File this back in the 2012 category. Here is an interesting piece of information regarding the diabolical plot of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum teaming up to defeat Mitt Romney during the 2012 GOP primary. Of course, it didn’t happen, but it was being thoroughly discussed behind the scenes.

Long story short, neither Gingrich or Santorum could agree on which would be the top of the newly-formed ticket if they were to ally in a common cause of dethroning Romney. In short, they both defeated themselves by their own egos.

Report from BusinessWeek:

It’s one of the great untold stories of the 2012 presidential campaign, a tale of ego and intrigue that nearly upended the Republican primary contest and might even have produced a different nominee: As Mitt Romney struggled in the weeks leading up to the Michigan primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum nearly agreed to form a joint “Unity Ticket” to consolidate conservative support and topple Romney. “We were close,” former Representative Bob Walker, a Gingrich ally, says. “Everybody thought there was an opportunity.” “It would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign,” says John Brabender, Santorum’s chief strategist.

But the negotiations collapsed in acrimony because Gingrich and Santorum could not agree on who would get to be president. “In the end,” Gingrich says, “it was just too hard to negotiate.”

Romney eked out a three-point win in Michigan on Feb. 28 and was never seriously threatened again. While this type of elaborate scheming is more typical of political thrillers, it was real this time. A year later, many of those who worked to build the Unity Ticket still believe it could have been decisive.

“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.”

An interesting read if you enjoy political maneuvering at its finest. Would this have changed anything? Only a time machine would give us the answers but I bet that it wouldn’t have.

15 COMMENTS

  1. These birds were all bottom feeders. Just look at their track record, every bit as dismal as Romney’s.

    • Well no one knows DC better than Newt but I doub if he would have used said knowledge for the good of the country. More for the good of his backers just like the rest of them shysters.

  2. During the campaign, that was the thing that struck me the most–no strategy.

    If you have ONE candidate who is obviously ordained by the powers that be, it’s clear that NOBODY else is going to win, unless the establishment candidate is taken down a peg.

    It would have been logical to focus on him, and it would have been intelligent to form alliances, giving him a one-two punch. Instead, these birds went flying around in all directions, picking at the also-rans, thus giving Willard an even better shot.

    The dumb part of this story is that Gingrich and Santorum, who had such different views and supporters, could have caught the public’s imagination–and vanilla Romney, who was preferred by really no one, would have been wiped out. And only after the “Unity Ticket” took the lead, would they have to seriously consider WHICH would top the ticket.

    Also, in modern America, Veep is no longer a “bucket of spit.” Biden has been visible, and has led the charge of many battles. Cheney was arguably more in control that Bush. Clinton let Gore (and Hillary) co-president. And don’t forget Reagan-Ford, who were going to “co-president” in 1976.

    When egos are more important that ideas, the GOP helps elect the Democrat.

    • I agree they could have taken Romney out but the outcome (Obama win)would have been the same. Just don’t think either and both could muster up enough GOPs to get out and vote.

      I see Mr Snyder turned on his own people to bring home the bacon to Lansing. Doesn’t he know taking from Michigan to give to Michigan is a net gain of “0” ? You got to get it from outside your state like Sarah did in Alaska.

      • Reminds me of a time when my sister-in-law was visiting us years ago. She was watching a favorite TV program, and news broke in to announce, “we interrupt this program for the president’s address.”

        When I walked in the room, she asked, “WHAT’s the president’s address?”

        I said “1600 Pensylvania Avenue,” and kept walking.

  3. I wanna comment to see the comments – but – Gingrich is an old fart like me and a pure politician; and Santorum is too much a religious fundamentalist and doesn’t just let it be but evangelizes it.

  4. It won’t matter a Hill-of-Beans who is running for President or who is elected President. All these “Politicians” – from BOTH Parties – are the one-in-the-same MONSTER who “ruined” this Great Nation. But the “low information voter” will still vote for either a Republican or a Democrat. STUPID! They really believe that there is a difference…LOL

    See what these Republican and Democrat PSYCHOPATHS have done to this country…

    Video: The Empire of Debt

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dGBpFscDzX4

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  5. I think the best dynamic duo we could see put together on a future ticket would be Perry-Santorum for President/VP. Perry only needs a better campaign manager to be dynamite – that 3 term governor of Texas whose state produced the most jobs for several years before his running for the nomination and who led the National Day of Prayer would surely be able to hit the ground running on taking the Presidency back for conservatives, who hold Santorum in high regard, too.

    • Victoria

      Yeah! The dynamic duo of Perry-Santorum would work out soooo well for the Republicans. Let’s be REAL!

      If Rick Perry runs for the nomination in 2016, he won’t hit the ground running. He’ll just hit the ground! The Republican “Establishment” will never allow Rick Perry to be nominated. He has made statements which the “Establishment” doesn’t like.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u1JPkgxNT0

      And just like what happened at the Republican Convention in Tampa, the “Establishment” will SILENCE the candidate which the people want.

      Besides, the RNC MUST WAIT till the Democrats and the White House “pick” the Republican nominee. It’s just the way it is. You and I and other Constitutional Conservatives can “hope” for “change”, but – as the song goes – “the more things change – the more things stay the same.”

      What’s REAL? The Right/Left Paradigm is by “Design”. It’s designed to keep us fighting amongst ourselves. Meanwhile, the Republican and Democrat Oligarchs “work together” to do what THEY WANT to enrich themselves and their “friends” (Special Interests) – which means “mucho money” for re-election campaigns. BOTH the Republicans and the Democrats “run up” the DEBT and pass legislation to CONTROL We-the-People.

      WAKE UP! When you see Republicans and Democrats “agreeing” on things like the NDAA, Raising the “Debt Ceiling”, Foreign Aid, the Patriot Act, the Sequester, Quantitative Easing 1,2 and 3, Banker Bail-outs, “exempting” themselves from the laws which they pass on We-the-People, passing “in-your-face” legislation which “usurps” the Constitution and on and on and on…. – KNOW THIS! They are BOTH the one-in-the-same MONSTER who is destroying the Freedoms and Liberties which made this Country Great! They have NO DESIRE to make it better or fair or judicially prudent! They really believe they are Above Reproach!

      For the life of me, I’ve never seen such a bunch of lemmings willing to “support” an Oligarchy which “works together” to control and “govern against” the will of We-the-People! It’s time to STOP being a lemming!

      Question: Don’t you think it’s time for the People to DEMAND something “better” than the same ole Republicans or the same ole Democrats who act “in concert” to impoverish the people of this Great Nation with uncontrolled spending and NO BUDGET? I think it’s WAY PAST the time! It’s time to DEMAND!

      • DT:

        Yeah. I had high hopes for “America Elects,” which was supposed to be an American Idol approach to picking a nominee. I was hoping that person would become a third-party candidate, and since so many people would have voted, they would have a vested interest in seeing that candidate get attention.

        • Goethe

          Face it. The MONEY from the Special Interests for re-election campaigns will always Trump the Will of We-the-People.

          As they say, Corruption breeds Corruption. Or that Power Corrupts and Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.

          Like it or not, the United States is in its Death Spiral and the NWO is unfolding before our very eyes. And the “Psychopaths” in our Government and in our Media are totally complicit with the whole process.

          The Churches are emptying out and are closing, and the Prophecy of 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-4 is coming to pass.

          2 Timothy 3: 1-7 is already upon us.

          And the instruction of Luke 21: 28 is where I’m at.

    • Perry yes if he runs on his record and keeps his mouth shut. Santorum has more baggage than a skycap at JFK.

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