There is a proposed Republican National Committee resolution (PDF) on Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of Candidates going around. Of course, someone was quick to tag this as a purity test.
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
So presumably those with diverse views are welcome as long as their diversity isn't too diverse. After all the "whereas" stuff, we have ten key issues listed for which Republican candidates must support at least eight in order to win support from the Republican party.
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.
Several issues specifically state how they must be supported.
We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;
We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
It's like Josh said in my last post. It hurts when you have to think so hard.
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