“In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage.” Gustav Mahler
So Santorum is out, but there is more drama. Some of it will be made public, but most of it we will have to imagine based on reported events.
When will Santorum endorse Romney? Are they working out details of help with Santorum debt reduction? Or details on some of these other points:
Certainly, Santorum will want a speech at the convention and with 3 million votes, it will be hard to turn him down. The Santorum operatives will negotiate the details with Romney people. In the 24/7 cable world, what will Santorum want and what will they let him have? Will they let him have prime time? Or late afternoon, early evening? And which night?
Santorum will want to influence the platform, but it is unclear right now what policy he will want to put his stamp on. And if the Romney folks will let him. No major policy differences come to mind, but will he push for language that is more strident than Romney might want for the general election? Does anyone care about the platform?
Will Santorum campaign for Romney? Will he really try to energize his followers to defeat Obama? Or will he do some perfunctory appearances and lay low until after the election.
Will Santorum angle for an administration job in case Romney is elected?
And the big question: is Santorum in the running for Vice President?
“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”– Orson Welles