Breaking: Federal judge rejects Perry’s challenge to Virginia ballot law

posted at 4:37 pm on January 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Gingrich, Santorum, and Huntsman failed to qualify for the ballot too, you’ll recall, so Perry’s loss is also their loss. Which means, unless this gets turned around on appeal, the Virginia primary ballot will consist of Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and … that’s it. Huge news considering that, er, Romney and Paul will almost certainly be the only two candidates left in the race on March 6 anyway.

I said last month that I thought Perry had a real shot at success on the merits. The court actually agreed. There was just one problem:

In his opinion, Gibney says Perry, and the other candidates who joined the challenge, waited too long to bring the suit.

“They knew the rules in Virginia many months ago; the limitations on circulators affected them as soon as they began to circulate petitions,” he writes. “They plaintiffs could have challenged the Virginia law at that time. Instead, they waited until after the time to gather petitions had ended and they had lost the political battle to be on the ballot; then, on the eve of the printing of absentee ballots, they decided to challenge Virginia’s laws. In essence, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair.”

More from the Examiner:

Gibney agreed that it was unfair to ask campaigns to only use in-state [petition] circulators but noted that none of the candidates made it an issue until after the state deadline to submit petitions. He added it was likely they would have won an injunction allowing their campaigns to use out-of-state petitioners if they hadn’t waited until after the deadline to sue…

Gibney was concerned that the elections process would be thrown into disarray if he allowed the candidates onto the ballot, and that it was “kind of intrusive into state affairs” to dictate proper thresholds for making the ballot.

Yay, states’ rights! I have to say, I’m amazed that a federal court would use laches to defeat a claim that affects a constitutional right and which the judge admits is meritorious given that the ruling will bar millions of citizens from voting for their preferred candidate in a presidential primary. (There’s no write-in option under Virginia law, remember.) Yeah, fine, Perry and the rest are disorganized morons who should have challenged the ballot law sooner. How does that justify stiffing the entire Republican electorate in Virginia by letting an unconstitutional ballot requirement stand?

Exit question: How will the vote split between Romney and Paul on March 6? Most people seem to think Mitt will crush him by 30 or 40 points but I’m highly skeptical of that. Once Romney becomes the de facto nominee, which could happen by the end of this month, GOP voters who dislike him will be looking to cast a protest vote and reporters bored with covering a race whose conclusion is foregone will start touting Paul just to make things interesting. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if the margin is closer to 10-15 points than 30.

Update: A Twitter buddy adds a good point about my exit question. By the time March 6 rolls around and Romney’s nomination is a fait accompli, plenty of tepid Mitt supporters will feel safe in staying home. Paul’s supporters won’t. Another reason to think the race will be closer than you think.


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Sekhmet on January 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Will you rub your hands with maniacal glee and say, “and your little dog too?”

MJBrutus on January 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

he! i got this gem form politico:

Mitt worried for ‘the poor’
By MAGGIE HABERMAN |
1/13/12 5:41 PM EST

First Read:

The former Massachusetts governor also made another slight tweak to his usual campaign message, adding a line today about concern for the poor. Traditionally on the stump and in debates, Romney says the poor are “taken care of” by the country’s social safety net. Today he appeared to call for reinforcing that net, in addition to helping the middle class.

“I’m concerned about the poor in this country. We have to make sure the safety net is strong and able to help those who can’t help themselves,” Romney said, before returning to his standard remarks. “I’m not terribly worried about the very wealthiest in our society; they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the vast middle class of our nation, the 90 percent of Americans, the 95 percent of Americans who are having tough times.”

mitt is a socialist!

nathor on January 13, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Since he won’t win the nomination, why even bother casting a “protest vote”? Meaningless waste of time.

whatcat on January 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

because many republicans feel that Romney was forced down their throats by the establishment.

nathor on January 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Perry who?

Perry Como? Isn’t he dead?

Splashman on January 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Since he won’t win the nomination, why even bother casting a “protest vote”? Meaningless waste of time.

whatcat on January 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Let’s face it, this has too many “coincidences” not to be the RPVA’s bright idea to guarantee a Romney win. If Ron Paul had a chance in the nomination, I wouldn’t say that. Does that dry your tears any?

Sekhmet on January 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Will you rub your hands with maniacal glee and say, “and your little dog too?”

MJBrutus on January 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Right after I turn you into a toad.

Sekhmet on January 13, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Sekhmet on January 13, 2012 at 7:10 PM

About as likely as Romney losing to Paul. I guess I should be worried.

MJBrutus on January 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

You’ve got to admit that this Romney V. Paul could be pretty interesting- if it gets to the point where they’re splitting the delegates, how does it get resolved? Rush was adamant today that Ron Paul “would not be the nominee-no way in hell”. I certainly don’t want him to be, but how do you stop him if he gets to, (is) a strong 2nd all the way through….

BettyRuth on January 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

This one angers me .
Get15000 : no names get checked . Get 10000 : all names get checked .

Given the historical reject rate, 15,000 signatures is statistically enough to ensure there will be 10,000 valid signatures.

As the number if signatures submitted for approval decline, the risk of enough invalid signatures to bring the total valid ones increases.

BacaDog on January 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

You’ve got to admit that this Romney V. Paul could be pretty interesting- if it gets to the point where they’re splitting the delegates, how does it get resolved? Rush was adamant today that Ron Paul “would not be the nominee-no way in hell”. I certainly don’t want him to be, but how do you stop him if he gets to, (is) a strong 2nd all the way through….

BettyRuth on January 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

i love to see conservative opinion makers railing making desperate attempts to minimize paul. the fact is that paul is changing the paradigm of what it means to be a conservative and these opinion makers hate that.

nathor on January 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Does this mean we can move on from the myriad of arguments that in no way change the fact that none of these guys in the suit had the required 10,000 valid signatures to begin with?

/looks at the 209 comments thus far… guess not…

The Schaef on January 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Does this mean we can move on from the myriad of arguments that in no way change the fact that none of these guys in the suit had the required 10,000 valid signatures to begin with?

/looks at the 209 comments thus far… guess not…

The Schaef on January 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

+100 and amen.

BacaDog on January 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Splitting the Conservative……..sorry Perry you remind voters of all the mumbling and bumbling of BUSH 43.

Go back to Austin.

PappyD61 on January 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

That picture of Perry is priceless. ROTFLMAO

But the Perry people still love him in a kind of Justin Bieber Chat Room way.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Splitting the Conservative……..sorry Perry you remind voters of all the mumbling and bumbling of BUSH 43.

Go back to Austin.

PappyD61 on January 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

If we get Romney we can thank PERRY.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Perry 2012!

dacoach on January 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Perry doesn’t quit. The convention will have to decide.

dacoach on January 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM

If this were about the Democrat primary, they’d be on the ballot. You know I’m right.

SlaveDog on January 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Yup. Been done before, in NJ.

To quote from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “Rules? What rules?”

fred5678 on January 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Perry doesn’t quit. The convention will have to decide.

dacoach on January 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM

And he’ll be driving from primary to primary in his pickup truck pulling a camper to sleep in. He’ll be out of money soon.

BacaDog on January 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM

BAAAAAAAIIIIIIIINNN!!!!!!

dacoach on January 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

What was free market about RomneyCare?

Romney doesn’t mind government intrusion into the free market when he’s in power.

Let’s not make him out as the Guardian of Free Markets simply because of the Bain Capital attacks.

Dr. Tesla on January 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

You could ask Newt – he praised it as a “conservative, market alternative” when it passed.

But it is certainly more free market and conservative than either the “public picks up the cost for all the freeloaders” or the “single payer” systems the 85-90% Democratic legislature would have passed had Romney not got out front.

It’s a lot like Nixon creating the EPA. If he had not done so, the Democratic Congress would have created a cabinet level Department. You think the EPA has done mischief as an agency, imagine 40 years as a Department – if you can.

Health care is NOT going away, either. Reforms are necessary or no one will be able to afford it, Medicare will go belly up, etc. MassCare was an attempt. It hasn’t worked, in part because of flawed design, in part because the Democrats refused to allow any premium increases at all after Romney left office.

Adjoran on January 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Ya know what Ol’Jack Burton always says at a time like this? “Have I paid my dues? Listen, Buddy, the check is in the mail.”

SurferDoc on January 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I can see a Gingrich / Perry ticket.
Vote for us or we will sue you!

Gall on January 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Update: A Twitter buddy adds a good point about my exit question. By the time March 6 rolls around and Romney’s nomination is a fait accompli, plenty of tepid Mitt supporters will feel safe in staying home.

Don’t count on it, buddy. Mitt bashers and others who fear Mitt’s candidacy underestimate at their own peril the intensity and amount of voter support for Romney.

We want Obama out, and we know that Mitt Romney is the man to do it. We will show up to vote. You can bet on it!

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM

In bringing this spurious lawsuit, Al Gore’s former campaign manager was merely following the example of his mentor, Al Gore, whose campaign in Texas Perry once enthusiastically chaired.

Take the Judge’s opinion and give it a “Florida” tone and it matches Al Gore’s attempt to steal the election there in 2000:

(Perry) knew the rules in Florida many months ago….(Perry) could have challenged the Florida law at that time. Instead, (Perry) waited until after the (signature gathering) and…. then (Perry) decided to challenge Florida’s laws. In essence, (Perry) played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair.”

A perfect fit. Al Gore’s former campaign manager needs to head back to Texas and get ready for the annual Gay Rodeo in Fort Worth, March 2-4, 2012, advertised as a “Texas Tradition.

I guess “ride ‘im, cowboy” has a different meaning in Texas these days.

Horace on January 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Mitt Romney will be the protest vote. His supporters will protest this country actually moving forward away from the statist protocol.

More government please…can you guess what I am now?

dacoach on January 13, 2012 at 9:56 PM

WHHHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!! We didn’t follow the rules, and now the courts are trying to screw us. WHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!–GOP motto

libertarianlunatic on January 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

And he’ll be driving from primary to primary in his pickup truck pulling a camper to sleep in. He’ll be out of money soon.

BacaDog on January 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Mike Huckabee didn’t have any problem following McCain from primary to primary until the end in 2008. I don’t remember Huckabee having anything more than a shoestring budget.

Ron Paul isn’t going to quit before the convention. I would be really surprised to see Newt quit. Newt’s campaign would go back in the red first.

If I had to guess Santorum and maybe Huntsman might be the next to drop out.

That would leave Romney, Paul, Perry, and Gingrich. Romney and the Southerners.

Dr Evil on January 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Mike Huckabee didn’t have any problem following McCain from primary to primary until the end in 2008. I don’t remember Huckabee having anything more than a shoestring budget.
Dr Evil on January 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Of course the only result for all the effort was Huckabee getting a Fox News gig.

whatcat on January 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Ya know what Ol’Jack Burton always says at a time like this? “Have I paid my dues? Listen, Buddy, the check is in the mail.”

SurferDoc on January 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

LOL! Spend much time in Little China, do ya?

ariel on January 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

What’s the spin from camp Rick?

Vulture judge gives Perry the political pink slip?

profitsbeard on January 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM

You could ask Newt – he praised it as a “conservative, market alternative” when it passed.

What cracks me up is the Romney fans and shills like National Review will attack Gingrich for supporting RomneyCare and the individual mandate, but they have no problem with Romney, the man actually implemented it. In their view, Gingrich’s hypocrisy is worse than RomneyCare.

It’s amazing the GOP wins elections with our genius pundit class and candidates.

Dr. Tesla on January 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Allahpundit on January 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Look, man, you report the basic facts, which is all well and good. This is a story that should be reported on. But your posts seem custom built to cause as much drama in the comments segment as possible, either by riling the ABR’s into a frenzy about something or through getting on the nerves of people who support Mitt Romney.

But that’s just the dynamic of the site. Ed’s professional and calm whenever he’s posting and you try to stir up as much anxious energy in the comments as you can.

WealthofNations on January 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

agreed. Allah and a few of the others are extremely biased, and when called on it try and backpedal and proclaim they are not shading their stories. But Allahpundit is annoying in his trollbait posts. I wish all the mods on here would play it straight down the middle and just report the news articles and let the commenters comment..

AirForceCane on January 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Ron Paul’s not much of a factor as he gets most of his support from liberals, liberterians, and political neophytes. Your average Republican voter is never going to support his crazy foreign policy.

Dr. Tesla on January 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I don’t see how it’s the end of the world if they let Gingrich and Perry and the others on the ballot in Virginia. Nobody’s going to die, we won’t turn into a banana Republic.

There is a problem with ballot access when only 2 of the candidates make the ballot in Virginia, and most of the others didn’t even try b/c of the costs, resources it takes to do it.

Dr. Tesla on January 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I hate admittign this but I kind of hope Romney does lose to Obama. His supporters care more about “electablity” over ideology so it will be fun when he loses after they’ve been so smug about electablity for years now.

Losing twice to Obama may be what it takes to get the message across to people who think we must nominate a moderate to win elections.

Dr. Tesla on January 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM

If Mitt doesn’t take Paul by 40 points he will be shown to be a loser…it will be a harbinger of things to come, people staying home and not voting.
Huge pressure on Mitt…40 points or bust.

right2bright on January 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM

nathor on January 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

…or we just hate Paul…and yes we are afraid of the shift…shift to lunacy.

right2bright on January 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Dr. Tesla

A problem with ballot access?

As the court said, if Jethro Perry had a problem with that, he should have brought it up before the signature count verification process.

OTOH – I hear LSU wants a replay of the National Championship game. Seems they think the rules were “unfair.”

Perry belongs back in Texas – the annual Gay Rodeo in Fort Worth is March 2-4. A “Texas Tradition, ” the ads say. He can do some A&M yells and somersaults during the calf ropin’.

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Too funny.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Perry wants to redo all the debates and is demanding that he be allowed to do take, after take, after take, until he gets the answers correct and doesn’t sound like a stumbling bumbling boob. He does take, after take, for his TV ads and figures since those fool the uninitiated, he might as well do the same in the debates.

csdeven on January 14, 2012 at 1:18 AM

By the time March 6 rolls around and Romney’s nomination is a fait accompli, plenty of tepid Mitt supporters will feel safe in staying home.

Romney 2012: Feel the excitement!

El Txangurro on January 14, 2012 at 3:00 AM

the fact is that paul is changing the paradigm of what it means to be a conservative and these opinion makers hate that.

nathor

The paradigm he is pushing is racist, anti-Semitic nutjob, so yeah, we kind of have a problem with that.

xblade on January 14, 2012 at 4:37 AM

I hate admittign this but I kind of hope Romney does lose to Obama. His supporters care more about “electablity” over ideology so it will be fun when he loses after they’ve been so smug about electablity for years now.

Losing twice to Obama may be what it takes to get the message across to people who think we must nominate a moderate to win elections.

Dr. Tesla on January 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM

The problem with this thinking Doc Tesla is that it would be so damaging to our country with Obama wreaking havoc over the next 4 years and with his SCOTUS appointments that would decimate our country for decades.

So, no, it would not be “FUN” as you say.

The other thinking that needs to change amongst some of you here on HA is that, yes, our country is a conservative leaning country BUT we are not a 40-45% Tea Party conservative party. Too many people on here cannot accept that we are conservatives but unless we buy into YOUR conservatism we are all infidels and part of the “establishment” of the Republican Party.

I am a TPer BUT also recognize that people like my family members, and I would suspect your family members, are conservative BUT are not on HA and other blogs daily as they are just common, working folks that believe in our country’s founding and do not get caught up in the political FERVOR like we do. But nonetheless they are still conservative and do not like to be mocked that their “conservatism” is not as PURE as your conservatism. We all need to keep this in mind or otherwise we will fracture the movement/party to the delightment of the Liberals!

g2825m on January 14, 2012 at 5:49 AM

It is important that we don’t mention that Romney is a flip-floping, faux conservative phoney to our less informed and/or stupid friends whose votes will be so important in November. Please do your part.

SurferDoc on January 14, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Makes Virginia look stupid to have only 2 candidates on their ballot.

Thought they were so smug putting in the fix for Romney. I hope the 75% of “not Romney” people go out and vote for Ron Paul. I despise his foreign policy but Romney can’t win in the general anyway.

Rio2010 on January 14, 2012 at 8:13 AM

SO WHAT… WE STILL SUPPORT HIM 100%

The latest “Perry Woman” video ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt7c4mQbaZ4

nancysabet on January 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

SO WHAT… WE STILL SUPPORT HIM 100%

The latest “Perry Woman” video ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt7c4mQbaZ4

nancysabet on January 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

That’s a great photo of the Perrys at the end. We could do so much worse than the Perrys in the White House.

Dr Evil on January 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

If you live in Virginia, and you are in the Tea Party or active in conservative politics, it is YOUR fault that the candidates you want are not on your ballot. Wake up and stop blaming people. It’s not Mitt Romney or Ron Pauls fault that they chose the options they did to count their signatures. It is not George Bush’s fault, or is it a scheme by Halliburton.

I have to wonder, does this mean you are not getting ready for your local candidates, your Congressional elections and working on the Senate campaigns? I don’t see the VA Tea Party doing anything noticeable, they live near the capitol, but I don’t see them up there protesting Harry Reid for not bringing 30 bills to the floor for an up or down vote, all I hear is whining.

How in heck have you got your candidates on the ballot before, don’t you pass around the primary petition sheets at your meetings? that is what other people do. Do you think someone else is going to do it for you? Stop blaming Virginia laws, blame yourselves. Use this as a wake up call.

Fleuries on January 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Mike Huckabee didn’t have any problem following McCain from primary to primary until the end in 2008. I don’t remember Huckabee having anything more than a shoestring budget.
Dr Evil on January 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Of course the only result for all the effort was Huckabee getting a Fox News gig.

whatcat on January 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Huckabee looks happy with his gig at Fox News. He was encouraged to run for President again this go around, and he declined. That would mean he wouldn’t be the only prior candidate that had run in 2008 running again in 2012. That’s supposed to be an edge in the republican party.

My point is – If a candidate wants to, they can stay in the primary race until the convention. Hillary Clinton’s campaign was in the RED by the time of the Democrat Convention, $$$$ didn’t stop her from campaigning in the Democrat primary.

Rick Perry is steady, and this is not the first campaign he’s run in or been involved with. The only state that Perry’s not qualified on is Virginia. Who knows what the Ron Paul turnout will be like. Allah asked will Virginia primary voters – protest vote? I expect Perry will figure out the pay off of staying in till the end- Tim Pawlenty is kicking himself to this day for getting out.

My problem with the Perry Campaign is BRANDING. Look at Newt Gingrich he’s branding himself with this, he states: I am a Georgia Reagan Conservative, and he never let’s the opportunity go by to remind everyone that Romney is a Moderate from Massachusetts, followed by a list all the failed attempts of Massachusetts Presidential candidates. That’s how branding works, media “Saturation” give people “Voters” something to identify your specific BRAND with. To date the Perry team has outstanding ads but the BRANDING is weak. He came out with the best line of the political season “I’ll work every day to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can,”

Dr Evil on January 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Rick Perry is steady, and this is not the first campaign he’s run in or been involved with.

Dr Evil on January 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Excuse me, steady? I would say desperate is more like it. And incompetent. And embarrassing. And imbecilic.

Running around in a last minute gasp for relevance, calling venture capitalists vultures who like to pick the meat off of skeletons is hardly steady. It reeks of desperation. It’s pathetic. It’s cheap, dishonest and sickening. No wonder Perry is losing major financial backers to Romney. Perry is nothing but a clown.

Perry’s problem isn’t branding. Perry’s problem is Perry. Perry’s problem is that he is not cut out for the presidency. The man is an incompetent buffoon. There’s no other way to say it. After hearing Perry attempt to speak in complete sentences, I’m frankly shocked that the man even managed to fulfill his duties as Gov of TX, though I understand the TX Governor is relatively weak when compared to the same position in other states.

FACT: PERRY AND NEWT GINGRICH ARE LOSERS!

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Allah, I’m not amazed that the Fed Judge would use Laches. The candidates knew the rules going in, and if they were having a hard time circulating petitions as a result of those rules, they should have filed much earlier. The VA AG seems to agree with that position as he backed down from emergency legislation after a bit of thought.

Funny that this has never been much of an issue in the past.

Quartermaster on January 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

And when you anti-Romney paranoids cast your “protest vote” for Paul be sure and give a shout-out to Ahmadinejad on your way out of the polling place. Then you can get back to whining about evil capitalism.

cicerone on January 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Paul would ignore Ahmadinejad which is bad. Romney would set up IranCare which is worse.

Farenht451 on January 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Bolding your yelling now. Romney really is vulnerable. When Mittbots troll a Perry thread of a candidate they state isn’t a threat. Why bother? Simple, Mitt Romney’s weak, and even the media shilling for him, he still can’t win over the republican conservative base. Why? Because they know what a huge phony he really is. That didn’t take me turning on the cap lock once LOL!

Dr Evil on January 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This is just freaking unbelievable! I’ve never been so ashamed of being a republican. Yeah, sure this idiot judge is going to blah, blah but the Virginia Republican Party should be ashamed of itself for not fixing this. But then the primaries are also being fixed here in D.C. and from what I hear in Rhode Island and Illinois. They must be worried because it does look like Romney is tanking and not garnering too much excitement all around. Doesn’t bode well for him but to deny the people of Virginia, those of us in D.C. and those other states not to primary and vote for all the candidates, especially the ones far superior to Mutt and Ru. What a disgrace! It’s like we are in the Soviet Union or something. I was very interested and contributing to the VA Republican Party supporting Gilmore when he ran and Allen for his now since D.C. is a hopeless democrat cesspool. But now I’m so disgusted I’ve cancelled all that and Cucinelli makes me sick! D.C. Republicans can kiss also my grits. If this is allowed to stand I am changing my registration to Conservative Independent.

mozalf on January 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Texas 155 delegates.

dacoach on January 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

And Perry would win them.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

PPP is conducting a poll in Texas right now. After their first day or surveys they tweeted that they were asking Texans about a hypothetical head-to-head between Romney and Perry in the presidential race and they said Texas Republicans favored Romney. That was only based off one night of polling and they didn’t say what the margin was but based off what they’re seeing I wouldn’t be totally confident in Texas alone carrying Perry over the finish line.

alchemist19 on January 14, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Perry belongs back in Texas – the annual Gay Rodeo in Fort Worth is March 2-4. A “Texas Tradition, ” the ads say. He can do some A&M yells and somersaults during the calf ropin’.

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 1:00 AM

What is it with you and the Gay Rodeo comments – are you just trying to up the attendance with free ad space or what???? I live down the road a bit from Austin, and this is the first I’ve ever heard of a Gay Rodeo.. in Texas or elsewhere. God bless ‘em if that’s where the passion is though. I do agree with you on your basic point – Perry needs to give it up and come home. He’s done pretty well as a governor.

Faith on January 14, 2012 at 6:57 PM

A President For Our Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDE1ulafHUc&feature=related

nancysabet on January 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

They Won’t Knock ‘em Down This Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDYtRDQY9lQ&feature=related

nancysabet on January 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

If Rick Perry plans on throwing in the towel – and that’s a big “if” – I don’t see him doing it until after the Texas primary in April. He’d be doing his people a disservice if he dropped out before then.

TMOverbeck on January 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

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