Not to America. To the GOP.
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.
There’s no practical way to enforce the oath.
Virginia doesn’t require voters to register by party, and for years the state’s Republicans have fretted that Democrats might meddle in their open primaries.
Stupid not only for its unenforceability but for the assumption that it will actually deter Democrats so driven by partisan fervor that they’d vote in the Republican primary to sabotage the strongest candidate. Who is the strongest candidate there, you ask? Good question. The primary’s not until February 12, a week after Super Ultra Mega Tuesday, so no one’s been doing much polling. The more it looks like the early primaries might split, the more that’ll change. I did find this head-to-head rundown from Survey USA. Virginia’s been trending blue so it’s no big surprise who the strongest Republican is. The question is whether the Democratic primary is or will be such a blowout for Hillary that Dems can skip it en masse and vote for Huckabee in the GOP race. Anyone know where she stands there vis-a-vis Obama?