We've had essentially a statewide primary with the turnout of a board of supervisor primary. It makes me very worried about the prospects of Virginia going for Obama for a second straight year because of this pathetic organization in place. Turnout is significantly lower than any other presidential primary in the history of Virginia. Its about HALF of what it was in 2008, a year where all the oxygen was sucked up by the Democrats and Romney had already dropped out and McCain had the nomination sewn up.
We are looking at something around, what, 5-6% turnout? Bill Bolling has been running statewide since 2005 and running Romney's operation in the state since 2008 and this is their best effort? Bob McDonnell, budding national star and potential vice-president, endorses Romney and this is what we get?
I feel like apologizing to Mitt Romney on behalf of all Virginia Republicans for such a weak effort and showing in this critical state. Obama has opened three or four state offices in Virginia and will be organizing like crazy. Romney is relying on McDonnell and Bolling to get Virginia for him and this is just a terrible start. Ron Paul had basically one guy, Chris Stearns, attempting to organize Virginia and got 40% of the vote. We need to look long and hard at our leadership in Richmond about this embarrassing situation in Virginia. Restrictive ballot laws, on top of even more restrictions implemented by RPV, along with the various embarrassing shenanigans from the Clown Show (thank you, LI) in the Assembly have hurt us.
But this will be the last complaining I do. This is over, I just needed to get it out. Now its time for ALL OF US to put our big boy pants. Mitt Romney deserved better than this. We need to save this state from our own leaders.