Breaking News: New Gingrich failed to get enough signatures to get onto the primary ballot in Virginia. He joins Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman in that ineffectual column of non-candidates in the Virginia Republican Presidential Nomination Race. The remaining candidates for the ballot in Virginia are Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
I am reminded of the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movies in which a group of kids get the crazy idea of using an abandoned barn or a vacant warehouse to "do a show." Somehow they do a fantastic job through sheer determination, and thousands of audience members applaud themselves silly at the end of the Hollywood-Quality production. In the real world, Presidential politics does not work that way.
I have a daughter who used to work, right out of college, as a Field Organizer for election campaigns. Her first candidate won, her second candidate lost. But observing Newt's debacle in Virginia, she said yes indeed this reveals the importance of the Ground Game in politics. You need a database of people who might support you. Then you need a handful of PAID staff in every state. You need these staffers to be motivated and competent, and you need them to recruit a group of motivated volunteers large enough to conduct grassroots operations to get petitions signed and to fundraise and to phone bank.
If you say you are running for President, but you don't actually bother to do all these things, then sorry you are not really running for President. You are merely a poseur.
I'm curious. Are there some other deadlines in other states coming up in terms of signed petitions for candidacy for the Republican Presidential hopefuls? If so, I am thinking that Romney and Paul will continue to benefit from "Forfeits" by the other candidates.