An RNC Purity Test?

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Monday, November 23, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Reid Wilson has the first look at a resolution being pushed by Republican National Committee member Jim Bopp, author of the infamous “socialist” resolution, that would aim to prevent future NY-23 disasters by requiring that candidates agree to at least seven of 10 issue promises in order to receive financial support from the RNC. After the jump, the key text:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee identifies ten (10) key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle, which the Republican National Committee expects its public officials and candidates to support:

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership; and be further

RESOLVED, that a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above stated public policy position of the Republican National Committee, as identified by the voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate, shall not be eligible for financial support and endorsement by the Republican National Committee.

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Kenneth E. Tucker
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

Nichteinhaltung ist Verboten!

MORE of that ‘old (GERMAN)timey’ CONservative [not] ‘thinking’…

cue the clueless, jack-booted masses, it’s on! a 3:10 purity sieve sez no $$$ for the ideologically ‘impure’ rethugs. bad for AmeriKa.

Gelöst, dass ein Kandidat, der nicht mit drei oder mehr der oben genannten öffentlichen Ordnung Position des Republican National Committee, wie von der Abstimmungsergebnis, öffentliche Erklärungen und identifiziert / oder signierte Fragebogen des Bewerbers, haftet nicht für die finanzielle Unterstützung und die zugelassenen Bestätigung durch die Republican National Committee.

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Chris A
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

I have to say, I love number 3: “We support market based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade”. Do they understand what cap and trade is?


monkey99
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

So, the GOP isn't extremist?

This “purity” test will not only shrink the party, but damage their relevance on important issues this country faces.

I'm afraid Lindsey Graham will be proven correct about his statement that the GOP will be reduced to “just a club”.


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Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

Nichteinhaltung ist Verboten!

MORE of that ‘old (GERMAN)timey’ CONservative [not] ‘thinking’…

cue the clueless, jack-booted masses, it’s on! a 3:10 purity sieve sez no $$$ for the ideologically ‘impure’ rethugs. bad for AmeriKa.

Gelöst, dass ein Kandidat, der nicht mit drei oder mehr der oben genannten öffentlichen Ordnung Position des Republican National Committee, wie von der Abstimmungsergebnis, öffentliche Erklärungen und identifiziert / oder signierte Fragebogen des Bewerbers, haftet nicht für die finanzielle Unterstützung und die zugelassenen Bestätigung durch die Republican National Committee.

http://washingtonindependent.com/68701/an-rnc-p…

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Sinclair Lewis

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strangely_enough
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

And no. 10. They're comin' to take our guns, ya know…
But, I wonder if they actually know that “support[ing] market-based health care” and “opposing health care rationing and denial of health care” are mutually exclusive?


texasskeptic
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

Dave, I hate to be pedantic, but the candidate has to agree with EIGHT of the ten and not just seven (“a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above”) marching orders of the RNC in order to get their filthy cash.

And I agree with Chris A and strangely_enough below–they don't know what they're really opposing so much as they are opposing the straw man-proposals that the right has developed. The Onion had an article a few days back that really nailed this problem, in a slightly different context: “Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be” (at http://www.theonion.com/content/news/area_man_p…).


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

What you won't hear from others – especially the MSM and sub-MSM hacks like Weigel – is that the immigration provision is deceptive, and I'm pretty sure that was intentional.


mantis
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

Yeah, Weigel, why aren't you reporting the objections of super-anti-immigration wingnuts, who balk at language in the immigration position listed by the RNC on their crazy ass, hatin' on Mexcuns blogs? Because your just a hack, that's why! Real reporters find out what 24BrainCells thinks before writing anything!


lisaww
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

Yay, real fiscal responsibility there…lower taxes while escalating troops in both wars? Yeah, that's true fiscal responsibility and small govt. Oh, and a great way to reduce the debt. What idiots.


shecky
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

The Gipper himself couldn't pass the test. Why are these clowns drawing a line in the sand against their own allies?


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KenHoughton
Comment posted November 24, 2009 @ 11:15 am

Which three of these did Dede Scozzafava (NY-23) fail?

If this is going to solve the “RNC monies problem”–or at least the conclusion that giving RNC monies to People Who Can Do Math is A Bad Idea–you would think it would at least address the problem it pretends to solve.


Steve_X
Comment posted November 24, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

Because the modern-day GOP is just that stupid.


tom11273
Comment posted November 24, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

Seriously, can the Republican Party be anymore full of it?

I guess their new strategy is to conveniently have everyone forget what they did in practice and still market the ideals that they suckered people with into granting them power the last go around.

They are like a cheating husband who had his way with any woman he that could charm the panties off of when he was married and now that he got kicked out of the house, he swears he won’t do it again. Sorry, but past performance is the most accurate predictor of future behavior. They financially raped, pillaged and screwed over 90% of the workers in this country. Now they are trying to sell themselves as friends to those very same people.

They did not cut a dime in taxes. Every “tax cut” they enacted was paid for by tacking it on to the deficit which will have to be paid back with, you guessed it, more taxes.

They are not “for” small government if you measure the size of government by spending. Bush 2.0 signed the first 2 trillion dollar budget and he signed the first 3 trillion dollar budget.

Ronald Reagan started the whole, ‘pay for government by deficit spending’ course that we are on now. The only President in the last 29 years to have a balanced budget was a Democrat. It’s sadly Ironic that the first 10 trillion in debt was perfectly OK in the eyes of the Republican party, yet Obama’s 2 trillion on top of that, money spent to pay for the economic shambles that the Republicans left in their wake I might add, is now considered an economic crisis in the eyes of the Republicans.

(Here is another FYI: That whole, “tax cuts and deficit spending will pay for its self in the form of more revenues later on” thing was a pack of lies. The average American worker got suckered into that corporate transfer of wealth, BIG TIME!)

If they had any desire for market based health care reform, they would have done it sometime between 2001 and 2007. Their Medicare overhaul was proof positive that the only people they care about are the ones at the top of big business, not the average worker.

They did nothing about energy reform. Seriously, what is different from what we had in 2001 and what we have right now? Pretty much nothing except higher energy prices. Republicans have never submitted a coherent energy policy for today and have utterly no plan for our future energy needs. If you look at what they did objectively, it seems their only plan was to ensure that more American money was put into the hands of OPEC nations. If that was indeed the case, their strategy was a roaring success.

They don’t support workers rights at all which was made very clear when they revised the Fair Labor Standards Act. They made sure that fewer American workers could unionize and they made sure that fewer Americans are even eligible for overtime. (A Registered Nurse is now considered exempt which means that it is illegal for them to form new unions and they are not legally required to be paid overtime.) That section alone did not benefit workers, it benefited business. Our Republican friends working for us, the average worker!!!

It’s funny how they talk about illegal immigrant amnesty. The Republican “God”, Ronald Reagan in 1986, signed into law the Simpson-Mazzoli act which, you guessed it, granted amnesty to illegal immigrants. What was the Republican solution to illegal immigration when they had control? They wanted to build a wall. And that is not close to being even half way done. But I’m not worried, that 1000+ mile fence at a cost of 2 million+/mile I am sure will work just fine.

They have no idea how to win the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If they did, both wars would have lasted less time than WWII. Now that they are on the outside looking in, all of a sudden they now know what to do? Ha! Here is a thought, neither war is in any way winnable. Let’s just get the hell out of both places.

The containment of Iran and North Korea worked wonders over the past administration. Those sanctions and tough talking did great! They went from being threats to submitting to international pressure and being closer to joining a peaceful world society. Oh wait…

Thank God gays won’t be able to get married. As a strait, heterosexual male, I can honestly say that me not being able to marry another man is my deepest concern. That is, it would be if I wanted to be pandered too with irrational fear mongering scare tactics. I am so glad that is among your top 10 priorities. Go Republicans!!!

So now they support the lives of vulnerable people in the form of opposing health care rationing and public funding for abortions. Where was that altruistic support when the lives of vulnerable people were being ripped a financial new one by our Wall Street overlords? Oh right, it was their fault. It was the poor decisions by the average worker that ensured that they would work more for less, all in the name of productivity. It was the poor decisions by the average worker that saw their retirement savings decline when they put that money into Wall Street in the form of pensions and 401k’s. Those ignorant and irresponsible American workers.

Here is a news flash. No one is going to take your guns. But keep up with the scare tactics. I hear the NRA is planning a new membership drive.

The only thing the Republican Party cares about is power. They lost it and now they crave it back. It seems the only thing they can think of to gain it back is to recycle their already proven pack of lies. To the detriment of everyone, I hope at some point during the long future of viewing an effective one party rule from the sidelines, they can figure it out.

Idiots.

The thing is, the Republicans had a glorious chance. If they had done what they say they stand for, they would still be in power today and the end of that rein would be a long time off. They would have had no reason to pander to special interests and the Christian right because the majority of American workers would have been fine with their fiscal practices and supported them.

For that matter, I would still be a Republican.


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gilburns
Comment posted November 30, 2009 @ 9:28 am

I think any type of purity test for Republican leaders should be based on each individual’s moral behavior. As far as strict adherence to the 10 tenents proposed I think that such a litmus test is close minded and does not allow room to discuss and debate ideas leading to greater efficacy of policies. If there were to be a test it should include the major issues that this country needs to address IMMEDIATELY!

A Balanced Budget: this is the single most important issue facing our nation. It is the one of causes of the devalued dollar and the primary reason investors are looking elsewhere to invest.

The outsourcing of American jobs overseas is going to create a greater separation of our two classes – rich and poor. We need to stop corporations from moving operations overseas to avoid paying US taxes. America needs jobs now. I will not even attempt to describe customer service issues I have personally encountered dealing with (major corporation name withheld) Customer (NON) Service personnel in a country where English is barely understandable and on one can resolve my problem.

How about tort reform. We can never control health care costs without tort reform and tort limits in place. If you cannot predict the cost you cannot control it.

How about a tax code that the people, the IRS and the tax courts can clearly and simply understand. We say everyone should pay their fair share. Establish a system that ensures all people do pay their fair share. A flat percentage system based upon income group and family size. We could then reduce the size of the IRS payroll by a huge margin.

How about re-evaluating and reducing or eliminating foreign aid given to countries that hate us. Why don't we give foreign aid to the USA first!

How about establishing zero base budgeting for all federal agencies. Evaluate the accomplishments of programs and eliminate those that do not reach their target goal.

How about requiring target goals for all government programs so that program results can be quantitatively measured. We have programs that seem to go in forever. As an example, we still give free health care to the millionaire Indian casino owners! Tribes that are economically on their feet should lose free health care.

The GOP should establish goals that are based upon the principles and results we hope to achieve, without reference to “Obama's bill” and learn to work collaboratively, without fear of reprisal from the party.

We need to put some balance into our environmental initiatives. In California, thousands of farmers have lost their ability to farm their land so we can save some inconsequential snail or creature. Is this what we want?

The GOP is in great danger. We lack effective leadership. We lack fair news reporting. And, every time things start to look a little brighter of us along comes some egotistical nose picker like Gingrich to throw all manner or monkey wrenches into the works and halt the progress the party began to make.

Never forget that George W Bush may have acted correctly on many fronts, BUT, the manner in which he did it alienated nearly everyone. Collaboration is one of the keys to the GOP future. Remember, there is not a large difference between moderate Republicans and Democrats.


Name
Comment posted December 2, 2009 @ 9:50 am

Run for office using this as your platform, “ALL but the last paragraph”. I am an Independent leaning to the left and I would consider voting for someone who thinks like you. In my opinion, it is all about coming together as a nation of AMERICANS! Conservatives do not get that. They want to divide this country with every opportunity they get.

The purity test sounds like something that the Nazis would do and should be disposed of ASAP. Good luck future representative gilburns.


gilburns
Comment posted December 2, 2009 @ 10:39 am

The extreme right of the Republican party and the extreme left of the democratic party do not represent the VAST MAJORITY of Americans. They represent the fringe and usually have their special interests wraped around thier positions. The majority – about 70% of both democrats and republicans – are very similar in what they want from their government. Both parties try to polarize us throught the positions they take. Take abortion. Some people support it, some people don't. BUT it is not a central platform for a party or a candidate. I think we citizens need to find brave leaders from both parties who are willing to organize a third party that is relevant to the American people. It is our government but they have taken it over. We need to take it back.


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