Saturday, December 24, 2011

Oh, Darn!

Apparently Newt Gingrich won't be shifting the entire planet in Virginia. MSNBC reports this morning that neither he nor Rick Perry gathered enough signatures to qualify for the Republican primary ballot.
A Quinnipiac poll of Virginia Republicans released earlier in the week suggested that Gingrich had a slight lead over Romney.
Sorry, Newt. Looks like procrastination has trumped (oh, sorry) your delusions of grandeur this time.

UPDATE: Newt and co. are blaming a "failed system" rather than their own lack of organization. They're also planning an "aggressive" write-in campaign, which will be a little dicey as write-in votes are illegal in Virginia primaries.

(Kathy here - thanks to Steve for the invitation!)


Danp said...

Doesn't this raise the question of how conventional wisdom can find great enthusiasm in the Republican party, when it's front-runner can't muster 10.000 signatures?

c u n d gulag said...

Jeez, and here I though truly great and transformational leaders were supposed to have a lot of followers.

How ironic would it be if his two ex-wived liver there, and he ended up just a couple of votes short?

c u n d gulag said...

Oh, I'm sorry, how very rude of me!

Welcome, Kathy! :-)

Tom Hilton said...

I think Maddow is right about Gingrich: he isn't actually running for president, he's in it for the money.

But to me, the most hilarious thing about Gingrich's collapse is that Romney still hasn't picked up any more support. He's got the biggest, best-funded organization; he's spending a fuckton of cash on ads in Iowa; his opponents keep self-destructing; and his poll numbers are still in the low 20s. Hey, Mitt? They're just not that into you.

Kathy said...

Thank you, Mr. Gulag, sir! I don't know what to make of Newt's run. It's easy to write it off as a quest for ever more money, but he's so sure of his own brilliance it's hard to believe he doesn't want to "save" us from ourselves. Good thing he's unlikely to get the chance.