Skip to comments.Top Republican at CPAC: Jeb Bush could emerge as nominee at a brokered convention
Posted on 02/10/2012 5:01:03 PM PST by RummyChick
Al Cardenas, head of the American Conservative Union, has said that Republican turmoil might lead to a brokered convention in which Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, would emerge as a possible alternative party nominee.
Mr Cardenas, who is running this years Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a gathering in Washington of some 10,000 conservatives, told MailOnline that it was not certain that one of the four current Republican candidates would emerge victorious.
His comments came as Republicans fretted publicly about the perceived weaknesses of Mitt Romney, the establishment choice and frontrunner, Rick Santorum, surprise winner in three states on Tuesday, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and younger brother of President George W. Bush, has repeatedly said he will not run in 2012. He is one of a number of senior figures who disappointed activists and party officials alike by staying on the sidelines.
We'll know more in the next few weeks, said Mr Cardenas. The pressures already been on Mitt Romney to close the sale... and he hasnt. A split verdict on Super Tuesday on March 6th, when 10 states vote, could lead to a surprise at the Republican convention in Tampa in August, he suggested.
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No Thank You.
Neither Romney nor Bush will get my vote.
The Republican Establishment - they will not be silenced.
Frustrating as hell that they won’t let the people decide.
The thought makes me more sick than looking at Michelle obama.
Not likely. I guess it’s about as likely that Romney has been a closet conservative all this time. In other words, not a chance.
STAY OUT DA BUSHES!
#1. Like Romney, he was silent during the war of the century when Obama was running roughshod over the constitution and us.
#2. He did manage to open his mouth to attack Arizona for trying to control illegal immigration.
So, no. Thank you.
No no no. enough, he should know that. Some one has to rise against the establishment republicans
Not just no, but HELL NO!
Enough with the Establishment RINOs!
Enough with the Open-Border, Globalism-First, USA-Second RINOs!
We’re electing delegates to the convention, at least in most cases, so it’s up to who we elect as to whether they’ll cast their votes for Bush. In some cases you can try to become a delegate yourself. This year, as many of us as possible should do that, because at a brokered convention your vote will count for a lot. There’s not much else they can do. The people have their chance to decide now but we can’t have them accepting a candidate who doesn’t get a majority of the votes, because it’s possible over half of the voters don’t want him. See: Clinton, 1992 election.
That would be GREAT — for Obama.
He’s been running against Bush for the last 3 years. Having another Bush to run against would be about the best he could hope for.
Surely, the other side is not dumb enough to EVER elect another Bush to the presidency. Two is enough for eternity.
If another Bush emerges at the convention, I think I’ll pass on voting. If the best the GOP elites can do is offer up has beens, lobbyist or dynasties, I will STAY HOME! Period.
The GOP has lost my monetary contributions that I sent in the past, forever.
Great...just what we don't need: a RINO to replace Romney-the-RINO.
Now....if a Conservative would win on the 2nd round of a brokered convention, they could be headed in the right direction........
It will come down to a 3rd Round, I think, because of the scheming of the Paulbot's in gaining placement as Delegates and voting for The Ralien in the 2nd Round, to screw things up.
Are we going to get an ad nauseam reminder that Islam is a ROP again?
Real winner of a plan - if the goal is to get most of the Republican base to stay in their nice, warm homes on election day.
I can only assume the people suggesting this, have been sniffing glue.
Has it officially changed its name to RINOPAC?
It already has gone to the dark and fabulous side.
So you are voting for Urkel. Even Ron Paul is preferable to the Commie Crook Usurper.
Total lunacy if that happens.
The mess we're in was started by one RINO Bush and now we have a bumbling jive turkey mucking things up even worse and some idiots are bringing in a Bush a third time?
Who in the F _ _ _ is running this country or shouldn't I even ask?
No More Bushes - No More Bushes - No More Bushes!!!
I think I could stomach Hillary a lot better than another BUSH!!!
You can always send him one of these.
Boy I really must not say anything about the Boogeyman I wouldn’t want to be responsible for your demise.
We are North Korea!
Where’s that “Oh jeez...” gif?
Why not go whole hog and nominate “Bill the Cat”?
If Obama has any fantasies at all (that do not feature himself and his clone), it’s running against another Bush.
I can’t think of any worse idea.
As if the Republican party hasn’t become some kind of sick joke already. This would do it.
This should dispel once and for all that the E-Pubs are Conservative.
I am almost positive this is the plan all along. Nothing else seems to be make any sense at all.
I know that some are hoping for a brokered convention, but I don’t think that will help our chances in November.
I think that a brokered convention would perhaps simply reweave the current divisions within the Party, with the Northeastern establishment types pushing for a Mitch Daniels or a Chris Christie (after temporarily floating an even worse trial balloon, such as George Pataki), while the conservative wing would opt for someone like Mike Pence or Jim DeMint.
I think that it would be better if we just decided things now in the normal primary process.
In the meantime, I’m still strongly supporting Rick Santorum.
Does anyone know if this has happened before? Not so much with Bush but choosing a candidate via a brokered convention.
I am part of the conservative base, if the GOP screws with me, I will watch them screw themselves.
What about Allan West, or Mario Rubio, or Sarah Palin?
Jeb's got immigration issues to resolve....among other things.
Willie Mittys mouth is his own worse enemy..
After all of the debates and all of the campaigning, for the Convention to nominate someone other than Romney, Santorum, or Gingrich would cause a revolution among grassroots Republicans.
Hmmm...old Freeper sneakypete long ago posted that Jeb was being groomed for the job.
I wouldn’t vote for him if you put a gun to my head!
You are correct. Delegates should have a second choice in mind if there is no victor on the first ballot. It doesn't necessarily have to be Jeb Bush. A second choice could well be Palin, Giulani or someone else.
Jeb let Terri die.
Allen West, ok. But Bush? No effing way.
Last I remember as a real convention was Goldwater
The big government boys are going to increasingly hit the panic button if they see Willard going down. But if they think they can plug the hole by pushing someone like Jeb Bush they still haven’t figured out the conservative base.
As Newt said, we don’t want to send someone to D.C. to manage the decline. We want someone to radically turn things around. Neither Willard nor Jebbie would do that.
I may or may not vote for Romney if he is the nominee.
I will definately not vote for Bush III.