Just yesterday we told you of how Terre Haute arch-conservative and anti-choice attorney Jim Bopp was leading the way to dismantle state laws like the one in place in Indiana against automated political calls just in time to go on a shadowy teabagging attack against Indiana’s five Democratic Congressmen.
Well Bopp’s been busy. Apparently his party just isn’t far right enough and now he wants to codify things with a Goebbels-esque purity test to make sure that only the most staunchly conservative Republicans receive any party support. msnbc.com reports:
This comes on the heels of a rift in the party that was exposed in the once-obscure special election in Upstate New York’s 23rd Congressional District, in which national conservative leaders, including Sarah Palin, clashed with national establishment Republicans. The so-called GOP civil war threatens to derail moderate Republican candidacies in heated 2010 Republican primaries already underway. Florida’s Senate race is perhaps the best and most prominent example.
The “Resolution on Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates” outlines 10 conservative principles the group of signees wants potential candidates to abide by. The principles include support for:
(1) Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill
(2) Market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
(3) Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) Workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check
(5) Legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) Containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat
(8) Retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) Protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) The right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership
“President Ronald Reagan believed, as a result, that someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent,” the resolution states.
But if a candidate disagrees with three of the above, then the group wants the RNC to withhold financial assistance and an endorsement from that candidate.
It’s not yet clear that the resolution will actually be formally introduced.
RNC Committeeman Jim Bopp, Jr., is the author of this resolution and general counsel to the National Right to Life.
Bopp actually thinks this will help build a stronger Republican party. Bopp is gifted at wrapping his ideas up in a cool brand to sell it. He rebranded robo-calls as “Artificial Intelligence Calls” to the U. S. Senate. To sell this to his party he puts Reagan’s face on it.
“The goal of the resolution is to take a position … towards reclaiming the Republican Party’s conservative bona fides,” Bopp said, adding that there are some Republicans who favor the bailouts, spending, etc.
Another goal is to “demonstrate that we are open to diverse views,” he said, “but you have to agree with us most of the time.”
When asked if Ronald Reagan — who raised taxes and increased the deficit during his presidency — would be considered a conservative nowadays, Bopp responded, “I don’t know any conservative who doesn’t think that Reagan’s presidency was a conservative presidency.
When Democrats gain in strength, guys like Bopp see it as a reason to take over the party because obviously the country wants their brand of leadership. He wrote this resolution in order to defund moderates to avoid primary fights, which he obviously sees as the only reason they will lose elections. It couldn’t be because their party is perceived as too far right and too incompetent. Nah.
We at ALO hope this resolution is a resounding success.