There exists a type of country club conservative that desperately wants to fit in after being elected. The cultural issues most important to the base are cringe inducing for these squishy Republicans. Abortion, immigration, term limits, fighting consonant crusaders and America First might be briefly discussed during the campaign, but are avoided after taking the oath of office.

Slippery, shape-shifting GOP elected officials in state capitals and Washington could be eliminated if state Republican parties insisted candidates sign a pledge to support a legislative agenda after election. State delegates could decide on the top five priorities. Candidates who won’t agree to support those priorities after election aren’t allowed to run as Republicans.

Michael Shannon is a commentator and public relations consultant.

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