Again With GOP Loyalty Oaths?

I can appreciate the fact that Virginia Republicans are nervous right now. They’ve lost the last two gubernatorial elections, they lost last year’s U.S. Senate race, they’re about to lose next year’s U.S. Senate race, they lost their majority in the State Senate, and there’s some evidence that the national Dems consider the state in play at the presidential level. It’s enough to make any state GOP committee a little panicky.

But loyalty oaths? Seriously?

If you’re planning to vote in Virginia’s February Republican presidential primary, be prepared to sign an oath swearing your Republican loyalty.

The State Board of Elections on Monday approved a state Republican Party request to require all who apply for a GOP primary ballot first vow in writing that they’ll vote for the party’s presidential nominee next fall.

If this were limited to Virginia, it would merely be disappointing. Alas, these Republican loyalty oaths seem to be catching on elsewhere.


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