The Virginia Republican Party is apparently planning to require voters in the March 6 Virginia GOP presidential primary to sign a form that says, “I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican Party for president.”

This is stupid, counterproductive, and offensive for several reasons so obvious that I won’t even bother to mention them. Bob Marshall, a conservative GOP leader in the house of delegates, has come out against the pledge. Shouldn’t our Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, stop this idiocy? Shouldn’t Mitt Romney and Ron Paul—the two candidates who are on the Virginia ballot, neither of whom could possibly approve of such a blind loyalty pledge—ask the party to withdraw it?

If the party refuses, shouldn’t Virginia Republicans boycott the primary? And shouldn’t the Virginia or national GOP then figure out a way to have Virginia Republicans vote again or convene later on, and use those later results to guide the vote of the Virginia delegation on the first ballot at the convention?

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