The Boston Herald thinks they’ve found the unity ticket for the GOP in 2012.  Apparently, Sarah Palin thinks it sounds “serious,” too.  The only question would be the order (via Jules Crittenden):

Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door today to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run – a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama.

“Sounds pretty good,” Palin declared at today’s Tea Party Express rally on the Common when asked about pairing up with the former Bay State governor – giving the idea a big thumbs-up as she left the stage after her headline speech.

Earlier tonight, as Palin stopped for cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in the North End, she said she was “serious” about the idea.

“I have a lot of respect for Mitt,” she told the Herald.

Asked who would be on top of the ticket, Palin roared, “Ha! I haven’t even thought that far ahead yet.”

Something tells me Sarah was having some fun with reporters Edward Mason, Hillary Chabot, and Jessica Van Sack, although probably not about the respect.  Romney may have made some missteps, and MassCare is certainly a doozy, but he’s a serious candidate worthy of respect — as would be Palin if she decides to give it a run.  Neither one of them are focused on 2012, however, according to their respective teams, which hustled to make it clear that 2010 is the first goal of all Republicans working the stump at the moment.

Nevertheless, the Herald’s reporters found a few politicos salivating at the prospect of a Romney/Palin (or Palin/Romney) ticket for 2012.  They quote GOP strategist Douglas Lorenz in calling that ticket “formidable,” while one Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor called it “the best of both worlds” and another declared that partnership “a good looking ticket,” which may have been meant literally.  In fact, the Herald devotes a lot of column space to a notion that is as unlikely an outcome as practically anything else suggested.  If Palin ends up on another ticket, it won’t be in the number-two slot again, and Romney won’t take that slot either even if he might have done it with McCain in 2008, if asked.

Good thing the Herald gets its ink by the barrel.  Perhaps their reporters should take a lesson from the Godfather … “Leave the fun.  Take the cannolis.”