Big Choices For Virginia Republicans

By Loudoun Insider

Only four Presidential candidates submitted the required signatures for Virginia’s primary, and only two were certified.  Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are the two choices for a statewide primary.  Ridiculous.

UPDATE:  It’s hard to argue with NLS’ take on this – RPV absolutely should have done whatever it took to make sure a variety of candidates qualified.  I’m starting to wonder if this was some kind of purposeful laxity to help Bolling and his man Romney.  Which very well could backfire if the Paul folks really work it.


  • Kevin says:

    Just one more reason to have a convention…

  • I was shocked to see that this morning. Pathetic how Gingrich lives in McLean, but couldn’t get on the ballot.

  • Dan says:

    LI, if it was purposeful, you may be right about it backfiring. The Paulites are very passionate and will work hard to take advantage of the opportunity a one on one matchup provides. If a significant number of the “anybody but Romney” folks decide to vote for Paul too then it is very possible Paul could win Virginia.

    It has certainly been a fascinating year on the Republican side. I’ve really been enjoying the show. Of course, if I was a Republican watching it would make me nauseous.

  • Let's Be Free says:

    If this is how the Republican party wants it then fine, I’ll be voting 3rd party next November. What a bunch of doofuses Bolling et. al. got down in Richmond, contributing to Obama’s reelection and the downfall of our country this way. Smartass Romney can lose the big one his way.

  • TCJohnson says:

    Why did the other two not get certified?

  • David C.F. Ray says:

    I think most people who know me would have guessed this, but I voted against having this abominable primary. If we had done it the old way, every candidate would be able to get delegates from Virginia. Not now.

    I suggest you ask EVERYONE running for Congressional District Chairman and for State Central whether he voted for this primary or not (or whether he would do so for 2016) before committing to ANY of them.

    David C.F. Ray

  • NotJohnSMosby says:

    I find it hilarious that Newt and Perry won’t be on the ballot, but how or why is it the responsibility of RPV to get signatures for a given campaign? If a candidate seriously wants to be President, then they need to be able to have a minimum ground campaign to get a quarter of a percent of the state’s voters to sign their petition. If they can’t pass over that low bar, they don’t deserve to be on the ballot.

  • Leej says:

    Romney does not have a chance in hell as president. He is NOT a business man that can America. He and his dad basically raided companies bought them broke them up sold off the pieces then laid off a bunch of people. And that is the business guy that can save america. Wait till Obama starts his attacks with this info if he is the nominee. No matter how gentle people want us to dance around the Mormon religion or any religion. Mormons are not considered main stream by the established religions. No matter what they say in public. I have two brothers who changed to Mormon. It is very different . That is going to be a big factor for Romney even though most will not say it publically. Such as their funeral food which includes potatoes with loads of cheeses in them. ANd their strong belief the world will end as we know it Dec 21 2012. And I can go on and on. My point is his Mormon is going to to a big problem with a lot of established religious people.

    So the Mormons are planing a huge campaign next year for Media advertising from TV to print Etc. to explain who they are and are going to spend a zillion dollars on this. They say they not are doing this on purpose because of Romney just a coincidence . Might be a big turn off to the american public if this advertising is too intense like when the missionaries come to your door. They are very nice but extremely insistent.

    My biggest problem with Romney is the fact He and his dad were no more then corporate raiders like Carl Icahn. This country does not need a business guy like that.

  • Liberal Anthropologist says:

    I will be happily voting for Paul. It is time.

    Merry Christmas all!

  • AFF says:

    I’ll be voting for Paul too. No way he wins the general but I credit him for advancing much needed dialogue on wars, both foreign and domestic.
    If you like the horseracing aspect of politics this next year is going to be seriously entertaining.

  • Independent Voter says:

    Sadly, I don’t think any of the current contenders can beat Obama. And now it looks like The Donald may throw his hat in the ring as an Indy. Jeez, is this the best we can do? I’m praying for a miracle….

  • Independent Voter says:

    AFF: What’s the point of voting for someone who can’t win the general? And I don’t want to be seriously entertained. I was a qualified moderate Republican in the White House. But I’m not holding my breath.

  • AFF says:

    If you want to advance the discourse on a particular topic one way of doing so would be by voting for a second tier candidate in a primary. In 2008 the GOP wouldn’t even let Ron Paul in the door. I’d venture that this year they’ll cater to him, win or lose.

    I like Ron Paul and I’d like to see him with some delegates.

    Truth be told, I won’t be voting GOP this year. I’m going with the moderate Republican- Obama.

    As to entertainment in politics- I’d recommend giving it a try. Finding humor in the system helps make the process somewhat palatable.

    Merry Christmas

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