According to the Republican’t Party of Virginia:
*”After verification, RPV has determined that Rick Perry did not submit the required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary.”
*”After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary.”
With Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman not even bothering to submit signatures for validation, this means that only Willard Mitt Romney (formerly known as the guy running to the LEFT of Teddy Kennedy!) and (conspiracy theorist, David Duke admirer, anti-Israel/pro-Ahmedinejad nutjob) Ron Paul have made it onto the Virginia’s March 6 “Super Tuesday” primary ballot. What a party! Heh.
True, it’s not easy to get on Virginia’s ballot, and true, Virginia’s primary could very well be meaningless anyway (my guess is that flip-floppin’ Willard “Mitt” Romney will have clinched the nomination well before then). Still…c’mon, if a presidential campaign can’t even manage to get on Virginia’s primary ballot (in Gingrich’s case, he wasted a couple precious days of the candidate’s precious time, diverting to Virginia in a last-ditch, desperate attempt to qualify), they certainly can’t handle the general election, let alone running the country. Just drop out now and stop wasting everyone’s time and money!
P.S. This is also yet another major FAIL for our old friend Jerry Kilgore, who headed up Rick Perry’s Virginia campaign. It’s ironic, as Kilgore’s tag line in 2005 was, “I trust the people…always have, always will.” Well, sorry Jerry, but “the people” elected Tim Kaine over you in 2005, and now they haven’t exactly flocked to your presidential candidate’s banner. Still feeling the trust? Heh.
P.P.S. Needless to say, Barack Obama easily made it onto the Virginia primary ballot — the only Democrat to do so.
UPDATE: In 2008, SIX Republicans (Paul, McCain, Thompson, Huckabee, Giuliani, Romney) made the Virginia presidential primary ballot; and in 2000, FIVE Republicans (Keyes, Bauer, Bush, McCain, Forbes) made it. In other words, Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer, Steve Forbes, Fred Thompson, and numerous others did what Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Jon Hunstman, and Rick Santorum couldn’t do — get on the Virginia Republican primary ballot! Also, I’d point out that Jim Webb’s volunteers – led by the amazing Mary Detweiler – were able to get him on the primary ballot in 2006, without spending almost any money at all (fortunate, as Webb really didn’t have any!).
UPDATE #2: In 2004, the following Dems got on the Virginia primary ballot — Al Sharpton, John Kerry, Wesley Clark, John Edwards, Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, Dennis Kucinich, Dick Gephardt, and even not-really-a-Democrat Lyndon Larouche.
UPDATE #3: And Newt, predictably, whines. What a pathetic LOSER!