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As Newt Gingrich bows out, Mitt Romney owes him — and Rick Santorum — a fond farewell

With Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum now on the sidelines, victims of their own inept campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney is certain to win his party’s nod at the convention in Tampa in late August.

The gracious thing for Romney to do at that convention would be to thank Santorum, and especially Gingrich, from the bottom of his heart for easing, rather than obstructing, his path to the nomination.

Molly Ball EXPLAINS:

Romney does owe Gingrich, and Santorum, for one major favor they did for him. By behaving childishly and running totally amateurish campaigns, they made Romney look good. Next to Santorum’s inability to stay on message, Romney’s gaffes looked minor. Next to Gingrich’s petulant posturing, Romney looked like a grown-up. Next to both men’s improvised, bare-bones efforts, Romney’s flawed operation looked like the Cadillac of political campaigns.

In losing in the most undignified manner possible, Gingrich made Romney shine. And for that, Romney owes Gingrich his gratitude.

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