Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Against Litmus Tests For The Republican Party

Tone-deaf, dead-enders who want to undermine Chairman Steele may introduce a resolution at this week's winter meeting of the RNC in Hawaii designed to create rigid markers to determine who is and who is not a Republican. Minnesota's delegation to the RNC are holdovers from another time and will be turned out--with thanks for their service--in 2011. They also support this sort of party suicide. There is no need for such a resolution and the motion at the RPM state central meeting in December by Evie Axdahl supporting such was misguided if not dishonest. It passed because the delegates weren't aware of the back story and rightly were disgusted by Dede Scozzafava in New York's 23rd race. There was no time for opponents who were in the know to explain the maneuver in detail. A purity or litmus test is not only foolish but positively damaging. Kay Bailey Hutchinson is pro-choice. Any wingnut care to call for her ouster?

The Wall Street Journal rightly says: "Litmus tests are for minority parties." We can't improve on this nor anything else they wrote on the issue. Click on the title of this post to read it.