Friday, December 30, 2011

Roanoke Times notes loyalty oath heavy burden for Ron Paul supporters

The Roanoke Times has an editorial this morning that notes the heavy burden that the Republican Party of Virginia's loyalty lays upon supporters of Ron Paul. In "GOP demands party loyalty," the Roanoke Times editorial board calls the loyalty oath a demand for "fealty."
Backers of Paul could be in a particularly tough bind. Paul has not ruled out running as an independent if he does not receive the nomination. Those who would follow him with their votes in November cannot honestly sign the oath, for they do not intend to support the party's nominee no matter who he is.

The Republican ballot might be light on candidates in March with only Paul and Romney having secured spots, but voters will face a real choice when they go to the polling places. Do they agree to be mindless party loyalists or keep their options open to decide for themselves whom to support in November?
The GOP's loyalty oath is aimed squarely at supporters of Ron Paul, seeking to either exclude them from the primary--and thus throw the election to Mitt Romney--or to lay a burden of honor upon them to vote for someone radically different than Ron Paul--again, probably Mitt Romney--in the general election.

Paul and Romney are two very different kinds of candidates--different kinds of people actually--and I find it hard to believe that a really committed Ron Paul supporter would ever be enthused about having to fulfill a pledge to vote for Willard "Mitt" Romney. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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