Romney/Gingrich or Gingrich/ Romney? — Could this be the ticket for 2012?
Certainly there is recent historical precedent— Ronald Reagan battled George H.W. Bush in 1980 before a Reagan/Bush ticket was successfully formed and John Kerry fought John Edwards in 2004 before their union was solidified
Then, in 2008 after a brutal primary fight many Democrats, especially women, were hoping for an Obama/Hillary ticket. But the scuttlebutt was (if the ticket had been formed) Mrs. Obama did not want the Clintons, especially the Mrs. hanging around the White House deflecting attention from the new king and queen.
So is it probable that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, currently at each other throats providing colorful sound bites for Team Obama’s future campaign commercials, could eventually join forces, help unite the Republican Party and become the GOP ticket in 2012?
Is this the best ticket to lead a nation that is trying to “right” itself and stop the trends toward national and global decline?
Their skill sets and personalities could not be more different, but they could blend together and become a formidable force of constructive change.
Both Romney and Gingrich are experienced, qualified to be president and for a divided party, represent the marriage of the establishment and conservative wings, something that is necessary if the GOP is to survive in its present form. But does such a ticket make sense no matter who takes the top spot?
Let’s examine each ticket’s strengths and weakness:
Strengths for Romney
According to Real Clear Politics Romney is losing to Obama in a general election match up by only 1.6%, which is a virtual tie. What makes Romney weak in a Republican primary makes him stronger in a general election.
Romney, considered a more moderate Republican, would be able to attract disgruntled independents away from Obama nationwide and especially in battle-ground states. Romney looks and acts “presidential” and he will present himself as a cool unflappable alternative to the ultra cool Obama.
As a former CEO with management and problem solving skills, Romney knows the business of America is business and makes the argument that his executive experience will help him create a business climate that will lead to job growth, and turn the economy around.
A Romney administration would inject confidence into the business sector with policies that would allow business to lead us out of our economic slump while government takes a back seat.
Weakness for Romney