With All Do Respect to Nate Silver whom I think runs a great blog I am using his 538 to steal some troll quotes. Axtuallt this particular thread was not written by Nate. It's interesting. While 538's class of troll is more eloquent... it's just as wrong.
John said... People become Republicans once they graduate from college and actually have to pay taxes. They recognize the sheer incompetence of government and resent being forced to support a corrupt machine with their hard earned money. Republicans fundamentally believe in the freedom of the individual and the inherent strictures of the collectivist mentality.
Republican thinking--free markets and personal freedom--made America and western Europe prosperous; socialism and communism made China and Russia, two potential super-powers, languish for decades. The better question is what makes someone a Democrat? Or maybe it should be "Why does someone stay a Democrat after he comes to grips with reality?" Most teenagers and young adults gravitate towards the Democratic Party with its promise of "free entitlements" for everyone, but when people learn the true meaning of "free entitlements" they become Republicans