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‘Brokered’ GOP convention? Get ready, say political strategists
http://dailycaller.com ^ | 3/15/2012 | Will Rahn

Posted on 03/15/2012 8:42:44 AM PDT by BO Stinkss

With a breakaway front-runner still yet to emerge in the GOP race, political observers and senior Republican strategists are beginning to seriously contemplate what a brokered convention in Tampa Bay might look like.

A candidate must win the support of 1,144 delegates to become the Republican nominee for president. While most commentators agree that Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a realistic shot of reaching that number before the convention in August, that outcome is by no means assured, especially after his losses in Alabama and Mississippi.

Brokered conventions in the modern era have been exceedingly rare. The last time Republican delegates arrived at the GOP convention uncertain who their nominee would be was 1976, the year Ronald Reagan nearly snagged the nomination away from President Gerald Ford.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brokered; convention; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; ricksantorum; slimandnone
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To: Stepan12
Maybe Sarah will be our nominee.

From your lips to God's ears!

51 posted on 03/15/2012 9:38:21 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: Eva
I love the idea of a brokered convention because I seriously think that Obama has a plan to pull the federal mandate from the Obamacare legislation and to try to persuade the Supreme Court to let the legislation stand without the Federal Mandate, but with a State mandate, instead.

Before Obama can make this offer, he needs to have Romney confirmed as the Republican nominee. Santorum would stop the idea dead.

That seems logical but if that's the case, why are the rats promoting the idea of rats voting for Santorum in the cross-over primaries?
52 posted on 03/15/2012 9:41:58 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: big'ol_freeper; apillar

“RE: I don’t believe Dick Morris’s assertion that it would kill Republicans chances this fall”

The Morris assertion is based on the self-interest of the political consultant-strategist businessman. People like Rove, Morris, Rollins, etc. make their living by being paid to manipulate the electoral system to ensure the political victory of the wealthy individuals and families that play the game of electory politics. If the people. through their selection of delegates actually send delegates to the convention empowered select the nominee based on their own judgement of who is best able to represent the party and the nation in the general election, the Roves. Morrisses, and Rollins have totally failed in their businss objective, which was to ensure that whoever employed their services is assured on the nomination.

Of course Morris is going to be totally against the delegates making the decision of who will be the nominee at the convention!


53 posted on 03/15/2012 9:45:21 AM PDT by ngat
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To: Joe the Pimpernel
So everybody else should bend over and support your guy, eh?

My guy? My guy is Mitch Daniels, and he's not running. I think the crop of GOP candidates is as bad as I can ever remember, as witnessed by the fact that Santorum is actually a serious candidate for election--let's be real; in any other year, he'd be a single digit candidate.

So you have to make the best of a bad situation, and that's to pick a terrible candidate early and unite behind him--think of this as the GOP's John Kerry. Newt is absolutely awful and is completely incapable of winning anything, so he's out. Santorum or Romney, I don't care. 6 one, half dozen the other. Let's pick one and then start running against Obama. Remember, the idea is to win in November.

54 posted on 03/15/2012 9:46:02 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Publius Valerius
"A person who hasn't yet declared has a better chance to be the nominee.

Probably true. I still believe a Ryan-Rubio ticket would give us a lock on the White House for the next 16 years, but that door appears to be closed.

55 posted on 03/15/2012 9:47:59 AM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: Reo
"But if Newt can just get to the podium and speak before the choice is made, he'll win."

Newt will have his moment at the convention.
56 posted on 03/15/2012 9:53:02 AM PDT by JustFeelingOld
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To: samtheman

Some of the rats haven’t got the message and the Obama administration can’t very well tell them.


57 posted on 03/15/2012 9:59:42 AM PDT by Eva
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To: BO Stinkss

Stop using the term “brokered.” That’s the left-wing spin to make the convention look like a bunch of fat guys with cigars in back rooms.

I would suggested “contested.”


58 posted on 03/15/2012 10:01:08 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ejonesie22

Maybe just D.C.?


59 posted on 03/15/2012 10:02:56 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ModelBreaker
"I would suggested “contested.”

"Open" sounds even better!

60 posted on 03/15/2012 10:07:18 AM PDT by fantail 1952 (Common sense policy: Help your friends. Whip your enemies. Sort out the rest later.)
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To: Stepan12

“Maybe Sarah will be our nominee.”

She did always say that if she did run that it would be an unconventional campaign.

Unconventional at the convention is certainly unconventional.


61 posted on 03/15/2012 10:13:24 AM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

“Sure beats a MITTENS love fest...”

Unless it turns into a Jeb Bush lovefest.


62 posted on 03/15/2012 10:14:58 AM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Eva

Ok. That’s definitely an interesting theory you’ve got there.


63 posted on 03/15/2012 10:16:01 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman; BO Stinkss

I don’t know if that is the most likely. Romney has spend millions of dollars publicly assassinating the character of Santorum. Why would he choose to play second banana to Mitt when he could team up with Newt and be at the top of the ticket. I actually think they would make a formidable team. Newt could play the unlikable but vicious and competent VP role ala Dick Cheney.


64 posted on 03/15/2012 10:16:11 AM PDT by nitzy (A just law does not punish virtue nor reward vice.)
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To: samtheman

WA State has been working on meeting ALL the state requirements for Obamacare since the bill was passed. Well, maybe since our state attorney general signed onto the law suit, challenging the federal mandate.

Last week, WA State legislatures were proposing the $1 abortion premium. We already have assisited suicide and the state already tried challenging the religious expemptions to abortion by trying to force pharmacists to dispense the abortion pills against their religious or conscientious objections. They lost the case in court. They need the federal government to set the precedent.


65 posted on 03/15/2012 10:21:02 AM PDT by Eva
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To: BO Stinkss

Pity the poor GOP elites! Their efforts to push Romney and other establishment candidates on us doesn’t seem to be working. The nasty ill-mannered conservative base just isn’t cooperating. /s


66 posted on 03/15/2012 10:23:17 AM PDT by Jean2
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To: Reo
I still believe a Ryan-Rubio ticket

I'd be excited about that ticket. Ryan is young; he should run for governor and he'd be a really tough guy to beat in a presidential election.

67 posted on 03/15/2012 10:24:16 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: BO Stinkss

A brokered convention means the dems win.


68 posted on 03/15/2012 10:29:51 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: nitzy

There are two reasons Rick would VP for Mitt:

1. Santorum + Gingrich < 1144

2. Santorum (despite his good points, which he has) is not really a conservative and has no real objection to Romney


69 posted on 03/15/2012 10:31:48 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: fantail 1952

Open convention. Even better.


70 posted on 03/15/2012 10:39:09 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ModelBreaker

Good call...


71 posted on 03/15/2012 11:24:53 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: samtheman
Santorum (despite his good points, which he has) is not really a conservative and has no real objection to Romney

He has an 88.1% rating from the American Conservative Union and isn't a conservative?

72 posted on 03/15/2012 11:27:43 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Kazan

I’ve read a lot here in FR on the subject and I have become convinced that historically he is very pro-union and that he did vote for many big-spending projects. Also, that high rating was one of his years in office, not all of his years.

Is he more conservative than Romney? Probably.

Is he an actual conservative in his thinking? I don’t believe so.

I believe that it would not be a big problem for him, ideologically, to team up with Romney.


73 posted on 03/15/2012 11:33:09 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: matthew fuller

Damn...

LOL


74 posted on 03/15/2012 11:46:04 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: ejonesie22
I am starting to like the idea of an astroid slamming into the Earth...

Things are much worse than in '08 then. IIRC, you wanted an astroid to be POTUS in '08 vs. slamming into earth ...


75 posted on 03/15/2012 2:10:54 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: samtheman
Maybe my math is off but the way I see it.....either Mitt and Paul will have over 1144 and we won't have an open convention or Santorum and Gingrich combined will have over 1144.

What am I missing?

How can Mitt and Paul have less than 1144 AND Santorum and Gingrich also have less than 1144?

76 posted on 03/15/2012 6:28:58 PM PDT by nitzy (A just law does not punish virtue nor reward vice.)
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To: fantail 1952; ModelBreaker

I would suggest ‘unobfuscated by rat media and RINO whores’.


77 posted on 03/15/2012 8:58:53 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Kazan

He has an 88.1% rating from the American Conservative Union and isn’t a conservative?


There’s another thing. The ACU is happy to rate our politicians, but do nothing to warm the bench for our future guys. They’re like some kind of credit score outfit that they themselves don’t even care about.


78 posted on 03/15/2012 9:05:00 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: nitzy
How can Mitt and Paul have less than 1144 AND Santorum and Gingrich also have less than 1144?
Good question.
79 posted on 03/16/2012 2:00:38 AM PDT by samtheman
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