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(BusinessWeek)   Days before the Michigan GOP primary, Gingrich and Santorum were about to launch a 'unity ticket' to destroy Romney. Why was it scrapped? Because neither could agree on whose name went first   (businessweek.com) divider line 82
    More: Unlikely, Michigan GOP, romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, political thriller, John Brabender, Kellyanne Conway  
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2013-03-22 09:45:11 AM
The funniest part is: they actually thought they could win the general election with that kind of a ticket.
 
2013-03-22 10:48:26 AM
Coulda won if it wasn't for the blah people.
 
2013-03-22 10:52:04 AM
Why not just make an anagram, like Scathing/Rumoring or  Monarchist-Urging?
 
2013-03-22 11:18:32 AM
popcultureclassics.com
 
2013-03-22 11:39:38 AM
As former president Matt Douglas can tell you, just throw a dollar in front of the more fiscally conservative candidate and start to make the announcement when he bends down to pick up the money.
 
2013-03-22 11:40:10 AM
Newt Dick 2016
 
2013-03-22 11:40:58 AM
Gingrich comes first, Santorum follows.

/Duh.
 
2013-03-22 11:41:37 AM
What would this have been a "unity" of? Butter and smegma?
 
2013-03-22 12:15:14 PM
Santorum says. "And more importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general election."

Well, yeah, that's true. Obama winning by 20 points instead of 5 would have been a drastically different outcome.
 
2013-03-22 12:16:06 PM
Gingrich: You got your banana slug in my peanut butter!

Santorum: Well Newty YOU got your -- AAAAGH THERE'S PEANUT BUTTER ON MEEEEEEEE HALP
 
2013-03-22 12:16:50 PM
And they'd have brought that same spirit of cooperation and compromise to Washington!
 
2013-03-22 12:21:05 PM
Actually, I believe the schism became unbridgeable when Gingrich was shocked into silence by Santorum's wife being in the hospital and his not filing for divorce.

Which is handy, because if the combined Manson Lamps of Calista Gingrich and Santorum's son would make the universe fold in on itself
 
2013-03-22 12:21:11 PM

Two Dogs Farking: Gingrich comes first, Santorum follows.

/Duh.


I was going to go with "Gingrich in the front, Santorum in the rear."

Both work.
 
2013-03-22 12:33:34 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Actually, I believe the schism became unbridgeable when Gingrich was shocked into silence by Santorum's wife being in the hospital and his not filing for divorce.


To be fair, Gingrich was trying to cheer her up.
 
2013-03-22 12:34:37 PM

Two Dogs Farking: Gingrich comes first, Santorum follows.

/Duh.


You win the thread
 
2013-03-22 12:36:29 PM
Together they could have scared twice as many people in to voting for Obama!
 
2013-03-22 01:08:10 PM
It's not a question of "could they have beaten Obama." None of them ever had a shot. Romney's closest was still a long shot.

The question was, could they have beaten Romney?

Answer: a strong maybe.
 
2013-03-22 01:08:25 PM
"I was disappointed when Speaker Gingrich ultimately decided against this idea, because it could have changed the outcome of the primary," Santorum says. "And more importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general election."

He is correct, however, not for the reason he thinks he is.
 
2013-03-22 01:08:46 PM
"Hey, I know, let's destroy Romney in the primary so that WE can have the honor of being destroyed in the general."
 
2013-03-22 01:11:49 PM
FTFA: "It would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign," says John Brabender, Santorum's chief strategist.

I just don't understand how Gingrich has now convinced people that he's not part of the Republican establishment.  He was the Speaker of the House in the '90s, FFS.
 
2013-03-22 01:13:02 PM
Done in one.

Then again, the lulz leading up to November would have been even more memorable.
 
2013-03-22 01:13:11 PM

Two Dogs Farking: Gingrich comes first, Santorum

trails behind.

FTFY
 
2013-03-22 01:13:51 PM
They'll both be back in four years. They can fail once again!
 
2013-03-22 01:14:02 PM
So there was a chance that instead of nominating one unelectable loser the repubs might have nominated a completely different unelectable loser? Lost opportunity there, boys.

Bachmann/Cain 2016!
 
2013-03-22 01:14:56 PM

RminusQ: [popcultureclassics.com image 400x269]


Came for this.
 
2013-03-22 01:15:46 PM
If either was the candidate, Obama would have repeated Reagan's 84 win.
 
2013-03-22 01:16:18 PM
And this all came as no surprise to Gingrich's wife, MORGAN FAIRCHILD.
 
2013-03-22 01:16:25 PM

balki1867: "I was disappointed when Speaker Gingrich ultimately decided against this idea, because it could have changed the outcome of the primary," Santorum says. "And more importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general election."

He is correct, however, not for the reason he thinks he is.


No kidding... would have been nice to see Obama win North Carolina and Missouri, since that would have probably happened has that ticket run.

/unfortunately, I don't think it would have swung Indiana enough this time around.
 
2013-03-22 01:16:26 PM
"In the end," Gingrich says, "it was just too hard to negotiate."

Precisely why neither one should have been president.
 
2013-03-22 01:17:18 PM

HeartBurnKid: FTFA: "It would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign," says John Brabender, Santorum's chief strategist.

I just don't understand how Gingrich has now convinced people that he's not part of the Republican establishment.  He was the Speaker of the House in the '90s, FFS.


Gingrich was always good at throwing the base red meat. He knows what they want to hear and the base wanted to hear how Romney, their most clearly electable candidate, was being forced on the crazy wing of the party by dangerous elitists. Gingrich would have been a true conservative up until he lost at which point he would have been another goddamned GOPe RINO.
 
2013-03-22 01:17:36 PM
A microcosm of the GOP strategy today: "Give me what I want or I torpedo everything"
Then blame the other guy.
Fin
 
2013-03-22 01:21:01 PM

EyeballKid: And this all came as no surprise to Gingrich's wife, MORGAN FAIRCHILD.


www.peteykins.com

I will feast upon your soul for that joke.
 
2013-03-22 01:21:06 PM
Wow, that ticket would have lost by even more than Romney.  I bet the GOP wargharbl afterward trying to explain why a Gingrich/Santorum ticket lost by a landslide would have been truly epic though.  Especially if Santorum had been the presidential candidate instead of Gingrich...can you imagine the talking heads saying that Santorum just "wasn't conservative enough"?
 
2013-03-22 01:21:14 PM
Everyone that Rick Santorum hangs out with says that Rick Santorum would totally win.
 
2013-03-22 01:21:29 PM
This would have resulted in Obama getting over 400 EVs. It could possibly have resulted in a Reagan-Mondale like landslide, except there are some states that would have actually voted for these jagoffs.
 
2013-03-22 01:22:17 PM
How could they ever figure out who gets to be the presidential nominee? Maybe they could campaign, and hold a vote state by state to see who the republican base liked more...

You know, like a primary.
 
2013-03-22 01:22:49 PM
"I was disappointed when Speaker Gingrich ultimately decided against this idea, because it could have changed the outcome of the primary," Santorum says. "And more importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general election."

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2013-03-22 01:23:35 PM

Corvus: "I was disappointed when Speaker Gingrich ultimately decided against this idea, because it could have changed the outcome of the primary," Santorum says. "And more importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general election."

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Oh I am sorry it would have changed the outcome. Obama would have won by even a bigger landslide. Maybe that's what he meant.
 
2013-03-22 01:24:24 PM

tnpir: This would have resulted in Obama getting over 400 EVs. It could possibly have resulted in a Reagan-Mondale like landslide, except there are some states that would have actually voted for these jagoffs.


Eh, I don't think so. I'm having trouble coming up with ~70 EVs that would flip blue, no matter who the GOP candidate was. Indiana and North Carolina maybe, since they went for Obama in 2008, but nobody else.
 
2013-03-22 01:27:14 PM

qorkfiend: tnpir: This would have resulted in Obama getting over 400 EVs. It could possibly have resulted in a Reagan-Mondale like landslide, except there are some states that would have actually voted for these jagoffs.

Eh, I don't think so. I'm having trouble coming up with ~70 EVs that would flip blue, no matter who the GOP candidate was. Indiana and North Carolina maybe, since they went for Obama in 2008, but nobody else.


I don't think you could get to Reagan level landslide, but I could see IN and NC as well, along with AZ and the one vote from NE.  Given Santorum's general dislike of parts of the energy sector, they may have put MT in jeopardy as well.

/just a guess though
 
2013-03-22 01:28:20 PM
GOP:

YOU LOST.

Quit trying to come up with fantasies of what coulda shoulda mighta been. It would not have worked. Look in the mirror (if you can honestly do so).
 
2013-03-22 01:28:48 PM

NeverDrunk23: If either was the candidate, Obama would have repeated Reagan's 84 win.


I wish I could believe that NeverDrunk... but, there are about 10-12 states with 50-60 E.V. that could have "Hitler Satan Mohammad" running as the GOP candidate, and the GOP candidate would still win, because, he must be better than the democrat!    And given what Santorum spews from his mouth, he'd have easily still won Utah, Idaho, Kansas, etc.

Remember, Mondale only won his home state and D.C.   IMO, I could actually believe a "moderate" GOP President on reelection could pull that off.   I'll state that, at least in the next 20-30 years, I don't see any democratic candidate of any stripe being able to pull off the equivalent (IE, GOP candidate only wins their home state and Wyoming).   Honestly, Obama did about the most "perfect" win he could against the GOP, outside of keeping N.C. in the democratic column.... he won Romney's birth and "home" states.
 
2013-03-22 01:29:38 PM
Assuming these two won the primary, I can only imagine the popular vote ass whipping that would have occurred after Santorum, now on the GOP national ticket, supported Akin's rape comments.

I think actually it might have changed up the House voting.  Even in some of the gerrymandered districts, the Republicans barely held off the Democrats.  If the most visible Republican is making pro-rape comments, Bachmann and some of the others might have lost due to voters staying home or protest voting Dem/Third Party.
 
2013-03-22 01:29:59 PM

dletter: Honestly, Obama did about the most "perfect" win he could against the GOP, outside of keeping N.C. in the democratic column.... he won Romney's birth and "home" states.

And

the VP nominee's home state as well.
 
2013-03-22 01:30:29 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: The funniest part is: they actually thought they could win the general election with that kind of a ticket.


I don't think Newt has conceded, yet.
 
2013-03-22 01:31:41 PM

tnpir: This would have resulted in Obama getting over 400 EVs. It could possibly have resulted in a Reagan-Mondale like landslide, except there are some states that would have actually voted for these jagoffs.


That won't be achieved again for a very long time if ever. It doesn't matter if people like a charismatic candidate, it's a matter of rooting for your team.
 
2013-03-22 01:34:29 PM

dletter: he won Romney's birth


We liked his dad, he was an excellent governor, we don't like Mittens.  Mittens doomed himself the moment he made his bankruptcy comment out here.  There may be bad blood regarding the means of the federal bailout and some of Obama's decisions, but at least Obama cared and tried something.

/it was amusing how Romney mostly avoided Oakland County and some of the tradition "pro-business" Republican strongholds in Michigan
//they should have been his foundation for running a campaign in his state, instead most of them wanted him dead
 
2013-03-22 01:36:12 PM
does shiat come before ass or after ass?
 
2013-03-22 01:41:49 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: The funniest part is: they actually thought they could win the general election with that kind of a ticket.


That ticket would have been the only choice that would have done WORSE in the election than Romney.
 
2013-03-22 01:44:13 PM
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