Skip to comments.Path to a Brokered GOP Convention Emerges
Posted on 02/09/2012 6:01:07 AM PST by Lakeshark
But now we have to consider that Santorum has won Iowa and Minnesota in the Midwest, and won Colorado largely on the strength of his showing in eastern Colorado (which is basically the Great Plains). He also won Missouri -- which is culturally more southern than Midwestern -- but Gingrich wasnt on the ballot there. For now at least, he is the "anti-Romney" in the Midwest.
If this split continues -- Romney in the West and Northeast, Gingrich in the South, and Santorum in the Midwest -- we could easily find ourselves in a scenario where no candidate crosses the 1,144-delegate threshold by the time voting ends. Consider this: Right now, Romney barely has a majority of the delegates. If Gingrich successfully contests the winner-takes-all allocation in the Florida primary (based on the RNCs rule against such a format before April), no one would have a majority of the delegates as of today.
The key is that neither Gingrich nor Santorum can begin to do so well that the other drops out. Both must remain effectively regional candidates. If Gingrichs support collapses in the South, it might leave an opening there for Santorum. Weve seen some potential evidence of this, as Gingrichs support in Gallups tracking poll is down about seven points since the Florida primary (although it isnt down in the wake of Santorums wins Tuesday night). If that were to occur, we would be back to a two-person race.
The path to this outcome is still a very narrow, precarious one. But for the first time, I can see it.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
Lots of folks in VA, given only two choices on the primary ballot (Romney or Paul) are voting Paul.
" jumping off into the Ocean on the most perfect and correct side of the ship as it slips beneath the surface."Brilliant analogy my FRiend!
Didn’t Rudy McRomney run last time?
The one Republican I can think of who everyone likes (sad state of affairs) is Paul Ryan.
Mitch Daniels would also be a good choice, though perhaps not with that 'wow' factor (putting it mildly). The other governor choice is, of course, the 2nd universally popular Republican (I have a bad memory): Scott Walker.
That is what has to happen. I hope people vote for not romney which in Virginia happens to be paul.
Delegates are Proportional
Statewide: if winner receives a majority Winner-Take-All Primary otherwise Proportional Primary
As you said, Gov Daniels or Gov Walker.
Ryan is highly regarded
Alan West is my favorite. If Called, he will do it.
Of course Sarah comes to mind Anybody considered a true outsider like TJ Rodgers from silicon valley? Steve Wynn, a man who can walk the walk. General Petreus could govern. So could General McChrystal (fire the man who fired him) Brokered convention sounds good to me!!! I also like Ken Cuchinelli (sp) Virginia AG
What would be so bad with someone like Ted Nugent?
I agree with your formula I just disagree with your conclusion. The result the GOPe will dispense is Jeb Bush as a compromise to the Conservatives since Romney will have already been rejected by a majority of Conservatives. They will give us the bone of a fresh face - i.e. Jeb.
I'm not for it. I just think that's what will happen.
Did Santorum indicate he favors romney over newt? If so a brokered convention would be a disaster.
<Roof begins to collapse, convention goes mad, Maureen Dowd swan-dives out of her New York Times pressbox to the convention floor four stories below>
That about get it?
What, Rick Santorum perform a chrestomathy for Bishop Willard, the anointed of Brahmindom?
Don't think so, hoss. It was Rove and the Brahmin RiNO's and butt-pirate-publicans who screwed over Santorum bigtime in 2006 -- hell, they walked all the way across town to stab him.
Think he'll be doing them any favors now?
I can live with Paul Ryan or Scott Walker.
No sarcasm tag necessary. Try reading this for clearer analysis. It is from the Club for Growth.
2012 Presidential White Paper #4: Former Sen.Rick Santorum
As for Reagan, he was an honest man. IMO Santorum has feet of clay.
Is this guy a writer for Conan O'Brien or Jon Stewart? Jeb Bush?! Chris Christie? Is dope really that strong nowadays?
Let the games continue, and may the best man win.(It ain't Romney).
Thanks for posting. I got a lot of good information and food for thought.
Nuge would of course be my first choice. But unlikely....
So if we get this contested convention, I think we should go with Jindal from Louisiana. He should have run, but he was up for re-election. Squeaky clean, smart, conservative...lots of great credentials. Not a great speaker, but I don’t think that would matter much in a 3 month campaign. The point is that we would come out of the convention with a competent, conservative governor as a candidate which the entire party could get behind. I think Jindal, as sort of a “surprise nominee” would stop the crap out of obama.
I guess as long as we are in the realm of fantasy, how about Jindal/Walker. My goodness. That would be a great, and winning ticket.
Until that happens, I’m for Santorum. But I do think Newt needs to stay in.
Santorum is a totally establishment owned puppet.
Rick Santorums Senate voting record:
Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Defense and Foreign Policy
Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.
Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.
Voted for the START II Treaty.
Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.
Voted to ban anti-personnel landmines.
Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same pay raises as uniformed military.
Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyrannical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
Voted to limit the Presidents authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.
Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea.
Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.
Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.
Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program.
Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture).
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge.
Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN.
Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge.
Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit.
Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge.
Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge.
Voted for James Brady to be District Judge.
Voted against National Right to Work Act.
Voted against repeal of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages.
Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor.
Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding.
Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Voted for Job Corps funding.
Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization.
Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.
Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here.
Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
Voted to exempt IRS union representatives from criminal ethics laws.
Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.
Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device.
Voted for a Federal ban on possession of assault weapons by those under 18.
Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.
Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.
Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.
Voted twice for a Congressional pay raise.
Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapists, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
Voted for the Specter backup plan to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.
Voted for a McCain amendment to require state and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.
Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators.
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens.
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border patrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.
Voted against a flat tax.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
Voted twice for internet taxes.
Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.
Voted against food stamp reform.
Voted against Medicaid reform.
Voted against TANF reform.
Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion.
Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.
Sponsored an amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million.
Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museums Olympic Sculpture Project (WA).
Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion.
Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million.
Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL).
Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry.
Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a states highway allocation.
Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%.
Voted against transferring $20 million from AmeriCorps to veterans.
Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.
Spending and Entitlements
Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies a new entitlement.
Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.
Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
Voted against allowing consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.
Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing.
Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.
Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.
Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.