Is there any overriding reason (i.e., philosophical, ethical, etc.) that a US citizen should register only with the political party with which he or she most closely identifies?
Suppose the individual resides in a state where political party affiliation determines in which primary he or she can vote. While people seem to almost unanimously assume a maximax approach to voting, trying to push their favorite candidate through the primaries, is there any reason our honest individual should not vote in the rival party's primary instead; a maximin voting approach?
Does de jure party affiliation entail a claim that the affiliate in fact agrees with the beliefs of that party, at least to a greater extent than other available parties, or should affiliation be viewed as a commitment-free means to an end, with no such claim being entailed?