Have you ever noticed how good the conservatives are at using their own incompetence as a plus?
When they run public services badly, they use it as evidence that government can’t work as well as the private market.
When they run an authoritarian police state, they use it to bolster their libertarian supporters’ fears of oppressive government.
When their “tough on crime” or “tough on terror” policies don’t work and crime rises and we are more at risk of terrorist attacks, they use that as justification for MORE of these laws.
When they run a nasty, spiteful, intolerant government that discourages immigration (who’d want to go there?), they use that as an argument that they can keep our borders secure.
I just don’t know that the price the rest of us pay for them winning these arguments is entirely worth it.