Republican leaders are circulating a resolution listing 10 positions Republican candidates should support to demonstrate that they "espouse conservative principles and public policies" that are in opposition to "Obama’s socialist agenda." According to the resolution, any Republican candidate who broke with the party on three or more of these issues– in votes cast, public statements made or answering a questionnaire – would be penalized by being denied party funds or the party endorsement.Why three or more issues? Apparently, King Ronaldus Magnus once said that someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent. And in GOP-land, this means that someone who only agrees with you 7 out of 10 times is in fact your opponent, and not your friend.
If the right-wing ideologues do succeed in establishing a purity test for Republican candidates, it will mark an important milestone on the GOP's road to oblivion.