by Max Brantley
OK. Any effort to top South Carolina in the political hall of shame will fall to this one.
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.
Last Tuesday, the LCGOP unanimously adopted a resolution that would ask all candidates who want to get on the primary ballot to sign a pledge with 28 principles, because the party “does not want to associate with candidates who do not act and speak in a manner that is consistent with the SC Republican Party Platform.”
Adultery is also a no-no.
Legal considerations prevented the county party from making the pledge an ironclad requirement for the ballot, but failure to sign the pledge would presumably be as damaging as failure to answer the Arkansas Family Council's do-you-hate-gays-enough? political questionnaire.
PS — This as good a place as any to provide more of Rush Limbaugh's non-apology apology. In short: "Rappers are worse."