Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s campaign director is comparing the candidate’s failure to get his name on Virginia’s Republican primary ballot for 2012 to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
That’s right. Gingrich’s inability to take the necessary steps to qualify for a ballot is, in his campaign’s view, similar to an surprise attack that killed thousands of Americans and triggered the nation’s entry into World War II.
Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull posted on Facebook:
Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941. We have experienced an unexpected setback, but we will regroup and refocus with interested determination, commitment and positive action. In the end, we will stand victorious.
The Virginia Republican Party was less dramatic in its reasoning for why Gingrich failed to make the ballot. The campaign simply did not collect the required number of verifiable signatures: 10,000 overall including at least 400 from each Congressional district.
Gingrich Sunday urged his supporters to write in his name.
That won’t work either. Virginia law prohibits write-ins in primary elections.
Gingrich went on the attack over the Christmas holiday weekend, calling the Virginia ballot process “archaic” and stacked against him.
University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato tells Capitol Hill Blue Gingrich’s failure is a “disaster” for his campaign, which has plummeted from front runner to also-ran in the past two weeks.
“This sends yet another signal to Republicans that Gingrich is not able to organize,” Sabato says.