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Romney's Struggles Fuel Talk of Brokered Convention
Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Friday, February 17, 2012 | Steve Holland

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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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brokered; convention; palin; romney
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As unlikely as this seems to be, it is starting to look more likely every day. So who would, realistically, be the top candidates if this were to occur? Seems to me that the most likley names are just as unpopular with the a large segment of the party as are the folks currenlty running.
1 posted on 02/20/2012 9:15:00 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

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.


2 posted on 02/20/2012 9:18:54 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
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....

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.

3 posted on 02/20/2012 9:22:56 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: jimbo123

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.


4 posted on 02/20/2012 9:23:08 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

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.


5 posted on 02/20/2012 9:24:06 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Why is it that whenever the pundits name possible candidates who could step in at a brokered convention they never mention Sarah Palin?


6 posted on 02/20/2012 9:28:25 AM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Can’t the Newt and Santorum guys just call a truce until we get Romney out??


7 posted on 02/20/2012 9:29:24 AM PST by exist
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

“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?


8 posted on 02/20/2012 9:29:35 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

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


9 posted on 02/20/2012 9:29:55 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: ElkGroveDan

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.


10 posted on 02/20/2012 9:30:27 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

If this does happen and Jeb Bush is nominated I will slit my wrists.


11 posted on 02/20/2012 9:31:52 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: jimbo123
If Romney couldn't win a majority of delegates during the primary, despite having been the "presumed frontrunner" for much of it, I can't see the delegates nominating him. I htink he might have a tough time getting even 40% of the delegates. I think you almost have to go to someone outside those four candidates.
12 posted on 02/20/2012 9:32:11 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

A Jeb Bush candidacy guarantees the Republican nominee comes in third place


13 posted on 02/20/2012 9:32:53 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: exist

“Can’t 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.


14 posted on 02/20/2012 9:33:03 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: WVNan

Actually, Palin was mentioned in the article. I just had to excerpt it.


15 posted on 02/20/2012 9:33:06 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

ping, because we haven’t had a topic about how the convention will be brokered for at least two days.

Thanks Bruce Campbells Chin.


16 posted on 02/20/2012 9:33:22 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: bigdirty

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.


17 posted on 02/20/2012 9:35:10 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Absolutely. Brokered convention = Romney as the result of dirty deals made in RINO-inhabited, smoke-filled, back rooms in Tampa hotels.


18 posted on 02/20/2012 9:35:56 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

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.


19 posted on 02/20/2012 9:36:05 AM PST by Venturer
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To: ElkGroveDan
Exactly well said.


20 posted on 02/20/2012 9:38:42 AM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: SunkenCiv

Too bad. I searched the word “brokered” and the last time it came up in a thread title was early January.


21 posted on 02/20/2012 9:38:53 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: SunkenCiv

Too bad. I searched the word “brokered” and the last time it came up in a thread title was early January.


22 posted on 02/20/2012 9:38:53 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

How about letting the people choose their candidate or does the GOP leadership not believe in democracy now? Didn’t think so.


23 posted on 02/20/2012 9:40:38 AM PST by Crucial
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To: Sgt_Schultze
A Jeb Bush candidacy guarantees the Republican nominee comes in third place

Even in a two man race.

24 posted on 02/20/2012 9:42:05 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

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.


25 posted on 02/20/2012 9:42:55 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

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.


26 posted on 02/20/2012 9:43:30 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: duckman

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!


27 posted on 02/20/2012 9:43:41 AM PST by exist
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

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.


28 posted on 02/20/2012 9:44:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tijeras_Slim

A Bush candidacy will lose to the third party candidate.


29 posted on 02/20/2012 9:46:03 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: ElkGroveDan
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.

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.

30 posted on 02/20/2012 9:46:18 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: MayflowerMadam

The homo blackmail courtesy of Drudge-Rhoades will push Romney over the top after the arm-twisting begins.


31 posted on 02/20/2012 9:47:44 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Crucial

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.


32 posted on 02/20/2012 9:48:10 AM PST by dt57
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To: exist
I'll be honest -- I'm a very lukewarm Newt supporter, but the prospect of Santorum running in November terrifies me. I think it would lead to a loss of epic proportions. And the prospect of a Romney win scares me about the same.

I wasn't a Palin supporter, but I'd prefer her over either of these three. I'd also take Daniels, Ryan, or Rubio.

33 posted on 02/20/2012 9:48:29 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: bigdirty

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.


34 posted on 02/20/2012 9:51:09 AM PST by MachIV
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To: pgkdan

I hope you are right though I am a Newt Gingrich supporter. But I just don’t see it.


35 posted on 02/20/2012 9:51:39 AM PST by dt57
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To: Buckeye McFrog
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.

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.

36 posted on 02/20/2012 9:55:05 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

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.

Ted Nugent.

Just to shake things up a bit.


37 posted on 02/20/2012 9:57:48 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: dt57
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.

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.

38 posted on 02/20/2012 9:58:06 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Yeah, the search is not too good sometimes (often). :’)


39 posted on 02/20/2012 9:58:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: exist
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Can’t the Newt and Santorum guys just call a truce until we get Romney out??


Where have you been ?


Ricky and Willard are a Pro-Wresting Tag-Team ...



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40 posted on 02/20/2012 10:05:50 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: ElkGroveDan
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.

With respect, I disagree. Obama and his helpers in the MSM are delighted by Santorum focusing on stuff like this because it changes the subject from Obama's economic disaster. And voters suffering through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression see Santorum making pronouncements on Obama's faith (and then back-pedaling) instead of hammering away on what should be done to fix the economy and roll their eyes.
41 posted on 02/20/2012 10:12:07 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: jimbo123

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.


42 posted on 02/20/2012 10:13:57 AM PST by Pigsley
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To: NittanyLion
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.

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.

43 posted on 02/20/2012 10:14:52 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: jimbo123

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.


44 posted on 02/20/2012 10:16:25 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: FerociousRabbit

Oh heck, I’d vote for the Motor City Madman in a heartbeat.


45 posted on 02/20/2012 10:17:10 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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from the FRchives, using Google (so you don't have to), and reaching back to the dreams of a brokered convention in 2008.
46 posted on 02/20/2012 10:17:26 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: chris37
I’m sorry, but the issue of the 2012 election ARE NOT religion and birth control.

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.

47 posted on 02/20/2012 10:17:26 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Pigsley

The homo dirt that Drudge-Rhoades have for convention use is on the state GOP leaders/delegates, not Santorum or Newt.


48 posted on 02/20/2012 10:28:10 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: ElkGroveDan

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.


49 posted on 02/20/2012 10:45:46 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
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..

I noticed Governors McConnell of VA and Jindal of LA are omitted from this list. Anyone have a clue???
50 posted on 02/20/2012 10:47:11 AM PST by no dems (How did we end up with such an inferior GOP slate of candidates for President this year?)
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