I vote on behavior. I don't care if you are a white woman who shoots, bakes from scratch, lives next door to me, and spends her free-time designing Collie jet-packs - if you embrace political and policy positions that go against my own reason, I won't vote for you.
That's the difference. I vote using reason and a lot of people vote using emotion.
(Good job doing newbie stuff! This is exactly what CU was designed to do! We're a debate board, not an echo board. ;) )