As I sometimes find myself here defending the conservative point of view, it occurs to me that there might be some misunderstanding, especially on the part of those who think "Republican" and "conservative" are synonyms. So, just in case: I’m not a Republican. I’ve never identified myself either officially or philosophically with any political party.
Richard Brookhiser of National Review said something a while back that struck a chord with me. There was some worry going on at the NR blog about what such-and-such would mean to Bush’s poll numbers (or something). Brookhiser threw in two sentences that went something like: "I don’t give a damn about Bush’s numbers. I want the country to be well-governed."
Just so. I don’t give a damn about the Republican Party per se, although I mostly vote for it. Those votes are a means to an end, not an expression of affection or loyalty.
Actually I kind of like Mark Shea‘s nomenclature: the Stupid Party and the Evil Party.