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Republican committee members call for unity around conservative principles


Attorney James Bopp, pictured in 2006. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Updated 5:57 p.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Conservative Indiana Republican James Bopp Jr. on Monday began circulating a draft resolution calling on the Republican National Committee to end funding and endorsements for any candidate who deviates from three or more of its ten planks.

Bop, an attorney, is vice chairman of the RNC; ten other committee members signed onto his call to arms.

"I think we have a very urgent task as Republicans and that is to reclaim our conservative bona fides and supporting liberal Republican party-splitters is very damaging to that task," Bopp said, referring to the saga in the New York 23rd congressional district earlier this month, where the Republican withdrew and endorsed the Democrat in what had been a three-way race also pitting her against a member of the Conservative Party. "So the resolution puts our money where out mouth is and provides standards for financial supporting Republican candidates."

Bopp said he has not talked to party chairman Michael Steele about the resolution, which Bopp said could come up for a vote at the RNC's winter meeting in January in Hawaii. He also said he hadn't checked to see if any candidates currently seeking RNC funds violate more than two of the document's principles.

"All we're requiring is that somebody agree with us most of the time," Bopp said, calling RNC support for former Republican Sens. Chafee (R.I.) and Specter (Pa.) and "the Republican in New York 23" (Dede Scozzafava) "very damaging to the party" because they "ended up either leaving the party or supporting the Democrat."

A spokesperson for the RNC said it was not yet clear that the resolution would be voted on in Hawaii. "The deadline for submitting Resolutions for the RNC Winter Meeting is more than 30 days away. At this point, we do not know what resolutions will be submitted nor what the final language of any resolution ultimately submitted may be," said the RNC's Gail Gitcho.

The "Proposed RNC Resolution on Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of Candidates" follows:

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed that the Republican Party should support and espouse conservative principles and public policies; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan also believed the Republican Party should welcome those with diverse views; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed, as a result, that someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent; and

WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies and 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; and

WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies is necessary to restore the trust of the American people in the Republican Party and to lead to Republican electoral victories; and

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:

(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; and be further

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, as they become known, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.

Chief Sponsor:
James Bopp, Jr. NCM IN

Sponsors:
Avie Axdahl NCW MN
Donna Cain NCW OR
Cindy Costa NCW SC
Demetra Demonte NCW IL
Peggy Lambert NCW TN
Carolyn McLarty NCW OK
Pete Rickets NCM NE
Steve Scheffler NCM IA
Helen Van Etten NCW KA
Solomon Yue NCM OR

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Comments

I can go along with 8 out of the 10. I guess that makes me a Republican. Who knew?

Posted by: terpin | November 25, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could be a republican. I used to be one.
I've been a card carrying libertarian since 1998. I'm sick of the fanatics on both sides corrupting things for the moderates.
If all the moderates would finally figure out that they are really libertarians, the third party would be bigger than the other 2 together.
Unfortunately, the voters go out and vote for sound bites and attack ads. It's really pathetic.
If people REALLY wanted change, they would found that obama really is more of the same politicing, but McCain was completely different.
McCain wasn't going to be 4 more years of Bush. They didn't agree on many things. McCain didn't agree with his own party on many things. He doesn't waste money with pork spending. You were had, and now we're in real trouble.
Republicans are a joke anymore. Liberals just tell you what you want to hear to get more power.
And the rest of us are just in trouble.

Posted by: ourbob1 | November 25, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party has never overcome the shame of the Nixon years. Rather than work for consensus, and for the people, the Republicans have wanted nothing other than to get the Democrats.

Posted by: weaver0322 | November 24, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

utter hypocrisy - where were they when "conservative" warmonger W was bankrupting America and promoting Empire and installing a Surveillance State on us all???
they were cheering and calling for MORE of the same..
NOW....they use the "s" word to describe Obama and his agenda..they are correct but HAVE NO moral high ground TO ACCUSE.
THEIR socialism was okay...so long as it was(is) Republican.

Bipartisan march to servitude...

great...and thanks

Posted by: ChrisBieber | November 24, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief! With this much vitriol from the left, the 10 points must have hit a really big nerve. I love it when radical left wingers comment presenting themselves as "I used to be a Republican but blah, blah, blah." The way I read the 10 points? It's a good point of departure as to what the Republican platform should contain in 2012.

Posted by: IQ168 | November 24, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Did any of you fools ever look up the definition of conservative. One who wants no changes. Sure they want no change because they live off of the poor and middle class while hiding behind what they want you to believe is christian principles. You are being used badly. Name one thing the republican party has ever done for the poor or middle class??? Who gave us Social security, veterans affairs, medicare, raises in munimum wage ect.The republicans vote against these and any other thing to benefit anyone other than the elite. Wake up voters they are blocking anything other than TAX CUTS FOR THE ELITE>

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 24, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Taking the "agree with Reagan 80% of the time" meme to heart, the list includes support for a smaller national debt.
Reagan, of course, ballooned the national debt.
It had risen slowly in dollar amount, but fallen in % of GDP during the 30 years before Reagan was elected. Reagan more than doubled it as a % of GDP -- and, naturally, increased it more in $ amount.
It hasn't fallen as a % of GDP under a Republican president since.

Posted by: F_L_Palmer | November 24, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

This idea should gain much support, as it never hurts to aim high, in expectations. This is not to say everyone will automatically become Saints, or any where near close, but it is a promise that seeks sanity and good works. A positive promotion of Hope for the young the old, giving a reason for hope and growth of the human spirit. It's Like bringing America back into focus and Life!

Posted by: boski66 | November 24, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Here is a prime example of the campaign lying that pervades republican politics. All throughout the campaign republican candidates promised to be bi partisan and work with their Democratic rivals for the good of the country. A complete and absolute lie! They have done nothing but block, obstruct, delay, and outright lie about current proposals in congress. They are resorting to dirty politics at every level to stop what is not in THEIR interest as they disregard the interest of the American people they were elected to serve. They have no solutions of their own so they just try to stop bills that aid the working man and woman struggling to raise their families. They have been proven time and time again to have less moral fiber than those they rail against! (Larry Craig, Mark Sanford as examples).
They would rather see the Country fail than work in a bi partisan manner to solve the problems we face together as Americans!What ever happened to Americans for America? Now it's just Democrats for America and Republicans for themselves and their big business profits. Shame on you!

Posted by: jrhorer8 | November 24, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Pathway to Restore GOP Relevancy: Embrace Libertarian Values, Fight for Personal Liberty and Against Government Enslavement, Ergo...


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SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES U.S. CITIZENS WITH MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION WEAPONS AND LOCAL VIGILANTISM, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

== DID THIS ROGUE PROGRAM TARGET, INCITE FORT HOOD SHOOTER? ==

* Thousands of Americans, deemed to be "dissidents" or undesirables, targeted by Bush legacy program for debilitating microwave/laser assault, held hostage in their own homes to fed-supported vigilante "community policing" stalking units, equipped with warrantless GPS devices, who vandalize and terrorize as local police look the other way.

* "Directed energy weapons," portable units and a nationwide installation employing cell towers and satellites, induce weakness, exhaustion, mood changes, head and body aches, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

* Pleas for justice, to local police and FBI, go unanswered -- as do demands for a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation and congressional hearings.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

JOURNO TO FBI: TAKE CONTROL OF DHS-RUN FUSION CENTERS
TO STOP SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez
OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 24, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Interesting...I didn't realize the Defense of Marriage Act was around during the time of Reagan. Hmm...you learn something new everyday. Perhaps the part that states, "the Republican Party should welcome those with diverse views" should state, "the Republican Party should welcome those with the SAME views."

Posted by: vifi7 | November 24, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

What a perfectly devised plan to destroy the Republican Party...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 24, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: venerability | November 24, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

The fact that this list is referred to as a 'PURITY LIST' is all you need to know about the current republican mindset. Purity List? George Carlin would of had a blast with that one.

Posted by: lingo009 | November 23, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the fossil record doesn't indicate whether the dinosaurs went thru this convoluted bs when the end came as the republicans are now.

Posted by: reader011 | November 23, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Once upon a time I thought of myself as a moderate Republican. It's clear that there is no longer any place for people like me in the Republican party.

Posted by: ktriarch | November 23, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

As George Constanza said, "I am speechless. Without speech."

Posted by: Losercuda | November 23, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

According to another story in the Post today:
"Gov. Mark Sanford is accused of breaking 37 ethics laws regarding campaign finances and travel, including using taxpayer money for high-priced airplane tickets that took him around the world and to Argentina for a rendezvous with the woman he once called his 'soul mate'."

But I'll bet Sanford passes the republican purity tests with 10/10 and maybe then some. Too bad the purity test makes no mention of honesty or ethics or integrity.

And the following makes no sense:
---(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership;
When you consider that the previous amendment to the Constitution, free speech, has all sorts of restrictions due to safety, like yelling fire in a theater, why are guns not to be restricted to maintain safety? If the government can restrict my speech to protect your safety then the government can restrict your use of guns to protect me.

Wouldn't it pure political poetry if a bunch of gun-toting teabaggers were in a theater and a liberal yelled "Fire!" ? Some would panic and get trampled, others would take it as an order and begin firing. Either way the right of unrestricted free speech would overcome the unrestricted freedom to bear arms.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 23, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The RNC should by French Poodles, they will obey all the time. They really do not need humans, they are so inconvenient.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 23, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

What is a "Republican Purist"? A Libertarian whom wants no government? A evangilical whom wants a Christian Nation? Or a Bush-Cheney liar?

Posted by: lynnlm | November 23, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This thing is being circulated by Bopp? I bet Bopp doesn't kowtow to Limpbaugh, unlike Mike Steele.

Steele, this shows that you are nothing but a token in the RNC ranks. I see the conversation with you and Bopp, with the other RNC poohbahs. To borrow the line from Julius Caesar, "Et tu, Bopp?" as your RNC career dies within your eyes.

Posted by: meldupree | November 23, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

That's the ticket to the youth vote.. cite reagan, who the newer generation of voters think was a retarded loon

Posted by: tru-indy | November 23, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

We The People will defeat the republican jihad on America!

Over two terms of the, "republican reign of error", these failed republican war criminals had no problem spending a TRILLION dollars to kill 1,339,771 Iraqis, mostly innocent non-combatant women and children.

Now they're against spending that would save the lives of 45 THOUSAND innocent American infants, toddlers, children, teens, young adults, women, men, and elderly US Citizens!

The republican'ts are now more dangerous to US Citizens than al-Quaeda!

Their war on health care reform is conclusive proof that the republican't party, it's vastly failed leadership, hypocritically moronic media lackeys, demented constituents, and self serving corporatist agenda are not only the sworn enemy of 45 THOUSAND innocent American infants, toddlers, children, teens, young adults, women, men, and elderly US Citizens.

They are the proven enemy of our Nation, our Constitution, and The American People!

If we can afford an illegitimate pre-emptive republican war without end, we can and must afford to save the lives of 45,000 US Citizens who will die without needed health care insurance.

Failure by ANY Legislator to do so, will never be forgiven or forgotten! The avoidable DEATHS of 45 THOUSAND US Citizens will be AVENGED at the polls.

The republican't reign of error has ended and their fraudulent reign of terror will not stand!

The NEXT ELECTION is less than 1 year away!


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq "1,339,771"
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,682
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,523
http://icasualties.org/oef/

Cost of War in Iraq
$701,872,037,633

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$232,039,991,635

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Posted by: MrTruth | November 23, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

They forgot to include the obligatory Sunday worship of Ronald Reagan's official presidential portrait.

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | November 23, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I love the way that a mandatory ultraconservative purity test becomes "Republican committee members call for unity around conservative principles"

Did Bacon (or whomever writes the heads for his blog posts) rip that right out of the RNC press release?

Of course, given the general drift of the Post's political coverage lately, I'm not sure there's a meaningful difference.

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | November 23, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

It's just sad. Once upon a time, the Republican Party was a sensible and
respectable group, with nominees like Eisenhower and Goldwater. Today,
'conservative' has come to mean 'right-wing flat-earth nut case,' with a
laundry list of mandatory antis -- abortion, Darwinian evolution, gay
rights, scientific sex education, recognizing global warming, stem-cell
research, and even contraception. It's high time for the Republican
Party to follow the Whig Party into the dustbin of History.

Posted by: chuck8 | November 23, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Why 8 out 10? Go the full mile with 10 out of 10.

Do Republican only support 8 out 10 of the Ten Commandments.

Go the full way.

Posted by: bsallamack | November 23, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Republican Party is turning into a Jim-Jones-
type cult.

They're essentially calling for no one to disagree with their platform or plans, and they call THAT freedom?

Makes me glad to be a liberal. At least we can still disagree with our leaders and voice our opinions.

I suspect they'll be getting rid of Michael "Your Momma's Calling You" Steele, doesn't fit in their agenda for an all white party.

It's like they're re-forming the KKK.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 23, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

As entertaining as Mikey Steele as, having Bopp take over as RNC Chair would increase the entertainment level tenfold.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 23, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Bopp is as nutty as the Hale-Boppers (remember them?). Probably a lot of overlap between Hale-Boppers, Teabaggers, etc.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 23, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"Bop, an attorney, is vice chairman of the RNC; ten other committee members signed onto his call to arms. [...] Bopp said he has not talked to party chairman Michael Steele about the resolution...
--------------------------

The writing's on the wall Michael! Bop is circulating this thing, 10 have signed on, he's your vice chairman and he told you nothing about it. You have already been effectively shoved aside.

Prepare to be the first to not meet the purity test and be expunged. Guess where that will leave Bop? The long knives are out Michael and this thing is directed squarely at you with Bop taking your job.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 23, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic! This should be the final nail in the Republican Party's coffin. Now if only the Democratic Party would speed up its effort to self-destruct (which is well underway), perhaps this country could produce some strong political parties that actually listen to the public instead of trying to proselytize them with blatantly misleading polls and one-sided arguments.

I'm sick and tired of politicians treating us like idiots, especially when we citizens seem to enjoy cooperating by chanting slogans instead of using our grey matter like allegedly intelligent creatures ought to.

Posted by: jeffq | November 23, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Quick tally...

"President Ronald Reagan" - 4 instances

"Obama" (no "President" nor "Barack") - 3 instances, including "Obama's socialist agenda"

This plays well when channeling Reagan, who "believed the Republican Party should welcome those with diverse views," except the "three or more" disagreement test, right?

Well played, sir.

Posted by: Goombay | November 23, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"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; and be further

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, as they become known, and to each Republican state and territorial party office."

Please! Please! Please!

While you're at it send a copy to every moderate republican voter. Tell THEM that unless they agree with at least seven of these points they should vote for somebody else.

What is really interesting is that, although they cut Scozzafave's thraot in the election they blame her for the loss.

I truly hope these people represent the Republican National Committee. They are the best friends the democrats ever had.

Posted by: ceflynline | November 23, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"All we're requiring is that somebody agree with us most of the time," Bopp said...
-----------------

This is rich. By "us" he means himself or some small group he feels part of. The list of items is very recent, cap&trade for example. No basic long-term principles republicans have not already ignored, like smaller government and smaller debt which Reagan was not interested in except to talk about. Bush and Reagan expanded government immensly and drove us deeper and faster into debt than any democrat has.

But this should not be surprising. The purge and self cleansing has been coming for a while. Al fascist groups go through it once they feel large enough to kick out those not pure enough. The next step will be to define a single leader, one to not only carry the principles but to be the arbitrator of who is not agreeing with the majority of them. An absolute republican purity chairman to determine the direction of the party. The question is how long republicans are going to continue to watch their party morph into an intolerant christian white people's party before they leave in disgust.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 23, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

These guys are so out of touch with reality based politics it's simply astonishing. However, by all means endorse these guidelines. Democrats are loving this because everyone except repubs realize that their base is shrinking every day. I wonder what the excuse will be after 2010? A quick suggestion though. Stop bowing to the alter of Reagan. Good repubs actually existed before him.

Posted by: TUCK117 | November 23, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes
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That theory has been shot down years ago by voters wishes when they want something for nothing.

6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
--
How are you going to pay for that when you are advocating low taxes? It cost money to increase the troop level to sustain the fighting. It smacks lack of understanding of finance.

It is his refernce to Reagan missed the whole point of what he did during his tenure which is to work across the aisle to get something done -that's called democracy... Furthermore Reagan had swallow his ideal to increase taxes several times while keeping his defense spending on steroids (ever heard the $400 toilet seat?).

Posted by: beeker25 | November 23, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a good idea (keeping in mind Reagan's 11th Commandment too).

Posted by: JakeD | November 23, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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