There are a few reasons to pity Rick Perry, such as his inability to use…words, or his lack of interest in knowing…things, but it turns out he also suffers from a serious medical condition. No, not just back pain. Let's call it a case of irony deficiency.
Take it away, Perry's legal team…
Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic in a multi-candidate election. We believe that the Virginia provisions unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot, and we hope to have those provisions overturned or modified to provide greater ballot access to Virginia voters and the candidates seeking to earn their support.
It's all a matter of roles. Governor Perry loves federalism and the 10th amendment, which reserves powers not delegated to the federal government to the states, because it allows him to complain about "mandates" — which sound suspiciously homosexual, yes? — from Washington, D.C. and lets him argue that stupid ideas transmogrify into good policy when done at the state and local level.
Presidential candidate Perry loves the the 10th amendment so much that he wants a federal judge to ignore it and force the Virginia Republican Party to grant him access to the primary ballot, even though he gathered only 6,000 valid signatures out of the 10,000 legally required. Don't we always hurt the ones we love?
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