Politics – Take the RNC’s Facebook Quiz!

(1) Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill

(Ed. note: IT’S A TARP!!!)

(2) Market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare

(Ed. note: I thought it was socialist. At least be consistent, guys. )

(3) Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation

(Ed. note: So…what you’re saying is no reforms, really.

(4) Workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check

(Ed. note: I notice there’s nothing about anti-intimidation laws in there.)

(5) Legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants

(Ed. note: Yeah, sending their non-criminal relatives back to their homes and separating families. That’ll work wonders for the Latino vote.)

(6) Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges

(Ed. note: Step 1: Troop Surges! Step 2: ??? Step 3: Victory!)

(7) Containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat

(Ed. note: This line does not scan to “Barbara Ann”. Rewrite.)

(8) Retention of the Defense of Marriage Act

(Ed. note: You know what supporting DOMA really says about you, right?)

(9) Protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion

(Ed. note: Funny, I thought I was already on health care rationing, you know, the kind where you pay a lot of money and get jack shit for it.)

(10) The right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership

(Ed. note: Wait, has Obama even bothered with guns so far?)

What, you ask, is this comical list of statements? Why, it’s (allegedly) a test that the far right of the RNC wants all the candidates to take, the “Resolution on Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates” (of course they dragged out the corpse of Reagan), although it could also be a very, very cruel joke. Supposedly this was introduced by a committeeman on the RNC in response to the, ah, contentious NY-23 race, where Sarah Palin and the party’s far-right wing campaigned hard for their man…and ate big heapin’ helpin’s of pavement, which the moderates told them, repeatedly, would happen and they didn’t listen.

The idea would be that if a candidate DIDN’T pass this test, they would be denied support and funding. In other words, it should really be called the “Fuck You Olympia Snowe” amendment. Because that’s what the GOP needs, now more than ever: to alienate everybody who ISN’T on the far right, especially when Obama’s still got decent approval ratings.

The main problem is that even if this thing doesn’t get implemented (and I kind of doubt it will), it’ll probably become a meme. Rabid far-right clowns will start demanding all their senators and Congressmen answer what amounts to a Facebook quiz instead of actually doing things.

As for my impressions of the list…what’s the best way to put this?

To be honest, what this reminds me of more than anything is those ads for the Droid trying to trash the iPhone. It’s focused on Obama to a degree that’s actually kind of weird for a party that fulminated at length about how he was some big fat celebrity instead of a politician. And, honestly, if your opening salvo is, “Well, he’s so big and popular and all but WE’RE BETTER!”, you’ve already lost regardless of how true that is (protip: You’re substantially worse).

But what gets me most about it is how you can’t just politely disagree with Obama, or want to work with Obama but or agree with his goals but disagree with his methods of achieving them. You have to be resolutely AGAINST. It’s continuing a policy of sulking and doing nothing, basically hoping against hope Obama will derail himself and they can ride to victory.

Let’s review: they just lost a Congressional seat, making gaining any sort of foothold in Congress one seat harder. Five Senators are retiring. Arlen Specter has already quit the party. Olympia Snowe probably won’t bail on the GOP, but I just do not see Maine accepting somebody else and she has an incredibly strong local base. And, most importantly, all the people who want this kind of thing are not actually elected officials but rather committeemen, talk radio loudmouths, and clueless quitters with books to sell and TV appearances to grub for.

If this passes, which I doubt, it’ll make 2010…highly interesting, that’s for sure.


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