Confirmed: Gingrich and Romney met privately over the weekend

posted at 7:47 pm on March 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

I realize that the campaigns and even the candidates themselves are periodically in contact, but I can’t imagine how the interactions must be when you’ve reached this point in the campaign. Newt’s bitterness at Romney’s negative ads and his contempt for his “Massachusetts moderation” have been palpable for months. Is he political enough of a creature that he can lay that aside for a meeting like this? Even if he is, how does Romney engage with him on a personal level knowing that he feels that way? Is there small talk, feigned friendliness, etc? Or is it all no-nonsense “let’s cut to the chase” dealmaking?

I guess we’ll find out in “Game Change II.”

Mr. Gingrich, responding to questions from The Washington Times, did not deny the meeting, but explicitly said he hasn’t been offered a position in a potential Romney administration in exchange for dropping out…

“There is no agreement of any kind, and I plan to go all the way to Tampa,” Mr. Gingrich said, referring to the August GOP presi[JUMP]dential nominating convention in Florida…

On Tuesday, the former House speaker signaled that he is toning down the anti-Romney rhetoric he has used on the campaign circuit, telling reporters while campaigning in Annapolis that, “Obviously I will support [Mitt Romney] and will be delighted to do anything I can to help defeat Barack Obama.”

But Wednesday, the former congressman from Georgia struck a defiant note again. “Romney has to earn this. It’s not going to be given to him,” he told Washington-based radio station WTOP.

Romney confirmed the meeting on Hannity’s radio show today but was coy about what they discussed. I can imagine three sorts of deals — minor, major, and grand bargain. The minor deal would be for Newt to lay off him for the rest of the primaries in return for a decent speaking gig at the convention. The Times piece I quoted notes that Newt does seem to have turned more positive lately, but maybe he made that calculation on his own, without Romney’s prodding. How does it benefit him now to dump on the presumptive nominee when he has no chance of winning himself? The major deal would be for Newt to drop out and endorse Romney in return for a prime speaking gig — maybe the second night of the convention or in primetime before the keynote or Romney’s own speech — and some help with his campaign debt. Hard to believe Newt would turn around after all this and back Mitt, but if his money problem really starts to bite, he might have no choice.

The grand bargain would be, as the Times suggests, some sort of role in Romney’s administration in return for … what? What could Newt possibly do for him that would warrant that big of a plum? Campaigning for Romney around the country won’t add many more votes than simply endorsing him would, and his negatives might actually be a liability. Even if there was something Newt could do for him, what role could he possibly serve in a Romney administration? Space czar? Ambassador to Belgium or something? C’mon.

Here’s Jim DeMint at the Examiner’s editorial office today reassuring Republicans that Romney’s learned conservatism as a “second language” over the past four years. Whew.


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It’s a little late, but if he is going to endorse it should be very soon.

rubberneck on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Even if there was something he could do for him, what role could he possibly serve in a Romney administration? Space czar? Ambassador to Belgium or something? C’mon.

Director of NASA?

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Please let Helen Thomas live long enough for this and to be let back in. :)

ThePrez on March 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

What Newt is really thinking…!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on March 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Newt, I love ya but it’s time to go.

I’m thinking Sec State.

Santorum – HHS

Paul (Rand) – Treasury

Perry or Palin – Energy

Bolton – UN

Veep?

Key West Reader on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Newt – Secretary of Education

Harbingeing on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Newt is probably the best orator in the republican party. Name me another. He’s also a brilliant attack dog. His best moments are when he goes on the attack against Obama. It’s late though. His behavior attacking from the left on Bain in SC was ridiculous.

rubberneck on March 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Hang in there Newt. Brokered convention and unicorns.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Oh yeah….that’s the ticket.
Could you imagine the looks on the Press pools faces:)

MontanaMmmm on March 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

What does Santorum have to say about this meeting? He doesn’t do nuance well (I say that objectively, not anti-Santorum snark), so his reaction would shed some insight.

conservative pilgrim on March 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Newt, I love ya but it’s time to go.

I’m thinking Sec State.

Santorum – HHS

Paul (Rand) – Treasury

Perry or Palin – Energy

Bolton – UN

Veep?

Key West Reader on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I’d rather see Bolton as Secy of State

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Gingrich has released a statement: “The meeting between Governor Romney and I will end up being the most historically significant meeting since the Yalta Conference of 1945.”

Mark1971 on March 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

what did Mormon Gekko offer to pay Mr. Potato Head?

DBear on March 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Maybe Mittens was showing Newt all the new renovations!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Gingrich has released a statement: “The meeting between Governor Romney and I will end up being the most historically significant meeting since the Yalta Conference of 1945.”

Mark1971 on March 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

lol

rubberneck on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

I’d pay to see that

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Didn’t John Bolton endorse Mitt Romney some time ago? I’d pick him for Secretary of State, if I were Mitt.

Newt might make an entertaining VP pick, though. Imagine a ‘debate’ between Newt and the hapless Joe Biden!

MrLynn on March 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

…that would be entertaining!
If not that…Chief of Staff, Sec. of Education, or even VP.

KOOLAID2 on March 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Moon colony governor.

rbj on March 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Newt: I’ll back you if I get to keep my moon base.
Mitt: It’s a deal!

timberline on March 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

What Newt is really thinking…!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on March 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Political theatre.. I love it!:)

canopfor on March 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

what did Mormon Gekko offer to pay Mr. Potato Head?

DBear on March 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Shhhhh…
We’re chatting here.

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Even if there was something Newt could do for him, what role could he possibly serve in a Romney administration? Space czar? Ambassador to Belgium or something? C’mon.

Gingrich to lead DOJ !

burrata on March 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Gingrich has released a statement: “The meeting between Governor Romney and I will end up being the most historically significant meeting since the Yalta Conference of 1945.”

The funny thing is that Obama won’t be present and yet he’ll still find a way to give away Eastern Europe to the Russians.

Esoteric on March 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Didn’t John Bolton endorse Mitt Romney some time ago? I’d pick him for Secretary of State, if I were Mitt.

Newt might make an entertaining VP pick, though. Imagine a ‘debate’ between Newt and the hapless Joe Biden!

MrLynn on March 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Press Secretary sounds right for Newt. He just loves the press.

timberline on March 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

MontanaMmmm on March 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Few things could be more awesome.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Gingrich to lead DOJ !

Without any legal background whatsoever? Sure, that’s likely.

Esoteric on March 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I’d love to see him as press sec. But there is the possibiity that the administration would have to follow him around with extinguisher to put out all the fires. LOL

bluealice on March 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Press secretary, most definitely. That would be money. I’d watch every WH press briefing, for sure. He and Rummy would go in the books as the most cantankerous journo agitators in WH history.

Philly on March 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Nothing on Newts tweets,regarding weeekend!

http://twitter.com/#!/newtgingrich

canopfor on March 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Without any legal background whatsoever? Sure, that’s likely.

Esoteric on March 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

An anti-American jihadi with a legal background
to be replaced with
a patriot who understands how the DOJ + Justice System is destroying our country…….
not an easy choice I guess ?

burrata on March 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Without any legal background whatsoever? Sure, that’s likely.

Esoteric on March 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

as Paul Krugman said, Newt is what a stupid person thinks a smart person sounds like

DBear on March 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Ugh,s/p boo boo,thats weekend,not(weeekend)

canopfor on March 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

as Paul Krugman said, Newt is what a stupid person thinks a smart person sounds like

DBear on March 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

How can we get this comment to Paul Krugman to prove his point?

what did Mormon Gekko offer to pay Mr. Potato Head?

DBear on March 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

hawkdriver on March 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

In truth, I don’t think Newt would want a position in Romney’s administration. In much the same way as Perry (who doesn’t want the VP slot), I don’t see him being happy playing second fiddle in any administration. He likes being his own guy.

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Newt should come up with our entire party platform, give it to someone else to take all inflammatory language out, food stamps vs pay check can stay. but all awfuls and disgraceful must be eliminated.

Then have Mitt can sell it.

boogaleesnots on March 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on March 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

as Paul Krugman said, Newt is what a stupid person thinks a smart person sounds like

DBear on March 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Quoting Paul “Space Invaders” Krugman are we? What a laugh riot!!

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Then have Mitt sell it sorry

boogaleesnots on March 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Oh yeah….that’s the ticket.
Could you imagine the looks on the Press pools faces:)

MontanaMmmm on March 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

+ 100..It would be priceless!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Newt was seeking a donation.

flataffect on March 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

“Obviously I will support [Mitt Romney] and will be delighted to do anything I can to help defeat Barack Obama.”

He will. Not as well as Sarah Palin will, but he’ll have his zingers. Santorum … I never got Santorum, probably never will. I don’t know what his “support” would mean.

Paul-Cincy on March 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Newt will not be Press Secretary, nor most other Administration positions. They do not pay enough. Newt made what 3 or 6 millions a years from writing books, being a historian and giving speeches.
Maybe he wanted to have the Romney campaign paid off his debts.

galtani on March 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

:)

Paul-Cincy on March 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Newt, I love ya but it’s time to go. Agree in part.

I’m thinking Sec State. Nope. Governor of The Lunar Colony

Santorum – HHS Yes, with an expanded budget for the Anger Management Program

Paul (Rand) – Treasury – Yes

Perry or Palin – Energy – No. He has a softer gig and she’s destroyed her credibility and influence with moronic calls for a brokered convention.

Bolton – UN – Resounding Yes

Veep? Rubio/Martinez or Daniels/McDonnell

Key West Reader on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

My comments bolded.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

My guess is that Newt has agreed to turn over his delegates to Romney before the first ballot in the event that they are required to put Romney over the top. Such a deal would explain Gingrich taking it to Tampa – he needs to pull in as many delegates as he still can, continue to split the ABR vote, and keep Santorum weak. What Gingrich gets in return is beyond me.

Romney has been openly mocking Santorum lately, which is unusual for him. That can only mean that Santorum is a zero factor at this point. Deals with Paul and Gingrich, plus the party superdelegates give him the insurance he needs to completely ignore Rick. Ricks recent attacks of desperation alternating with bouts of conciliatory tone moderation may be signs that reality is beginning to sink in.

Mr. Arkadin on March 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Maybe he wanted to have the Romney campaign paid off his debts.

galtani on March 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Hmmm. Drop out at a certain time and have Mitt pick up his campaign debt. Do I remember Pawlenty going that same route? Maybe that’s Mitt’s secret weapon for them all:)

a capella on March 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

That would be great. MSM slap

SparkPlug on March 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Newt, I love ya but it’s time to go. Agree in part.

I’m thinking Sec State. Nope. Governor of The Lunar Colony

Santorum – HHS Yes, with an expanded budget for the Anger Management Program

Paul (Rand) – Treasury – Yes

Perry or Palin – Energy – No. He has a softer gig and she’s destroyed her credibility and influence with moronic calls for a brokered convention.

Bolton – UN – Resounding Yes

Veep? Rubio/Martinez or Daniels/McDonnell

Key West Reader on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

My comments bolded.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Palin’s call for a brokered convention were not moronic to conservatives. Only to Mittbots.

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Romney has been openly mocking Santorum lately, which is unusual for him. That can only mean that Santorum is a zero factor at this point. Deals with Paul and Gingrich, plus the party superdelegates give him the insurance he needs to completely ignore Rick. Ricks recent attacks of desperation alternating with bouts of conciliatory tone moderation may be signs that reality is beginning to sink in.

Mr. Arkadin on March 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

He’s mocking Santorum but can ignore him. Seems a bit contradictory.

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The Mitt people that are trying to be funny here making fun of Newt but failing miserably, are proving they are all liberals b/c their jokes are so pathetic only liberals can come up with such flat jokes.
But I will enjoy watching them squirming when the the MSM start pounding Mitt when nominated, if they are still around or they will be back to their headquarters( Media Matters).

evergreenland on March 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

…that would be entertaining!
If not that…Chief of Staff, Sec. of Education, or even VP.

KOOLAID2 on March 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Yeah.

SparkPlug on March 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Newt would make a great Chief of Staff.

cat_owner on March 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Why would Mitt want to break a deal with Newt? Keeping Newt in splits the conservative vote in winner take all states.

blammm on March 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

that would be entertaining!
If not that…Chief of Staff, Sec. of Education, or even VP.

KOOLAID2 on March 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I hear others saying he wouldn’t want to be part of cabinet for various reasons but Sec of Education is of special interest to him. I could see him going for that in a big way. He would love to break up the public school monopoly.

MontanaMmmm on March 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Sorry to burst the bubbles, but if Romney is the nominee, there will be no cabinet to pick. we’ll be stuck with the same ‘ol cabinet we have already..

That said, Mitt could show his true colors and pick Chertoff (the x-ray machine whore) for DHS, Jeb Bush for Secty of Education.. Mitt will “moderate” the cabinet to hear all views.

kringeesmom on March 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Confirmed: Gingrich and Romney met privately over the weekend

ABR misfits hardest hit. Gingrich = RINO!!!!!!111

cicerone on March 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Endorsement in return for moon base?

lester on March 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Palin’s call for a brokered convention were not moronic to conservatives. Only to Mittbots. Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

You’re a slow learner bitter. It’s moronic to everyone who knows what it takes to put together a national campaign. Gingrich and Santorum have demonstrated what happens to campaigns that are thrown together. I’m quite surprised at Palin. I thought she was a whole lot brighter than this.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I don’t get the “pack and go” crap. The sooner he’s triple crowned (today was with the Bush royals) and good to go, the campaign will start.

From April till November.

AND PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BROKERED CONVENTION? Newt is right, keep it going, protect (the) candidate(s) until the convention, with delegates or not.

I agree that Newt by far has a great platform; merge it with Mittens and off to sell it he goes. HALF the price of gas must be repeated ad nauseaum.

I don’t know what Hummers have done to upset Obama so much/

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Pfft. Romney has had his since ’08. Besides, isn’t that GOP’s job to do? WTH have they done, besides showing up at few TV interviews? Prius is indeed a high mileage guy. Sheesh!

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Pfft. Romney has had his since ’08. Besides, isn’t that GOP’s job to do? WTH have they done, besides showing up at few TV interviews? Prius is indeed a high mileage guy. Sheesh!

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

This may come as a surprise, but me thinks the GOP is solid in the Romney camp..

kringeesmom on March 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM

DeMint is scared. Behind the scenes I think they are all scared, and our situation is far worse than most people realize. DeMint understands its game over if we loose in November, and that Romney warts and all is better than a brokered convention which would likely produce a RINO. People seem to forget that brokered convention=smoke filled back room deal brokered by party bosses.

This primary is over! The only way Santorum could win now is to finish 1st everywhere and Romney would have to finish 3rd or 4th everywhere. It’s not going to happen. So to stay in at this point is an utter act of selfishness.

I’m not a Romney fan, but I’m going to vote for him. Any conservative that stays home deserves every rotten bit of pain and suffering that comes with an Obama victory in 2012. Just because you vote for Romney doesn’t mean you have to carry water for him, as far as I’m concerned my Romney vote isn’t for Romney, but a protest vote against the incumbent.

If Romney wins the WH with soft support, the only way he can get stronger is moving right in deed. He will get no support from the left, for the R next to his name.

JB-STLMO on March 29, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I’m not a Romney fan, but I’m going to vote for him. Any conservative that stays home deserves every rotten bit of pain and suffering that comes with an Obama victory in 2012. Just because you vote for Romney doesn’t mean you have to carry water for him, as far as I’m concerned my Romney vote isn’t for Romney, but a protest vote against the incumbent.

JB-STLMO on March 29, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Romney is the smoke filled back room guy….

Sorry but I won’t vote for him, and I won’t stay home… I have already tried this tack with Bush, Dole, Bush, Arnold and McCain

Santorum is right, most will stick with devil they know rather than go for squishy mittens…. Romney can’t run on healthcare, cap and trade, wall street insiders or even his “strong conservative record” Obama will win in ’12 with Romney as the nominee… the GOP will fail to learn its lesson yet again.

kringeesmom on March 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Assuming there was a deal discussed, what position would Newt actually be good at?

How about White House Chief of Staff?

BobMbx on March 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

That would make me tune in EVERY DAY… “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

Khun Joe on March 29, 2012 at 9:51 PM

his contempt for his “Massachusetts moderation” have been palpable for months.

Romney is more conservative than Newt.

itsnotaboutme on March 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Key West Reader on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I would like to see Bolton as Sec State …

conservative tarheel on March 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

This may come as a surprise, but me thinks the GOP is solid in the Romney camp..

kringeesmom on March 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM

GOP,

One day, nationwide, primary any and all candidates, no delegates. Let’s see who America picks as a nominee. Start with that one, and be done with it. America casts their vote in ONE day and saves all the money and butt kissing, from state to state.

Debates and modern media can get the message out better than before. Let the candidates make their case to each state. Study the darn state and bring a platform to improve and strengthen relationships with the Governor; stick to the 10th but be aware as POTUS what each state wants and needs to balance their own budget, create jobs and improve education. A disconnected POTUS is what we have right now and really I am shocked, shocked I tell you that nobody is calling Obama on the same ol’ “do-nothing Congress” speeches.

Not even Congress bothers to react to that.

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Newt to be White House Press Secretary…

Electrongod on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Oh, that right there is political porn. Can you imagine Newt firing with both barrels at the press. Probably won’t happen but man it is fun to think about. I think there’s room for Newt in Romney’s admin if he wins. Coming to Romney’s defense after Santorums idiotic no better than Obama remarks were his olive branch to Mitt. I’d be surprised to see him stay in past Wisconsin.

Minnfidel on March 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Newt is playing a losing hand pretty well. Romney doesn’t need him at this point. Newt would like a “role” at the convention. A decent (ie prime time but not one of the big nights) speaking slot is what he will probably get. romney will help with his campaign debts.

Neither Santorum nor Gingrich will be part of a Romney administration.

Bolton would not be confirmed by the Senate (even a republican one) for any position. It’s more likely romney would make him National Security advisor, which doesn’t require confirmation.

str8tface on March 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Who cares?

JannyMae on March 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Sorry but I won’t vote for him, and I won’t stay home… I have already tried this tack with Bush, Dole, Bush, Arnold and McCain

Santorum is right, most will stick with devil they know rather than go for squishy mittens…. Romney can’t run on healthcare, cap and trade, wall street insiders or even his “strong conservative record” Obama will win in ’12 with Romney as the nominee… the GOP will fail to learn its lesson yet again.

kringeesmom on March 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Yea, that write in candidate will show them!!! I agree, Mitt could very well lose. He’s got way more of a chance than Santorum. Rick is not a smoke filled back room guy? I guess that’s why even though he’s going to lose the nomination he is going to attempt to win it via a smoke filled back room. Mitt was my third choice. And yes, I am not happy about our choices the last few times either. But go ahead and tell yourself there’s no difference between Mitt and 0webama. Take your ball and go home. But when 0webama puts 2 or 3 more supreme court justices on and gets single payer healthcare through and bankrupts us with his spending, don’t say a bloody word. You can feel morally superior as a consolation prize, knowing you sent the GOP a message. Good on ya.

Minnfidel on March 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Palin voted for Newt, Newt about to endorse Romney so expect a Palin wink and nod soon after that. Rick will take it like a hammer blow to the chest and the Pbots will call it a brilliantly planned move by the Queen….Others will say she sold out and it is time to “go Galt” and mumble things about bunkers and purchasing ammo.

Funny thing is I remember the most ardent Santy supporters being all in for Newt before that….

Politics 101 can be a terribly humbling lesson for some….and no one is willing to give up their internet to go live in the wild and wait for the apocalypse.
Even if some did can you imagine the mind numbing boredom of hearing a bunch of people sitting around the fire recalling when they Pwned someone on some thread or another. Uncomfortable sighs around the campfire followed by “you know we could chip in for a room at the Holiday Inn. they have free wireless you know….”

Bradky on March 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Confirmed: Gingrich and Romney met privately over the weekend

That’s it. Newt’s a RINO. Purge him.

rukiddingme on March 29, 2012 at 11:50 PM

“There is no agreement of any kind, and I plan to go all the way to Tampa.”

I’m glad I finally lost interest in this egoist.

minnesoter on March 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Mr. Arkadin on March 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Here’s an alternate interpretation. Mitt knows he is already certain to win the nomination, and is just making nice with his former opponents. He has maintained cordial relations with Ron Paul all along, and is now reaching out to Newt. When Santorum acknowledges the inevitable, he will be welcomed as well.

Regarding the certainty of the nomination: I don’t really have a dog in this fight (I was a Perry supporter), but have been watching and calculating since South Carolina. I don’t see any way Romney can lose at this point, absent a meteor impact on his exact location. That’s not wishcasting, as some here like to do, it’s just a prediction based on a dispassionate analysis of past results and future probabilities, which I am pretty sure the Romney campaign is also capable of doing. For the record, my prediction (made about two weeks ago) was Romney goes over the top on June 5, with a minimum of 1277 delegates (although I expect the final tally to be closer to 1400).

So, in my opinion, nothing Romney does now is intended to secure the nomination. He already has that. He’s looking to the convention and post-convention environment.

HTL on March 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Game Change II? Is traitorous lapdog Nicole Wallace rewriting history again for etch-a-sketch.

Jayrae on March 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM

What does Santorum have to say about this meeting? He doesn’t do nuance well (I say that objectively, not anti-Santorum snark), so his reaction would shed some insight.

conservative pilgrim on March 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Probably not much, since he and Romney will probably have a similar meeting after NY, NJ, and CA.

kjl291 on March 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

A one-day national primary would eliminate all the also-ran candidates, they would have no chance to compete. None of the candidates who had surges during the campaign started with enough money to compete with Romney. The money came in for Cain, Gingrich, and Santorum in turn, but only perhaps Perry could have raised enough to compete in such a primary.

It is a horrible idea.

The longer campaign gives more time to see the candidates under different circumstances, a longer vetting period. It was too front-loaded last cycle and too spaced out this time, but there is a happy medium in there somewhere.

Adjoran on March 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM

The deal

mitt stay in the race to split the vote with santorum

audiotom on March 30, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Game Change II? Is traitorous lapdog Nicole Wallace rewriting history again for etch-a-sketch.

Jayrae on March 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Only this time they will actually vet the VP properly :-)…

jimver on March 30, 2012 at 1:59 AM

JB-STLMO on March 29, 2012 at 9:25 PM
DeMint is scared. Behind the scenes I think they are all scared, and our situation is far worse than most people realize. DeMint understands its game over if we loose in November, and that Romney warts and all is better than a brokered convention which would likely produce a RINO. People seem to forget that brokered convention=smoke filled back room deal brokered by party bosses.

DeMint backs Romney and now is worried a brokered convention would likely produce a RINO?? Seriously??? BWAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA!!!

ROMNEY IS THE BIGGEST RINO OF ALL!

Unbelievable…the only thing I’m reconsidering is my support for DeMint. What the heck does the establishment have on him? Up until his “a lot to like” about Romney I trusted him.

Unrepentant Teapartyist on March 30, 2012 at 2:33 AM

as Paul Krugman said, Newt is what a stupid person thinks a smart person sounds like

DBear on March 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Krugman is one of the most vile people in the entire world, but I gotta give the devil his due on this one. That is spot on!

MJBrutus on March 30, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Et tu, Newt?

insidiator on March 30, 2012 at 7:53 AM

I love when “Conservatives” find more in common with the most extreme Leftists, than the people in their own party.

Oh, I forgot, you’re kicking some out. Never mind.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Jayrae on March 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Only this time they will actually vet the VP properly :-)…

jimver on March 30, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Right, because Sarah Palin didn’t carry John McCain’s tired butt over the finish line last time. She was the only thing that kept it from being a complete blowout.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 7:56 AM

as Paul Krugman said, Newt Paul Krugman is what a stupid person LIberal thinks a smart person sounds like

DBear on March 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

FIFY.

Gladtobehere on March 30, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Right, because Sarah Palin didn’t carry John McCain’s tired butt over the finish line last time. She was the only thing that kept it from being a complete blowout.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 7:56 AM

And as usual, they have the usual conservative stooges already panting to get to the head of the VP line: Ryan and Rubio. And once again a conservative VP will have the responsibility of propping up the dead weight we get stuck with as a nominee and then we’re supposed to show up in herds at polling places to vote our hearts out for a flawed and inferior candidate. And then of course we’ll get blamed when, if it’s Romney, he loses in a landslide. Especially when we’re blowing the opportunity of what should have been a landslide win for the republicans this time around. I only hope that Romney lives up to his arrogance and picks a non-conservative VP so Rubio and Ryan can repair the damage to their careers for the future. We’re going to need them in 2016 against Jeb Bush and NJ Fats.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Stooges wouldn’t be my first pick for describing those two gents but I know what you meant. Dude, if you’re still GOP, click my name and at least talk with a party member in your state. You are where I was two years ago.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Stooges wouldn’t be my first pick for describing those two gents but I know what you meant. Dude, if you’re still GOP, click my name and at least talk with a party member in your state. You are where I was two years ago.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Thanks, man. I’m just seeing how they’re using Rick’s endorsing Romney over McCain in 2008 as a battering ram this go-around so it will come back to bite these 2 in the butt in the future because this time there are 2 more “severe” conservatives than Romney.

Friend, I did become a republican years ago out of disgust and to get rid of politicians like Romney. Only they used to be democrats. I will vote here in D.C.’s primary next Tuesday and vote for Newt Gingrich because Rick was disqualified and I have no other choice. If Romney does become the nominee, I will change to independent and may the best man win! I’m done talking with any more party members after this.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I’m done talking with any more party members after this.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

According to not just a few here, we were never going to have that choice. This election cycle, the GOP gets rid of the “Devils” known as the Religious Right.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM

According to not just a few here, we were never going to have that choice. This election cycle, the GOP gets rid of the “Devils” known as the Religious Right.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM

And being a “devil” in that group, it’s sure becoming clearer that we’re not welcome in the big tent anymore. We’ve served that purpose and we’re not needed anymore. The republican party is actually morphing and becoming an off-shoot of the democrat party it appears anyway. With more attractive people, but basically trying to out-democrat each other. It would be nice to present a stark contrast to the democrat platform for once. Ronald Reagan did it. It seems all we have to offer this time is that we’re not as bad and Romney’s not Obama. Not a sure sell especially if we’re asking the general electorate to give us a 1 party/republican control over the Congress and the White House. Not giving anyone much incentive to make that drastic a change.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I’m done talking with any more party members after this.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

According to not just a few here, we were never going to have that choice. This election cycle, the GOP gets rid of the “Devils” known as the Religious Right.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM

The republican establishment detests conservatives, especially tea party and christian conservatives.

They’re telling us to either sit down and shut up about conservatism, or leave. Okay, will do; a good portion of us conservatives are leaving the republican party and looking forward to forming a REAL conservative third party alternative.

IndeCon on March 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

IndeCon on March 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

And I’m not buying the bunk that any non-Romney vote is a vote for Obama. Because if they were really concerned about that then they’d give us a candidate we could vote FOR. And not one we’ll have to make excuses for or try to campaign for while trying to keep a straight face. I thought this is supposed to be the most important election in our lifetime. And we’re being coerced with this?!

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

They’re telling us to either sit down and shut up about conservatism, or leave. Okay, will do; a good portion of us conservatives are leaving the republican party and looking forward to forming a REAL conservative third party alternative.

IndeCon on March 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Click my name to see if that fits. Talk to a rep in your state.

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

hawkdriver on March 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Hawk, thanks for the link. Excellent! I checked out the site and I will take your advice.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

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