January 27th, 2010
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Two 'purity' resolutions submitted at RNC meeting

Two 'purity' resolutions submitted at RNC meeting.
Two 'purity' resolutions submitted at RNC meeting.

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - Conservative members of the Republican National Committee have submitted two different proposals at their Winter Meeting this week that would prevent party money from being given to GOP candidates who are deemed too moderate.

One of the measures – the so-called "purity resolution" that was first circulated in November and drew criticism from Republicans who want to broaden the party's appeal – would deny RNC support to candidates who fail to adhere to at least eight of 10 conservative principles.

A second, less-stringent proposal has also been submitted for consideration at the meeting, which began Wednesday at a beachfront resort in Honolulu.

The "accountability resolution," as its called, would allow RNC Chairman Michael Steele to "take into account the conservative bon fides of a candidate" before deciding whether to offer party support, said Jim Bopp, Jr., the Indiana committeeman and chief sponsor of both resolutions. Unlike the "purity" resolution, it does not include a strict ten-plank platform for candidates to abide by.

The newer measure would also require any Republican who switches parties or endorses a Democrat to return any money provided to them by the RNC.


The accountability resolution - without the stricter language and the demand on Steele to relinquish some measure of authority over party money - could be more palatable to the nearly 168 RNC members who will vote Friday on the language.

"The chairman thinks that he has to support all Republicans regardless of their views, and so we want to change that one way or another," Bopp told CNN. "We just want to come up with as many options as possible to accomplish our goal."

Bopp, one of 10 co-signers to each of the resolutions, said he is confident that one or both of the proposals will pass during Friday's general session.

"I think the situation is really fluid and a lot of people are taking about the need for accountability, and I am open to whatever will get the job done," Bopp said.

After a day of strategy meetings, RNC members will gather Wednesday to watch President Obama's first State of the Union address.

UPDATE: The purity resolution was dealt a serious blow on Wednesday when state party chairs voted to oppose the measure.


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Jimbo

    This is starting to sound a little like Hitler's view of "purity..."

    January 27, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Good. Keep purging the moderates. See how many elections you win. What a bunch of rocket surgeons. If Americans are as stupid as I think they are and you do get elected, the tea partiers will realize that y'all don't have any solutions either besides maintaining corporate profit at all cost, and they'll turn on you as well. Have a nice day!

    January 27, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Average American

    Ok, Ok, they really are crafting a "purity" test while on the beach in Hawaii...ha, ha, ha, ha

    January 27, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Bev

    what can i say? just chuckle....what nonsense.....who died and left them the "morality police"? such a waste with so much more important things going on right now.....

    January 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Average American

    Being a nude centerfold is OK, but one must not think for oneself.

    January 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. J. Rochester, NY

    Purity?? Do these people think they are in Nazi Germany??

    These people are scary

    January 27, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Common Sense

    Great idea – this way I know that if a pol identifies himself as a Republicain then I definately won't agree with his views. No more considering if maybe he has some good ideas that are anywhere near center. Maybe they should change their name to the BIble party too, just to get rid of any disillusions.

    January 27, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. coherent1

    Goofy GOoPers.

    January 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Jim

    this "purity" resolution seems pretty counter-productive to me. i'm reminded of other countries and cultures who have gone through "purity" programs.

    the few that immediately spring to mind ...

    nazi germany
    the "ethnic cleansing" in bosnia and yugoslavia
    the KKK

    I don't see how this can be a good thing.

    January 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Tram

    How much longer until they change the symbol of the RNC from the elephant to a swastika?

    January 27, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Mesa Mick

    Nothing like repressing free speech to get money is there.

    Nice job GOP – Keep working on "enforcing" the principles guaranteed in our Constitution to win political office.

    Besides, Americans won't notice, they will be to busy watching the Tebow "anti-choice" ad that Dobson's FoF family values freaks will be running during the CBS Super Bowl. Now that's gonna be a real football buzz-kill that's fer sure.

    What next CBS – Accepting ads from the Holocost deniers during the airing of "Schindlers List"?

    January 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Mississippi Mrs.

    I would love to be watching the Presidents speech with these great Republican leaders. Many Americans are sharing a kindred spirit with the fiscally conservative Republicans.

    Bi-Partisanship is the one thing that America needs more than anything. They key to working together is to NEED each other (and not
    be able to be bought off or paid off by either party).

    The people we all most admire are the ones who vote their constituency. We know them by name, now.

    America's civic lesson is free to everone daily on Fox News!

    Educate yourself America, keep an open mind and listen and learn.

    January 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. BB

    The Republicans would be hard pressed to cripple their coalition as efficiently as the Democrats have done to themselves, but this would certainly put the GOP in the running.

    Something like this has the potential to split the Right straight down the middle.

    January 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Hasn't the GOP learned anything either? These measures trying to force the people's representatives, to do political party bidding, will cause the GOP to lose the elections.

    The people are fed up with this stupidity, from BOTH political parties.

    January 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Peggy - Tx

    "The resolution would also require any Republican who switches parties or endorses a Democrat to return any money provided to them by the RNC."

    I think that a persons party affilation must remain a personal choice, always, under all circumstances, and never a contractual obligation. This flies in the face of Americal values.

    Would the lastest white hope that won the Kenadies seat, adhere to the new "accountability resolution"? Probubly not!!! Clear sign that the Repubs party is fragmenting.

    January 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Peggy - Tx

    "The resolution would also require any Republican who switches parties or endorses a Democrat to return any money provided to them by the RNC."

    I think that a persons party affilation must remain a personal choice, always, under all circumstances, and never a contractual obligation. This flies in the face of Americal values.

    Would the lastest white hope that won the former Kennedy seat, adhere to the new "accountability resolution"? Probubly not!!! Clear sign that the Repubs party is fragmenting.

    January 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    And as the sun sets slowly over the Pacific, we witness the sunset of the Republican party! What's next – demanding a return of any campaign funds for any Republican who votes for a measure sponsored by the Democrats? OOH, I shouldn't have written that. The guy tasked by the RNC to read these comments may recommend it to Bopp as an action item. Maybe they should change their party logo from the elephant to the dodo as they approach extinction!
    From what I read elsewhere, Saint Ronald Reagan would fail Bopp's purity test, too! Barry Goldwater would probably only get a 1 out of 10! Ike would get a 0! Oh, for the days of Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javitz, Lowell Weicker and Abe Ribicoff!

    January 27, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Scott, Tucson

    Well the conservative members of the Republican party can be ousted from power by the people as easily as the people ousting members of the far left Democrats. How about simply looking out for the interest of the American people for a change and forget party politics.

    January 27, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    They treat each other this way and then call liberals "fascists" and "elitists." Go figure. Keep burning those "heretics" guys, you'll have nobody left. Party before country, purity before sanity.

    January 27, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. From a Chicago Independent 26 year old white male

    So what your saying Michael Steele, is that your going to threaten your own party and limit freedom of speech just so you can have a bunch of "yes men" in your party. wow!!!

    January 27, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Lisa P

    But what about the resolution to not allow girls in the tree house? It seems to me that that one would be just as relevant to reducin... I mean building the Republican Party's base ;-)

    January 27, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Diana

    That should help in their defeat.

    Why are they having their conference in a "foreign" country? Didn't the birthers, (some who could pass the "purity" test and are Republicans) use the arguement that Hawaii isn't a part of the country and that's why Obama isn't a citizen?

    January 27, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Wisconsonite

    Wow. Speaking as a life long Democrat I think this is wonderful. Please GOP, weaken your already pathetically weak party even more. Speaking as an American, however, I think this is very sad and really bad for our country.

    January 27, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    I'd like to see them apply these 10 rules instead of just using them as a means of waving their wangs in the air: they're as guilty of pushing pork as anyone else in Congress. They going to start nailing any candidate who asks for even 1 pork project? Again, they'll have nobody left. The only way this works for them is to apply it arbitrarily based on who they "like" and "don't like" and who is a viable, likely-to-win candidate and who isn't. in other words, it might as well not even exist because it changes nothing.

    January 27, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Boytjie

    Well, I guess their newest "star" Scott Brown would fail the test.

    January 27, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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