Based on what I observed during the two debates I attended, Tierney is clearly the first kind; Fishman is the second; Tisei represents the best of each: he chose a party that most often reflects his ideas, which he calls Goldwater Republican, but votes for what he thinks works for his constituents. I’m an Independent small-l libertarian, but if I wanted to be a viable politician, having to choose a party to get elected, I’d probably be like him.
Well, except for the good-natured part. Somewhere in that debate I’d have had enough of Tierney’s broad-based guilt-by-association and waved the nine Democratic Party flyers accusing me of wanting to kill Medicare, send American jobs overseas, and prevent abortion even for rape and to save the life of the mother, and demanded that Tierney disavow them or defend the lies to the debate crowd. If he refused, I’d have asked him to take a lie detector test on when he noticed his tax returns hadn’t declared $200,000 in taxes. Take that, incumbent partisan pol!