The Republican National Committee is headed to Hawaii this week for its winter meeting. One of the top issues on the agenda, being put forward in a series of resolutions on Friday by Indiana committee member James Bopp Jr., is whether the party's candidates will be conservative enough -- and what steps the party can take to enforce it.
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Bopp is offering two key resolutions. The first is a test that requires GOP candidates toÂ show that they hold conservative positions on eight out of ten key conservative positions, such as opposing President Obama on health care and the stimulus, in order to receive RNC funding. This has been commonly referred to in the media as the "purity" test. The other, which Bopp calls the "accountability" resolution, would empower the chairman to cut off party funding for a candidate if the chair judged them to be insufficiently conservative. In an interview with TPMDC, Bopp explained that the resolutions serve an important need of maintaining the party's credibility.
"Well, we would just like to pass some forceful provision that requires accountability and puts our money where our mouth is, not just talk," said Bopp. "We're great at talking a game, but people don't trust us to follow through, and that's what we're trying to fix. So if we put our money where our mouth is, I think people will believe us."