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On the Foolishness of the Virginia Presidential Primary (UPDATED)

I was hoping that, on the first day of the new year, I’d wake up and all the foolishness that was going on within RPV would just be a really bad joke. You know, the whole ‘new year, new start” thing…or maybe someone was trying to make a very long “New Year’s Fool” joke.

Didn’t happen.

As it stands right now, Rick Perry-joined by Newt, Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman-are all suing to join Romney and Ron Paul on the Virginia primary ballot. AG Cuccinelli has stepped in, saying that he will introduce emergency legislation to make that so. Meanwhile, RPV might (more on that “might” later) require everyone who votes in the primary to sign a loyalty oath, declaring that they WILL support the Republican nominee for president this fall, whoever that person may be.

Let’s tackle these in order, shall we?

First, I’ll repeat something I’ve said before-if you can’t organize your campaign well enough to meet a state’s ballot qualifications, you’re probably not going to do a good job organizing your White House. Now, let’s take that statement deeper: if you don’t even try to meet a state’s ballot qualifications, but THEN join a lawsuit to call them “unfair,” you’re not a leader. You’re a follower. And, frankly speaking, the LAST thing I want in a president-any leader, really-is someone who complains about rules they couldn’t be bothered to attempt to follow. That’s the type of pussy-footed behavior that leads presidents to “ask” other nations for their sovereign military hardware back. Not a good look.

On to my AG…rumor mill says he’s only intervening because his guy (Gingrich, I believe) didn’t make the ballot, and the guy of our LG (Romney) did. So, as not to look bad, here he comes to save Gingrich’s day. If that be so, it’s a crappy reason for him to step in (and I say that as a huge fan of the AG). If there was some wrongdoing in the counting process that he feels is suspect, uphold the law and investigate…that’s what AGs do. Don’t try to change the law just because you don’t like its how its outcome affects your future prospects. Again, not leadership material…and it’s not gonna bode well for future prospects, unless you win. Besides, wouldn’t DoJ have to weigh in on that? And remember who holds the tie-breaking vote in the General Assembly…

UPDATE at 7:00 pm: Cuccinelli’s changed his mind:

“…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,” he said in the statement. “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.”

Either someone punked him big time…or someone’s offered him a job in a new administration.

Lastly, on this “loyalty oath” thing. I said “might” earlier because our State Central Committee is going to have an meeting to decide on whether to go with it or not on Jan. 21. Here’s what Chairman Mullins said about it on his FB page:

The broader issue is …. we need Party registration in Virginia. Democrats have fought this for years for obvious reasons. We can’t have Democrat party loyalists flood our primaries to affect our nomination process. Party nominees must be chosen by their party.

I would take him at his word, except…well, besides the fact that his word still isn’t sitting too well with me, I know that, back in 2009, a certain person who now works at RPV all but encouraged participation in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, in hopes of achieving a certain outcome. Which didn’t work, by the way…saying something about how many people can really “affect the nomination process,” short of a concerted effort that would be too massive to keep a secret. Besides, let’s be honest…there is ZERO way to enforce a loyalty oath, unless those conducting the primary keep a list of people and the signed copies of their oaths (questionable), and those lists are provided to Republican poll watchers on election day in November (suspect, and probably illegal), who then proceed to identify and observe the signers casting their ballots (definitely illegal).

And even if you could legally enforce it, it would only be selectively enforced. Let’s be brutally honest here for a second-anyone who doesn’t fit a “standard” Republican profile would be checked to make sure they were following their oath. I’ll leave it to the intellectually honest to see that through to a conclusion, and to figure out who would be checked and who wouldn’t.

For my friends in SCC who read my blog, yes, I’m against the oath. You don’t get to tell me who I can and cannot vote for. First, and least importantly, you’ve done very little to earn my vote. Second, and most importantly, this type of voter intimidation (in a way, that’s exactly what it is, though not in a New Black Panther kinda way) got more than a few black people-and yes, some whites too-killed back in the day. I’m not saying the Klan’s gonna pay me a visit in the ‘hood in the middle of the night…but does anyone for a second think I’d support something that too many of my ancestors fought against…and died to prevent?

Forget what it says about RPV...what would that say about me?

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  1. As usual, you have given very thought-provoking and honest information. I was also disturbed by the law suit being filed by those Republicans who either didn’t take the time to do it right, or thought they could get by with less work, hoping not to get caught having not followed the proper procedure. It’s time they all grew up; we are in a war for the rescue of our nation. We need more Statesmen willing to do what is right for the sake of the country and fewer “boys” in grown men’s bodies.

    Angelica

    January 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm


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