Skip to comments.‘Brokered’ GOP convention? Get ready, say political strategists
Posted on 03/15/2012 8:42:44 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
With a breakaway front-runner still yet to emerge in the GOP race, political observers and senior Republican strategists are beginning to seriously contemplate what a brokered convention in Tampa Bay might look like.
A candidate must win the support of 1,144 delegates to become the Republican nominee for president. While most commentators agree that Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a realistic shot of reaching that number before the convention in August, that outcome is by no means assured, especially after his losses in Alabama and Mississippi.
Brokered conventions in the modern era have been exceedingly rare. The last time Republican delegates arrived at the GOP convention uncertain who their nominee would be was 1976, the year Ronald Reagan nearly snagged the nomination away from President Gerald Ford.
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Better a brokered convention
than mitt being foisted on us.
Look at it this way, at least people will tune in and watch it....if Mitt is the nominee going in, test patterns will get higher ratings.
It should be interesting if it happens, it would be the first one in my adult life and I don’t believe Dick Morris’s assertion that it would kill Republicans chances this fall. It might actually make the convention watchable and put some major suspense into it, and it will certainly dominate the news cycle.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with us deciding who our standard bearer will be at the end of the summer. Obama will be flailing his arms saying “look at me, look at me” but all the news will be about the republican nominee.
Let the people’s representatives (because that’s what delegates are) come together and, in convention, decide who they want to run against Barack Obama, in the open and by vote. Let’s get back to the American way of electing leaders and tell the manipulating oligarchs to go screw!
Maybe Sarah will be our nominee.
Wonder what became of all those brilliant media minds who told us there was a better chance of alien visitation than a brokered convention?
I would love to be a committed Gingrich delegate at a brokered convention.
Sure beats a MITTENS love fest...
I LOVE THE IDEA OF A BROKERED CONVENTION
Don’t get discouraged by the media guys!!!
At this point in the LAST campaign they had foisted McLame on us and there was no turning back
Another upside is more time to attack zero, and wedge out rat vote for our side.
At this point, it will be Romney or Santorum. Even if Romney is too wounded, they will not trot out a replacement RINO as they will decide that “the process has gone on too long and inflicted too much damage to win,” though this is not the case.
I don’t mind the prospect of a brokered convention.
I know the pundits say the conventional wisdom that a long drawn-out primary undermines whoever the Republican nominee will be but I think all four candidates are making some really good points, and it’s setting the stage well for what is so wrong with Obama.
I understand the Republican candidates are taking some jabs at each other but in articulating their own positions they’re also doing a really good job at pointing out the pitfalls in Obama’s policies from mandates on religious institutions, gasoline prices and energy policies, the burdens to the economy from higher taxes and more regulation.
I don’t think the current competition among the Republican candidates is bloodying them up as much as the media says, and in the end they are making a fundamental contrast to the Obama Administration.
Mitt Romney will be the nominee. The GOP decided that long ago and they will be sure that is exactly what happens. If it is a Brokered Convention, they will state Romney has the most delegates and he will get the nod.
There is no reason to believe that the GOPe will be able to impose their will on a brokered convention, and if somebody like, say, a Sarah Palin showed up just to say "Hi," you never know what might happen.
Someone (other than the Marxist clique currently in power) thinks anti-gun, waffling-on-abortion, socialized medicine Mitt Romney is a conservative?
RE: Romney is not the conservative we think he is
Huh? He’s never been thought of as a conservative here in FR.
So there is no real harm in a brokered convention, is there?
The worst that can happen is they shove the same RINO down our throats that they were going to shove down our throats all along.
And there is always the possibility that they might not get their way, since the very fact that there is a brokered convention means they have lost control of the situation.