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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?

closed as off-topic by Swami Vishwananda, Mr. Kennedy, user19563, Thomas Klimpel, Joseph Weissman Feb 25 '17 at 19:29

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  • Politics is a dirty dirty business. "Politics ain't beanbag." Harold Lasswell says politics is about "Who Gets What, When, and How." It's unreasonable to say that anyone has an obligation to uphold some abstract standard. Politics is about acquiring power over others. To that end you do anything within the rules, and a little bit outside the rules if you can get away with it. For the average voter that certainly entitles them to cross-register to mess up their opponent's primary. Vote for the weaker candidate for example. If you're a partisan you should do everything you can to win. – user4894 Feb 25 '17 at 5:14
  • I'm very confused as to why this would have been flagged as off-topic, except as a knee-jerk reaction to seeing political words. It seems fairly clear that the question is not about some empirical political fact, but political philosophy. Social philosophy is one of the examples of "welcomed" questions suggested in the Help Center. – user20658 Feb 25 '17 at 20:12
  • Some of the regulars on this site are way too restrictive. I didn't flag you. In general, philosophy and Stackexchange are a poor fit. The handles of the members who flagged you are in the flag notice above. – user4894 Feb 25 '17 at 20:47