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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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KEYWORDS: brokered; convention; palin; romney
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51 posted on 02/20/2012 10:50:21 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Paul Ryan almost entered the race and eventually decided not to do so. Does anyone think that a Romney loss in Michigan could possibly entice Ryan to re-think his decision and go ahead and jump in the race now?


52 posted on 02/20/2012 10:50:35 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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To: no dems; All

Paul Ryan almost entered the race and eventually decided not to do so. Does anyone think that a Romney loss in Michigan could possibly entice Ryan to re-think his decision and go ahead and jump in the race now?


53 posted on 02/20/2012 10:52:49 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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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.
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But, he NEVER SAID THAT!!! He even said right after the words “phony theology” that he was NOT talking about Biblical Theology. He was referring to Obama’s world-view.


54 posted on 02/20/2012 10:56:54 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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To: Diogenesis; All
Speaking of Sarah Palin, check out this from the article:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a champion of the conservative Tea Party movement, is making noises about being willing to "help" at a brokered convention. That notion sounds suspiciously like she would love to have her own name thrown into the mix......"We could be looking at a brokered convention.....if that's the case, all bets are off as to who it will be willing to offer up themselves ... in service to their country. I would do whatever I could to help."
55 posted on 02/20/2012 11:02:40 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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To: jimbo123
Oh, that makes sense. There definitely is a group of guys on the down low in politics. Funny, but it seems like the only guys that are outed have a little r after their name.

I thought Drudge was Conservative...and of an alternate “life style” choice...But he is going to tube the republican closet cases?

Why doesn't he start giving links to stories about Mr.O’s gay hi-jinks? How this is still NOT news is astounding. Seems like people know but don't care that the guy in the WH is boinking employees (Love, Penn)! If, 10 years ago, somebody told me that a closet case, socialist, FRAUD would be in the WH I think I would have laughed.

56 posted on 02/20/2012 11:06:42 AM PST by Pigsley
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To: NittanyLion; All

If Marco Rubio is not on the Ticket in the VP spot we lose Florida. If we lose Florida, we lose the White House. Plain and simple.


57 posted on 02/20/2012 11:07:50 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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To: Pigsley

REF. You Post #42: You need to get everything you know about that situation and somehow, get it to O’Reilly, Hannity, Greta, Glen Beck or someone. Rush wouldn’t do anything with it; it’s beneath him. But, get that to someone who can exploit it.


58 posted on 02/20/2012 11:12:29 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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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I would love a dark horse to come forward.
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How about a Paul Ryan/Marco Rubio Ticket?


59 posted on 02/20/2012 11:22:29 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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To: no dems
I don't think any of them are likely to enter the race at this point. I don't think a new face would emerge until the convention, and then only if none of the top 4 guys could muster 50%.

. That's why Paul's delegates are so important. I think you might see a Santorum/Gingrich union, but you still might not hit 50%. And there seems to be a bit of acrimony between Santorum and Paul in particular.

60 posted on 02/20/2012 11:38:58 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
So who would, realistically, be the top candidates if this were to occur?

The author named only RiNO's as "saviors".

Did you notice a) the assumption that Romney's The Guy, and that Santorum and Gingrich are just "challengers"? And b) that Romney's failure to be elevated, anointed, and consecrated would be -- his word -- a "disaster"?

So who's the jerk in the byline? The story was written by Karl Rove.

No mention, of course, of She Who Must Not Be Named.

61 posted on 02/20/2012 1:09:10 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: no dems
I noticed Governors McConnell of VA and Jindal of LA are omitted from this list.

Jindal and Marco Rubio have eligibility problems as possibly not-NBC's.

62 posted on 02/20/2012 1:11:03 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: SunkenCiv; stevie_d_64; hocndoc; re_nortex; GeronL; davetex; Bigun; AnnaZ; Allegra; Ditter; WOSG
Stevie, useful links.
63 posted on 02/20/2012 1:13:34 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
The author named only RiNO's as "saviors".

ReallY Why do you consider Paul Ryan a "RINO"? Why is Mitch Daniels -- the first governor of any Great Lakes state to pass and sign a Right to Work bill -- a "RINO"?

Certainly in terms of domestic policy, both of those guys are more conservative than Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum.

64 posted on 02/20/2012 1:21:23 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: lentulusgracchus

If the RINO’s lose, they will still try to impose a candidate on us! Which would be a sure loser.


65 posted on 02/20/2012 1:24:29 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Paul is out if you want to win in November. The GOP doesn’t win without social conservatives


66 posted on 02/20/2012 1:27:15 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Daniels was dissing social conservatives. That is always something a RINO would do.


67 posted on 02/20/2012 1:28:53 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: jimbo123; little jeremiah
Are you sure about that? ping

Where did you hear about Drudge looking for this stuff?

68 posted on 02/20/2012 1:30:27 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
ReallY Why do you consider Paul Ryan a "RINO"?

Both he and Daniels are drooled over by the RiNO elitists; I trust them to recognize their own kind, without inspecting their ACU records myself.

69 posted on 02/20/2012 1:33:16 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
That's why Paul's delegates are so important.

They'll be historically important as marking the first time that Democrats were seated at a Republican national convention.

I expect them to cut up and foment disorder the way OWS infiltrators would.

70 posted on 02/20/2012 1:36:37 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: no dems
Okay, she's in there .... "She Who Must Not Be Named" at least got a mention from the author.

I'd prefer it, though, if he prefaced his Palin quotes with "Madame President".

;)

71 posted on 02/20/2012 1:39:45 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: no dems
I'm nearly certain ALL the media already know about Barry's liking the boyz. No, make that 100% sure. Everybody knows and nobody is talking. Rush even gave a shout out to a pretty cool website called Hillbuzz that talks about Obama being on the down low ALL THE TIME. You should check it out if you want to be truly shocked. The more you dig into this cess pool which is Obama’s personal life the more you will find. It is truly shocking, and I'm not easily shocked. That 2 men from that creep Rev. Wright's church (and the club for gay men Wright ran) were shot execution style just as Obama was getting into the race....The cases were never solved....Now that just seems tailor made for Greta, but I guarantee you that she feels she can't touch it.

Really makes me mad...I know there are more than a few on this board that knows the extent of Barry's depravity and have tried to get the word out. Problem in NOBODY will touch this stuff. Rush got close when he gave the web address of Hillbuzz...but even he won't touch this hot potato.

72 posted on 02/20/2012 1:39:45 PM PST by Pigsley
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To: Pigsley
Rush should give out the Hillbuzz address a couple more times ..... heck, springtime is near and the sap is rising .... whatever.

Now that just seems tailor made for Greta, but I guarantee you that she feels she can't touch it.

You know how to spell "Arkancide", don't you?

73 posted on 02/20/2012 1:42:43 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: jimbo123; bigdirty; lentulusgracchus

So everyone else has homo dirt? Newt? Santorum? (I don’t count Paul). That’s a pretty amazing statement.


74 posted on 02/20/2012 1:44:25 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: little jeremiah
I read somewhere that Sarah Palin likes guys. Eeeek!
75 posted on 02/20/2012 1:47:11 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: ElkGroveDan
Any candidate that can turn the debate from the economy and joblessness to contraception and religion is exactly what we do NOT need, IMO!

Santorum has done a good job of doing exactly that. I think with seven kids we can assume he doesn't believe in contraception but we don't need that debate in a POTUS election.

76 posted on 02/20/2012 2:56:13 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Pigsley

Evidence that the real problem is not 0bummer himself or even his handlers/supporters/string pullers, but the Rs and so-called conservatives who are enabling him by their cowardice.


77 posted on 02/20/2012 3:45:30 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: lonestar; Absolutely Nobama; ElkGroveDan; lentulusgracchus

You need to read this, it’s short, to the point, and very clearly written, by a Freeper, I’m copying in its entirety, but there are excellent comments on the thread that are well worth reading.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2848750/posts

Chairman Obama’s War On Religion And The Individual
My Brain | 2/19/12 | Alan Levy

Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2012 4:02:14 PM by Absolutely Nobama

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;......”

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For those of you who were educationally abused in our sham of a public school system, the above is the Estabishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment . It is one of the most important thoughts ever recorded in human history. This tiny little sentence fragment of a mere sixteen words makes America....well, American.

See, ladies and gentlemen, the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses do more than protect religion from the intrigues of government, regardless of what the commies at the ACLU would have you believe. The Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses protect the individual’s right to think for himself, since following a religion is the most personal (and important) decision an individual will ever make in his lifetime.

Chairman Obama’s recent attempt to force the Catholic Church to pay for contraception is more than a malicious, bigoted attack on religion. (Which is horrying in itself, might I add.) It is an attack on the individual spirit. It is using the power of the State to impose its own warped version of morality onto the individual, which is a tactic of choice for genocidal maniacs the world over. Lenin did it, Hitler did it, Stalin did it, and Mao did it. Millions died horrible deaths because they did.

And now, our President Barack Hussein Obama, is attepting to do it.

This cannot stand. If you have the least bit of a desire for freedom, you must oppose this. I don’t care if you’re Catholic or Protestant. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a Jew of the Sephardim or Ashkenazim variety, or whether or not you’re Greek Orthodox, (No, I didn’t forget a certain religion. It’s the only one The Regime finds acceptable, and is therefore safe.) you must fight this or any other version CONgress comes up with with every fiber of your being.


78 posted on 02/20/2012 3:49:34 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: lentulusgracchus

BCC always is on the wrong side of every single issue. I wonder why....


79 posted on 02/20/2012 3:51:11 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: dt57

Romney will just steer us towards fiscal disaster albeit a little slower than Obama.


80 posted on 02/20/2012 4:19:41 PM PST by Crucial
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To: Pigsley

I will check it out. Does it mention Larry Sinclair? I still believe Larry over Barry. THANKS!!!


81 posted on 02/20/2012 4:42:46 PM 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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To: Pigsley; All

Here’s the link about the gay bath house that it is commonly reported that Barack Obama frequented as a State Senator in Chicago. The Video has been removed; thank God. Just read the article. BTW, I still believe Larry Sinclair was telling the truth about his crack smoking & gay sex escapade with Obama in Sinclair’s Limo.

http://hillbuzz.org/is-barack-obama-gay-part-iii-whats-it-like-inside-a-chicago-gay-bathhouse-like-the-one-obama-used-to-frequent-as-a-state-senator-40623


82 posted on 02/20/2012 4:52:17 PM 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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To: little jeremiah

Thanks, LJ !!

Rock on,

Alan


83 posted on 02/20/2012 7:49:44 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (NO COMPROMISE! NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER! I AM A CONSERVATIVE! CASE CLOSED!)
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To: WVNan
Why is it that whenever the pundits name possible candidates who could step in at a brokered convention they never mention Sarah Palin?

Simple.

Because they're scared of her. And, if they don't write about her, she doesn't exist.

84 posted on 02/20/2012 8:01:14 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
Unless Paul were to throw his support at Romney, I don't see Romney winning a contested convention.

Ron Paul is staying in this race for one reason only -- to have a seat at the table come convention time.

He'll have delegates...and he'll sell them to the candidate that offers him the most. Romney, most likely.

It's a real good reason to minimize the Paul vote (except in Virginia).

85 posted on 02/20/2012 8:11:36 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: no dems
That is an excellent post from Hillbuzz. Lots of info, in a well written article.

I am so disgusted by the MSM for not vetting this man...all the while destroying other peoples lives. How do you think Mrs. Cain reacted to all those smears? Exactly why did the other Mrs. Newt get air time on a network news program....Years and years after her divorce?

I'm going to email this article at Hillbuzz to EVERYBODY including the media. I suggest any of you that want to see Mr. Obama defeated this go around do the same. I'm going to have some fun and send it to some very liberal people. There heads will undoubtedly explode that this info is finally getting out. And, that's a nice thought!

86 posted on 02/21/2012 5:40:53 AM PST by Pigsley
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To: Pigsley

YES!!! GO GET ‘EM!!!


87 posted on 02/21/2012 6:16:21 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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