I was a registered Republican since the day I turned 18 until this year. I gave upon the GOP because they dont ever mean what they say. They say they are for smaller government, but too look at their track record, youd see they are just as much about GROWING the federal governments power as the Democrats *cough*GeorgeW*cough*. I identify themost with Libertarians,but even on some level I don't find them all that attractive. I do have a registered party, that way I dont get a bunch of election calls and pamphlets that I only use a fuel for the fireplace.My wife is registerd unaffiliated and we got mountains of "Vote for Obama!" trash and people with the Obama campaign knocking on our door several times a day (if I didnt already plan on not voting for him, I would have voted against him just out of spite that his people were bothering the shit out of me). So thats why I always register with a party, so peopleleave me the hell alone. "Git off Ma Property!"
I don't aling with any party, but I choose the person who's ideology and stand on certain issues is closest to my owns. Mostly because of the abudance of parties we have here, it is easier to look for the person you can agree with on the issues I feel that are important.