The Battle for the Heart and Soul of the Republican Party
In recent years, the MRW has tried to "tone down" it's anti-conservative rhetoric and given their website a whole new look and removed it of embarrassing content. MRW has gone to great lengths to bring in more conservative members to give themselves legitimacy within the Republican Party. Nevertheless, when Republican politicians are opposing the platform on policy issues, you can always trace them back to the MRW. And conservative members who've joined up with MRW have become decidedly less outspoken in their conservative views.
It is no surprise that MRW's Executive Director Alex Hays, given his group's background, is supporting Mitt Romney for President. What is ironic is the claim that he and other cheerleaders of the "Unity Slate" have been spreading, designed to stir up fear throughout the grassroots of the GOP: that there is a group that wants to "take over" the party. Again, "take over" means that a group that they oppose might be successful with a majority of votes. t is also ironic that this fearful claim accuses this group of "outsiders" (implicitly and explicitly) of intent on a complete overhaul of the Republican platform. The irony is that the influence of the MRW has been for elected Republican officials to thumb their noses at the platform (written and adopted by grassroots members of the party) and reduce it to a "meaningless piece of paper" that everyone ignores. What is the point of even having a platform if our elected Republicans ignore it?
The truth is: it is the promoters of the so-called "Unity Slate" intent on handing the majority of Washington's national delegates to Mitt Romney, that are the threat to the Republican platform! Alex Hays describes himself as "adamantly pro-choice" on abortion. His Mainstream Republicans of Washington provide a safe haven and financial support for pro-abortion, gay-marriage promoting Republicans like Reagan Dunn. According to the Abortion in Washington blog: "The majority of the board members of WMR were involved in legalizing abortion in Washington and/or currently believe in continued access to legal abortion."