Posted by: Chris | December 27, 2011

A Date Which Shall Live in Infamy

Today the eminently conservative Newt Gingrich has suffered a personal Pearl Harbor:

 Leading Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has failed to meet the requirements to be in the presidential primary election in Virginia, where he resides, the state’s Republican Party said.

Gingrich had been leading in a poll of Virginia voters and a spokesman for the former speaker of the House of Representatives defiantly pledged to run a write-in campaign for the March 6 vote. However, Virginia does not permit write-ins in primary elections, according to the state code.

The Gingrich campaign, fortunately, has managed to keep things in perspective:

Newt and I have talked three or four times today and he stated that this is not catastrophic – we will continue to learn and grow. Remember that it was only a few months ago that pundits and the press declared us dead after the paid consultants left. They declared that the decision not to compete in the Ames Straw Poll would mean that Iowans would ignore us. Some will again state that this is fatal.

Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days – but in the end we will stand victorious.

Why Newt, great historian and author of a Pearl Habor series,* did not reach for Yamamoto’s “awaken a sleeping giant” quote for his moment of defiance is beyond me.

 The analogies don’t just end with Newt, though.  Just like the Japanese during their December campaign, the Virginia Republican Party has struck against all fronts:

The Virginia Republican Party also said Texas Governor Rick Perry’s petitions also had failed to qualify him for the ballot. Only former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul qualified.

Three other members of the Republican field trying to unseat Democratic President Barack Obama – former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum – did not meet the Thursday deadline for submitting petitions.

The VA ballot will be quite sparse.

*Fittingly, it is an alternate history series, retelling the events of December 7th, but more awesome.

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