Virginia to Rick Perry: ‘Get Lost’

By Cole

Friday the 13th was unlucky for Rick Perry & Co. (Gingrich, Santorum, and Huntsman). A federal judge ruled they couldn’t play the Virginia primary game, lose, and then whine about its unfair rules.

(Actually, Santorum and Huntsman were just hoping to catch a break. They hadn’t previously tried to qualify for the ballot in Virginia.)

And in a twist whose irony was apparently lost on this rat pack, they complained that having to hire Virginia residents to gather votes is TOO EXPENSIVE ($50K-$100K).

So, Virginia’s Republican primary on March 6 will have only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul on the ballot, with no write-ins allowed.

On another front, the state GOP is considering scrapping its loyalty oath, which all primary voters must sign, promising to support the eventual Republican nominee. Even Virginia’s Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, who typically loves any discriminatory, backward idea that crosses his path, thinks this unenforceable oath is a bad idea.

Waiving the oath could open the door for Democrats and independents to flood the polls, hand Paul a resounding victory, and give Romney another dose of heartburn.

Wouldn’t that be sweet?

Perry’s appealing the ruling, but it’s too late. By law, absentee ballots for the military and other votes have to go out by January 21, so Virginia can’t keep diddling around with this indefinitely.

Besides, this mess is probably self-inflicted, if we believe the person who watched Republican volunteers qualifying the signatures candidates collected and tossing out enough, often on a whim, to make Perry come up short. (So did Gingrich, but he admitted some of his names were bogus.)

But after watching George W. Bush “win” twice in questionable squeakers, voting hanky-panky is sort of expected from Republicans. They talk about loving this country, then treat it like some banana republic, where rules can always be bent to their advantage.

4 Responses to Virginia to Rick Perry: ‘Get Lost’

  1. Britta says:

    I am only going to say this to see if my husband’s prediction prevails (and perhaps it is odd to have a conservative republican and a somewhat liberal as a couple who find agreement, but we do – at least on this issue). Republican antics in terms of campaigning and political posturing will give Obama another term.

  2. catsworking says:

    Britta, we totally agree with you. Romney’s going to get the nomination, and even though he’s Mormon and probably thinks that God reads secret messages embroidered on his underwear (as they are supposed to do), he won’t be wacko enough for the Tea Party and the LimPaw lovers to embrace and Obama will win.

    NEWS FLASH: The Virginia GOP has decided to drop the loyalty oath, paving the way for my dream of a Ron Paul victory to come true.

  3. Britta says:

    Newt coming within 10 miles of my locale for two stops on Wednesday. I’ll be watching, not for directions, but for the best, most time efficient detours.

  4. catsworking says:

    Britta, Cole has been contemplating Newt’s win in South Carolina and is working on something. Stay tuned…

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