defense and terrorist issues, and obsessed with creating a Utopia on earth. Thatâ€™s expected.
Whatâ€™s unexpected is that independents, driven by the â€œpolitics of culture,â€ have turned strongly against the Republicans. For them, issues like abortion rights, gun control, gay rights, immigration reform resonate, and to them, Republicans are on the wrong side. In their estimation, traditional Republican issuesâ€”tax cuts, spending slashes and reduced governmentâ€”have utterly no appeal. They look up government as now good.
So basically, the independent unaligned voters are really just Democrats.Â I don’t think it’s that simple.Â I don’t pretend that all independents are libertarians, only some of them are, or that they are more socially conservative progressives, some of them are, and I definitely don’t think they are all pretty much Democrats or Republicans who don’t know how to fill out a voter registration.
For various reasons, I think independent voters feel the parties don’t represent their positions, so they stay out of the process.Â I certainly feel that way most of the times.