"Take back the Party!" says Mr. Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in New York's 23rd congressional district. John Karr posted on Goodreads Tea Party: Mr. Hoffman "has the backing of Fred Thompson, Dick Armey, and Sarah Palin. Yet Newt Gingrinch is against him and for the liberal Republican...."
Having primary elections is consistent with the government being of, by, and for the people.
Politicians who do not abide by the results of primary elections, yet stay with their Party and continue to reap the benefits of being a member, have no honor.
I read here that Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava is pro-choice and pro-gay rights. I reckon this is why theocrats are invoking "principle over party".