My non-response to what? And, since you clearly didn't answer my question, what was there for me to acknowledge? You do realize, I assume, that there is an expectation that what you write should make at least some sense.
Not sure that they are idiots. I think that they are shrewd enough to know what plays well with the unthinking, conservative base of their party but, for some reason, unable to realize that the base is just too small for those views to be held by an electable candidate.