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It is not simplistic at all. It is a matter of statistics.
When 80% of scientists who are trained, like doc's, to use all their tools to check for truth and apply logic pick one party over another, there is a reason!
80% of scientists lean democratic and 12% lean Republican. That represents two "DISTINCT" populations to the .001 level of confidence.
Any way you cut it there is not one liberal in the Republican party. There used to be liberal Republicans. But the true sub species of conservative ran them all out once they identified them.
In fact they seem to be in the process of running all the moderates out as well until all that is left of the Republican party are Beck, Palin and Limbaugh and Angel, Paul and O'donnell, all of whom talk pure nonsense.
Independents are simply confused, becasue they are not paying attention, IMO. They, like libertarians do lean right.
Because the more right you move the lower accurate processing of information that takes place. Easy to see if you look.