You and Me, Baby!

Funniest story of the morning is this one, from Jon Ward at HuffPost:

A senior adviser to Newt Gingrich told The Huffington Post Tuesday night the campaign likes the idea of Rick Santorum and Gingrich running on the same ticket for the presidency and vice presidency.

“Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would make a powerful team against Barack Obama,” the adviser said on the condition that his name not be used. “They have the capability to deny Gov. Romney the nomination.”

The proposal comes after rumors of a Gingrich alliance with Texas Gov. Rick Perry surfaced earlier this week. It does not come off as a sign of confidence. Rather, it is an indication that the Gingrich campaign senses their candidate’s position in the race slipping after the former House speaker’s losses to Santorum in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday night.

I love Ward’s droll line: “It does not come off as a sign of confidence.” Ya think?

Even if it wasn’t the transparent ploy of some Gingrich hand who’s trying to hitch a ride with Rick now that his bus is smoking in ruins on the side of the road, the idea of a Santorum-Gingrich ticket is pretty hilarious. Screw diversity! Make sure that whichever candidate shows up at a planned event, the hosts will be getting a snarling right-wing white male born in the state of Pennsylvania! Make the new president the most assassination-proof chief executive in history! Throw a real scare into those baby-killers and shariah-hawkers!

Don’t think Rick is going to take up this offer real fast.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.