‘Doubtful’ purity test will be used in determining candidates: source
At least 40 current Republican members of Congress would find themselves at odds with some part of the proposed “purity test” for Republican candidates, says an analysis at the ThinkProgress blog.
Blogger Lee Fang indicates that at least 40 sitting Republican members of Congress would face challenges passing the purity test, based on their voting records. Fang notes that various Republican senators and representatives have supported measures such as the stimulus package, a public health care option, cap-and-trade climate legislation and amnesty for illegal immigrants — all no-nos under the purity test.
Raw Story reported on Tuesday that Republican National Committee member Jim Bopp’s proposed questionnaire designed to test a candidate’s “conservative credentials” is meant to avoid situations like the one that arose during the special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district this year, when Republican bigwigs abandoned the moderate GOP candidate, Dede Scozzafava, in favor of the more right-wing Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman. Hoffman narrowly lost to Democrat Bill Owens.
While proponents of the “purity test” argue it would prevent the sort of situation seen this year in NY-23, critics of the GOP say it will result in the further marginalization of the Republican Party, as moderate candidates who can appeal to centrist voters will have a harder time winning nominations.
But thus far, it appears the proposal for “Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates,” as the purity test is officially called, has resulted only in rancor within GOP ranks. Politico reports that the debate over the test — and its public airing — is “frustrating committee members and reopening old wounds within a party still recuperating from a bitterly divisive recent special election.”
The proposed test has “unsettled the committee, with some members expressing annoyance at the semblance of a litmus test and others at the public airing of a sensitive internal conversation,” Politico adds.
Eric Kleefeld at TalkingPointsMemo cites an unnamed GOP operative as saying that local campaign committees will probably ignore the purity test if it’s enacted.
“The litmus test puts too little emphasis on people’s most pressing concerns of spending and taxes and therefore cannot be considered an effective tool to fully judge a candidate,” the operative reportedly said. “Because of this, its doubtful this will be a major factor in candidate support.”
And even some hard-core right-wing Republican supporters have come out against the measure. Writing at the RedState blog, Erick Erickson argues that the purity test may not result in more conservative GOP candidates, because it would allow moderate candidates to appear to be conservative while campaigning, before voting as moderates once elected.
The purity test will “give a lot of candidates cover to pretend to be conservative,” Erickson stated.
Maddow reveals the ‘shocking sign’ the White House may be betting Trump is going to lose in 2020
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow returned from vacation to host the Tuesday evening edition of her MSNBC show.
Maddow noted, "in 91 days we all get to decide if the guy who's currently in charge of how we're responding to this epidemic should stay in the job for four more years or if Democratic candidate Joe Biden would do better at this."
"It's honestly hard to know what it will be like for a president to stand for re-election with 200,000 dead Americans as a key metric from his first term, while he asks for a second term, but we're going to talk tonight about how some of that is going to work and some of what we can see coming down the pike," she explained. "And a lot of it is very worrying, in terms of the institutions of our democracy and what we count on to keep us a constitutional republic."
Trump may break with ‘presidential norms’ and give GOP convention speech from the White House lawn: report
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Republicans are exploring the possibility of President Donald Trump giving his presidential re-nomination speech from the South Lawn of the White House.
"The decision to stage the most high-profile political event of Trump’s reelection campaign at the national seat of presidential power would be just the latest break by Trump in presidential norms, which have historically drawn clear lines between official business of the president and campaign events," reported Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey. "People involved in the planning said that no final decision had been made on the location of the Republican convention’s celebratory events. Trump abandoned plans to hold the full convention in Charlotte, and later Jacksonville, Fla., over concerns that large crowds could spread the novel coronavirus."
NYT editorial board slams McConnell for blocking stimulus with ‘political charade’ as he goes on vacation
On Tuesday, The New York Times editorial board tore into Congress for going on vacation while crucial unemployment benefits and stimulus lapsed for millions of Americans.
"Preventing this widespread suffering should be the top priority for lawmakers," wrote the board. "Instead, the Republican-led Senate dragged its feet for months on another aid package. The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion relief plan in mid-May. It took until July 27 for the Republican Senate leaders to offer their anemic, $1 trillion counterbid, which everyone seems to have a problem with, albeit for differing reasons."