Gone are the days when the Republican Party was home to conservatives of all varieties, from the far-right conservatives like Barry Goldwater to the center-right like Nelson Rockefeller, as some within the Republican National Committee want to take the Republican Party even further to the right than it already is (emphasis mine):
Conservative members of the Republican National Committee are circulating a new resolution that calls on party members to stand up to President Obama’s “socialist” agenda and would prohibit RNC funds from going to GOP candidates who disagree with elements of a proposed ten plank ideological platform.
The language of the proposal is still being tweaked ahead of January’s RNC Winter Meeting in Hawaii, where it could be submitted for a vote before the full committee.
Jim Bopp, Jr., an RNC committee member from Indiana and the chief sponsor of the resolution, said the goal of the resolution is to “re-establish the party’s conservative bona fides.”
“This would establish standards for candidates and hold them accountable to RNC’s conservative platform,” he told CNN.“We are open to diverse views, but you do have to agree with us most of the time.”
So let’s recap: the RNC is open to “diverse views,” so long as those views happen to agree with the views of the RNC “most of the time.”