Larry Sabato is a popular guest on political talk shows. Yesterday he wrote a blog about all the things that would be wrong with a brokered convention. He just left one thing out.
What was it?
Sabato, in an interview on Newsmax said a brokered convention would be a disaster. Specifically it would be a press disaster.
He is right about the press. The left wing media will be all over the convention. They will emphasize every fight, every disagreement and every time Ron Paul supporters try to imitate Occupy Wall Street.
However, Sabato missed the biggest disaster of all.
That disaster would be a Mitt Romney nomination.
For all the flaws a brokered convention would bring, they pale in comparison to the idea of nominating a candidate whose campaign will end up looking like Custer’s last stand, except for the certainty that Custer fared better than Romney’s campaign will.
The simple truth is we do not have a great candidate in the GOP race right now. As a Newt Gingrich supporter, this pains me to say it, as I believe Gingrich would be a great President, but he has not been able to close the deal. Santorum has a singular ability to turn the campaign from the points that would make it victorious for the Republicans and turn it to the Democrat’s advantage.
Then there is Mitt Romney. He is the flip-flopping liberal who will say whatever it takes to be elected. The champion of the Republican Establishment.
The truth that the Republican Party must accept is we need someone else.
A brokered convention will not be a simple affair. But it is necessary this time.
The Establishment does not want a brokered convention. If we conservatives have a majority of the delegates, even if they are split between Gingrich and Santorum, we will take the power away from them.
We need a new candidate who can come out of the convention and take the battle to Obama.
Who could that be?
How about Allen West?
The Florida Congressman and retired Army Officer is the kind of man who can fire up the base. The Tea Party loves West.
Allen West is the kind of man who calls it likes he sees it. Anyone remember him telling Nancy Pelosi and her ilk to get the hell out of this country?
Does anyone think Mitt Romney would say anything remotely like that? How about Santorum? Even Gingrich? Who else speaks with that kind of passion? There are few that do.
West understands that politics is a battlefield. West has been under fire in Iraq. West understands loyalty to America and to Americans. That is such a refreshing change from Barack Obama.
West is a man of conviction and principles, which is such a refreshing, change from Mitt Romney.
We have to have a brokered convention to stop Romney and if we do, we need a good candidate.
Allen West might just be the man.
Totally agree but hasn't he said wouldn't run?
I think that Allen West is the type of man that would "step up" if nominated, and what a race that would be. Talk about excited and all out, this country would go crazy. How do we get there and stomp Obama and his ilk? I don't really know, but the thought of it just inspires me.
When Florida redistricted Allen West out of his district I sent him a campaign contribution and asked him to run for President.
I received a very nice letter back thanking me for my confidence in him and thanking me for my help in his effort to remain in Congress.
I can't be the only person who wrote to him about running for President. He may be the only elected official who will state the truth, political correctness be damned. I might even be willing to vote for Romney if West or Rand Paul were the Vice Presidential nominee, with the assurance they would be very active and have influence over Presidential decisions.
If I got to choose at a Brokered Convention, I'd choose Palin/West as my ticket.
I'm with you. That may be the last and only chance left for our country, like it or not!
Right on! That would be the winning ticket.
This Guy is Great either as President or VP would be fantastic!!! Put him on a ticket with Newt and we have a winner!!!!
I agree a Gingrich/West ticket would destroy Obama/Biden or Obama/anyone.
GINGRICH/WEST My favorite pick.... WOW, what a ticket....