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Michael Steele: Brokered Convention Was 'My Goal'
Newser ^ | March 12th | Matt Cantor

Posted on 03/13/2012 11:36:55 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing

As the GOP nomination process drags on, odds against Republicans seem to be increasing: Voter turnout has dropped, and independents are fleeing Mitt Romney. Turns out, however, that the lengthy contest is just what the former GOP head sought in the first place. "I wanted a brokered convention," Michael Steele tells Mother Jones. It was "one of my goals" in rearranging the Republican nomination process: Steele hoped his party could emulate the excitement of the Democrats' 2008 primary battle.

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The GOP-E is playing games with our lives here.
1 posted on 03/13/2012 11:36:59 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Brokered convention may be only way to get a conservative ever, since the RINO fatcats will always pick one ‘moderate’ insider and back them.


2 posted on 03/13/2012 11:39:36 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

“....emulate the excitement of the Democrats’ 2008 primary battle.”

Yeah, as “exciting” as waking up in the middle of open heart surgery.


3 posted on 03/13/2012 11:39:42 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: DaxtonBrown

If the GOP-E wants a brokered convention, it means they have a plan to get Romney or some other elitist nominated.

We’re screwed.

:-(


4 posted on 03/13/2012 11:42:15 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Since there’s no way to predict the outcome of future events, why worry about it now?


5 posted on 03/13/2012 11:44:28 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: DaxtonBrown

Wrong. Who do you think will run a brokered convention? It will be the RNC and major candidates. Brokered convention means RINOs selecting RINOs


6 posted on 03/13/2012 11:46:00 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Steele couldn't orchestrate a wave at a sporting event. He was shown to be fully incompetent as the head of the RNC. BTW, notice how the only interviews this clown give is to places like Mother Jones and MSNBC. Fo shizzle.


7 posted on 03/13/2012 11:48:22 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I don’t believe that Steele is a stupid man but he sure does pull some boneheaded maneuvers.


8 posted on 03/13/2012 11:49:36 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

The guy who presided over the 2010 sweep was a failure? I’d like to see that math.

What this article fails to mention is that even if the rules weren’t changed to be more proportional, if ALL states were winner-take-all, Romney would only have 504 delegates compared to the 455 he has now.

What’s going on now is less about the rules changing and more about Romney being the weakest frontrunner in 100 years or so.


9 posted on 03/13/2012 11:51:49 AM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

“Turns out, however, that the lengthy contest is just what the former GOP head sought in the first place. “I wanted a brokered convention,” Michael Steele tells Mother Jones”

I call horsecrap on this.....he’s doing damage control.


10 posted on 03/13/2012 11:53:16 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Typically, the moneyed interests fall in line behind the GOP-e selection four years prior to the election. After a couple of winner-take-all primaries, the race is over. So why mess with success?

My guess is they feared Palin’s candidacy, and hoped to take a toss-up race to the convention, where they would finish her off.

So we caught a break here. If Newt or Rick took turns dropping out of winner-take-all states, we could get lucky here.

So come on you two, work something out.


11 posted on 03/13/2012 11:56:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Michael Steele is the poster child for why the establishment ‘Pubbies keep losing support. They are weak on their conservative values, weak on their support of the Constitution and weak on their defense of America, but VERY strong on compromises and caving.

And, I’m willing to bet, that the establishment ‘Pubbies STILL don’t understand why the base is moving to the Tea Party!!


12 posted on 03/13/2012 11:57:41 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: JediJones

presided over?

thats like the rooster taking credit for the sunrise.


13 posted on 03/13/2012 12:01:31 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Maybe that explains all the Jeb Bush chatter.


14 posted on 03/13/2012 12:04:00 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: JediJones

The rule changes helped Ron Paul more than anyone else.

Current Delegates: Under Old WTA rules / Under Old WTA rules with penalties removed* / Under Current rules:

Romney: 504 / 625* / 455
Santorum: 273 / 273* / 199
Gingrich: 101 / 126* / 117
Paul: 0 / 0* / 64

5 states were penalized, I think for going ahead of a specified date. But I’m not sure this was a new thing, I think FL might have been penalized before, but that might have been for the Dems.


15 posted on 03/13/2012 12:06:15 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: JediJones

The rule changes helped Ron Paul more than anyone else.

Current Delegates: Under Old WTA rules / Under Old WTA rules with penalties removed* / Under Current rules:

Romney: 504 / 625* / 455
Santorum: 273 / 273* / 199
Gingrich: 101 / 126* / 117
Paul: 0 / 0* / 64

5 states were penalized, I think for going ahead of a specified date. But I’m not sure this was a new thing, I think FL might have been penalized before, but that might have been for the Dems.


16 posted on 03/13/2012 12:07:47 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: RitchieAprile

It’s not a question of credit. Why replace your leader if things are going well, whether he can claim direct credit or not? Better to keep him rather than risk getting someone who would screw it up.


17 posted on 03/13/2012 12:09:22 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Crap, I thought we’d gotten rid of that moron.


18 posted on 03/13/2012 12:17:27 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry Obummer and another 4yrs of Hell, anyday!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Steele hoped his party could emulate the excitement of the Democrats' 2008 primary battle

PUMA was his idea of primary excitement?
19 posted on 03/13/2012 12:28:43 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Michael Steele....black...closet RINO or more closely, in-the-closet Democrat. Never trusted him - never will.


20 posted on 03/13/2012 12:31:11 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: JediJones

Yeah, the guy who presided over the 2010 sweep was a failure. Was the 2010 sweep because of Steele? Or in spite of him? As a member of the GOP-E, I would go with in spite of.

The 2010 sweep happened much to the chagrin of the republican elite. It happened because of us tea partiers. Recall what Trent Lott said about co-opting any tea party freshmen who made it up to capitol hill. These republicans are NOT our friends nor our allies.

You’re right about Romney as a weak front runner.


21 posted on 03/13/2012 12:54:40 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: kalee

Exactly. It certainly isn’t conservatives who are clamouring for more from the Bushies. It’s the GOP-E who wants to continue the Bush dynasty.

(though granted, comparing bush to obama’s tenure leaves many ready to defend bush 43)


22 posted on 03/13/2012 12:56:44 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Steele was on Bill Mahr the other night nodding and laughing while Mahr poked fun at Republicans.
Anybody see that?
I don’t ordinarily watch his show, just happened to be surfing by and saw Steel.


23 posted on 03/13/2012 1:29:08 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I think they want Jeb Bush.


24 posted on 03/13/2012 1:50:38 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

You are full of crap Michael.


25 posted on 03/13/2012 2:20:40 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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