We on the right have developed a disease over the past few years. To my knowledge it has no formal name but is highly contagious among conservatives and many of those professing to be moderates. Interestingly those on the left and other moderates are immune, as the elections of Presidents Clinton and Obama attest. It is also unique that this ailment is mostly a national illness and is not as prominent locally.
Symptoms vary but almost all are affected with the following: a strong desire to only support and vote for a flawless national candidate. Of course this is complicated by a nagging desire for perfection and an adherence to some level of values. Exposure to national and local media, academia, Hollywood, as well as much of the new social media, can be contributing factors. National studies by the CDC indicate that those on the left do not exhibit this symptom and in fact rally around and tend to support candidates who are “flawed” and imperfect–i.e. Joe Biden. If he were a Republican and exhibited similiar behaviors, as he has as a Democrat, he would be excoriated by the factors above and would be soundly rejected by those of us on the right.
When a party or individual chooses to assign some level of longing for values and/or moral principles to a candidate for office, the qualifying bar is automatically raised and the field accordingly lowered. Add to that the desire for perfection and the condition becomes chronic. Many are now trying to develope a vaccine that will allow us on the right to support those who fall short of our aspirations but would still be far superior to the alternative(s). To date this disease has exhibited a gradual onset, has not been fatal and variations have affected both parties over the years.