Oy. In what will surely generate some interesting mental gymnastics from Koz and others attempting to explain how awesome this idea is/is really done more by liberals, the Virginia GOP willow require voters to sign a loyalty oath before voting in their state primary.
Approved yesterday by Virginia’s state election board, before being allowed to cast ballots voters will now be required to sign a document reading ““I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican party for president.” This despite the obvious fact that voters might well have no idea who that nominee will be.*
Of course, this is being done because you are not required to belong to a party to vote in its primary in the state of Virginia – and the GOP doesn’t want liberals screwing everything up. Also, since votes are private it will in no way be legally binding.
Still, I would argue this perfectly and emblematically symbolizes everything that is wrong with today’s GOP. It asks you to vote for a candidate regardless of qualifications, speaks not one whit about governance or vision, pays tribute to meaningless platitudes, and stands for no mission other than weeding out RINOs and saying FU to Dems. It’s not the mentality of the Reagan-esque leader; it’s the mentality of the die heard sports fan.
If that isn’t today’s GOP in a nutshell, I don’t know what is. Today’s GOP isn’t a political party. It’s a tailgate party.
* Though in Virginia’s defense, they do seem to have their own unique way of separating the chaff.