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BREAKING: Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman Will Not Be on Virginia Ballot

From The Foundry at Hertitage.org

BREAKING NEWS—Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman will not be on the Virginia GOP ballot.

Federal district court Judge John Gibney has just issued a ruling in Richmond finding that the Virginia requirement that ballot petition circulators must be state residents is a violation of the First Amendment. However, he also held that the four GOP candidates who failed to make it onto the Virginia ballot because they did not meet the 10,000-signature requirement had waited too late to raise their constitutional claims. (Perry did not file suit until the end of December and the other three candidates joined his lawsuit last week.)

Under the legal doctrine of laches, parties with a claim have an obligation to assert it and cannot engage in unreasonable or unjustified delay.

It’s good to see the Rule of Law upheld, even when the result is not going to be a popular one. As I said at the time, if Newt and Perry didn’t have the organization to do something as simple as get on the Virginia ballot, they don’t have what it takes to be president. I still believe this to be true.

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Why I Have Renewed Respect For Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli

By Gary P Jackson

I’ve always figured Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was a solid Conservative. He was one of the first Attorneys General to challenge the constitutionality of ObamaCare in court. He’s always come off as someone who walks the walk.

This is why I was dumbfounded on Saturday when he came out in favor of changing Virginia election law retroactively, thus changing the outcome of an event that had already concluded. So much so I took a break from getting ready for a bit of New Year’s Eve fun to comment on the thought of mob rule, not the Rule of Law, winning the day.

On Sunday, it seems Cuccinelli realized the dangerous precedent he was about to set, and had this to say:

I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot access requirements for our statewide elections. However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 Presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia’s burdensome system. A further critical factor that I must consider is that changing the rules midstream is inconsistent with respecting and preserving the rule of law – something I am particularly sensitive to as Virginia’s attorney general.

My intentions have never focused on which candidates would be benefited or harmed, rather I have focused on what is best for Virginia’s citizens, as hundreds of thousands of Virginians who should have been able to make their choices among the full field of presidential primary contenders have had their number of choices reduced significantly.

My primary responsibility is to the people of Virginia, and how best to fulfill that responsibility in these particular circumstances has been a very difficult question for me. I believe consistency on the part of public officials is an important attribute. And I believe that Virginians are best served by an attorney general who consistently supports the rule of law. That leads to my conclusion that while I will vigorously support efforts to reduce the hurdles to ballot access in Virginia for all candidates, I will not support efforts to apply such changes to the 2012 Presidential election.

I do not change position on issues of public policy often or lightly. But when convinced that my position is wrong, I think it necessary to concede as much and adjust accordingly.

Honestly I don’t know if Cuccinelli came to this revelation completely on his own, or if he had some help. You can read more here, and come to your own conclusions. Others are certainly trying to make political hay, but it doesn’t matter to me.

What impresses me, is Cuccinelli is willing to say, on the record, that he was wrong. Few politicians do this any more. They always look for a way to blame their messes on someone else. In fact, half the GOP presidential field has turned blaming others for their screw ups, earlier positions, and so on, into performance art! Kabuki theater for the electorate.

Cuccinelli, who is running for governor is likely to take a lot of heat for withdrawing his support for the stupid idea of changing the law to allow a couple of candidates who don’t have the skill or organization to meet some pretty minimal ballot access requirements. A lot of voters are angry they will have only two choices on the ballot, and judging by some of the reaction I’ve seen online, few voters understand the dangerous precedent that would have been set had this change been allowed to happen.

Of course, it doesn’t help that conspiracy theories have triumphed over facts, and common sense.

It takes a lot of integrity for a man to admit his mistakes, and do the right thing, especially in politics. Again, you know his opponents will beat him over the head with this in the next election, and blame him for Virginians not being able to vote for a couple of candidates. Never mind the only reason those candidates are not on the ballot is because of their own failure, and nothing more.

This may cost the Attorney General at the polls, and may even prevent his being elected governor, but he put politics aside and did the right thing. That doesn’t happen very often these days.

For this, I have renewed respect for Ken Cuccinelli.

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Mob Rule: Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Decides to Forget the Rule of Law, Now Pushing to Allow Newt, Perry on Ballot

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 :


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Just A Reminder Of Who We Are Up Against

By Gary P Jacson

Communists, Socialists, Revolutionaries …. Oh my!

Just a reminder of the sort we are fighting against. This video was taken at the “One Nation” rally, that took place at the Washington Mall, in response to Glenn Beck’s wildly successful Restoring Honor rally that was held on August 28.

The “One Nation” rally was sponsored Barack Obama’s permanent campaign Organizing For America, as well as SEIU, the AFL-CIO, and all of the Soros funded groups, which run into the hundreds.

Notice all of the Socialist and Communist paraphernalia, and it’s violent imagery. Hard to miss all the Che Guevara imagery are well. It’s quite telling that one of the worst mass murders in history has become the symbol for the democrat party, and Obama.

It’s not like America wasn’t warned of this either. If you remember, in Houston, Texas, one of Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters offices prominently featured a Cuba flag with Che’s picture on it. World Net Daily reported at the time it was disturbing that Obama attracts “people who think mass murderers are romantic revolutionaries.

Americans were warned in 2008 who these people are, but most laughed it off. Well, who’s laughing now?

This is why your vote next Tuesday is so important.

Americans have a clear choice: You can vote for Freedom, Liberty, and the Rule of Law, or you can vote for radical Communists who want to take all of your freedom away. Radicals who worship mass murders like Mao, Stalin, and Che Guevara.

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