Well, wahhh!

Former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) noted on his campaign website:

Newt Gingrich

New Poll: Gingrich Leads Romney in Virginia

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Gingrich is beating Romney 30% to 25% in Virginia. No other candidate is in double figures. In a head-to-head matchup, Gingrich beats Romney by an even wider 47% to 39% margin.

Gingrich is also beating Romney among several key attributes, including being a stronger leader and having the right knowledge and experience to be president:

  • 38% – 29% that he is a strong leader;
  • 49% – 18% that he is better on foreign policy;
  • 48% – 25% that he has the knowledge and experience to be president.

Well, perhaps the former Speaker of the House is beating former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) in the polls, but he won’t beat him on the primary ballot, because he didn’t qualify to get his name placed on the ballot:


Gingrich camp assails Virginia’s “failed system”


By David Morgan

RICHMOND, Va. – The campaign of Newt Gingrich assailed a “failed system” for his failure to make it onto the ballot for the Virginia Republican primary.

The state GOP announced early Saturday morning that Gingrich’s campaign had failed to submit the required number of signatures to qualify for the March 6 primary. On Friday it was announced that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had also failed to qualify.

The state’s election board requires candidates petitioning for inclusion in the primary to file 10,000 signatures from registered voters, including 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts.

If Mr Gingrich — along with most of the other Republican candidates1 — failed to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, it’s their own fault. The campaigns know what the system is in Virginia, and if they couldn’t get that many signatures, it’s because they didn’t work hard enough.

Mr Gingrich’s Campaign Director, Michael Krull, said:

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. 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.

Perhaps this means that your editor should retract his previous statement that “The campaigns know what the system is in Virginia,” because, as the CBS article pointed out, write-in votes are not allowed in primary elections in Virginia.2 Obviously, the Gingrich campaign, or at least its campaign director, does not know what the system is in the Old Dominion.3 And that’s too bad, because it is their job to know. And blaming “a failed system” for their failures leaves your editor wholly unimpressed.

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  1. Only Governor Romney and Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) qualified for the ballot.
  2. §24.2-529: The primary ballots for the several parties taking part in a primary shall be composed, arranged, printed, delivered, and provided in the same manner as the general election ballots except that at the top of each official primary ballot shall be printed in plain black type the name of the political party and the words “Primary Election.” The names of the candidates for various offices shall appear on the ballot in an order determined by the priority of the time of filing for the office. In the event two or more candidates file simultaneously, the order of filing shall then be determined by lot by the electoral board or the State Board as in the case of a tie vote for the office. No write-in shall be permitted on ballots in primary elections. (Code 1950, § 24-376; 1970, c. 462, § 24.1-188; 1971, Ex. Sess., c. 119; 1993, c. 641.)
  3. Smitty pointed out, on The Other McCain, that Mr Gingrich is now a Virginia resident, so he won’t be on the ballot where he lives.

12 Comments

  1. Pundits have argued for much of the day, since the GOP ballot snafu was revealed, the Virginia’s primary ballot restrictions are too harsh. One could argue, however, that this is a form of Voter ID that shows the system is working. Petition names and addresses in Virginia were checked for accuracy, using electronic data for current voter rolls. Chances are good that many of those who signed the petitions with their current addresses, had failed to update their addresses on the voter rolls, so they were deemed ineligible to sign the petitions.

    Not all states have the same regulations, but in my state, at least, there is a requirement to update government data rolls–including drivers’ licenses and voter registration profiles, which are generally updated concurrently–within 10 days of moving to a new address. Those Virginians who signed the petition with their current addresses, but who had failed to adhere to the address update rules, had their signatures tossed.

    Some who are fighting the Voter ID measures that have been enacted in many states point to this revelation in Virginia as proof that voters can be disenfranchised by the ID laws. The fact is, however, that the invalidated signatures would have likely been okayed if the voters had followed laws that have been in place for a long time.

  2. It certainly does not speak well of Newt that he would immediately blame others for his poor organizational skills. On that score, his campaign in general is poorly organized. Partisan politics aside, taking everything into consideration concerning Newt’s character and organizational skills, would thinking Republicans want to nominate this man? I feel unqualified to speak for today’s Republicans for obvious reasons, but having one major party in political disarray, as the Republicans presently are, is not good for our country. We need the two parties, coming for their particular perspectives, to work together with a spirit of compromise, in order to govern. We have seen the damage done by the Republicans’ failure to understand this principle of governing in our system of government.

    Happy holidays to all!

  3. When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!

    Newt and I have talked three or four times today and he stated that this is not catastrophic – we will continue to learn and grow. Remember that it was only a few months ago that pundits and the press declared us dead after the paid consultants left. They declared that the decision not to compete in the Ames Straw Poll would mean that Iowans would ignore us. Some will again state that this is fatal.

    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.

    Mr Krull, this is your problem, caused by your failures. If the comparison is to Pearl Harbor, consider yourself Admiral Husband Kimmel.

  4. Actually, I do worry about Mr Gingrich’s executive abilities, because he has the same amount of executive experience as President Obama had in 2008. And the President hasn’t improved any in four years, so at least Mr Gingrich can’t be any worse, and he could be better. That’s why my preferred candidate is a governor, someone who has actually run something, and done so successfully. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good for Rick Perry.

  5. Clowns, the nation needs leaders and all we got is clowns. Incompetents, misfits, half-steppers, double talkers, unemployables, wimps, RINO’s and weak sisters. Oy Vey!

  6. Mr Krull noted:

    Remember that it was only a few months ago that pundits and the press declared us dead after the paid consultants left.

    This might make one wonder if those paid consultants should have been retained. After all, maybe one of them would have said, “You know, if we need 10,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot, perhaps we ought to make sure that we have at least 20,000, because we know that there will be some losses due to signatures being found invalid.”

    Your editor isn’t a paid consultant, but he knew that much well before this debacle.

  7. Ed Morrissey noted that it actually got easier to qualify for the ballot in 2012 over 2008 in Virginia, and such also-rans as Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Fred Thompson and John Edwards all managed to qualify for the 2008 Virginia primaries.

    If your campaign got out-organized by Fred Thompson’s, you have a serious problem.

  8. “That’s why my preferred candidate is a governor, someone who has actually run something, and done so successfully. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good for Rick Perry.”

    That’s true. Rick Perry is out of his realm, which I sensed the moment he expressed interest. He never prepared, therefore never impressed.

    Willard Romney is a former governor, and much, much better prepared with his campaign than Perry. But his constant flip-flopping is extremely annoying. Moreover, his efforts to attract his party’s right wing, mainly the Tea Party wing, are failing.

    Put all the Republican candidate shortfalls together with the recent Republican tactical errors, and assuming that the economy continues to inch forward, President Obama has improved his chances for reelection. Unless the Republicans continue to find ways to slow the economy down for the sake of their regaining power, President Obama and the Dems will retain power, but will continue to face obstruction in the Senate and a hostile SCOTUS activist majority. An unknown will be the impact of voter suppression by Republican Party dirty tricksters.

  9. It is entirely possible that President Obama will be re-elected if the economy improves noticeably. One would hope that, for the sake of our country, the economy does improve, but President Obama is defeated anyway.

  10. Wagonwheel: Do you EVER stop repeating the same, tired, ridiculous lines? By doing so, does it convince you of their truth?

    What a laugh …

  11. Without voter fraud few Democrats would ever win election to office or succeed in remaining there. Truly, voter fraud is the sine qua non of local and national Democrat Party politics, and has been the indispensable element in allowing corrupt office holders to maintain themselves at the public trough.

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