Meghan McCain: I Passed the Ridiculous GOP Purity Test what makes me such a radical?
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2010 8:46 AM CST
Meghan McCain: I Passed the Ridiculous GOP Purity Test
NEW YORK - JUNE 29: Meghan McCain attends the Ninth Annual Trevor New York Summer Gala at Capitale on June 29, 2009 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

After George Washington University's College Republican group dissed for her pro-gay-marriage stance, saying her views don't align with the GOP, Meghan McCain decided to take her party's "ridiculous" purity test. McCain wanted to see "just how radical I am from the 'pure ones'"—and with a bit of half-point fudging, she scored a passing 8 out 10. Besides her flat-out no to the question about the Defense of Marriage Act, McCain deviates from the "pure" party line on climate change and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Immigrant amnesty is a "gray area," McCain writes for the Daily Beast, and she supports cap-and-trade legislation, just not Obama's cap-and-trade plan. So while "apparently even President Reagan himself would have considered me a friend," members of her own party don't, and that's a problem: "Is it too much to ask that the Republican Party be more open-minded, that it learns to respect and accept conservatism without labels and boxes and stereotypes? Because that’s what I want for the GOP. And I’m a pure Republican." (Read more Meghan McCain stories.)

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