I agree - I just can't picture him trying for Palin and I can't think of anyone other female he would try to court for the veep spot. I liked some of her ideas, but I had serious reservations before she got knocked out of the race - started seeming a bit confused and lightweight.
Or for Pat Buchanan. The last time he ran he had a black woman as his running mate, and still lost.
Lightweight is a good word. Of any of the candidates running against Roman-y Newt would help him the most once in office. He knows the ends and outs of DC. Would have the Senate whipped into shape and knows how to orchestrate legislation to get it passed.
He like Cheney would not have higher ambitions and could serve without giving a SSSS about what people think of him.
Santorum is too much like the rest of the school of fish......jelly fish. The remaining only ran to get their name out there for future ambitions and the $$$$ they could raise IMHO.