At a time where every poll I see shows Republicans in deep, deep trouble, on nearly every single issue, with their candidates trailing in fund-raising for the first time in ages, and their congressional campaign committees having trouble recruiting viable challengers, these same positions have become absolute litmus tests for conservative bloggers.
I take as recent evidence the situation in Virginia, which I have been studying closely for Voic.Us. There, Republicans hold narrow majorities in the state legislature. They were able to force a transportation compromise on Gov. Tim Kaine. They should be feeling good about themselves.