Only two people managed to get on the ballot for the GOP primary in Virginia: Romney and Ron Paul. Gingrich is furious that such a thing has happened and has said that this is evidence that the system is broken. Personally, I view it as a sign as to just how incompetent everyone has become. There is no excuse for this. The fact of the matter is that there is one single most important task of a campaign manager: to ensure that your candidate’s name is on the ballot. If it is not, then is is highly unlikely that they will be elected, isn’t it?
I am unfamiliar with the primary rules in Virginia. I will assume that they allow for write-in votes. If this is the case, one of three things will happen.
1) Mitt Romney will win. If this happens, Ron Paul can probably pack it up. No one likes Romney. If he wins, that means that NOBODY likes Ron Paul and that all the commentators on Fox News are right.
2) Ron Paul will win. If this happens, commentators will probably point out that Romney is through. Rather than use a Ron Paul victory as a sign of Ron Paul’s viability as a candidate, they will say that “If Romney can’t even beat Ron Paul one-on-one, this is a clear sign that the majority of Republicans do not want Romney as a candidate.”
3) A write-in will win. Now, if this happens, both should drop out of the race because if a write-in wins, then that surely means that both are through.
I’ve been flopping around, but I am leaning towards Ron Paul. I believe the type of Presidency he describes is more in line with what the Founders had in mind. Look, the President is the Commander in Chief, but I don’t think that the Founders wanted the President to launch attacks on foreign soil without Congressional approval. Doing is is an act of WAR, and declaring war is the job of the Legislative Branch.
Long Live the Constitution!