Kathleen Parker: GOP Purity Test Is “Suicide Pact”

Posted by | November 28, 2009 15:49 | Filed under: Top Stories

The ten-point purity test for Republican candidates put forth by Indiana committee member James Bopp, Jr. (right), says Republican Kathleen Parker, is the antithesis of conservatism.


Each of Bopp’s bullets is so overly broad and general that no thoughtful person could endorse it in good conscience. Some are so simplistic as to be meaningless. As just one example: “We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges.” What does that mean? Do we support all troop surges no matter what other considerations might be taken into account? Do we take nothing else into account? Does disagreement mean one doesn’t support victory?


Whatever the intent of the authors, the message is clear: Thinking people need not apply. The formerly elite party of nuanced conservatism might do well to revisit its nonideological roots.


As previously noted, at least 40 Republicans fail this test.

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