Amid mounting concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from the GOP establishment, Republican leaders in at least two states have found a way to make life a lot harder for him.
The Virginia and North Carolina parties are in discussions about implementing a new requirement for candidates to qualify for their primary ballots: that they pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election.
Virginia has apparently been discussing something along these lines for a couple of years now. Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s most recent monumental Republican electoral failure, is behind the idea, which should tell you everything you need to know about so many of the tired wheel-spinners running various state GOPs.
One of the dumbest trends in politics, and especially on the Republican side, is coercing candidates to sign pledges on issues in an effort to enforce some kind of purity in the party.
How’s that been working out for everyone?
People aren’t sick of what Republicans do while running for office, we’re sick of what they do once they win.
This iteration of the pledge dance is ridiculous. Any candidate should have the right to support or not support the eventual nominee. Leave the hive mind garbage to the Democrats.