This is slightly older news, but there is a group of conservatives who serve on the Republican National Committee who indentified ten key policy positions they would like to see 2010 candidates who receive money from the RNC hold (they have to agree with at least seven), they are:

(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, 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 positions 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.

I think something like this, if adopted, would avoid the boondoggle that the RNC found itself in with the New York 23rd Congressional district race.  Iowa’s National Committeeman, Steve Scheffler, is a sponsor and Iowa’s National Committeewoman, Kim Lehman also supports it.

Kim Lehman explained to Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson that this gives a tool to Chairman Michael Steele as well:

(RNC) Chairman Steele is faced with supporting candidates that call themselves Republicans, but don’t have the values of the Republicans so it’s caused some branding issues for the Republican Party and it’s also problematic for other Republicans as we try to rebuild this party to act upon its mission statement, which is in the platform…

…We’re a conservative party.  We represent conservative issues and we stand and vote conservative, and then there’s these rogue people that call themselves Republicans… And I think the objective of the resolution is to clarify, for the sake of the chairman, that we don’t feel obligated to put our financial support behind you.

It makes sense that if you want Republican endorsements and Republican money that you are… well, Republican.  We’ll see if common sense wins the day.

9 comments
  1. So you all bash the Ronald Reagan 80/20 rule and not we’ve switched to the 70/30 rule. The hole wingnut far right make me laugh. Keep it up wingnuts. Less and less of America are taking you seriously. Why don’t you just vote for the best candidate instead of litmus tests. The more you tighten your grip, the more voters will slip through your fingers. That’s a Star Wars line. God forbid I use any Harry Potter quotes on this site. You would probably call me a wizard/witch or something 😉

    1. @Bruce Wayne, Why should the RNC support somebody who doesn’t support most of the RNC platform?

      And voting for the best candidate to represent the party is what the primary process is for. Which if they had that in NY 23, Scozzafava likely wouldn’t have been nominated.

  2. What is conservative about:

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

    (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;

    (10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership; and be further
    .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Is Your Senator a Millionaire? =-.

    1. @Kansas Bob, To respond:

      4. So you think workers should be intimidated by unions? Secret ballot is democratic, card check isn’t.

      6. Other than wanting to successfully complete our mission there, and safeguard our national security. National security is a conservative position, and fact is taking the fight to the terrorists has kept it from being here.

      7. Again, strong national security position

      10. 2nd Amendment has always been a hallmark of conservatism, in that it is constitutional.

      1. @Shane Vander Hart – it could be argued that conservatism:

        4) is neither pro-union or pro-management;

        6) is not hawkish on war;

        7) favors diplomacy over sabre rattling;

        10) should not be used by the NRA to promote irresponsible AK-47 ownership.

        I think that these GOP wonks have embraced GWB “conservatism” which eventually cost the GOP majority in the congress because it was not conservative.. tax cut and spend is no more conservative than tax increase and spend.. it could be argued that raising taxes to support spending is actually more conservative than what GOPers did during the Bush years.

        And as a Christian I wonder why violence is advocated so much in our culture.. why did so many Christians leaders defend the Iraq invasion and why do they support gun ownership like it is a Christian value.. these things should not be on a list with abortion.. which I noticed did not say anything about overturning Roe.. simply not using govt funds to support abortion.

        Don’t mean to be so negative.. of course I haven’t had my first cup yet :).. but I think that combining advocating violence against other nations and condemning violence against the unborn is a mixed message. I think the GOP and Christian leaders need to rethink what it means to be prolife.

        All that said.. hope your day is a good one Shane.
        .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Compassion Fatigue =-.

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