Unbelievable. That the GOP nomination appears to be coming down to three candidates who can’t possibly win the general election proves how farcical the entire process has become. But to add insult to injury, in the past twenty-four hours it’s been revealed that neither Rick Perry nor Newt Gingrich will be on the ballot in the important state of Virginia:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has failed to qualify for Virginia’s March 6 Republican primary, a development that complicates his bid to win the GOP presidential nomination.
“After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10K signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary,” the Republican Party of Virginia announced early Saturday on its Twitter website.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry also fell short of the 10,000 signatures of registered voters required for a candidate’s name to be on the primary ballot, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will be on the ballot.
This follows the news earlier in the week that Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman also won’t be on the ballot in the commonwealth. So to sum up, in Virginia, a key swing state in 2012, the Republican choices are Mitt Romney, a flip-flopping liberal career candidate with a 5-17 electoral record who’s been running for president for nearly a decade and still can’t get more than 25% of Republicans to warm up to him…and Ron Paul who’s, well, Ron Paul.
Obama should be easier to beat than Jimmy Carter in 1980, but Republicans have to nominate someone who can at least pass the smell test. Unfortunately the geniuses who run the Republican Party at all levels and preside over this nonsensical nominating process are determined to prevent that from happening. Team Obama undoubtedly can’t believe their luck, and the Democrats will be able to use a significant portion of Obama’s billion dollar campaign cash to keep the Senate and compete for the House since they surely won’t need much of it to re-elect Obama. Way to go, GOP.
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