Loyalty Oaths and How They Can Backfire

I recently read about the Virginia GOP’s plans to require a loyalty oath of its primary voters.  I am not going to go into too much detail about it, if you want more info, I think this article sums it up pretty well:  http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/virginia-gop-will-require-voters-to-sign-loyalty-oath/

What I do want to talk about is what I consider to be shortsightedness on the part of the GOP leaders in Virginia who approved this idea.  The whole point of the loyalty oath is to prevent the supposed double voting that may or may not be occurring.  The basic idea is that opposing party members would vote in the GOP primary, conspire to vote for a weak candidate and make that candidate win the primary.  This would in theory increase the weak candidate’s chances of receiving the eventual presidential nomination and thus offer less opposition to President Obama’s relection bid.  Or at least that is how the theory goes…

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