The deadline for the inclusion on the ballot for the Virginia GOP presidential primary has passed, and, amazingly, the only two candidates to qualify were Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Now this is a major primary, and any candidates serious about competing for its votes on Super Tuesday would have had a sophisticated enough campaign organization to make sure the required number of signatures were collected and verified.
But of the seven candidates who are seeking the GOP nomination, only four filled out the necessary paperwork. Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry came up short.
Which should tell you something.
1) Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann don’t have any organization in Virginia, which should be an indication that their national organizations are weak, so they really shouldn’t be taken seriously anymore. Any future debates should dump them.
2) Rick Perry, who was the perceive GOP darling at one time, couldn’t get the required number of signatures. He’s pretty much out of it.
3) The serial adulterer really wasn’t serious about getting the nomination to begin with, and when he found out he actually reached frontrunner status, he scrambled and tried to get the required votes. And now, like a sore loser, he’s complaining about a process that was long ago established:
Gingrich’s campaign blamed the Virginia rules for his failure to qualify and said he would mount a write-in campaign instead.
“Only a failed system excludes four out of the six major candidates seeking access to the ballot. Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates,” Gingrich campaign manager Michael Krull said in a statement. “We will work with the Republican Party of Virginia to pursue an aggressive write-in campaign to make sure that all the voters of Virginia are able to vote for the candidate of their choice.”
Dude! Rules are rules. Mitt and Ron figured it out. You’ve got no excuse.
Here’s the topper. On the Gingrich campaign page on Facebook, Krull said this:
Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days – but in the end we will stand victorious.
This is what happened in December 1941:
The similarities are striking, aren’t they?