Allahpundit says the law might possibly support his position. But I’m still unimpressed. The requirements were clear. They were not met, by Perry or Newtie.
If you can’t manage the organizational wherewithal to get on the ballot in all states . . . doesn’t that potentially say something about the kind of president you might be?
I will add that, while Perry has been my candidate (to the extent I have one), and while I don’t typically begrudge someone their ability to take advantage of their pension rules, I still find something grating about his double-dipping. Namely: my mom is 73. She is a teacher. When she finally retires (which she may not do until she is 75), she will be forced to surrender her Social Security in order to collect her teacher’s pension. Which is part of the reason she is working until the age of 74 or 75.
It is my admittedly unresearched understanding that this is a state rule. If so, isn’t there something a bit off about a state that allows its governor to double-dip at the age of 61, while my 73-year-old teacher mom can’t “double-dip” by collecting the Social Security and teacher pension benefits that she has earned?
UPDATE: Reader H.H. writes to say the rule against my mom’s collecting Social Security when she retires is a federal rule.