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Thuman's Capitol Thoughts: Lights, camera, smile! (Even if it's fake)

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So it’s time to eat those dreaded brussels sprouts (my apologies to those in the sprouts industry) and smile like they're your favorite food … as if you can’t get enough. If you were given the choice between a winning lottery ticket and a heaping helping of those round little veggies, you'd scramble for a fork and napkin.

In other words, Rick and Mitt: Grin and bear what you truly dread.

Currently, behind closed doors and over countless phone calls, the Romney and Santorum camps are likely trying to determine how to patch up their glaring differences and move past their less-than-flattering descriptions of each other. There's no doubt the RNC is playing marriage counselor in getting these two crazy kids to work things out. Why? Because as POLITICO’s Roger Simon said Wednesday morning as we sat on the set of NewsTalk, these two don’t just dislike one another,  they hate each other.

But they must play nice. Santorum, who deserves real credit for taking his place in the polls at 1 percent and temporarily vaulting his campaign to the top, eventually adding 11 states to his name, has a very loyal following of voters. They stand passionately behind the issues he adopted as his own: big family, little government and a strong Constitution. He used raw emotion when spewing venom on topics far and wide, from President Obama to radical Islam. The problem is that Romney and, more specifically, “Romneycare” (which later morphed into “ObamaRomneycare”) was also a constant target.

Remember when Santorum said Romney was “the worst Republican in the country” to put up against Obama on the issue of health care?

Romney’s return serve was to tell Jay Leno that Rick Santorum could be his "press secretary."

Now, however, it’s time to appear on a stage, raise arms and watch political enemies smile like they mean it. It’s a Washington tradition as common as the Cherry Blossom Festival or Marine Corps Marathon.

The timing of an endorsement has not been worked out — at least not publicly — and there’s been no assurance it will definitely happen. Santorum spokeswoman Alice Stewart said multiple times during a cable news interview Wednesday that it is time for everyone to rally around the presumptive nominee and that Santorum’s team will do everything possible to make that happen.

Santorum’s biggest backer, Foster Friess, has already stated he’s getting on board the Romney train, and the National Organization for Marriage is now endorsing Romney.

Whether or not the image of those two standing side by side will sway voters is still to be seen, but one recent poll showed that 36 percent of Santo-supporters named Romney as their second choice. Thirty-three percent chose Newt Gingrich.

Either way, the brinkmanship that usually pits foes so fiercely against each other will now draw them together, this time around a dinner table … and likely with a hefty serving of brussels sprouts.

 

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