Taxonomy: Seven Types of Republicans

I have narrowed down Republican voters to seven types. These are people likely to vote for a Republican over a Democrat, not necessarily people who label themselves “Republicans.” “Swing” voters are not involved in this taxonomy. Republicans tend to believe in the same things generally, but the emphasis and orientations can be quite different. 

It is a circular constellation, much like the 9 personality types from Enneagra…

  1. Mothership_Greg

    I’m sure Fred will be along shortly to tell you he’s not a Republican, but I agree that he deserves his own special category.

  2. Barkha Herman

    B?  Even though I am not a registered Republican.

  3. Fricosis Guy

    I’m adapting my comment from ~Paules’s post: I’m either a Tropic Thunder Republican (C) or a Satan’s Alley Libertarian (B).

  4. Leigh

    Except for strategists themselves, I don’t see how “E” can be a separate category.  What’s their motivation for wanting to win, or for being on this side at all?   Unless you mean that they are simply more afraid of Democrats than the other categories.

    I’m not sure where I fit.  I care about the cultural/moral issues, but I also believe the economic issuesare cultural/moral issues.  I care about how politics affects people’s everyday lives (not just the middle class).  I’m not an “anything to win” type, but I do believe in being realistic and in using strategic thinking.   And I believe a government that isn’t strong on national security is failing in its first duty.  (Though I might disagree with Sen. McCain on what “strong on national security” means.)

    I think of myself as a full-spectrum conservative, I suppose.

  5. Fricosis Guy

    BTW, I don’t like your examples for “C”…or at least you should include more. Scott Walker and Mitch Daniels have resonated with middle-class voters re: their day-to-day issues.

    If you’re looking for “rabble rousers,” then perhaps I’m not a “C.”  

  6. Franco
    Leigh: Except for strategists themselves, I don’t see how “E” can be a separate category.  What’s their motivation for wanting to win, or for being on this side at all?   Unless you mean that they are simply more afraid of Democrats than the other categories.

    I’m not sure where I fit.  I care about the cultural/moral issues, but I also believe the economic issuesare cultural/moral issues.  I care about how politics affects people’s everyday lives (not just the middle class).  I’m not an “anything to win” type, but I do believe in being realistic and in using strategic thinking.   And I believe a government that isn’t strong on national security is failing in its first duty.  (Though I might disagree with Sen. McCain on what “strong on national security” means.)

    I think of myself as a full-spectrum conservative, I suppose. 

    Yes, and I made that distinction to encompass the type of person that wants so badly to win that they just want a solid block of whatever will put a Republican in office and will back any Republican over any Democrat. You may be a G with a large range.

  7. Franco

    These are people likely to vote for a Republican vs. a Democrat, not necessarily people who label  themselves ‘Republicans’.

    Barkha Herman: B?  Even though I am not a registered Republican. · 22 minutes ago

  8. EThompson

    Hmm… I obviously fall into the A group. You got a lot of things right, but a few things wrong:

    1) Corporate Republican animated by self-interest. Check.

    2) Tend to be elitists, country club, but focus on taxes and spending and practical matters. Check. On the fiscal issues.

    3) George Bush, Jeb Bush, Religious Chris Christie/ Secular Mitt Romney. Mixed review: We like the Bushes because they’re good people; we are now highly suspicious of Christie and think he should stay in Joisey, and we admire the Mittster as one of America’s most glorious examples of the great gifts bestowed by capitalism. Check. On the highlighted section.

    4) Never would we devalue C because it makes no sense whatsoever economically. Thumbs down.

    5) We do worry that D needs to expand their concerns to include 1 and 2 but agree with many of their cultural issues. Another thumbs down.

    In total, you’re batting .600. Not bad!

  9. Gary The Ex-Donk

    I see some overlap in all this but all in all a pretty spot on assessment.  I’m kind of a C, becoming more B every day.

  10. Yudansha

    B all the way for me.  I would also roll most of A into B.  If you’re leaving me alone then you are by definition not unfairly raiding my bank account. 

    As Walter Williams once said “I have no problem paying for my share of the roads and the missiles.”

  11. Fricosis Guy

    I think that Jeb Bush and Chris Christie have way too much of the common touch to fit in “A”.  Here are my nominees for the “self interest” club:

    A. Corporate Republican animated by self-interest Tend to be elitists, country club, focus on taxes and spending and practical matters

    George Bush, Orrin Hatch

    Religious Trent Lott / Secular Mitt Romney (don’t really get this distinction given Romney’s position within the LDS Church).

  12. Fricosis Guy

    Funny, I was about to make the opposite comment.

    I think of “corporate” as equaling “let’s cut spending everywhere, but I have this special ‘investment’ or ‘unfair competition’…” which doesn’t fit at all with B. 

    In other words, they protect the banking, insurance, telecom, big pharma, etc. clients of the party vs. the interests of the rest of us.

    Yudansha: B all the way for me.  I would also roll most of A into B.  If you’re leaving me alone then you are by definition not unfairly raiding my bank account. 

    As Walter Williams once said “I have no problem paying for my share of the roads and the missiles.” · 8 minutes ago

    Edited 7 minutes ago

  13. MBF

    Here is an interesting challenge/exercise: attempt to pigeonhole each category as in favor, or opposed, with respect to the Senate immigration bill.

    Some categories are obvious, others not so much.

  14. Leigh
    Franco

    Leigh:  Unless you mean that they aresimply more afraid of Democratsthan the other categories.

    I’m not sure where I fit.  I care about the cultural/moral issues, but I also believe the economic issuesare cultural/moral issues.  I care about how politics affects people’s everyday lives (not just the middle class).  I’m not an “anything to win” type, but I do believe in being realistic and in using strategic thinking.   And I believea government that isn’t strong on national security is failing in its first duty. …

    I think of myself as a full-spectrum conservative, I suppose. 

     You may be a G with a large range.

    National security is the government’s first duty, but today I’m equally or more concerned about egregious intrusion into areas outside its duty. Rather than preferring one category overall, I guest I’m concerned with whatever debate seems to have the deepest, most enduring impact.  Given today’s news, my #1 concern is the preservation of religious liberty.

  15. Yudansha
    Fricosis Guy: Funny, I was about to make the opposite comment.

    I think of “corporate” as equaling “let’s cut spending everywhere, but I have this special ‘investment’ or ‘unfair competition’…” which doesn’t fit at all with B. 

    In other words, they protect the banking, insurance, telecom, big pharma, etc. clients of the party vs. the interests of the rest of us.

    Yudansha: B all the way for me.  I would also roll most of A into B.  If you’re leaving me alone then you are by definition not unfairly raiding my bank account. 

    As Walter Williams once said “I have no problem paying for my share of the roads and the missiles.” ·

     

    Okay, fair enough.  I guess it’s a result of my limited imagination that I never consider “corporatists” in any discussion of Republican Taxonomy, but you’re right.    Just beacuse I don’t label them conservatives doesn’t mean they themselves don’t.  I withdraw that portion of my remarks.

  16. danys

    D, B w/ a dollop of G.

  17. Salvatore Padula

    B, but with sympathies to A. I don’t understand the reflexive opposition to elites. Being well educated and/or successful shouldn’t be held against someone.

  18. Salvatore Padula
    danys: D, B w/ a dollop of G. · 42 minutes ago

    How do you reconcile D with B?

  19. Franco
    Salvatore Padula: B, but with sympathies to A. I don’t understand the reflexive opposition to elites. Being well educated and/or successful shouldn’t be held against someone. 

    I think the antipathy started on the ‘elite’ side. That is, not having an advanced degree or not having some high-powered position shouldn’t be held against someone either, yet this is very much how elites think and act. The opinion of a Yalie isn’t necessarily better than the opinion of a taxi driver on general subjects.

    The credentialed, and in many cases unwittingly privileged class, don’t see how they come off. So those elites who have contempt for, or just dismiss, someone like me will get the same in return.  Many of these folks are very, very smart and have achieved something and that’s commendable, but many of these people are not very well-rounded and have narrow expertise, yet they still believe themselves superior generally as evidenced by their trappings of success.

    And also please note, I said ‘tend’.

    - high school dropout Franco 

  20. BrentB67

    I am with DocJay. – standard.

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