Romney-Santorum 2012?

Mar 15 2012 @ 3:23pm

That's what Frum suggests would happen if Santorum racks up enough delegates. Scott Galupo counters:

I realize that Vice President Joe Biden said that then-Sen. Barack Obama lacked experience (and that he said this during both the primary and, amazingly, the general-election campaign). But it seems to me that there's a substantial difference between Biden characterizing Obama as brilliant but green, and Santorum bluntly proclaiming Romney "disqualified" due to  ideological heresy. The former arguably comes from a place of fundamental sympathy, while the latter is hostile and unappeasable.

Paul Waldman sees the choice as part of a broader VP problem for Romney:

The extended race doesn't make [the base] happier about him as time goes on, it just makes them more resigned to his nomination. Which makes it important for Mitt, in his first major decision as the party's nominee, to make a pick that gets conservatives excited about the fall campaign and assures them that they'll have a representative in his White House. But the extended primary race has had a simultaneous effect on independent voters: the more they've seen Mitt pander to the Republican base, the more they'll need reassurance that he's not some kind of contraception-banning, foreigner-bombing, rich-folks-tax-cutting extremist. It would seem impossible for Mitt to offer simultaneous reassurance to both groups.