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  1. 26 Aug '15 11:55 / 1 edit
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/trump-faces-potential-obstacle-with-gop-loyalty-oath-proposal/2015/08/25/603bfc4a-4b2c-11e5-bfb9-9736d04fc8e4_story.html

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Republican Party is considering requiring a loyalty oath from presidential primary contenders — a move widely considered an early sign of GOP skittishness about Donald Trump’s campaign.

    State party officials are debating whether to require candidates to pledge their support to the eventual nominee and promise not to run as a third-party candidate — as Trump has hinted he might do.

    The development could be an early sign of trouble for Trump, particularly if other state parties consider similar ideas. But it also is being debated cautiously by Republicans who worry that it could backfire and breed resentment among activists who are suspicious of attempts by the GOP establishment to control the party.

    Most of all, the idea — which began to circulate the morning after the first GOP debate, when Trump indicated that he wouldn’t rule out an independent run — signals growing concern about the businessman, who has electrified the Republican field with his flamboyant and controversial candidacy.

    Particularly in the key swing state of Virginia, which most Republicans think they must win to take the White House, Trump’s potential as a third-party spoiler should he not win the nomination makes some leaders nervous.

    John Whitbeck, chairman of the Virginia GOP, said the loyalty oath is not directed at Trump specifically but is intended to motivate activists.
  2. 26 Aug '15 11:56 / 1 edit
    Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. ~Mark Twain

    If the GOP needs this form of coercion to survive then it need not survive.

    Disgusting.
  3. 26 Aug '15 12:14
    Originally posted by whodey
    Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. ~Mark Twain

    If the GOP needs this form of coercion to survive then it need not survive.

    Disgusting.
    awesome journalism. really important information in it.


    how about you take a chill pill. all this clickbait crap article did was say that some unnamed state party officials from Virginia are debating whether to ask or not to ask for a meaningless love declaration towards the republican party. then it proceeded to say what might happen . or maybe not. then it continued with some other unnamed individuals and what they said.

    and then i stopped reading because i had wasted enough time
  4. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    26 Aug '15 15:08
    Originally posted by whodey
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/trump-faces-potential-obstacle-with-gop-loyalty-oath-proposal/2015/08/25/603bfc4a-4b2c-11e5-bfb9-9736d04fc8e4_story.html

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Republican Party is considering requiring a loyalty oath from presidential primary contenders — a move widely considered an early sign of GOP skittishness abou ...[text shortened]... id the loyalty oath is not directed at Trump specifically but is intended to motivate activists.
    Maybe the GOP should forget about a loyalty oath, and start figuring out how to pay their defence lawyers. So many of them are under investigation for a multitude of illegal stuff.
  5. 26 Aug '15 20:46
    Originally posted by bill718
    Maybe the GOP should forget about a loyalty oath, and start figuring out how to pay their defence lawyers. So many of them are under investigation for a multitude of illegal stuff.
    Have you forgotten about the Clinton's and Harry Reid? Politicians all seem to have their problems with the laws that they write.
  6. 26 Aug '15 21:11
    Originally posted by normbenign
    Have you forgotten about the Clinton's and Harry Reid? Politicians all seem to have their problems with the laws that they write.
    Washington is a like an old boys club.

    No one holds anyone else accountable with the understanding that no one will hold them accountable.

    That's why they are talking about doing away with the Ethics committee in Congress.
  7. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    27 Aug '15 09:36
    Originally posted by whodey
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/trump-faces-potential-obstacle-with-gop-loyalty-oath-proposal/2015/08/25/603bfc4a-4b2c-11e5-bfb9-9736d04fc8e4_story.html

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Republican Party is considering requiring a loyalty oath from presidential primary contenders — a move widely considered an early sign of GOP skittishness abou ...[text shortened]... id the loyalty oath is not directed at Trump specifically but is intended to motivate activists.
    Trump has already said that if he was treated fairly he would not run as a third party candidate. So all they have to do is treat him fairly. But they are afraid if they treat him fairly that he might win the nomination. What a dilemma.