Friday, January 27, 2012

Romney Win Means Gingrich Could Run as Independent

Mitt Romney is so far removed from how conservative Republicans perceive their representative for the party's presidential nomination should be that his winning could spur a break-off candidate.

Newt Gingrich looks the part to take this on if Romney wins the Republican nomination.

Gingrich could look for a third-party to make a pledge to and run as their nominee or he could stage a run for the presidency as an Independent.

Who knows, by the time the decision is made, he could be pulling all of his resources together with Rick Santorum as a combined ticket to push the 'right' buttons for President and Vice-President.

The disharmony forged by the Republican candidates is real.  They are at odds with how their Party moves forward.

From Gingrich's point of view, it is possible that President Obama and Romney split the liberal and independent votes and leave the Conservative votes on the table.  Thus, he has an outsider's shot to win some states and make it impossible any of the candidates to get the necessary majority electoral vote to ensure victory (270 out of 538 electoral votes).

He could even win.  Very doubtful, but not out of the realm of possibility.

The point is that Gingrich has to do what he feels is in the best interests of the country.

If he feels that he should leave things to Romney, than he will.  But, he built up the base to the Republican Party and had a major hand in how it has evolved over the last 30 years and if he wants to push back against what he fears is the wrong path for it to choose, than he has the political right and might to do it.

If Santorum wins the nomination, Gingrich won't complain, because Santorum is running on a real Conservative platform and Gingrich respects that.

Bottom line is that Romney causes waves among Conservatives, Tea Party activists and just about anybody else who has listened to his drivel.

He is trying to buy the nomination and everyone, including his supporters, knows it.  If he had the same shared values to back it all up and didn't have the up and down past on issues, then maybe the money wouldn't matter.

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