Monday, December 26, 2011

Oops — Gingrich and Perry Won’t Carry Virginia

As the saying goes, you don’t plan to fail; you fail to plan.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have failed to qualify for Virginia’s March 6 Republican primary.

The Republican Party of Virginia announced late Friday and early Saturday that Gingrich and Perry fell short of the 10,000 signatures of registered voters required for a candidate’s name to be on the ballot.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul met the threshold and will be on the ballot.

Failure to compete in Virginia, which is among the “Super Tuesday” primaries, would deal a huge blow to any contender who had not locked up the nomination by then.

Mr. Gingrich did what any mature adult would do in a situation like this: he blamed it on the state of Virginia instead of his campaign, and immediately vowed to start a write-in campaign. Small problem; Virginia doesn’t allow write-ins on primary ballots.

After careful introspection and reflection, Mr. Gingrich’s campaign said that the Virginia ballot disaster was comparable to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor:

“Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941,” campaign director Michael Krull said in a message posted to Facebook. “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.”

So a failure on the part of a local campaign to get enough signatures on petitions is comparable to an attack that killed over 1,500 Americans and plunged us into World War II? Excuse me, but I think your hyperbole is leaking all over the floor.