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Are Republicans Serious About a Purity Test?

It sure looks like they are. Conservative leaders in the GOP have put together a 10 point checklist they say candidates for office should adhere to. If they don’t follow the leader on at least 7, they’d be denied party funds and endorsements. WHOA!!!

Among the 10 so called “principles” is opposition to abortion, along with opposition to President Obama’s “socialist agenda”. Those aren’t my words, they’re the words of people who obviously long for the days of a senator named McCarthy.

This foolishness is even going to be presented to the Republican National Committee early next year. The inmates are truly running the asylum. What would they do about a Michael Bloomberg, who got the GOP line here in New York for the last mayoral election, but wouldn’t come close to hitting seven of the ten principles.

Suffice to say Mayor Mike wouldn’t have needed Republican money. In fact, they probably need his more. And what about the Republican’s resident homeboy, Michael Steele? Is he really ready to preside over a bunch of conservatives whose political strategy might well bury his party? Does any thinking Republican really want a litmus test?

It seems to me that at least in Congress, even the most moderate of Republicans toe the line, whatever the line is besides “no” on most legislation. Is this the next step for the tea party-ers, birthers, and Glenn Beck adherents? If so, Democrats ought to be licking their chops. That is, if they have the guts to articulate a different vision than a lockstep conservatism that I bet makes George Will cringe.

All this from a group of 10 members of the RNC who believe the Republicans have strayed too far from their conservative roots. It’s amazing they’ve gotten this far with their twisted initiative. But they have, and now it’s the party’s problem to fix, or maybe embrace.

I’m sure most of these folks haven’t read up on actual Republican history. It seems their memories only go back as far as Ronald Reagan. That people like Jacob Javits and Nelson Rockefeller once proudly called themselves Republican must have slipped their notice.

No matter. If this is the true vision of the Republican Party, Michael Steele ought to resign tomorrow and give the reins of the RNC to co-chairs Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. The sad part is that some of the people who follow these folks are under the mistaken illusion these GOP celebrities actually care about them. Many have a right to be angry, but they’re mad at the wrong people.

Obama’s socialist agenda isn’t the issue. Seven figure bonuses for incompetent bankers who won’t lend credit worthy small businesses a dime are the problem. Much of what is presented to them is smoke and mirrors. And now, a purity test.

But you tell me. Are the Republicans far gone enough to actually implement these 10 “principles”?

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Is It Okay for Obama to see Paris?

So where exactly can the Obama family go without being criticized for it? Let’s see now, they go to New York for dinner and a play (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, mind you), and the Republican National Committee calls it a “Joyride on Air Force One”.

Of course, it wasn’t the big, jumbo jet, but a 12 passenger plane. Somehow the RNC forgot that any plane the president uses is called Air Force One. They tried to make this look like one night of Sodom and Gomorrah while the American people are suffering through a recession.

Okay, so that one really didn’t work so well. After all, GW Bush jetted off to Texas for many a weekend during the Iraq war, didn’t he?

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Perhaps it would have been better if the Obamas had gone to Chicago and waited for the road company of “Joe Turner”.

Anyhow, now the GOP has cooked up a new mountain out of a molehill. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, apparently forgetting Obama was in France to commemorate D-Day, lashed out at him on Twitter.

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Ah, don’t you just love social networking? The silly musings of a politician suddenly become national news. To wit, Grassley’s first tweet. “Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us ‘time to deliver’ on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND.” To which he added a second. “Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said ‘time to delivr on healthcare’ When you are a ‘hammer’ u think evrything is NAIL I’m no NAIL.”

Now at the same time Grassley is grousing, reporters across the pond are upset with President Obama are upset because he and the family didn’t do enough sightseeing in the City of Light. Amazing, isn’t it? Grassley, of course, is upset that the president is trying to nudge the Congress on healthcare reform while at the same time he’s overseas. Does he think this president is unable to chew gum and walk at the same time?

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Maybe some in the body politic agree with Grassley and the RNC. Maybe President Obama will have to simply lock himself in the Oval Office and not leave until all the problems that began on their watch are magically solved. Never mind the trips here involve family, something the Republicans are supposed to revere. Never mind that Sunday was daughter Sasha’s 8th birthday. What matters is Republicans are trying their best to derail the Obama agenda.

Wouldn’t you think they could do better than a couple of lame posts on Twitter?

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