Yeah. A year late, Businessweek manages to kind of get on the story without bothering to GET ON THE STORY. Concerned only with the marionettes, this schmuck doesn’t even have the good grace to note the strings, let alone the puppetmasters.
The Secret Gingrich-Santorum ‘Unity Ticket’ That Nearly Toppled Romney
Joshua Green / Businessweek
It’s one of the great untold stories of the 2012 presidential campaign, a tale of ego and intrigue that nearly upended the Republican primary contest and might even have produced a different nominee: As Mitt Romney struggled in the weeks leading up to the Michigan primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum nearly agreed to form a joint “Unity Ticket” to consolidate conservative support and topple Romney. “We were close,” former Representative Bob Walker, a Gingrich ally, says. “Everybody thought there was an opportunity.” “It would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign,” says John Brabender, Santorum’s chief strategist….
So, here’s the rest of the story, sort of.
A leading evangelical and former aide to President George H.W. Bush said he agreed with suspicions voiced by others at the meeting of evangelical and conservative Catholic activists that organizers “manipulated” the gathering and may even have stuffed the ballot to produce an endorsement of Mr. Santorum over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. [see below for cite and longer quote]
I did a lot of work on this, but at the end of the day America wasn’t ready for it, I guess. So I deep-sixed it. Maybe America’s ready now:
First draft: 15 January, 2012 @ 3:18 by Hart Williams
Last edited: 21 January, 2012 @ 2:46 by Hart Williams
It would have been nice if they had gotten more names, but at least the “number” is finally agreed-upon. That is not to say it’s “factual” but we no longer care about facts in modern reportage, and if all and sundry agree that it was one hundred and fifty who attended the Texas Judge’s Ranch, well, that’s good enough for the historical record.
Santorum thanks Iowa (we think)
It will be dutifully reported as such, although it had wildly veered from 125 to 170 in prior reports, reporting on the story that was GOING to happen, again, as is customary in modern journalism. “The president WILL say,” or “the senator WILL announce,” or “it is widely expected that the [algebraic variable X] report, to be released later today, will not contain any news on the gloomy prospects,” thus proving that soothsaying DIDN’T vanish with Roman and Druid seers, but has experience a modern renaissance in cable news. Continue reading