Sunday, August 01, 2004

Fidelity Oaths

The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that BC 04 (Bush Cheney reelect) is requiring people to sign an "oath" that they support the BC ticket before they can get into a campaign rally.

Now, I understand that you don't want disruptions at a rally . . . but signing an oath? That seems a bit extreme.

A NM court rejected an application to open the rally on procedural grounds (which, I think is right given the circumstances), but I think that they would have won on substantive grounds as well, there is no Constitutional right to hear the Vice-President give a campaign speech. But I don't imagine this will become regular practice. While it isn't against the Constitution it is not a particularly smart political tactic.
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