“An internal discussion over whether the Republican National Committee should cease funding candidates who do not support core party principles has gone public, frustrating RNC members and reopening old wounds within a party still recuperating from a bitterly divisive recent special election.”
“The resolution, sponsored by Indiana national committeeman Jim Bopp, outlines 10 “key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle” that he and some of the more orthodox conservative members of the committee believe candidates should adhere to in order to receive the RNC’s support.”
“Among the positions: support for gun rights, support for the Defense of Marriage Act and opposition to President Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package. Other key issues include support for smaller deficits and market-based solutions to health care and energy.”
Dog Catcher’s thoughts: The 10 proposed litmus tests are a mixed bag sure to please absolutely no one. For libertarians and states rights conservatives, a number of items are statist and end up transferring power to the federal government rather than minimizing government involvement in our lives. The message for liberals and moderates is to just go away … go away please! You are not wanted. That is a the wrong message for the GOP to be sending. When even conservatives will feud among themselves over this then the GOP should proceed with CAUTION!
For my specific take on the 10 individual litmus tests see http://bill4dogcatcher.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/republicana-maybe-a-2010-litmus-test-is-the-right-idea/