At family gatherings, whenever someone is having trouble with his digital camera — or wondering how to use some its special features, my younger brother-in-law loves to chide us with this refrain, “Read the d**n manual.”
Rick Santorum could use the same advice. As Joel Gehrke reported yesterday in the Washington Examiner, the former Pennsylvania Senator recently whined about his failure to qualify for the ballot in certain states:
Rick Santorum denounced the “arcane” and “byzantine” state ballot access requirements that have prevented him from being on the ballot in key elections, as he called for Mitt Romney to support his efforts to have his name on the ballots.
“I think we should have ballot requirements [that] let the candidates on if you’re a legitimate candidate for president,” Santorum said on Fox and Friends today. “They shouldn’t have these byzantine ballot requirements that — as we saw particularly in Virginia — that keep legitimate candidates off the ballot.”
Perhaps, they shouldn’t have had those byzantine requirements, Senator, but they did. It’s not the job of a politician to live in an ideal world where things are as they should be, but, in the real world, where they are as they are.
A soon as he launched his campaign, the candidate should have designated a staffer to coordinate ballot access in all 50 states — as well as the District of Columbia and various territories sending delegates to the Republican National Convention.
In short, he should have read these jurisdictions’ “manuals” for ballot access. His failure to do so suggests a man not equipped for the responsibilities of executive leadership.