Skip to comments.If the Republican Convention Could be Opened, Who Would You Replace Romney With?
Posted on 07/17/2012 5:11:59 AM PDT by xzins
Without going to great lengths to establish that there is continuing dissatisfaction with Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee for the presidency, let us play the game of "What If". What if the convention were to somehow become open? Who would you want to be the Republican nominee?
If we were to point out that Romney did not win the support of two-thirds of the primary voters, the reply would be that the process is engineered that way. When there are more than two candidates, one shouldn't be surprised to see a candidate polling much more than a third. That is reasonable. However, it doesn't mitigate the fact that most were not Romney supporters.
We will balance this out in the game of "What If" by placing any of the candidates who ran against Mitt marginally off limits. Participants in the game should not pick Pawlenty, Bachman, Johnson, Huntsman, Paul, Gingrich, Cain, Perry, or Santorum. They have all already lost. We will leave the option open, though, because many believe Romney was aided by the GOP-E, by a complicit media in the tank for him, and by an enormous financial advantage. So, if you absolutely must write-in Bachman's name, then go ahead and do it. (We couldn't really stop you, anyway.)
My criteria for a candidate would be that they be a real conservative. This is the complaint most heard about Romney, that he is a lifelong liberal who governed as a liberal. There is good reason for seeing Romney in this light since just weeks ago he came out in favor of gay couples. Moreover, he announced that at the state level those gay couples should be allowed to adopt children. This is not ancient history. This is recent. Folks might say that Romney has changed here or there, that he's converted to this or that, but the gay couple and gay adoption thing is brand new.
It underscore for those of us who don't support the man that he truly is a radical liberal, and that it's liberalism that's in his bloodstream and not anything that is severely conservative.
So, who would you support if the convention were to open up? If you were a delegate and if Romney announced he was stepping down, to which leader would you turn?
For me, it would have to first be a pro-life candidate. Life is a right and not an issue. Life shouldn't be taken except by due process of law, and that only after one has committed a violation that warrants the death penalty. A pre-born child could never commit such a crime, so no due process could ever make it right to take the life of a pre-born child.
Other minimal requirements would be: pro-God, anti-homosexualism, pro-gun, pro-small government, and pro-American exceptionalism. I could add other qualifications to this list, but we'll just shorten it for the sake of this article.
Let's just offer a few names that have been brought up as possible Vice Presidential nominees (alphabetically): Tom Corbett, Mitch Daniels, Jim DeMint, Susana Martinez, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Condi Rice, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rick Snyder, and Alan West. Some of these might or might not fit the requirements I've listed above, but they are a starting list. I'm sure there are others who should be considered. Feel free to add other names.
So, vote now. If the Republican Convention were to suddenly open up, if we suddenly found ourselves rid of Mitt, for whom would you vote to be the nominee of the Republican Party?
Bobby Jindal. Super smart conservative with the executive experience to be successful.
I like your choices. I’ve been really impressed with West. He’s a stand-up kind of guy. There’s no backdown in him at all.
DeMint and Ryan
Walker or Jindal. Boy highly accomplished chief executives.
or DeMint and Petraeus
All she has to say is yes and I'll follow her anywhere it takes me.
I should have had those names on my list...especially Walker. If he is pro-life, then he bears watching. He has an honest streak in him that doesn’t care about party line.
I actually like Todd, too.
As an aside, I’ve found that a better pro-life term is “prenatal” or “gestate” child. I think it sounds better than pre-born or unborn.
As for who to replace Romney.
No point in indulging in such a fantasy at this time.
Allen West would be my top choice. I don’t care if people think he’s unrefined. I don’t like metrosexuals. They don’t know how to capture and hold ground. West does.
Jindal, if he’s pro-life, but I don’t know if he’s as much a fighter as West.
Is Petraeus a republican?
Why should we nominate Palin after she refused to run? Is she a special case that she did not have to get out there and make her case? I don't want to hear any conspiracy theories. Palin doesn't consider herself a victim, do not make her into one.
Don't get me wrong, I like Palin, in fact I was one of the very first people here on FR to get behind her in 2008 BEFORE she was nominated.
WI Gov. Scott Walker.
That only leaves about 40 million conservatives.