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    Brokered/Open Convention?

    I think this has been asked before and we all, myself included agreed it was very unlikely. However we now have reached the point where republicans are talking about it as a real possibility. With all the states with proportional delegates and the seesaw nature of the election so far, it does look possible. How likely do you think a brokered or open republican convention is at this point?
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    Re: Brokered/Open Converntion?

    If Romney wins Michigan and Arizona- the die is cast. If not, this could be very very interesting.
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    Re: Brokered/Open Converntion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I think this has been asked before and we all, myself included agreed it was very unlikely. However we now have reached the point where republicans are talking about it as a real possibility. With all the states with proportional delegates and the seesaw nature of the election so far, it does look possible. How likely do you think a brokered or open republican convention is at this point?
    Is a converntion anything like a convention for people with funny accents?

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    Re: Brokered/Open Converntion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I think this has been asked before and we all, myself included agreed it was very unlikely. However we now have reached the point where republicans are talking about it as a real possibility. With all the states with proportional delegates and the seesaw nature of the election so far, it does look possible. How likely do you think a brokered or open republican convention is at this point?
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    Re: Brokered/Open Converntion?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Is a converntion anything like a convention for people with funny accents?
    I don't have any idea what you are talking about.

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    Re: Brokered/Open Converntion?

    A convention would be brokered for only a couple of reasons. The most likely reason in any primary race would be that there are 2 strong candidates who have a strong loyal base of support and there is no clear winner. They are close enough to be evenly divided and then it goes to a showdown. In this particular case, its not so much a loyal base of support but an anti establishment vote within the party. The reason being that the establishment is moving away from its own voting base and attempting to push through a candidate which is too liberal for the views and wishes of enough voters. IMO, because of this, if it gets deep into spring and Romney has not been able to close the deal, he is not likely to win anyway. If it was a case of the more likely scenario, the two sides would still be more likely to back the eventual winner in the convention. In this case, the conservative base is likely to not back the liberal establishment candidate. I would rather see a brokered convention because that will lay the groundwork to gut the establishment and set the GOP back in line with conservatism. Or, it would lay the groundwork for a conservative breakaway to form its own conservative party. I am fine with either.











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    Re: Brokered/Open Converntion?

    I'd say its still unlikely but the chances are higher than they were at the start of the primary season. Romney continues to be unable to close the deal and the base has clearly shown they don't want him to be the nominee. Santorum is the latest flavor of the month, but can he endure a marathon campaign? I wouldn't count Gingrich dead just yet. He needs a strong debate performance, and since the focus will be on Romeny/Santorum now, he won't be on defense tomorrow, which is where he seems to struggle. Gingrich should be free to go offensive and maybe score some points to get back into things. If he doesn't do well in the debate tomorrow, he's pretty much done. Paul is in it for the long haul and continues to wisely focus on caucus states where he can put his organization and dedicated following to best use.

    So if Romney continues to face strong opposition from Santorum and/or Gingrich and Paul continues to plod along, grabbing delegates from caucus states, it is possible there could be a brokered convention. The smart money is still on Romney, since he has the money and the organization to go the distance. But the fact that he can't put away Santorum or Gingrich so far, despite their obvious flaws, shows his own weakness as a candidate.
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    Re: Brokered/Open Convention?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I think this has been asked before and we all, myself included agreed it was very unlikely. However we now have reached the point where republicans are talking about it as a real possibility. With all the states with proportional delegates and the seesaw nature of the election so far, it does look possible. How likely do you think a brokered or open republican convention is at this point?
    The only way that the convention could be brokered is if you have at least a 3-way split in the delegates. As long as it's just Romney versus Santorum, eventually one of them will get a majority. You need a third candidate who is actually capable of winning states. This could happen if Gingrich surges again...or if the primary devolves into regional factions, with Santorum winning the Midwestern states, Gingrich winning the Southern states, and Romney winning the Western states and New England.

    Alternatively, it could be brokered if there is a late-entering candidate. If Santorum trounces Romney in the coming weeks, the establishment is going to go ape**** (as well they should) for fear that nominating a dangerous extremist will not only cost them the White House but will cost them some down-ticket congressional seats too. If it looks like Romney can't win, there could be a last-minute push for someone else to get into the race, which could result in a brokered convention if the new entry is able to win most of the late-voting states but not enough to get a majority of the delegates.

    In any case, a brokered convention would make me positively giddy. It would essentially be taking a pass on the election and allowing Obama to run unopposed. There is no way that anyone who emerged from a brokered convention (especially if they weren't already running in the primaries) would have time to build a campaign organization, study all the issues and develop a platform, and raise enough money to compete with Obama. Barring a truly epic economic collapse, I think the election will be over before it starts if the Republicans have a brokered convention.
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    Re: Brokered/Open Convention?

    "Rove doubted a late entry would even happen, calling it “as remote as having life on Pluto.” Joe Trippi predicted a “trainwreck” if it actually happened, which he thought was incredibly likely in this race. Strassel asked who the GOP “savior” would be. Rove and Wallace went down a list of names, which shows even if a late candidate did emerge, there might still not be enough to satisfy voters."

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    Re: Brokered/Open Convention?

    Its really looking like I'm not voting. AGAIN! I didn't vote for "Moderate McCain" and doesn't look like I'm voting for "Moderate Mitt" either. One day, maybe, a real candidate will pop up. As it is, looks like Obama's getting another 4. Romney can't even beat a Bilbo Baggens clone who wants to live on the moon, a "team player" who references beastiality, and somebody's drunk uncle that came up for air from the basement. If he can't beat them, how's he gonna beat a dude who plays basketball, sings Al Green, and smokes? I mean, if anything, Obama will win on cool points. Apparently that's all it takes in this age of Kardashians and Shoreites.
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