A Romney-Santorum Ticket?

I hope not, because I think Santorum would be a drag on Romney, but last night’s results make this a more likely outcome—unless you like this morning’s flyer that Santorum could combine with Gingrich to put a Santorum-Gingrich ticket over the top before the Tampa convention.  Even a Jeb Bush-Sarah Palin ticket (which I like on the merits, but seriously . . .) would do better than Santorum-Gingrich.  But this kind of intrigue is exactly why Gingrich is going to stick around, and that probably helps Romney oddly enough.  Maybe a Romney-Gingrich ticket?   This whole nomination fight is starting to seem like a bad LSD flashback.  (Memo to housekeeper: please keep me away from sharp knifes and my gun case.)

In a contest between “Metro Mitt” and “Rural Rick,” as Henry Olsen calls them, yesterday’s result was always plausible.  Romney runs well in metropolitan areas, but very poorly in rural areas.  Romney’s strength in metropolitan areas could be a major asset in November in swing suburbs where Republicans have done quite poorly ever since Bill Clinton stole them away in 1992, but overall the GOP nominee needs to roll up big margins in rural areas to overcome Democratic strength in urban areas.  Santorum on paper would appear to provide that help, but not as well as several other potential running mates.

Romney still has to be reckoned the favorite in the delegate count for the usual reasons of superior organization, etc.  But he may not be able to get over the line before the convention.  Memo to Mitch Daniels: Please don’t plan on vacation in late August.

Meanwhile, Romney has flip-flopped again.  On catfish.  Seriously.  Not kidding.

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