I think that my positions on political issues are internally consistent and follow from certain core beliefs. Those positions don't align 100% with any political party, and may appear to be inconsistent in places when viewed by an outsider. I think that we all prioritize core beliefs differently, which can lead to inconsistencies even between people who seem to have the same core. The abortion vs. capital punishment example came up earlier in the thread, and it exemplifies this type of inconsistency. Someone could be pro-life and pro death penalty if they prioritize justice above life, without being internally inconsistent. Another may be pro-life and against the death penalty if they prioritize life over justice. But both individuals could agree with both core beliefs. Another example would be my position on immigration -- I favor a path to citizenship for those who have proven themselves, but also support rapid deportation of those who just entered. Respect for the individual drives the first position but it is (weakly) overridden by a sense of justice in the second. I'd also favor making it easier to enter legally, which would eliminate this conflict between values. Edit: seeing some updates while I was typing mine -- I consistently vote a party, even when I disagree on an issue or two. It's very rare that a member of the other party would agree with me on enough issues to overcome the differences on the really key ones.