Skip to comments.‘Brokered’ GOP convention? Get ready, say political strategists
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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From your lips to God's ears!
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.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?
Before Obama can make this offer, he needs to have Romney confirmed as the Republican nominee. Santorum would stop the idea dead.
“RE: I dont believe Dick Morriss 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!
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.
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.
Some of the rats haven’t got the message and the Obama administration can’t very well tell them.
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.”
Maybe just D.C.?
"Open" sounds even better!
“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.
“Sure beats a MITTENS love fest...”
Unless it turns into a Jeb Bush lovefest.
Ok. That’s definitely an interesting theory you’ve got there.
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.
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.
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
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.
A brokered convention means the dems win.
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
Open convention. Even better.
He has an 88.1% rating from the American Conservative Union and isn't a conservative?
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.
Things are much worse than in '08 then. IIRC, you wanted an astroid to be POTUS in '08 vs. slamming into earth ...
What am I missing?
How can Mitt and Paul have less than 1144 AND Santorum and Gingrich also have less than 1144?
I would suggest ‘unobfuscated by rat media and RINO whores’.
He has an 88.1% rating from the American Conservative Union and isn’t a conservative?
How can Mitt and Paul have less than 1144 AND Santorum and Gingrich also have less than 1144?Good question.