Gingrich compares Virginia ballot flub to Pearl Harbor

Newt Gingrich: Screwing the pooch in Virginia

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 wasn’t alone. Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to make the ballot as well. Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul will appear on the ballot when Republicans make their choice.

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.

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9 Responses to "Gingrich compares Virginia ballot flub to Pearl Harbor"

  1. Sandune  December 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I think this fiasco about Speaker Gingrich is a test to see if the American Voters can take the responsibility of ignoring this corrupt man when he tries to get back into our government.

    The voters are always responsible for the ethics within our government.

  2. Hal Brown  December 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

    He compares his campaign setback of a ballot flub in one state to what probably was the most significant modern day military setback and catastrophe from which a country emerged victorious.

    I don’t need to go into describing the psychopathology of a man who would make this comparison.

    • Rick  December 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

      Hal…according to the article it was his campaign director that made that call. I think Newt compared it to Verdun?

      They screwed up. Didn’t get the requirements met. No rebate.

    • woody188  December 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      I think all you have to say is “dangerous egomaniac” that we should be afraid of having in charge of the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet. It’s all about Newt in Newt’s world. Nothing else matters.

  3. Larry in Florida  December 26, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Yeah, the huge loss of American lives at Pearl Harbor is just like the inability to get your own corrupt ass on the ballot in Virginia to further your power hungry desires. Yeah.

  4. Sandune  December 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Gosh guys, how would you like to carry around the heavy weight of Newt’s ego? He lives in a dream world….Not even Hollywood could do it justice.

    Enjoy the Holidays, Hal; that is if you can. I thought about you yesterday and sent you a mental message. Love a puppy for me!

  5. Carl Nemo **==  December 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Gingrich’s demonstrated hubris on this issue should provide Americans with a ‘dipstick sampling’ of how this arrogant sob would perform as President of the United States…scary indeed! Visualize having to listen to this guy as president pontificate to “We the People” as to how things are going to be in “Newt World USA”…OUCH!

    Thanks Virginia for following your ballot guidelines. This guy couldn’t collect 10,000 signatures with 400 from each district. Yep, he’s a demonstrated winner…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. Lillibet  December 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Yes Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus.

    He’s the campaign manager for Newt in the gracious state of Virginia.

    Pearl Harbor analogy? Inapt. Irritating. Hugely beneath the reputed intellect of the guy with the doctorate. And, when you think about it, not at all to the point, unless one tortures the analogy so as to claim the US military bombed our own ships to smithereens that fateful December day. It was, after all, the ineptitude of Newt’s own that caused the ballot position to go “Poof.”

    Which could be, after all is said and done, quite a present to the American voter indeed.

  7. Hal Brown  December 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Here’s the latest from the Newt-paign –

    Dear Friend and Supporter,

    235 years ago yesterday, George Washington led a raid across an ice-filled Delaware River in a winter storm to surprise professional and highly-trained Hessian troops quartered in Trenton, NJ. Those under Washington’s command were volunteers. Many did not have boots. They took too long to cross the river and were hours behind schedule. They overcame a series of hardships along the march on the New Jersey side of the river. Yet, they were successful. The raid’s success fueled the Revolution and eight years later Washington stood victorious at Yorktown, VA. It is because of those few who stepped up that night, pressed forward and persevered, that we are a free country today.

    Our preparations are coming to an end. After months of pundit-driven “news” and commentary, in 8 days voters will finally be heard from. Each of you deserve thanks for sticking with the campaign. We have arrived at this point due to your drive and commitment.

    As we close in on Iowa and the early primary states, we need the support of as many people as possible. Please, grab an oar and make a donation to this campaign today.
    Sincerely,
    Michael Krull Newt 2012
    (Gingrich) Campaign Manager

    Link

    I am lost for words for a change.

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