No, that wasn’t a typo. This really made me do a double take. Her reasoning? She used to be a Democrat. She believes this is what makes her understand Independents.
She went from being a Democrat to someone who is far right compared to other members of the GOP. Honestly, how would you understand an Independent when you skated right past them to almost the end of the opposite spectrum? You didn’t even stay and chat for a while.
Let’s take an example of an Independent voter – the Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal. Being in CA, I’ve run into a lot of these kind of Independents. Someone like this would find her voting record with taxes and spending attractive. No on TARP, No on Stimulus, No on Tax Hikes for Capital Gains, No VAT. On issues like abortion and gay rights, this is where she might turn the Independent voter off. She is not just anti abortion, she doesn’t make the exception for rape, incest, or the life of the mother. She voted no on prohibiting discrimination against sexual orientation and supports the Defense of Marriage Act.
That type of voter would love lower taxes on the gains from their investments. Would they be willing to vote for the candidate that agrees but wants to see abortion illegal even if the mother was dying? I don’t think so.
If you want to lasso in Independents, it would be a lot easier to do when you’re closer to the herd than at the opposite end of the ranch.