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New resolution: GOP must be pro-DOMA, anti-choice
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New resolution: GOP must be pro-DOMA, anti-choice

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A resolution introduced at the Republican National Committee lays out a 10-point test of party purity, including support for DOMA and opposition to government funding for abortion.

The resolution will be considered at the RNC's January meeting in Honolulu.

One of the resolution's 10 authors will be familiar to Washingtonians. James Bopp Jr., an RNC vice chair, was the attorney representing Protect Marriage Washington and Family PAC in two court cases related to Referendum 71 this fall.

Among Bopp's other clients are Focus on the Family and National Right to Life.

Bopp was also the author of a previous RNC resolution which would have required Republicans to refer to the Democratic Party as the "Democratic Socialist Party." That resolution was not adopted.

Bopp's latest resolution would require Republicans to "espouse conservative principles and public policies" and display "Republican solidarity in opposition to Obama's socialist agenda." The resolution lists ten core principles it requires Republicans to affirm:

(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 health care;

(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 and 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.

Any Republican candidate who broke with the party on three or more of these issues - "as identified by the voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate" - would be penalized by being denied party funds or party endorsement.

"Having the RNC financially support liberal Republicans who are future party splitters is just very damaging to our ability to reclaim our conservative bona fides," Bopp told Hotline, a feature of the National Journal.

Other Republicans worried that Bopp's resolution would further alienate independent voters who flocked to Democratic candidates in the 2008 election.

Charles T. Moran, spokeperson for Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT Republican organization, said the resolution "would do nothing but drive people away from our party who are not deemed 'pure' enough to be an endorsed candidate..."

MSNBC commentator Keith Olberman quickly pointed out that even conservative icon Ronald Reagan would have scored perhaps 5 out of 10 points on this ideological purity test.

RNC Chair Michael Steele would not say whether he supported the resolution, but he told The Hill magazine that he is consulting with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other party leaders on messaging for the 2010 elections.

"I think we'll have some very interesting things to say next year about that," Steele said.

RNC spokesperson Gail Gitcho suggested that Bopp's resolution may not come to the January RNC meeting, at least not in its present form.

"The deadline for submitting resolutions for the RNC Winter Meeting is more than 30 days away," she said. "At this point, we do not know what resolutions will be submitted nor what the final language of any resolution ultimately submitted may be."

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