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Not-Mitt Protest Vote Registered In VA

Posted on | March 6, 2012 | 34 Comments

by Smitty

The Virginia GOP needs a personality transplant. 400 years on into the existence of the state, we have a GOP so sclerotic as to serve up one vote with a choice of two candidates. I was the only one in the room, and outnumbered 6:1 by poll workers. Way to excite people about representative democracy, people! The big sign by the check-in, where, in a feat of brutal, overt, raaaaacist voter suppression, I presented a driver’s license and stated my full name and address, stated in huge black letters words to the effect: “Write-in candidates are not permitted per Virginia Law [numbers]”.

Hopefully the not-Mitt candidate does well enough here, and the other not-Mitt candidates elsewhere, so that the GOP gets the message that this vaguely rigged seeming process is going to be the death of it. Or maybe the rebirth. I have joined the local Republican Committee, where we can hopefully, over time, circulate some blood in a purportedly red state that’s looking kinda old and purple these days.

Also, putting all of the primary votes on the same day would seem a tad bit more efficient, both in terms of set-up for the vote and participation. It’s almost as though Virginia’s GOP overlords don’t really care much for participation.


34 Responses to “Not-Mitt Protest Vote Registered In VA”

  1. Mike Rogers
    March 6th, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Good on ya, Smitty! Into the lion’s den by joining the state GOP. I can tell you that the beast will not go quietly into the night, in fact, if you are serious about change, you will find yourself struggling to ride the tiger without getting eaten by it!
    We thought we had a Tea party takeover in NH, but the establishment wallets snapped shut, and the plotting began: Judases emerged, and our new chairman lasted barely six months. Line up lots of support, and be prepared for an existential struggle.
    Godspeed, Smitty, and BE Breitbart!

  2. maximumleader
    March 6th, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    I voted too this morning.  My wife and I split our votes between the two candidates.  I also took a little issue with you on my blog.

  3. Charlesmartel41
    March 6th, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    For what it’s worth folks, my Norton 360 security software has blocked the link above as a “malicious web site.”

  4. Eric Dondero Rittberg
    March 6th, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    By voting for the “not Mitt candidate,” you just gave your endorsement to Islamist-loving Ron Paul. 

    Hear the latest?  (Of course this won’t get reported at TheOtherMcCain which is soft on Paulism).  One of Ron Paul’s supporters was just busted up in north Jersey for co-conspiring in the recent terrorist attacks on Jewish synagogues.  And there’s a photo out of the bastard.  Oh, and he has an Arabic name, thought that politicall incorrect fact is being ignored by the media. 

    I dare Soft on Ron Paul TheOtherMcCain site to report on this. 

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  6. richard mcenroe
    March 6th, 2012 @ 10:01 am

     There is not a snowball’s chance chopped into lines on the Resolute Desk that the Little Lootin’ Lizard will get elected.  It’s a safe protest vote.

  7. hrh40
    March 6th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

     And you think Mitt would be better with Muslims?

    How naive.

  8. BradleyHarman
    March 6th, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    So because the candidate you’re not shilling for was too incompetent and disorganized to get on the ballot, it’s all the Establishment’s fault?  Are you channeling Al Sharpton?

    The process is not rigged, it’s just that the NotRomney’s suck.  Mitt would have been easily put away had some better talent stepped up.  Right now, Romney’s biggest competition is a guy who lost his last Senate election by 20 points and wants to make birth control among married Protestants an issue in his campaign.

    It’s over, and just because a candidate’s name in NotRomney, it doesn’t automatically mean they’re a better conservative.  Santorum is the embodiment of everything the TeaParty is against.

  9. Confutus
    March 6th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    I don’t know exactly what Santorum  and Gingrich were doing while Romney was crisscrossing the country stumping for Republican candidates and rounding up money,  but if the establishment is in the tank for him, it has something to do with the fact that he paid his dues and did his homework. He came to the starting line  race saddled  up and ready to race.
    If Santorum and Gingrich didn’t, they have no one to blame but themselves.   Ron Paul the perennial also-ran got himself on the ballot, so were the requirements really all that impossible?

  10. AngelaTC
    March 6th, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Hey Dondero – when did you stop beating your wife?  

  11. AngelaTC
    March 6th, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    Smitty, you don’t seem to have any doubts about the ability to change the RNC, and I wanted t o point out the effect of the TEA Party here in Michigan.  I’m not being sarcastic, either.  The party screwed Santorum out of a delegate here,  and the head of the Michigan GOP is very much on the hot seat about it.  4 years ago, he would have been untouchable.   If he thinks this won’t come up when its time to reelect the chair, he’s mistaken.  

  12. Bob Belvedere
    March 6th, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    TheOtherMcCain which is soft on Paulism


  13. ThePaganTemple
    March 6th, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Naked Villainy is not a malicious website, but Norton might well be one. They always struck me as the protection racket of web security. Get MacAffee, they just saved my ass from a virus I almost clicked on to from an e-mail which was a YouTube forgery.

  14. ThePaganTemple
    March 6th, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Smitty, since you live in Virginia, have you noticed how much of a presence Paul has in the state? Has he actually been trying to win the state against his good buddy Mitt, or has he been hanging back with nothing but a nominal token campaign at best. Inquiring minds want to know what’s going on between these two, and you are in a position to tell us.

  15. Brian D Paasch
    March 6th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    Smitty, I don’t suppose that sign spelled out the penalty for doing a write-in in SPITE of their jack-boot dictate. Because if there is no penalty….

  16. Quartermaster
    March 6th, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Avast! works well and is free for personal use. I’ve used it for 4 years now and am quite satisfied with it.

  17. Quartermaster
    March 6th, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    I thought your standard reply was now “So?”

    The “soft on Paulism” thing, however, is risible. I think the AntiPaulbot stuff is going to backfire on the GOP, however.

  18. paulzummo
    March 6th, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Right now, Romney’s biggest competition is a guy who lost his last Senate election by 20 points and wants to make birth control among married Protestants an issue in his campaign.

    Are you guys tired of peddling the same b.s. time and time and time again? First, Romney would have lost his last election by 20 had he bothered running.  Second, Santorum is not the one bringing up these issues, so quit pretending that he is.

    Santorum is the embodiment of everything the TeaParty is against.Really?  You mean the tea party is against lower taxes, reforming Entitlements, deficit reduction, and generally reducing the size of government?  Boy, the things you learn on the internet.

  19. SDN
    March 6th, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Likewise; I started using it about then because neither Norton nor McAfee supported 64-bit OSes. Haven’t had a virus hit since.

  20. SDN
    March 6th, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Yeah, permanent campaigning is just what the Founders intended.

  21. Adjoran
    March 6th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    The Virginia GOP moved their Presidential Primary up to Super Tuesday to get more influence in the race.  It’s too early for the state races (basically Congress, most state offices are elected in odd years) to have primaries.

    The shocker is this was already the case before they moved it up since the last time.  The other offices have had a later date ever since they’ve held a Presidential Primary, I believe.

    In any case, how could Virginia know that so many of the 2012 class of candidates would be too incompetent to achieve what Alan Keyes did in 2000 or Dennis Kucinich in 2008 (along with all the GOP field that year) under stricter guidelines (last 4 digits of SSN were required before this year)? 

    I mean, don’t you have to figure that candidates to be President will demonstrate some minimal level of competence?

  22. Adjoran
    March 6th, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

     What should he have done?  Written with a Sharpie on the screen?

  23. Adjoran
    March 6th, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

     Show ONE vote where Santorum went against the Senate leadership (of which he was a part) to vote against spending.  EVER.

  24. Brian D Paasch
    March 6th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    I have no idea, I wasn’t there to see what options he had.

  25. maximumleader
    March 6th, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

     My site is not a malicious one.  I’ve called Norton 360 a number of times to have this addressed. They don’t seem to want to take me off their watch list.

  26. ThePaganTemple
    March 6th, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

     It’s probably due to the word Naked in your title.

  27. hrh40
    March 6th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Yep. It’s the part that comes right after the buying votes clause.

  28. ThePaganTemple
    March 6th, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

     Just clicked on your site, no problem with MacAffee.

  29. ThePaganTemple
    March 6th, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Gingrich supporters are urging VA voters to vote for Paul. If they really put a whole lot of effort into it that could have a real impact.

  30. The Wondering Jew
    March 6th, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

     Dondero– go crawl back to the hole from which you came.  Good for you Smitty!  Of course, given the other options, to me Ron Paul would have been the obvious choice even with all four candidates on the ballot.

  31. The Wondering Jew
    March 6th, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    Adjoran– I  am pleased to agree with you on this one.  And Santorum absolutely is bringing up social issues– repeatedly. 

  32. Dave C
    March 6th, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    The state offices are in off years but there are still the House and Senate elections..   

    Those are going to be next month IIR offhand.

  33. Dave C
    March 7th, 2012 @ 12:21 am

    I cast my Not-Mitt vote also.. (so did my wife, in fact)

    I would have written in someone but I forgot my Sharpie write on the touch screen.

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