Skip to comments.Romney's Struggles Fuel Talk of Brokered Convention
Posted on 02/20/2012 9:14:55 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's struggles in Michigan are fueling speculation that Republicans might have to resort to a doomsday scenario and launch a frantic search for a 2012 savior at their nominating convention in late August....How did Republicans get to this point? Romney's failure to get conservatives fully behind him and put down yet another challenger in the party - this time it's Rick Santorum - is causing angst in the party. Many senior Republicans do not think Santorum, a social conservative caught up in the U.S. culture wars over issues like abortion and contraception, has a chance to beat Obama if he wins the party's presidential nomination. When he ran for re-election as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania in 2006, Santorum lost by 18 percentage points.... "It's hard for me to see how Romney rights the ship if he loses Michigan," said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. "There is no level of spin that can overcome that disaster." Michigan will set the table for "Super Tuesday," the March 6 jackpot when 10 states hold Republican nominating contests. A loss for Romney in Michigan would raise serious doubts over whether he can rally enough support to have a big day on Super Tuesday and make a big move toward clinching the nomination. ....Who would Republicans turn to if not Romney or Santorum? Think of two popular governors, Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Chris Christie of New Jersey, or former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, or even U.S. congressman Paul Ryan, author of a budget plan popular with Republicans....
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I would expect a mix of bribes and blackmail by Team Romney and the GOP-e to secure the nomination for Mitt in this scenario.
Just curious why someone who poured millions of their own money to win the presidency would be willing to step aside and allow someone else to run who hadn't spent a dime or run the grueling gauntlet of chicken dinners and bar-b-ques and speeches? That would be awfully tough for any candidate to stomach.
A brokered convention would inevitably mean Romney is guaranteed the nomination, no? I’d think the GOP-e would use bribery, coercion and vote rigging to make it happen.
Funny how there is no “talk” of one candidate starting to win one primary after another and wrapping it up before the convention. While Santorum could be in just another rise and fall spot like all the previous candidates, he is saying EXACTLY the things conservatives have been so desperate to hear and going beyond what the consultants normally let a candidate say.
The media are doing him a huge favor by repeating and drawing attention to his comment that Obama’s theology runs counter to the Bible. That is a seed that’s going to land on fertile ground — the ears of disaffected conservatives — in the coming weeks. I expect he is going to break out of the pack and never look back.
Why is it that whenever the pundits name possible candidates who could step in at a brokered convention they never mention Sarah Palin?
Can’t the Newt and Santorum guys just call a truce until we get Romney out??
“Romney’s Struggles Fuel Talk of Brokered Convention”
Does this mean that if the heir apparent of the elite gop is not deemed to be good enough, then the elite gop will choose another elite heir?
It’s a “contested” convention not a brokered convention because “brokered” entails that someone is in charge....when if you look at the new rule changes for the GOP convention, no ones really in charge like in the past with power bosses. The only name that will generate excitement is Palin and then folllowed by maybe Paul Ryan in those halls of the convention and the most likely scenario is that Gingrich and Santorum delegates would coalesce around Sarah. All you have to do is look at her reception at CPAC and three rooms pack of people wanting to hear her.
Btw there’s even talk that if one does look at the rules — that it alleges that on the first ballot the delegates could make their new choice and don’t necessarily has to vote for the current candidates
I’m sorry, but the issue of the 2012 election ARE NOT religion and birth control.
I haven’t heard a single canidate discuss how the communists in the federal government are purposely trying to collapse the system so they can rebuild their vision from the 60’s of some insane utopia.
If this does happen and Jeb Bush is nominated I will slit my wrists.
A Jeb Bush candidacy guarantees the Republican nominee comes in third place
“Cant the Newt and Santorum guys just call a truce until we get Romney out??”
IMO, I think they are already doing that. They seem to be addressing Obama more than each other.
Actually, Palin was mentioned in the article. I just had to excerpt it.
ping, because we haven’t had a topic about how the convention will be brokered for at least two days.
Thanks Bruce Campbells Chin.
Exactly. Matt Rhoades and Matt Drudge have been gathering homo dirt on the state GOP leaders for the past 4 years to make sure Romney wins in a brokered convention.
Absolutely. Brokered convention = Romney as the result of dirty deals made in RINO-inhabited, smoke-filled, back rooms in Tampa hotels.
What these blowhards are doing is giving Republicans an ultimatum.
You pick Romney or we broker the Convention and pick him ourselves.
If they do that this is one republican who will beat down the door to change to Independent or third party whichever is the best option.
The Republican Party is slowly committing suicide.
Too bad. I searched the word “brokered” and the last time it came up in a thread title was early January.
Too bad. I searched the word “brokered” and the last time it came up in a thread title was early January.
How about letting the people choose their candidate or does the GOP leadership not believe in democracy now? Didn’t think so.
Even in a two man race.
The non-Romney delegates will be coerced to change their votes to Romney by the state GOP-e leaders thanks to homo dirt dug up by Matt Rhoades and Matt Drudge over the past 4 years.
Romney has NO integrity.
He should PULL OUT instead of destroying America
as he did when he had his vicious team attack
Gov. Palin and her children (HER CHILDREN!!!!!!).
PULL OUT ROMNEY.
Newt and Rick seem to have a truce...but their supporters are constantly trashing each other. We are oh so close to getting Romney out...come on people!
cause God Forbid that the VOTERS actually get the final say in who the candidate turns out to be. The too-smart-by-half Brahmans have to figure out a way to cram another RINO squish up our mmmm.mmmmm...mmmmmms.
This country is SO about to split into a 3 party system.
A Bush candidacy will lose to the third party candidate.
Exactly! Rick is ahead in MI, OH and TX and is showing respectable numbers in GA. I don't expect to go into the convention w/o a winner and I expect that winner to be Santorum.
The homo blackmail courtesy of Drudge-Rhoades will push Romney over the top after the arm-twisting begins.
Posters to this thread are correct: a broker or contested convention means one thing: an establishment republican will win. And most likely it will be Mitt Romney. At that point I throw up and go on a fishing trip the first week in November and pray the people who are prepping for the end of the world on December 21, 2012 are right.
I wasn't a Palin supporter, but I'd prefer her over either of these three. I'd also take Daniels, Ryan, or Rubio.
I would say yes, he would be guaranteed the nomination; however, I also suspect a brokered convention also illustrates just how divided the GOP is. In otherwords, we probably don’t have a prayer in November no matter who gets the nomination.
I hope you are right though I am a Newt Gingrich supporter. But I just don’t see it.
How so? If none of the four remaining candidates gets a majority going into the convention, then how do you say what the voters "final say" actually is?
I think Paul makes the likelihood of a contested or brokered convention more likely than some might think. He's not going to drop out, and if he ends up with 10% or so of the delegates, and if we assume most of the super delegates go to Romney, I don't see Santorum or Newt breaking the 50% barrier.
Whomever it would be would be irrelevant. They would be in the exact mold of Romney, McCain, Dole...
If all the delegates are released to draft someone not currently running then I would, if I were a delegate, nominate the one person who is exactly the opposite of Mitt Romney and the typical GOP-E mentality politician in every way, shape and form.
Just to shake things up a bit.
If it goes to the convention I foresee total gridlock, and thus I think it's more likely Newt and Santorum would throw support behind an entirely new ticket (i.e. one without either of them on it) that represents their constituency reasonably well. I suspect the strategy would be a geographic play to lock up two of three between VA/NC, WI/MI/OH or CO/NM/NV. Given that my guess is McDonnell / Daniels.
Yeah, the search is not too good sometimes (often). :’)
Oh. What homo dirt does Drudge have on Santorum or Newt? I don’t think there is any...
There is plenty of that kind of dirt in Chicago. Every gay man over 35 had a run in with Barry at Man’s Coutry in the late 90’s. Why SOMEBODY doesn’t do a comprehensive story about Mr. O on the down low...Boggles my mind.
That's my thought as well, although I think Gingrich/Santorum might try for a ticket with just them if they've got 50% between the two of them.
Unless Paul were to throw his support at Romney, I don't see Romney winning a contested convention. There's simply too much "Anyone but Romney" sentiment out there for ROmney to get it any other way.
Frankly, I think a lot of conservatives are misreading "the GOP Establishment". For the most part, they don't like Mitt because he's Mitt. They like him because they just want to win, and they think he was the most electable guy. But I think the depth of the "Anyone but Romney" sentiment probably has caused some of them to reconsider that, and look for someone more acceptable to the party as a whole.
Lets wait til Super Tuesday before we talk Brokered Conventions and such things. Still, it would be exciting for a change. Better than the rubber stamp it has become over the last few decades. I would love a dark horse to come forward.
Oh heck, I’d vote for the Motor City Madman in a heartbeat.
The issues of the 2012 election are the same ones they have been for several decades now -- a socialist-marxist left-wing intent on tearing down Western Culture and remaking American society into a society where an all-knowing government replaces and becomes the official religion. Conservatives and average Americans across the ideological spectrum know and feel it even if they can't articulate it. When Rick Santorum states the Obama's philosophy runs counter to that of the Christian Bible he is stating that very same thing in a way that most Americans can easily understand and agree with.
Whether or not you are a Christian or live the tenets of Christianity in your daily life you have to agree that our nation, or culture and our peaceful thriving society was built on a Christian Biblical foundation. Even those who don't Worship or practice a religion are familiar with, and benefit from, a nation built on the pillars of hard work, individual responsibility, and solid family foundations.
If you believe that Santorum's message is just about religion and birth control then either haven't been paying attention, or haven't taken the time to look past the latest Associated Press headlines.
The homo dirt that Drudge-Rhoades have for convention use is on the state GOP leaders/delegates, not Santorum or Newt.
It’s common sense to know that communism and naziism run counter to the christian bible.
I hear him mentioning the bible, I do not hear him mentioning communism or naziism, and that is precisely wher eour government is taking us as fast as they possibly can.