When surrounded by clowns, don’t be surprised when a circus breaks out!
By Gary P Jackson
In a move that I am sure will excite the supporters of two disorganized candidates who couldn’t get enough people to support them, in FIVE MONTHS to get on the ballot, Virginia’s attorney general is wanting to throw a lifeline to Newt and Rick Perry.
This is like retroactively changing the rules of a game, so that the loser of the contest is declared the winner, by mob rule.
If there are flaws in Virginia’s law concerning ballot access, then change them FOR THE NEXT ELECTION!
Just as Newt, Perry, and their supporters claim it’s unfair the candidates couldn’t manage to follow the simplest of rules, or get the most minimum of support, it would be just as unfair to those who DID follow the rules and succeed. Seriously, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul followed the rules and qualified for the ballot. Santorum, Bachmann and others didn’t even attempt, because they didn’t have the organization in Virginia to compete.
Again, this would be like winning the Indy 500, and then being told in the winner’s circle you were no longer the winner because of a rule change made, after the race, simply because the fans were unhappy with the outcome.
It’s exactly like that.
What Cuccinelli proposes is not unreasonable, for the next election. From Fox News:
Cuccinelli, who is a Republican, shared the concerns.
“Recent events have underscored that our system is deficient,” he said in a statement. “Virginia owes her citizens a better process. We can do it in time for the March primary if we resolve to do so quickly.”
Cuccinelli’s proposal is expected to state that if the Virginia Board of Elections certifies that a candidate is receiving federal matching funds, or has qualified to receive them, that candidate will upon request be automatically added to the ballot.
Two former Democratic attorneys general are also backing the move, along with a former Democratic state party chairman and a former Republican state party chairman.
Wonder if Cuccinelli’s decision to run for governor has anything to do with this?
Read more here.
Now as a Palin supporter, and someone who would love to see her jump in and run, you’d think I’d be for this change. It would mean they’d have to put her on the ballot, even though she missed the deadline. Why? Because when you start changing the rules after the fact, to favor a candidate, or candidates, who failed to qualify, you gotta let everyone in.
I always thought Cuccinelli was a sharp guy. But he’s totally wrong here. Changing the rules like this would set a very dangerous precedent. Why do you think a couple of democrats support it?
Imagine this. A Republican wins Virginia in the general election. A mob of democrats “find” some reason the Republican won, and want the rules changed, retroactively, to change the outcome.
After all, if this happens, Virginia will have set a precedent for changing rules after the fact.
Sounds too far fetched? Then you haven’t been paying attention to how democrats operate during elections.
The fact is, everyone one involved in the Virginia fiasco, except Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, are acting like children. Spoiled rotten children.
Virginia has 2% of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Is it worth throwing away the last bit of integrity our political process has just to satisfy an angry mob?
The rules were simple. Get 10,000 legitimate signatures including 400 in each of Virginia’s 11 voting districts. It was recommended that every candidate get 15,000 and 700 signatures, respectively, to have a cushion against the inevitable. Oh, and you have FIVE MONTHS to get it done!
As I mentioned, one would think I’d be jumping for joy, because this wrongheaded move would allow Sarah Palin, should she jump in, a spot on the ballot. But I’m not. If this is allowed to take place, it will be a sad day for America.
These candidates and their supporters need to pay attention to this video. It perfectly describes the Gingrich and Perry campaigns, and why they failed :