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The History of the Republican Loyalty Oath and Why the RPV is a National Joke

The Republican Party of Virginia

The Republican Party of Virginia

According to the Republican Party of Virginia’s Chairman John Whitbeck, the “Statement of Party Affiliation” isn’t about voter suppression, it is about ensuring that only Republicans vote in the Republican primary. The party wants to keep Democrats from voting in the Republican primary. These “crossover” voters are assumed to have ill intent and wish to effect the outcome of the Primary in such a way that these nefarious party flippers would elect the GOP candidate that would be easiest for the Democratic nominee to defeat.

And obviously no true Republican wants to allow Democrats to select the Republican nominee. Right?

Unless that Republican is an Establishment Republican, or GOPe for short. (Or RINO, pick your favorite term.)

Urging Democrats to cross over and vote in the GOP Primary is one tactic GOPe’ers use to defeat the dreaded Conservatives and TEA Party candidates. Scare the Democrats into believing these right wing “kooks” will kill women and eat their children is a favorite ploy.

Patricia Harless, a Republican Lawmaker from Texas credits the Democrats with electing her.

And who can forget Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran urging Democrats to vote for him or else they will get the scary Conservative?

Or Rick Santorum urging Democrats to vote for him in the Republican Primary.

Or closer to home, here in Virginia in Fauquier.

And the common thread is the ones pushing for Democrat votes are Establishment Republicans. RINO’s. GOPe.

So let’s look at the history of the Republican Party of Virginia and their demand for party loyalty oaths.

In 2007, the RPV decided to force loyalty oaths on the primary voters. And not unlike today, the outcry was immediate and intense against requiring this oath.

The WaPo reported in 2007:

Virginia Republican leaders decided yesterday to scrap plans to require voters to sign a loyalty pledge before they cast their ballots in the Feb. 12 presidential primary.

The decision by the 86-member Virginia Republican State Central Committee, meeting in Crystal City, came after a public outcry over the pledge and mounting concern among party leaders that it could drive independents and moderate Republicans away from GOP candidates.

“We have heard the voice of the people,” said John H. Hager, the state party chairman. “It’s a new day, and our job has to be to build the party. We welcome new people into the party. We want as many people as possible participating if they share our principles and values.”

The reversal occurred less than a week after the State Board of Elections approved a party request to require that voters sign a piece of paper that said, “I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican Party for President.”

The pledge included instructions saying that anyone who refused to sign it “will not be permitted to vote” — a requirement that would have been difficult to enforce.

GOP officials said the pledge was designed to keep Democrats from voting in the primary, which is open to all voters, but it prompted many Republicans to call or send angry e-mails to state party headquarters this week.

Some party activists say the pledge would have sent a signal that Virginia Republicans do not want to reach out to the many voters who are not affiliated with either party but who often decide statewide races.

So the idea was scrapped in the 2008 primary because Republicans hated the idea. Mostly because it makes the Republican Party unwelcoming to new participants and places a barrier to attracting new party members.

So what happened in the 2012 Presidential Primary?

Well, the definition of insanity (stupidity?) is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

The Stupid Republican Party of Virginia did an “Oops I did it again” move:

Yep. Oops I did it again.

The RPV demanded a loyalty oath.

But this time it was different. Everyone loved the idea of preventing people from participating in the primary if they would not sign a loyalty oath. JUST KIDDING!!!

The Republican rank and file blasted the idiots that keep doing this. Even the Republican Governor Bob McDonnell thought it was a lousy idea.

And again the WaPo reported on the RPV retreat:

Virginia Republicans announced Tuesday night that they will scrap plans to require voters to pledge support for the party’s eventual nominee at the presidential primary March 6.

Pat Mullins, party chairman, wrote on his Facebook page that he had informed the State Board of Elections that he will rescind the “loyalty oath” after informally polling the state GOP’s governing board .

“We welcome all newcomers like these to our party with open arms as we build a coalition to bring our Country back to greatness once again,’’ he wrote.

Late last month, the State Board of Elections approved the “loyalty oath,” a form for primary voters that would say: “I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican Party for president.”

But since then the state GOP has received a slew of criticism. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) opposed the move as well.

So in keeping with our musical guest who has a history of doing really stupid things, we will let Brittany Spears explain the insanity of 2012 in Baby One More Time:

So let’s fast forward to the 2016 primary.

John Whitbeck and the Republican State Central Committee prove the old saying “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

And who said it better than The Captain and Tennille in “Do That To Me One More Time”. (Sorry, more Brittany ahead.)

So is the Republican Party really that stupid? Do they expect different results this year? the answer to both questions is obviously yes and yes.

And as the world has watched, the Virginia GOP Clown car has circled the election field yet again, and wants to do a loyalty oath (or call it statement of affiliation, whatever) for the 2016 election.

And even as the Democratic Party has negotiated with the State Board of Elections to work on making the voting lines shorter and arrived at a solution, leave it to the RPV to gum up the works with a stupid signature requirement that is non binding and absolutely useless unless you want to keep masses of new voters away from the polls. And antagonize (I used that because it is more polite than writing ‘piss off’ which is what I really wanted to convey) the party faithful.

Donald Trump has attracted a lot of supporters who have either become disillusioned with the GOP in general – like the recently passed $1.1 trillion spending bill the Republicans passed that funds Syrian “Refugee” terrorists – or have not found any candidate worth voting for with an “R” after their name. It has been the stated goal of the Republican Party for many years to attract minorities and independents and they keep telling us people like John McCain and Mitt Romney are the answer. Or Jeb Bush pandering in Spanish. But which Republican is actually accomplishing this? Donald Trump, the one candidate who’s supporters would be most likely to take issue with any kind of oath.

For decades the Republicans have been drooling for a candidate that can attract 40% of the black vote and 45% of the Hispanic vote:

Donald Trump has defied political gravity, capturing 45% of the black vote in a new poll released by survey USA.

Pundits might point to billionaire Donald Trump’s huge lead in the GOP presidential primary race as being the result of his generally anti-Washington, anti-government, anti-establishment, anti-politically correct attitude.

If so, it’s not just whites who are ticked at the bureaucracy, but minorities too.

Because a new poll, which still has Trump leading the race, shows 40 percent of blacks are lining up behind Trump, as are 45 percent of Hispanics, and even nearly 19 percent of Asians.

Blacks and Hispanics, in fact, even support Trump at a higher level than whites.

And no, that WND/Clout poll is not an outlier. A Survey USA poll found Trump at 45% of black voters up from 25% in September.

So the question John Whitbeck needs to answer is, given the sorry state of the RPV finances and the already boisterous and contentious dissent within the party, can the RPV afford to offend new voters, especially blacks and Hispanics? Can they afford to turn a perceived cold shoulder to former Republicans sickened by the actions of Republicans in Congress who are less popular than Syrian Refugees? Is the RPV inclusive or is that just talk?

The facts are undeniable.

  • Trump brings with him a lot of non traditional Republican voters.
  • Trump can expand the RPV and the National Republican Party.
  • The one group of supporters likely to be disproportionately offended are Trump’s supporters.
  • The Democrats have a pretty gnarly primary themselves going on between The Wicked Witch of the West and the Wizard of Oz. They are not going to cross party lines in any great numbers.

Why does the Republican Party, especially in Virginia insist on being so stupid.

And there is one more Brittany Spears song (as promised) to bring home the point. I hope Whitbeck and the SCC enjoy the message in (You Drive Me) Crazy:

 

 

31 Responses to “The History of the Republican Loyalty Oath and Why the RPV is a National Joke”

  1. Joe Cacciotti says:

    Excellent observation.

  2. Thank you Tom for hitting all the right notes, you missed nothing and proved once again why your blog has the consistent and high number of followers it does for one very simple reason.

    You always tell the truth. Sadly few venues today come even close.

    Bob Shannon

  3. Kim Singhas says:

    While the Republican Party of Virginia and its state central committee are myopically focused on this policy for the Presidential Primary March 1st in Virginia to nominate Jeb Bush and prevent Donald Trump voters from turning out to vote to “Make America Great Again,” they need to look at the ramifications of this Dress Rehearsal for their agenda of Voter Registration by Party on future elections in Virginia.

    Specifically: The Disenfranchisement of independent and Democratic voters in Counties and Cities in Virginia that are controlled predominantly by either the Democratic or Republican Party.

    For example: in Hanover County where Mr. White lives- every Constitutional Officer is a member of the Republican Party and runs as a republican for re-election.

    If a candidate for Sheriff, Treasurer, Clerk of the Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney, or Commissioner of Revenue files to run in a Republican Primary against an incubent, Democrats and Independents can’t vote in that Republican Primary for those constitutional offices? These offices represent every citizen it the county or city and should be independent in their charter- not political, yet they are.

    How do Republicans purge corruption in those offices in heavily dominant Democratic cities and counties if they can’t cross over and vote in Democratic Primaries?

    When the Democrats figure out how to message the Republican Disenfranchisement of the Voters for Key Constitutional offices in Virginia, the GOP will never win another state wide office.

    Consider that…..

  4. Bill Rutter says:

    It makes no sense for the RPV to demand a loyalty Oath March 1st when the Democrats will be voting that same day to nominate their presidential candidate. There will be “no Cross Over Voting.”

    What the GOP is afraid of are the Independent voters voting for Trump. Let’s be HONEST.

    This preview to the Republican’s Agenda in the upcoming General Assembly to pass “Voter Registration by Party” is deplorable and all Virginia Voters should express their outrage to the Republican Senators and Delegates who support it: Ryan McDougle and Buddy Fowler in Hanover County.

  5. Cruz supporter in Louisa says:

    bearingdrift.com/2015/12/09/jeb-bush-rolls-out-large-list-of-virginia-endorsements/

    Here is the Jeb Bush list of Republicans to Target for support of \”Party Registration\” in Virginia.

    Headed by the Virginia Beach Stolle Dynasty ( Sioban Stolle Dunnavant \”I\’m not a Politician- I\’m a Doctor\” yeah that Stolle Family )

    The Kilgore Tobacco Mafia in the West flanked by Senator Ben Chaffin in South West.
    The Dominion Power and McGuire Woods MOB.
    And the Cantor Mafia in Richmond and NOVA.

    That\’s all you need to know about how they plan to Disenfranchise the vote March 1st.

  6. James Young says:

    If you have to misrepresent what you\’re criticizing, chances are pretty good that your argument lacks merit. When you refuse to quote the language of the actual requirement? That trends toward virtual certainty. Yet most of those criticizing this requirement (including some who should know better) never seem to get around to citing the actual language.

    First, it differs from the language of the state Party Plan, which might be fairly called a \”loyalty oath,\” since one pledges to support all Republican nominees for elective office in the ensuing election.

    Second, this merely requires primary voters to affirm that \”I am a Republican.\” How is that either an \”oath,\” or a pledge of \”loyalty.\”

    Third, if Republican \”party faithful\” will refuse merely to affirm that \”I am a Republican,\” I would suggest that serious questions can be raised as to whether they are, indeed, \”party faithful.\”

    And people who aren\’t shouldn\’t be involved in choosing Republican nominees for public office.

    • Tom White says:

      The version that will be used unless the whole thing is dropped states it is an oath along with the law. Do your research before you criticize.

      • James Young says:

        If you can’t speak honestly when you criticize, perhaps you shouldn’t be speaking at all. And if you have to delete comments demonstrating your inaccuracy/dishonesty, you remove all doubt.

        • Tom White says:

          Are you thick or something? I have not deleted any comments. Your comments prove what an uninformed idiot you are. Now if your comments trip my profanity or spam filters that is a different story. And if the document states that it is an oath or pledge to the party and you sign it then it a pledge of allegiance to the Party. If you sign a contract is it not a contract? This is non binding. But typical of the stupid party.

  7. James Young says:

    You and I each made at least one other comment yesterday in a back and forth, and today, they don’t come up. Perhaps it’s just a glitch (if so, I am mistaken and apologize), but perhaps it’s not. I DID receive the email notifications of your responsive comments.

    I posted this one at 2016-01-02 18:57:59 after your first response: “That’s your second chance to cite the actual language, and you persist in your failure to do so. I wonder why? Perhaps it’s because the facts don’t support your mischaracterizations?

    Here’s the actual language: ‘My signature below indicates that I am a Republican.'”

    You responded at 2016-01-02 19:00:35 with this: “You are incorrect. The SBE added to the wording. The word oath identifies what you are signing.”

    Both no longer appear.

    Maybe that makes me “thick,” or an “uninformed idiot.” Perhaps it was an error or a glitch. Or perhaps your pathologically dishonest and can’t take it when someone points out the dishonesty of your method of argument.

    As to whether I’m an “uninformed idiot” as to matters of free association and the powers of the State GOP to condition participation in a GOP nominating contest in the assertion of one’s association with the GOP, you get back to me when you’ve won a free-association case before the United States Supreme Court, as I have.

    • Tom White says:

      By the way, I have been under the assumption that you have seen the final wording of the pledge. Just in case you have not:

      Commonwealth of Virginia Republican Presidential Primary
      Tuesday, March 1, 2016
      NOTICE TO VOTER
      Section 24.2-545 of the Code of Virginia allows the political party holding a primary to determine requirements for
      voting in the primary. The Republican Party of Virginia has determined that the following pledge shall be a
      requirement of your participation. Any voter refusing to sign the pledge form cannot vote in this Republican Party
      nominating process.
      PLEDGE

      My signature below indicates that I am a Republican.

      ___________________________________________
      ___________________________________________
      Signature of Voter* Printed Name of Voter*
      ___________________________________________
      ___________________________________________
      Email Address Phone
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