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There’s a Chance! Yes! (Could there be a brokered convention?)
Weekly Standard ^ | 3-26-2012 | Stephen F. Hayes - Commentary

Posted on 03/17/2012 7:12:25 PM PDT by smoothsailing

There’s a Chance! Yes!

Could there be a brokered convention?

MAR 26, 2012, VOL. 17, NO. 27

BY STEPHEN F. HAYES

Nobody had the week of March 11 circled on the political calendars last fall. The week after Super Tuesday featured two contests in the Deep South, two on the islands, and a caucus in a state that had already hosted a meaningless, if well-attended, primary. But last week may end up being more significant than most in the bizarre and meandering Republican presidential nominating process. It was the race in a snapshot: Rick Santorum did better than expected. Mitt Romney failed to win over very conservative voters but continued to add delegates. And Newt Gingrich underperformed but vowed to continue.

Still, something changed: The campaigns for two of the three leading candidates acknowledged that their strategy is not to win the nomination outright but to prevent Romney from doing so. That means their goal is a contested convention.

Gingrich said this directly in a March 13 interview with Bret Baier on Fox News. “We just got two out of every three delegates in Mississippi and Alabama for somebody other than Mitt Romney. I don’t think that’s what he wanted. .  .  . The first goal has to be to get to a point where there’s an alternative to Romney. Otherwise, he becomes the nominee.”

The Santorum campaign was not quite as blunt, but the message was the same. In a strategy memo released March 12, adviser John Yob argued that the delegates selected at local and state conventions are likely to prefer the most conservative candidate in the race. Santorum’s real advantage, he wrote, is at the national convention. “Mitt Romney must have a majority on the first ballot in order to win the nomination because he will perform worse on subsequent ballots as grassroots conservative delegates decide to back the more conservative candidate. .  .  . Santorum only needs to be relatively close on the initial ballot in order to win on a later ballot as Romney’s support erodes.” John Brabender, Santorum’s chief strategist, tells me the campaign has hired experts on delegate allocation and convention rules.

If the Gingrich and Santorum campaigns agree on strategy, they differ on tactics. Gingrich wants a partnership with his conservative rival; Santorum doesn’t. The Gingrich campaign claims its candidate must stay in the race for two main reasons: (1) With two conservatives in the race Romney won’t be able to end the race by training his fire on just one opponent, and (2) Gingrich can fight Romney for delegates in places where Santorum didn’t do the procedural groundwork​—​4 congressional districts in Illinois (10 delegates) and Washington, D.C. (16). A Gingrich adviser tells me that Gingrich and Santorum together could be a “powerful team.”

Santorum’s campaign isn’t interested. “It’s very clear that the ultimate goal is to unify conservatives around a candidate that’s not Mitt Romney,” says Brabender. “Either we’re going to unify around Rick Santorum or we’re not. This is the game. We’re in it now. We’re trying to win.” To that end, Santorum has bought ad time in Illinois ahead of the March 20 primary there, and also in Louisiana (March 24) and Wisconsin (April 3).

Romney’s campaign insists that the math favors their candidate. And while they’ve overstated his inevitability​—​one adviser said it’d take “an act of God” to keep him from winning​—​he is still well ahead in the delegate count. University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato puts the likelihood of a Romney nomination at 80 percent.

Romney has had some very good moments in recent weeks. When he took a question from a father whose son, a veteran of service in Afghanistan, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, Romney answered with compassion, sincerity, and just the right amount of indignation about the poor treatment the Marine has gotten from the government that sent him to war. And while Gingrich has gotten lots of attention on gas prices, Romney’s critique of the Obama administration’s energy policy decisions is precise and persuasive.

But Romney hasn’t won over a majority of Republican voters who identify themselves as “very conservative,” and talk of delegate math and inevitability by his campaign doesn’t exactly generate excitement.

That’s a problem. A Gallup poll last week found that just 35 percent of Republicans would “enthusiastically” support Romney as the nominee. By contrast, 47 percent of Republicans told Gallup in February 2008 that they would enthusiastically support John McCain. It’s not just Romney. Last week’s poll, in a confirmation of polling throughout the campaign, found that Republicans aren’t thrilled with the field. Just 34 percent said they’d “enthusiastically” back Santorum, and just 28 percent said that of Gingrich.

This lack of enthusiasm has reignited talk of a contested or brokered convention. “I’m pushing for a floor fight. .  .  . I’d like to see a good old-fashioned convention and a dark horse come out,” Maine Republican governor Paul LePage told Politico in late February. “I just believe we ought to go to the convention and pick a fresh face.”

Romney last week dismissed such talk. “We’re not going to go to a brokered convention,” he told Fox’s Bill Hemmer. “One .  .  . of us among the three or four that are running is going to get the delegates necessary to become the nominee.” But it’s a possibility, however slim, that Romney did entertain just two weeks earlier.

On Saturday, March 3, Romney stood with Santorum and Gingrich on the floor of a shuttered DHL warehouse in Wilmington, Ohio, next to a makeshift set constructed for a presidential forum hosted by Mike Huckabee. Each man had filmed individual question-and-answer sessions with Huckabee and panels of economic experts and local Ohio business owners. With a brief break before they gave their closing statements, Romney approached Santorum and Gingrich (Ron Paul was busy campaigning in Washington).

The three candidates discussed the nominating process. Romney raised the possibility of an unvetted candidate getting into the race and spoke of the perils such a scenario presented for the party. Not surprisingly, the other two assented and each agreed that he would reserve his support for someone now in the race. R.C. Hammond, a spokesman for Gingrich, said the consensus that emerged from the conversation was that the Republican nominee was among “the four of us” and not an outsider. Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior Romney adviser, agreed with that characterization.

Despite the consensus that emerged from the discussion in Wilmington, Gingrich twice raised the possibility of a new entrant in an interview last week with Bret Baier on Fox News. Gingrich pointed to Romney’s difficulty winning support from conservatives. “I’m just saying analytically​—​the way we campaigned out here, the fact that two out of the three delegates from each state is not going to be for Romney​—​is a significant advantage. We can argue later on whether Santorum is the right person to nominate or Gingrich is​—​or something else may happen.”

Moments later, Baier asked Gingrich to describe his path to the nomination. “There’s a 60-day period between the last primary to the convention. We live in an age of television, radio​—​you know​—​YouTube, video .  .  . what have you. I could imagine a dialogue would break out that says, ‘Who’s the right person?’ And whether it’s one of the four of us or someone else​—​but the question is, ‘Who is the person who is capable of defeating Barack Obama?’ ” (Emphasis added.)

Is this just the rambling of a candidate with no direct path to the nomination? Perhaps. But even before he spoke, a prominent Republican strategist unaligned with any current candidate emailed me: “Can’t someone else get in?” 

Kirby Wilbur, chairman of the Washington state Republican party, says a convention fight that ends with a new candidate would be good for the party. Wilbur, whose position makes him neutral in the race, says those who argue that such a scenario would be disastrous are mistaken. “There’s simply not a real broad-based candidate that appeals to everybody in the party,” he says. “The longer this goes on with Romney winning small states big, but winning just 30 or 35 percent in other states​—​that’s not a mandate. They’re arguing: ‘Let’s accept inevi–tability.’ That’s not happening.”

The risk, Wilbur acknowledges, is a chaotic convention that sets up well for a proverbial white knight who never shows up. And the candidates most often mentioned as saviors have all said they’re not interested—at least for now. Wilbur says there would be two possibilities for a late entry: In the two months between the final primary in Utah and the convention, and at the convention itself. “If Romney doesn’t get 1,144 [delegates] and would go into the convention without a majority, I think then there’s a period of negotiation before Tampa where Romney approaches Santorum and Gingrich and Paul and negotiates for delegates. If they don’t agree to help him, and he doesn’t win on the first ballot​—​most delegates are released after the first ballot, and it’d be wide open. It’s not hard to see a Marco Rubio, a Mitch Daniels, or a Chris Christie​—​I’m not preferring any of them, but those are the names out there​—​and on the second ballot there’s an incredible sweep toward him.”

Wouldn’t that look like the establishment simply shoving its choice down the throats of party rank-and-file? Wilbur, a strong conservative and former talk radio host in Seattle, doesn’t think so. “There would have to be a consensus among the delegates, so it wouldn’t just be the party leaders. It would have to be somebody with grassroots support. The delegates are the grassroots and they’re conservative​—​more conservative than the leadership.”

That process, Wilbur argues, would energize the Republican base, not discourage it. “The eyes of the nation will be on the convention​—​no one is paying much attention before then. What they see is a candidate come to the forefront, get the enthusiasm and excitement of the convention​—​and that’s contagious.”

How likely is it? In the 1994 movie Dumb and Dumber​—​juvenile, but classic​—​Jim Carrey plays Lloyd Christmas, a dimbulb who battles with his good friend and fellow idiot, Harry Dunne, to win the heart of Aspen, Colorado, socialite Mary Swanson. Swanson finds the men repulsive, but an indefatigable Christmas pursues her despite her obvious lack of interest. At one point, he asks her to level with him about his chances.

“Not good,” she replies.

“You mean, not good like one in a hundred?”

“I’d say .  .  . more like one in a million.”

After a brief pause, a wide smile creeps across his face, and he pumps his fist. “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”

No, they don’t end up together. Even in Hollywood there’s no guarantee of a storybook ending.

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.


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1 posted on 03/17/2012 7:12:27 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Steve’s kinda late to the party, seems many of us have been talking for weeks about how both Newt and Rick need to stay in the campaign to gather enough delegates between them to force an open convention. Romney’s gameplan is to win 1144, the gameplan for the others is to prevent him from doing so.


2 posted on 03/17/2012 7:27:25 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: smoothsailing
I pray to God that there is a Brokered Convention and none of the Three Stooges or Kook-Daddy leave Tampa with the nomination. Ryan/Rubio in 2012.
3 posted on 03/17/2012 7:33:21 PM PDT by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy; It's gotta be Newt or Rick, and it's not looking good for Newt.)
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To: smoothsailing
If there is a brokered convention it is my hope none of the four we have running now is the winner. I would look to successful Governors as our best bet - a Perry or Daniel would make a great President. They are both conservative and have done great things for their state.
4 posted on 03/17/2012 7:43:20 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: smoothsailing
“I’m pushing for a floor fight. .  .  . I’d like to see a good old-fashioned convention and a dark horse come out,” Maine Republican governor Paul LePage told Politico in late February. “I just believe we ought to go to the convention and pick a fresh face.”

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!...........
5 posted on 03/17/2012 7:44:23 PM PDT by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy; It's gotta be Newt or Rick, and it's not looking good for Newt.)
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To: smoothsailing

Mitch Daniels is so boring compared to Rubio and Christie.


6 posted on 03/17/2012 7:46:22 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is afraid if he needs to start a fight with Catholics. He's losing the women vote!!!)
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To: elpadre

I’m afraid that Rick Perry would get clobbered by Obama. His short stint in the Primary Process, and especially the Debates, have shown America what we Texans have known for a long time; Perry is a light-weight. The real power in Texas is with the Lt. Gov. The Governor is by-and-large, ceremonial, except for veto power. The GOP machine keeps Perry getting the nomination every election and Texans will not vote for a Democrat. But, after his embarrassing Primary showing, he will never win another election here in Texas.


7 posted on 03/17/2012 7:47:46 PM PDT by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy; It's gotta be Newt or Rick, and it's not looking good for Newt.)
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To: smoothsailing

Palin/West is unbeatable!


8 posted on 03/17/2012 7:51:04 PM PDT by VastRWCon (The Middle Class is the Tea Party)
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To: PghBaldy

Mitch Daniels is so boring compared to Rubio and Christie.
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To add to that, I was under the impression that Daniels is NOT very Conservative. I know he did say that if he was the candidate, social issues would be OFF the table. As far as Christie.... after he publicly dissed that Navy Seal (when his fat ass never served a day in the military) that was the final straw for me. I wouldn’t vote for that gluttonous, fat ass slob for anything. Now, here’s the ticket:

PAUL RYAN / MARCO RUBIO !


9 posted on 03/17/2012 7:52:17 PM PDT by no dems (No Kook-Daddy; not one of the Three Stooges. Paul Ryan / Marco Rubio in 2012)
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To: no dems

Rubio’s parents did not hold American citizenship at the time of his birth, and thus he doesn’t qualify as a natural-born citizen.


10 posted on 03/17/2012 7:58:09 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: no dems

But Perry held the position of Lieutenant Governor for two years...


11 posted on 03/17/2012 7:59:09 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: smoothsailing

How about Thomas Sowell for president?


13 posted on 03/17/2012 8:01:41 PM PDT by syriacus (Irony: BO's childhood pres, Suharto, used free bc to reduce Catholic population in Indonesia.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Let’s see you stop Marco Rubio from being the GOP VP nominee.


14 posted on 03/17/2012 8:01:41 PM PDT by no dems (No Kook-Daddy; not one of the Three Stooges. Paul Ryan / Marco Rubio in 2012)
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To: elpadre
a Perry or Daniel would make a great President

Other than Palin, Perry was my choice early on. I agree with you on successful conservative Governors, they were always our best bet.

15 posted on 03/17/2012 8:02:40 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Romney needs almost half of the remaining delegates to get the nomination. Right now he is averaging about 30% in each state.
16 posted on 03/17/2012 8:03:38 PM PDT by Aglooka ("I was out numbered 5-to-1, I got 4.")
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To: syriacus

Sowell for President? Works for me!


17 posted on 03/17/2012 8:05:04 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: VastRWCon
Palin/West is unbeatable!

Now we're talkin'.

18 posted on 03/17/2012 8:05:04 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Aglooka

While I would LOVE to see this happen, I certainly hope SOMEONE in the ‘stupid party’ is behind the scenes vetting potential nominees....closely.

People like Demint (my choice), Ryan, Cantor, Rubio or any governor need to be screened by SOMEONE.

Demint/Ryan would be a good ticket!


19 posted on 03/17/2012 8:08:12 PM PDT by Ethrane ("obsta principiis")
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To: no dems
PAUL RYAN / MARCO RUBIO !

That may be a winning combination for some conservative political junkies, but the average Republican voter has little idea of who those guys are.

Won't sell, won't win.

20 posted on 03/17/2012 8:09:09 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: syriacus
How about Thomas Sowell for president?

The man will be 82 in June. Other than that, Hell Yes!

21 posted on 03/17/2012 8:16:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: no dems
I pray to God that there is a Brokered Convention and none of the Three Stooges or Kook-Daddy leave Tampa with the nomination. Ryan/Rubio in 2012.

SARAH PALIN. Neither Ryan nor Rubio have been sufficiently vetted and it's too late after the convention.

22 posted on 03/17/2012 8:23:16 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: no dems
"Ryan/Rubio in 2012."

Spot on, no dems! That ticket would sew up the White House for the next 16 years.

23 posted on 03/17/2012 8:23:28 PM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: no dems

I assume he did not know the guy was a SEAL when he did that, and the video I saw only showed part of the exchange, so I don’t know about the SEAL. The media calls Jesse Ventura a SEAL, so I will give the Gov a little bit of slack.


24 posted on 03/17/2012 8:25:21 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is afraid if he needs to start a fight with Catholics. He's losing the women vote!!!)
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To: VastRWCon
Palin/West is unbeatable!

Like!

25 posted on 03/17/2012 8:26:30 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: syriacus

Thomas Sowell is eighty years old.

I kid you not.


26 posted on 03/17/2012 8:37:41 PM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: smoothsailing

Romney is the “Jim Carrey” character: “Not a chance in a million” that I support him.


27 posted on 03/17/2012 8:38:55 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: smoothsailing

“Can’t someone else get in?”

You Betcha!


28 posted on 03/17/2012 8:39:40 PM PDT by bigoil (Study Thy Nixon)
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To: no dems

I would settle for Ryan/Anybody else!!!


29 posted on 03/17/2012 8:40:59 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: smoothsailing
Other than Palin, Perry was my choice early on.

Amen to that. I'll add Newt and hope a brokered convention will result in a combination of any two.

Thanks for the link to this piece, Smooth.

30 posted on 03/17/2012 8:42:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: no dems

Until Rubio puts up his parents naturalization papers a big thumbs down on that.


31 posted on 03/17/2012 8:54:26 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: no dems
Dream Act Rubio?

No way.

32 posted on 03/17/2012 9:00:08 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: smoothsailing
I don't believe anybody is interested in a "Brokered" convention. In my view conservatives are fervently wishing for something as simple as a "Contested" convention. "Brokered" wreaks of cigarette and cigar smoke in back rooms far away from any semblance of "Transparency!"

I further see the truth being better served by the white hot light of pitched contest right out on the convention floor and a chairperson running the microphone with an iron clad sense of fairness!!!

33 posted on 03/17/2012 9:00:27 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: smoothsailing

Please let Sarah be president.
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Please let Sarah be president.


34 posted on 03/17/2012 9:01:04 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Mountain Mary
"Sowell for President?"

Yes!!!

And Walter E. Williams being his V.P.!!!

35 posted on 03/17/2012 9:07:01 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: JSDude1

Yeah, there is no way on earth I’d vote for “Rombama.”


36 posted on 03/17/2012 9:10:32 PM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: SierraWasp

From the posts on this thread and others on the subject, freepers appear split between brokered and contested, but leaning toward brokered.

A contested convention is much more likely than a brokered one,IMHO, assuming of course that Romney falls short of 1144 on the first ballot.


37 posted on 03/17/2012 9:20:35 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Dream Act Rubio?
No way.
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YES WAY; for those of us who are not a “Johnny-one note” on the issues and realize there are a whole slew of issues facing this nation in crisis and we have to look at the big picture, not just one frame. BTW, when you find the perfect candidate, please let us all know. I’ll be watching here for your reply, but I won’t hold my breath.


38 posted on 03/17/2012 9:23:31 PM PDT by no dems (No Kook-Daddy; not one of the Three Stooges. Paul Ryan / Marco Rubio in 2012)
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To: Windflier

PAUL RYAN / MARCO RUBIO...the average Republican voter has little idea of who those guys are. Won’t sell, won’t win.
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Surely you jest. After months of Kook-Daddy and the Three Stooges, you don’t think America would be thrilled to see two fresh, new, Conservative faces come out of Tampa on the Ticket? I guarantee you; they will become a known quantity as fast as Sarah Palin did; OVERNIGHT. Take it to the bank.


39 posted on 03/17/2012 9:28:23 PM PDT by no dems (No Kook-Daddy; not one of the Three Stooges. Paul Ryan / Marco Rubio in 2012)
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To: W. W. SMITH

Until Rubio puts up his parents naturalization papers a big thumbs down on that.
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Give it a rest. You’re making a fool of yourself.


40 posted on 03/17/2012 9:30:39 PM PDT by no dems (No Kook-Daddy; not one of the Three Stooges. Paul Ryan / Marco Rubio in 2012)
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To: smoothsailing
How 'bout a plain old "Floor Fight?"
41 posted on 03/17/2012 9:37:18 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: smoothsailing
A brokered convention may not be a bad thing. I just don't want to see Jeb Bush nominated to be our candidate for President.
42 posted on 03/17/2012 9:45:33 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: SierraWasp

See my post #16 on that thread, Newt has made some interesting comments on the subject.


43 posted on 03/17/2012 9:49:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

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44 posted on 03/17/2012 9:58:51 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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Like the idea of a brokered convention. Candidates articulate their vision for a post-0bama revival.


45 posted on 03/17/2012 10:12:08 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: no dems
YES WAY; for those of us who are not a “Johnny-one note” on the issues and realize there are a whole slew of issues facing this nation in crisis and we have to look at the big picture, not just one frame. BTW, when you find the perfect candidate, please let us all know. I’ll be watching here for your reply, but I won’t hold my breath.

No perfect candidate, but if you don't think illegal immigration is one of those "whole slew of issues facing this nation in crisis," not part of the "big picture," well, then I'll have to disagree.

And I have several disqualifiers for any potential candidate who wants my vote, so I'm not a "Johnny One-Note," either.

46 posted on 03/17/2012 10:39:03 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: no dems

Rubio’s parents only gained American citizenship in 1975, that is a matter of public record. Therefore, since Rubio was born in 1971, he would not qualify. He is certainly an American citizen, but not a natural born one. It would be hypocritical for us to grant Rubio a dispensation on this simply because he happens to be a conservative.


47 posted on 03/17/2012 10:49:00 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: Aglooka

Remaining contests:
Loophole (delegates run on their own) - IL, PA, WV
IL and PA are officially unpledged
state convention - MO, MT, NE, NM, UT
WTA - DC, DE, NJ
Santorum not on ballot in DE; Gingrich Romney Paul are.
WTA by CD with statewide slate: CA, CT, IN, KY, MD, WI
CT - bonus at 50% statewide otherwise proportional
IN - statewide slate is unpledged
KY - statewide slate is proportional
Proportional - AR, OR, PR, SD, TX
AR & PR - WTA at 50%
LA - proportional for statewide slate; CD delegates chosen
at state convention


48 posted on 03/17/2012 11:03:45 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: VastRWCon
Palin/West is unbeatable!

Dare to dream! The sound of liberal heads exploding would reverberate around the world!

49 posted on 03/17/2012 11:12:52 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: no dems
I guarantee you; they will become a known quantity as fast as Sarah Palin did; OVERNIGHT. Take it to the bank.

Are you serious? Ryan and Rubio (fine men though they may be) can't hold a candle to Sarah Palin's star power. Not even as a team.

The eventual Republican nominee is going to be someone who the Republican right already knows -- not some last minute 'daring duo' who have yet to become household names.

50 posted on 03/18/2012 12:06:18 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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