SHOULD PULL OUT.
Yeah; when pigs fly. But, really, Rick or Newt one need to pull out and leave the other to be the lone, non-Romney candidate. As long as they keep dividing the vote, Romney will keep winning. That’s how we ended up with John McCain. Hey, I’m a Newt guy, but, geesh....draw straws or something guys. Otherwise, before the Texas Primary on May 29th, with 155 Delegates, Romney will already be the designated nominee.
I think there may be flaws in your logic.
First of all there are many on both sides of the Newt/Rick equation who will not vote for the “other” candidate. They will either stay home or vote for Romney. Read some of the posts on this site; and there are millions more out there w/the same views.
Second, I listened to an analysis on CNN yesterday. (They're really much more objective than FOX these days; while there is a Dem “slant” to be sure; it is nowhere near as “slanted” as the Romneybot cheerleaders on FOX.) From the CNN analyst's projections it is higly likely the GOP primaries will get drawn out past TX at the average rate Romney is “winning” delegates (less than 40%). The longer it gets drawn out the more time for both Rick and Newt to get their messages out and gather delegates of their own. Equally importantly, the longer this process is drawn out the less “electable” Mitt looks and the less solid his base of support. (It appears he is already starting to see “cracks” in his support based on media reports.)
Finally, I have a lot of respect for Sarah Palin and agree w/her on how we should proceed. Conservatives need to draw this out as long as possible and allow Newt to gather his delegates where he has geographic strength and allow Rick to do the same. This will act to keep the pressure on Romney by forcing him to fight a “dual front” war. Each day that goes by there is a better chance for a CONTESTED convention. (Not a “brokered” convention; which, as I understand the two terms, would not be advantageous to anyone but the GOP insiders.)
Caveat: I would add that this will require both Newt and Rick to allow the stronger candidate to compete unfettered in their strongest geographic areas. Newt appears to have been doing that so far in the Midwest; however, Rick, as usual, appears to be “doing his own thing” and started w/TN to push into Newt's strong areas. Rick now appears to be on the verge of doing the same in the rest of the South. If he does that, it will set off a political war between Newt and Rick and help Romney. The consequence of such action on Rick's part will be to lose many Newt supporters who might have supported Rick later if Newt drops out.
This will be at the Convention: NOT before!
Newt is the one who needs to pull out.