Skip to comments.If the Republican Convention Could be Opened, Who Would You Replace Romney With?
Posted on 07/17/2012 5:11:59 AM PDT by xzins
Without going to great lengths to establish that there is continuing dissatisfaction with Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee for the presidency, let us play the game of "What If". What if the convention were to somehow become open? Who would you want to be the Republican nominee?
If we were to point out that Romney did not win the support of two-thirds of the primary voters, the reply would be that the process is engineered that way. When there are more than two candidates, one shouldn't be surprised to see a candidate polling much more than a third. That is reasonable. However, it doesn't mitigate the fact that most were not Romney supporters.
We will balance this out in the game of "What If" by placing any of the candidates who ran against Mitt marginally off limits. Participants in the game should not pick Pawlenty, Bachman, Johnson, Huntsman, Paul, Gingrich, Cain, Perry, or Santorum. They have all already lost. We will leave the option open, though, because many believe Romney was aided by the GOP-E, by a complicit media in the tank for him, and by an enormous financial advantage. So, if you absolutely must write-in Bachman's name, then go ahead and do it. (We couldn't really stop you, anyway.)
My criteria for a candidate would be that they be a real conservative. This is the complaint most heard about Romney, that he is a lifelong liberal who governed as a liberal. There is good reason for seeing Romney in this light since just weeks ago he came out in favor of gay couples. Moreover, he announced that at the state level those gay couples should be allowed to adopt children. This is not ancient history. This is recent. Folks might say that Romney has changed here or there, that he's converted to this or that, but the gay couple and gay adoption thing is brand new.
It underscore for those of us who don't support the man that he truly is a radical liberal, and that it's liberalism that's in his bloodstream and not anything that is severely conservative.
So, who would you support if the convention were to open up? If you were a delegate and if Romney announced he was stepping down, to which leader would you turn?
For me, it would have to first be a pro-life candidate. Life is a right and not an issue. Life shouldn't be taken except by due process of law, and that only after one has committed a violation that warrants the death penalty. A pre-born child could never commit such a crime, so no due process could ever make it right to take the life of a pre-born child.
Other minimal requirements would be: pro-God, anti-homosexualism, pro-gun, pro-small government, and pro-American exceptionalism. I could add other qualifications to this list, but we'll just shorten it for the sake of this article.
Let's just offer a few names that have been brought up as possible Vice Presidential nominees (alphabetically): Tom Corbett, Mitch Daniels, Jim DeMint, Susana Martinez, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Condi Rice, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rick Snyder, and Alan West. Some of these might or might not fit the requirements I've listed above, but they are a starting list. I'm sure there are others who should be considered. Feel free to add other names.
So, vote now. If the Republican Convention were to suddenly open up, if we suddenly found ourselves rid of Mitt, for whom would you vote to be the nominee of the Republican Party?
Bobby Jindal. Super smart conservative with the executive experience to be successful.
I like your choices. I’ve been really impressed with West. He’s a stand-up kind of guy. There’s no backdown in him at all.
DeMint and Ryan
Walker or Jindal. Boy highly accomplished chief executives.
or DeMint and Petraeus
All she has to say is yes and I'll follow her anywhere it takes me.
I should have had those names on my list...especially Walker. If he is pro-life, then he bears watching. He has an honest streak in him that doesn’t care about party line.
I actually like Todd, too.
As an aside, I’ve found that a better pro-life term is “prenatal” or “gestate” child. I think it sounds better than pre-born or unborn.
As for who to replace Romney.
No point in indulging in such a fantasy at this time.
Allen West would be my top choice. I don’t care if people think he’s unrefined. I don’t like metrosexuals. They don’t know how to capture and hold ground. West does.
Jindal, if he’s pro-life, but I don’t know if he’s as much a fighter as West.
Is Petraeus a republican?
Why should we nominate Palin after she refused to run? Is she a special case that she did not have to get out there and make her case? I don't want to hear any conspiracy theories. Palin doesn't consider herself a victim, do not make her into one.
Don't get me wrong, I like Palin, in fact I was one of the very first people here on FR to get behind her in 2008 BEFORE she was nominated.
WI Gov. Scott Walker.
That only leaves about 40 million conservatives.
Having spent a career in the Army, every time I see West, I chuckle and wish I could be inside the heads of his “superior officers” who drummed him out of the army over the pistol interrogation.
It wasn’t that long ago, so some of them are still there. They probably shake thinking of him as a congressman.
Can you imagine if he were the Commander in Chief. They’d have to change their bedsheets.
DeMint is not interested and he has said as much. In fact, he is in his last term as Senator.
Palin refused to run, she has said no.
I like West, but if West were interested he would have run. he has no business being elevated ahead of other people who did run.
I do not remember her refusing to run, she just said not now and she has said in a brokered convention she would step up.
What do you mean :hasn’t made her case”, that is pretty much all she does.
Is Walker pro-life? Do you know?
Sarah Palin, without question.
The time of dream died when Roberts’ Court said ObamaCare was Constitutional. Even Roberts told us that We the electorate is the only thing to save the Republic because the Court system sure will not.
Stop dreaming and start ACTING.
She refused to run last October when she said she was not interested (the same time she ruled out a third party run). When did she say she would step in to a brokered convention?
West’s being a junior congressman pretty much makes it impossible for him to have announced.
However, if our “what if” game, it is possible for a stellar leader to get tapped on the shoulder and asked to put his name in contention.
West has some good credentials. For one, he’s fearless.
the General has been a good military man who has remained a-political
But the obamites hated “Betray-Us” so I would assume he is a Republican and I know he is a good leader who handed a pacified Iraq to the civilian obamites - to lose
he has been very silent at the CIA, which is commendable
His predecessor Mike Hayden would also make a great VP
Yep, a lot of things would be different if we could all fart wish-granting angels riding unicorns.
Palin,Cain,West or Walker.
And, don’t forget Romney was aided by out and out fraud in Virginia undertaken by his Rombots. All of those guys have to be excluded, as does Romney ~ who failed to object
Seriously, look at FR - we're tearing each other apart over Romney. The GOP-E at this point probably sees a Romney win in November as icing on the cake of having set the conservative movement upon itself. Why on Earth would they go along with taking out the guy making all this possible?
Now, if Romney wins in November, the conservative base will be so fractured that it might not be able to coalesce back into an effective resistance against RINO socialism and as a means to nominate effective Tea Party alternatives in the 2014 primaries. If 2012 is any indication, we'll shred our own and open the door for the RINO to win the primary.
Can we please realize that the 2012 presidential elections basically are very bad news, no matter who wins between Romney and Obama, that short of something horrific happening to Romney that there is no way he will not be the nominee, and that our battle is to push as many conservatives over the line in down-ticket races?
And her running mate could be Gingrich, or Kasich, or Rubio, or West.
And, don’t forget Romney was aided by out and out fraud in Virginia undertaken by his Mitbots. All of those guys have to be excluded, as does Romney ~ who failed to object
Mitt’s support is weak.
Do you think it is helpful or honorable to lie and spin for your candidate?
Or do you think it best just to be upfront, dirty laundry and all?
I prefer just letting the truth hang out. That’s always best in the long run. (The same with Mitt and his tax returns. Just release them and deal with it. The same with Obama and his records. Just release them and deal with it.)
The truth shall set us free.
DeMint (I know he’s a Romney guy, but he IS conservative)
I would say Scott Walker, except we need him in Wisconsin for the time being. Maybe he can run in 2016 or 2020.
The GOPe has no interest in winning in November or any other
time. They are in it to take the money, starting
with Bishop Romney who is meek as a mouse for his Obama.
With them out in the open now, willing to sell out Conservative principles at the drop of a hat, I think we will have a far stronger Conservative movement.
Reminds me a lot of when we got the list of the JOURNOLIST crowd in the MSM. There really was a far leftwingtard conspiracy ~ and we found out who they were.
I prefer not to engage in fruitless Paulbot intellectual exercises that aren’t going to happen. Romney sucks, and it’s going to take a strong GOP majority congress to keep him in line (which means some of you need to get off your lazy whiny asses and help those candidates win), but the difference between Romney and Obama is stark.
It’s this simple: having to keep Romney’s liberal tendencies in check, versus a mental unstable megalomaniac who is attempting to unleash a fascist dictatorship the likes Hitler never dreamed up, one where night and day you are hunted by troops and drones, where most of your community is dead, and if you aren’t your scraping for a few bits of food and water while watching out for the ever present drones. Because I guarantee you Agenda 21 is going to be implemented on his watch.
Liberal tendencies v. Fascist Terminator Hell. Hmmm, easy choice to me.
I love Allen West.
I love that he chews up the media and spits them out.
I love that he doesn’t take any guff from the pansy press.
I love that he freaks-out the leftists and bolsheviks.
I love that he is an unashamed professing Christian.
I love that he is not afraid to defend the Constitution against all enemies, domestic and foreign.
I don’t know any other political figure that measures up to Allen West.
That’s easy: Palin
Is Walker pro-life?
For you to side with Roberts, who has institutionalized
RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE/DeathPanels and mandates,
and Mr. RomneyCARE, the limp, meek, ALWAYS DEFENSIVE,
pro-Democrat, pro-TARP, author of RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE,
is taking the side of the MSM (who support Romney 24/7
as THEIR CHOSEN LOSER).
You might want to get a cup of coffee and wake up.