The most rigidly conservatives members of the Republican National Committee are circulating a proposal to establish a purity test for the party’s candidates.
If adopted, the party would withhold money from any contender who disagreed with conservative principles on more than two of 10 essential issues identified by the right-wingers.
“The problem is that conservatives have lost trust in the Republican Party that we will govern as conservatives,” argues James Bopp Jr., an RNC member from Indiana who has spearheaded the purity-test push. “I think that loss of trust is warranted to a certain extent because of the fact that we in the final several years of the Bush administration were supporting increased government, earmarks and, ultimately, bailouts.”
Earlier this year, Bopp and his compatriots pressured RNC chair Michael Steele to declare President Obama to be a “socialist.” The conservative crusaders were rebuffed then, but if they win approval for their purity test at the committee’s winter meeting in January, the party will officially express: “Republican solidarity in opposition to Obama’s socialist agenda is necessary to preserve the security of our country, our economic and political freedoms, and our way of life.”
With Orwellian irony, Bopp and his buddies have labeled their proposal: “Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates.”The relevant portion of the resolution reads:
WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee shares President Ronald Reagan’s belief that the Republican Party should espouse conservative principles and public policies and welcome persons of diverse views; and
WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee desires to implement President Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates; and
WHEREAS, in addition to supporting candidates, the Republican National Committee provides financial support for Republican state and local parties for party building and federal election activities, which benefits all candidates and is not affected by this resolution; and
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: