In what must be considered the biggest blunder in electoral history, Michele Bachman, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum failed to gather enough signatures to qualify to be on the ballot in the pivotal swing-state of Virginia. As HotAir is now reporting, the only thing worse is that Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry might also have failed to gather enough, as it requires 10,000 qualified signatures. Gingrich and Perry both have more than 10,000 signatures, barely, but they may not have enough qualified signatures by the time the petitions are examined. Of course, this is great news for RINO-in-Chief, Mitt Romney, because if all five of these failed to gather enough signatures, his only other qualified opponent will be Ron Paul. I have a hard time believing in coincidences, and this really makes one wonder about the intent of some of these campaigns. Clearly, this throws into question the matter of competency.
Note to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Utah voters: You might as well scratch Bachmann, Huntsman, and Santorum off your list. Any of these will now have a hard time winning the nomination, as Virginia has a large number of delegates, and none of these candidates can get any from Virginia. More, if they can’t manage a campaign to get themselves on the ballot in Virginia, they may not be presidential material. Advantage Romney, and you had better believe that’s the point of all of this, and to me, it has the look of a set-up.
I’ve begun to think we’ve all been had by the establishment [again.] Make of it what you will, but this stinks to high Heaven, and it’s not conceivable that these candidates hadn’t know this in advance. 10,000 signatures is a large number, but extrapolating the polls across the population of Virginia, it wouldn’t seem difficult for any of them to obtain the requisite number of qualified signatures with a large number to spare, excepting only Huntsman, who might not be able to gather that many signatures across ten states.
This is an unmitigated disaster for Bachmann, Huntsman, and Santorum, and the margin will be close for Gingrich and Perry. One would think it might have been more important to these candidates to spend a little time on Virginia signature-gathering if they expected to be around for that primary. Maybe they didn’t, and then, why are they still in at all?
Update: Perry has been DQ’d also.
Update 2: Newt also gets DQ’d.