Talk about an OOPS!
Perry disqualified from Va. primary ballot

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said. …

Perry’s campaign [claimed] it had submitted 11,911 signatures, but a Republican source [says] that the Texas governor did not submit the required 10,000. …

Some candidates didn’t submit signatures, reports the Washington Post: “Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum.” The candidates who did submit signatures and are expected to qualify are “Romney, Perry, Paul and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.”

Virginia, an increasingly important swing state, will hold its primary on Super Tuesday, March 6.

Romney became the first Republican presidential candidate Tuesday to submit signatures for Virginia’s primary election ballot.

On Thursday morning, Gingrich said at an event outside Richmond that his campaign was still collecting signatures, but expected to have enough.

A poll released Wednesday showed Gingrich with a slight lead over Romney among Virginia Republicans in the race for president. The Quinnipiac University poll shows Gingrich at 30 percent and Romney at 25 percent among Republican voters. …

So. Rick Perry’s campaign staff’s big goof is one thing. But what about the candidates who flat out didn’t submit signatures? (They are Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum.)

Should we not take their campaigns seriously? What if one of them breaks out of the pack and begins to overtake the current front-runners? Virginia is a state that is most definitely “up for grabs” in November 2012.

Republican George “Macaca” Allen has a very good shot at retaking his U.S. Senate seat, especially since Jim Webb, who defeated Allen five years ago, is not running for reelection. And, best I recall, recent polls of Virginia voters have shown that the GOP presidential candidates could defeat Obama.

Have any of the candidates — besides Romney — actually developed solid contacts in all 50 states? I’ve been reminiscing about the days I worked on the Howard Dean campaign (hush, you).

Clear out West, where I live, we were already having monthly Meet-Ups starting in August 2003 … comparably, that would mean that the current crop of GOP candidates should have already been holding gatherings in all 50 states this PAST SUMMER. And Howard Dean had already held rallies and fundraisers in Seattle, Portland, and cities in California.

So I’m baffled by this bunch of GOP candidates and their lack of plotting a national campaign. Someone explain this to me. Please.