Video: Are you ready for Vice President Rick Santorum?

posted at 8:27 pm on March 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

Fun, fun, fun via David Brody, not because this is remotely likely to happen — how would RS explain away calling Romney the worst Republican in America to run against Obama on health care? — but because Santorum knows it isn’t and knows the answer he has to give regardless. His weariness at this endless campaign-trail nonsense is palpable. I’m trying to imagine any circumstance in which Romney passes on Rubio and Paul Ryan and Christie and Jindal and Daniels and Bob McDonnell and Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley to choose a guy who (a) lost his swing-state Senate seat by nearly 20 points, (b) has spent weeks hammering the message that Romney’s waaaay too much like Barack Obama where it counts, and (c) is guaranteed to get the campaign sidetracked on “values” issues while Romney desperately tries to stay on his economic narrative. The only scenario I can think of is if Santorum holds Romney to a plurality of delegates by the time the primaries end such that the only way he can reach a majority is if he gives Santorum whatever he wants. But don’t forget, in the end Romney will pad his total with lots of superdelegates, plenty of Ron Paul delegates when their deal is eventually made, and some Gingrich delegates who peel off at the end of the first convention ballot. That is to say, for Santorum to elbow his way onto the ticket, he’d have to hold Romney to a relatively small plurality of delegates, not a near-majority. And since Romney seems to be building momentum now just as the winner-take-all states start voting, that seems unlikely.

Pennsylvania votes on April 24. Santorum will probably hold on, but a huge money advantage plus some heavily populated urban areas plus an increasing sense of inevitability equals a potential Romney upset. If he beats Team Sweater Vest on its home turf, I assume the campaign ends that night. Exit question: If Romney/Santorum doesn’t do it for you, how about … Romney/Gingrich?


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If I were Mitt, I would offer Rick the AG job, and Newt Sec. of State. Both are quite capable of handling the positions.

rubberneck on March 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

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Both men would work well in those positions.

Newt is WAY over-qualified for this, but how about Newt as Press Secretary?
If he would stand up to journalists in that position, the same way he has on the campaign trail, it would make press conferences even more entertaining than Tony Snow vs Helen Thomas, and that’s saying something.

Great, I just had to remind myself of “The Snowman”. : (

God bless his family.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Wasn’t that tried last time? How did that work out?

chewmeister on March 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

We lost in 2008 because McCain was a pathetic candidate who ran an even more pathetic campaign. It wouldn’t have mattered if Jesus Christ had been his veep, he still would have lost.

wildcat72 on March 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

ITA with that.

ProudPalinFan on March 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

No pol that didn’t go through the primaries is gonna be the nominee.
That’s how it should be.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I’ve been insisting Rick will win PA, and I stand by it.

Wisconsin, on the other hand . . . . . . . . . remember Ohio and Michigan?
listens2glenn on March 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Mitt will win Penn.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

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Only if Rick “drops out” before then.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

It’s RONMONEY/RUBIO 2012

Or maybe Romney / Martinez.

BREAKING NEWS FOR LIBS

Every four years you speak of the gop nominee like they are Satans spawn but just so you know.

MOST TRUE Conservatives NEVER get the nominee we really want.

We havent had the nominee we’ve really wanted since 1984. So don’t blame us.

PappyD61 on March 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

No pol that didn’t go through the primaries is gonna be the nominee.
That’s how it should be.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

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Here we go again . . . . . . ON WHAT BASIS ?

listens2glenn on March 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

We havent had the nominee we’ve really wanted since 1984. So don’t blame us.

PappyD61 on March 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Who did you want in each contest from ’88 to ’08?

thebrokenrattle on March 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Here we go again . . . . . . ON WHAT BASIS ?

listens2glenn on March 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

They didn’t jump in and do the work.
Honestly-I’d have a problem supporting anyone that got the nomination through a brokered convention that didn’t actually go through some of the primaries…because to me-that’s cheating.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Heh…absurd in the extreme. But not much more absurd than the notion of Romney picking Chris Christie or Nikki Haley. Allah must be knee deep in the Newcastle tonight.

Jaibones on March 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

If I were Mitt Romney, I would offer Santorum the job of . . . nothing. Let the smug punk go back to PA and run for county commissioner.

jan3 on March 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Santorum is a joke.

Tzetzes on March 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

wildcat72 on March 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM

THIS

Cleombrotus on March 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Santorum is a joke.

Tzetzes on March 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Even God is laughing at Santorum now.

VorDaj on March 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Rick Santorum Attorney General

able to enforce porno laws

gerrym51 on March 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Santorum as VP is a net negative for the ticket. It loses the libertarian vote, it slaps the people of Pennsylvania in the face, and it brings zero skills to the table. If Romney wants to stay on Santy’s good side, promise him Health and Human Services – that’s one position where his so-con zeal may work for the greater good.

Archivarix on March 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I can’t think of a Republican less likely to be Vice President than Rick Santorum. He’s more likely to win the nomination – a near zero chance at this point – than to be the VP pick.

Santorum was polling at 2% three months ago for a reason. The entire point of his candidacy, at least from the perspective of the people voting for him, is to reject Romney. If Santorum can’t beat Romney, he’s less than worthless. Nobody outside of his core 2% actually wants him to be President, they just think that a Romney nomination and/or Presidency would be a marginally worse thing.

HitNRun on March 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Romney – Rubio has a good ring to it.

profitsbeard on March 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM

listens2glenn on March 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Newt eating jounolist’s liver will be FUN. Everyday. That is if Romney can beat O.

antisocial on March 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I used to think it was Newt with the outsized ego.

rogaineguy on March 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM

NO!!!

cheetah2 on March 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM

No.

Mirimichi on March 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Santorum = tool.

captn2fat on March 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM

On A Mission From God

There is a squad of nuns from St. Agatha’s School leaving tomorrow to track Rick.

They are in the back of a Dodge ex-police car with two guys with sunglasses in the front.

They each have a bar of soap for that mouth of his.

I’m setting up a web site for their worldly needs so they can travel and keep our saintly Senator on the straight and narrow.

IlikedAUH2O on March 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Romney already said no Santorum. He used the word “precluded” describing Santorum’s chances, which went over some people’s heads apparently.

scotash on March 27, 2012 at 1:33 AM

No.

Mirimichi on March 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM

No.

ZachV on March 27, 2012 at 1:35 AM

The man is a joke so I guess it might be a good fit.

lexhamfox on March 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Mitt Romney, and classy and decent man, can do MUCH, MUCH better than someone like Rick Santorum as a running mate.

Rick Santorum, with his temper tantrums, whiny personality and history of extreme social positions, would be absolute poison in a general election campaign. I expect we’ll see Rick Santorum pop up on MSNBC next year to fill the conservative analyst job vacated by Pat Buchanan. There Rick Santorum will get into little on-air arguments with the liberal MSNBC hosts, making for juicy YouTube content every few months, but his political career is over after his embarrassing campaign.

Rick Santorum, your 15 minutes are up! It’s time to get off the stage. Rick Santorum, this election is not all about you. It’s time for you to drop out of the race for the good of the party and the good of the country. This Republican in-fighting needs to end, and we need to focus our efforts on getting rid of Obama.

bluegill on March 27, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Don’t do it, Rick! Don’t get associated with a loser like Sarah Palin did in 2008 and get politically damaged. If Rmoney is the nominee we’re going to need you and the rest of the conservatives for 2016 when Rmoney gets trounced and trounced he will. And because the RNC already has Jeb Bush waiting in the wings to either run himself in 2016 or as Rmoney’s VP if not this time around. It’s like a nightmare that won’t end.

mozalf on March 27, 2012 at 8:23 AM

listens2glenn on March 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I would like Bolton to be Sec State … just to watch liberal heads explode …

conservative tarheel on March 27, 2012 at 8:37 AM

No republican has ever won without the complete support of conservatives. All of you ten watt bulbs who are peeing on Santorum’s leg are in your own little way ensuring GOP defeat, regardless of the nominee. But then again, since I seriously doubt your actual membership in the GOP, I’m quite sure that’s your goal.

Mr. Grump on March 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Gov. Martinez has said repeatedly that she’s not interested in being VP. However,it’d be interesting to see how the MSM would treat her,since she’s a Hispanic woman.If they beat on her for being Republican then by their own standards they could be called racist and/or misogynisitic.

But this New Mexican doesn’t want her to leave,she’s doing a fine job & I’ll do what I can to get her a 2nd term.

Frantic Freddie on March 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Looking back on the past few months, and Santorum’s various gaffes, it is hard to see that he has a future in politics at all.

Look at what happened to most of the also-rans from 2004. Fred Thomson, Rudy Giuliani . . . just kind of faded out of sight.

Dextrous on March 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM

If Santorum can win the Republican primary in Pennsylvania, I think Romney might well choose him as a running mate. Why? Because it will bring many of the conservatives on board, because Pennsylvania is a swing state, and because Santorum does well in the South where Romney is weak.

All the nasty campaign rhetoric will go by the boards. Remember “Voodoo economics”? Yet Ronald Reagan chose the elder Bush as his V-P.

I stand by my prediction of Romney/Santorum.

MrLynn on March 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

We have so many good choices for VP I really don’t want Santorum, Gingrich, or for that matter Romney if he didn’t win.

magicbeans on March 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I can’t think of a Republican less likely to be Vice President than Rick Santorum. He’s more likely to win the nomination – a near zero chance at this point – than to be the VP pick.

Santorum was polling at 2% three months ago for a reason. The entire point of his candidacy, at least from the perspective of the people voting for him, is to reject Romney. If Santorum can’t beat Romney, he’s less than worthless. Nobody outside of his core 2% actually wants him to be President, they just think that a Romney nomination and/or Presidency would be a marginally worse thing.

HitNRun on March 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I think you are on to something.

At this point Richard would be a drag on any GOP ticket.

Gunlock Bill on March 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Richard, “Romney is the spawn of Satan and the worst Republican in the country.”

Brody, “He is interviewing potential VP candidates.”

Richard, “I would gladly serve as Romney’s VP.”

Gunlock Bill on March 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I think both Santorum an Gingrich should henceforth be pariahs in Republican politics. They’ve shown a lust for power that puts their own ambition ahead of the good of the party. For good or ill, Mitt Romney has outcampaigned them both and they’re taking it personally, insisting that all they care about is the will of the people, when that will has been repeatedly been expressed by more votes for Romney.

When you try and fail, it’s the mature thing to accept it and get behind the winner. Accept the rules and and do what’s best for the party, particularly in this election when we need to defeat Obama.

There’s a kind of tyrannical attitude coming out in Santorum, an insistence that he’s right and everybody else is wrong, that is incompatible with republican government. His anger and frustration is causing him to stir up personal animus toward Mitt Romney that is undeserved. I know that this sort of thing happens in campaigns, but I expect the candidates to keep in touch with reality. Lawyers have to have that skill, to battle hard and then put it aside once the issue is decided. If you can’t do that, you don’t belong in politics.

flataffect on March 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Santy kinda looks like prince Charles in the pic.

captn2fat on March 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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