The Gingrich-Santorum (or Santorum-Gingrich) ticket that almost was

Josh Green, writing for Bloomberg and still rooting around in the entrials (or does one mean detritus) of the titanic battle for last year’s Repub presidential nominee, writes that a key moment when the  anyone-but-Romney movement was almost evenly divided between backers of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, the two men were in serious talks to merge and run as a ticket.

Green has attributed quotes from high-ranking lieutenants of both camps indicating that the talks were serious and came close to a deal, but you can probably guess what stood in the way. They couldn’t agree on which of them would be president and which would be veep.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 03/22/2013 - 09:36 am.

    The “anybody but Romney” ticket of Gingrich/Santorum may have obtained the nomination but would have been trounced even more severely than Romney in the general election.

    While Romney probably benefited from the general cynical assumption that he really wasn’t as crazy as the positions of the primary process (Mitt, the Gumby of politics, pretzeling his way to the election), the “dream team” would be carrying a long-term, giant-sized bundle of “crazy” into the general election.

    Moon base, indeed.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/22/2013 - 09:42 am.

    More like the output

    of the entrails.
    Actually, it sounds like just another Democratic phantasy.
    If you think that Romney was easy to beat ….

  3. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/22/2013 - 01:55 pm.

    Given that…

    …one of the two jobs is meaningful, and the other is meaningful only if something really, really bad happens to the holder of the meaningful office, it’s not surprising that there might have been disagreement over which candidate should run for which office. It’s hard to believe there’s an ego on the planet to match the size of Mr. Gingrich’s, but I’ve been surprised before, and Mr. Santorum’s sanctimoniousness might not be easily matched.

    Regardless, I like both the “…giant-sized bundle of ‘crazy’ ” and “…the output of the entrails.”

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