The Republican National committee has officially put “The Loyalty Pledge” out there. Here’s what it says:
I [candidate’s name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is,” the pledge says. “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
I’ve seen a quite a few pledges that Republicans have signed on to, things like No New Taxes and whatnot. A candidate will sign it and then something happens with their memory and the promise goes right out the window. But this one, this one is on a short leash.
Current GOP frontrunner and showman extraordinaire Donald Trump has suggested if he’s not treated fairly by the GOP he could mount a third party run. South Carolina has already headed off this potentiality by telling candidates they have to sign a loyalty pledge by the end of September if they want to qualify on GOP ticket. Now, with this national GOP pledge, other states wouldn’t have to take up a similar measure.
And this begs the question, “[mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ], do you promise to vote for Trump if….How ’bout you Jeb?”. What about future races and candidates? Is the GOP starting a trend? Shame it can’t be used retroactively. “Hey Charlie Crist do you…never mind.”
PS. What happens if you break your loyalty pledge?
Per Politico, Trump is expected to sign the pledge today (Thursday). I hope for full on Trump bluster because it can be very entertaining. If we don’t get shenanigans I will be disappointed (sniff). Still, what about everyone else?