Could a Romney/Gingrich or Gingrich/Romney Ticket Unite the GOP?
If he does manage to win the nomination, the conservative base of the party will still not trust him. Thus Romney would spend much time trying to win them over, and maybe in the process turn off more moderate voters. Romney also has a “Mormon problem” and depending on which poll you look at, his faith would have an effect on whether some Americans feel comfortable pulling the lever for him.
Strengths for Gingrich as VP
In the general election, Newt would help rally the base while taking on the role of Romney’s attack dog against Obama. Then, after the election is won, Gingrich could be best utilized as Romney’s “Man on the Hill.” Once he and Romney agreed on a legislative agenda, Newt would sell it to the Hill and work the back rooms until passage was achieved. Additionally, Newt in the VP role could be designated as Romney’s chief lobbyist, architect, and national pitchman, helping to shape, build, brand and sell a Romney/Gingrich legacy to the people.
Weakness for Gingrich as VP
Is Gingrich the “bomb-thrower” even capable of being someone’s #2? Would Romney trust him as his VP? Would Gingrich go off the reservation and start acting like HE was president? Could Gingrich represent President Romney? All these questions must be answered if Romney chose Gingrich as his VP.
Strengths for Gingrich
In a general election Gingrich could help attract Hispanic, Catholic, and conservative voters. As the presidential nominee, former Professor Gingrich would “teach” voters why our nation is heading off the cliff and how he is the man to fix it by the sheer force of his personality, his new programs and policies.
As President Franklin Roosevelt had the New Deal in 1932, President Gingrich would have the Newt Deal, and then take Capitol Hill by storm. Unlike President Obama who left Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in charge of shaping and passing his agenda, Gingrich would be extremely hands on.
Gingrich as president would also be hell bent on saving America from moral and economic decline here and around the world. He just might succeed.
Weakness for Gingrich
In the same Real Clear Politics poll cited earlier, Gingrich loses to Obama by 8.6%. There is concern that Newt Gingrich could alienate the great middle of American voters. Additionally, the press would be attacking him non-stop about his colorful past and career in general. Think of President George W. Bush’s negative treatment in the press, only worse, and that is what Gingrich could expect. The election coverage could be all about Gingrich personally, rather than the issues and that is good news for President Obama
Gingrich, as a presidential candidate and then as president could make the nation even more politically polarized than it is already. Also, Gingrich could potentially give our global friends/allies and enemies many sleepless nights with his reputation for unpredictability and lack of a diplomatic filter.
Strengths for Romney as VP
Romney would be a calming force on Gingrich, the nation and the world.
If Gingrich gave Romney the task of turning around the economy and being the ambassador to the business community on Main Street and Wall Street, Romney would be a great asset to President Gingrich.
Weakness for Romney as VP
Romney might have trouble taking direction from Gingrich especially if they clash on the economic agenda where Romney believes he knows what is best. Then if the past is any indication, chaos could rein supreme under a Gingrich-led ticket and during a Gingrich Administration. Romney could find himself very frustrated and wonder why he agreed to the VP slot to begin with.
Could this marriage work? Will it even be considered? Stay tuned for 2012 is almost here and all we know for sure is expect the unexpected.