The best Christmas present I got this year came courtesy of the state of Virginia, in which Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich both failed to collect the necessary 10,000 signatures to get on the primary ballot. Virginia’s requirements are stringent– at ~10% of the number of last election’s primary voters probably too stringent to be democratically appropriate–but this is the case that demonstrates yet again that the presidential primary process is about ground organization, not just about getting lots of media attention. Lack of organization was what caused Newt’s campaign team to quit en masse earlier in the year, and obviously he hasn’t yet learned his lesson. Meanwhile Perry’s campaign is complaining that the requirements are “unrealistic,” apparently not noticing that the Romney and Paul campaigns really managed to meet those standards.
Someone who can’t organize a ground campaign to get 10,000 signatures may not be well suited to managing the executive branch of the U.S. government. and it’s a treat to see these fools who think they can rely just on media attention and their own charisma get their comeuppances.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year indeed!