Fox News’ Carl Cameron reported an EXCLUSIVE (MUST CREDIT DERRICK BELL) story yesterday about the possibility of Newt Gingrich “forming a predetermined ticket with Perry [that] will unite the evangelical, Tea Party and very conservative voters” and allow them to win the nomination at the convention. Both Gingrich and Perry’s people are publicly denying that they’ve talked about this, but come on — this has all the trappings of an authentic Newt Gingrich Big Idea.
The rationale here must be… that… if a bomb-throwing, incompetent, frighteningly spontaneous candidate with narrow general election appeal could be balanced on the bottom half of the ticket with a bomb-throwing, incompetent, frighteningly spontaneous candidate with narrow general election appeal, then convention delegates would obviously rush at the opportunity to thrust this clown duo into a general election matchup against Barack Obama. Gingrich/Perry — it’s got “acceptable to a broad national coalition” right there on the label!
But we shouldn’t underestimate the ability of 2012 Republican convention delegates to see a big red blinking button saying “ELECTORAL SUICIDE” and press it forcefully, after determining that the button is acting like a Yankee snob that thinks it knows everything. So yeah, this’ll probably happen.