Monday, March 05, 2012

Walkin' The Walk

You can't accuse the Laurens County (SC) GOP of not trying to avoid the whole hypocrisy problem around Family Values Politics.
Before you can join the Laurens County Republican Party in South Carolina
and get on the primary ballot, they ask that you pledge that you’ve never ever
had pre-marital sex — and that you will never ever look at porn again.
That should avoid all the nastiness that surrounds puported Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Charlie Sykes. But, you ask, how will they be absolutely sure that candidates are absolutely pure?
Smith clarified
in a statement Monday that “due to various legal issues” the LCGOP cannot
require that the candidates sign the pledge if they meet all of the other
qualifications for a run. But, he said, the committee “reserves the right to vet
its candidates and will encourage all candidates to uphold the principles of the
party’s platform as well as petition candidates to sign a pledge to do so.
However, no candidate will be denied access to the Republican Party primary
ballot for refusing to sign the pledge.”
Ah, well. It's just another hollow, grandstanding empty gesture by the GOP. But, you have to give them credit for taking their at-bats.