In case there are others like me who sometimes get confused as to what a “Conservative Republican” actually supports/believes (primarily because actions and words don’t always match), this article lays it out quite well.
As the article points out, part of the reason it can be confusing is this: A person might not be conservative on all issues, but is still considered a conservative republican based on his or her beliefs and practices in one certain area.
In my opinion, the same is true for those who categorize Democrats. There are variations and qualifications among them as well.
Yet the tendency to assign certain principles and beliefs to the opposing party is commonplace — and often wrong simply due to the many variances of beliefs and practices.
Nevertheless –as is seen (and heard) time and again– none of this stops people from “identifying” the opposing political party with unflattering metaphors and tropes that are, in many (most?) cases, based on nothing but personal biases.