Or possibly “mess,” depending:
- Rick Perry’s definitely not certified, but is going to contest the results.
- Newt Gingrich may be certified; there’s this report (via @allahpundit), but I’ve seen no confirmation elsewhere and the VA GOP site is currently melting down. [UPDATE: that report has now been walked back.]
- Presumably Ron Paul will be next, as he has not actually gotten 15K signatures. [UPDATE: turns out that he was already certified.]
This plays out one of three ways:
- It’s Paul/Romney. In which case, we have a problem: as @bdomenech notes, “No party registration. Anyone can vote.” Even if Romney wins, the Republican Party of Virginia’s name is going to be mud for a while among the grassroots. Gov. McDonnell can also forget about a VP spot, should he be wanting one. Lastly: expect the cry that the fix was in. Whether you like it or not (I don’t, myself).
- It’s Gingrich/Paul/Romney. I actually expect this to be the most likely scenario. Awful for Perry, of course, but it still keeps the entire thing from looking like a backroom deal to keep Gingrich from winning Virginia – which will be alleged, if Gingrich is off the ballot. In fact, I think that it’s being alleged now.
- It’s Gingrich/Paul/Perry/Romney. I don’t know how they’d manage that at this point, but then the Democrats didn’t know how to pass Obamacare until they managed it, either. First rule of political organization: there’s always an arcane rule. I note this though merely for informational purposes; it’s low-probability.
Lastly: I’m not going to waste my time by telling people that they shouldn’t speculate about the fix being in, but at least try to find some evidence first, OK?