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.
If it takes a brokered convention to stop Romney I am all for it,Alan would be a good choice.
The reason that a brokered convention would be a disaster for the MSM and Obama is that they could not prepare in advance for all the combinations that could come out of that convention. Right now, they are focusing their slams to go against Romney or Santorum. Can you imagine how they would be scrambling for a Gingrich/West, Rubio/West, or any other unlikely (at this juncture) duo for which they have not prepared? I believe all their ads are already produced - they just have to wait for the convention to start running them.
I think the real disaster would be if we continue to talk about getting this one and that one to run until Obama takes another 4 years. We need to be behind the candidate. A brokered convention would, as Mr. Sabato said, be a disaster.
Why is he right and Judson wrong? Dr. Sabato, though a very fair minded pollster, is still a life long democrat, just like Doug Schoen.
Agi, I never cease to be amazed at the huge amount of detail you know about the political scene!!! Always glad to get your input!
Gee, thanks Carol. I was thinking out loud and trying to connect all those dots. Let's recap. Newt has a very close relationship with Sarah Palin. Todd works on his campaigns, she voted for him, they had similar experinces as outcasts in politics.
Sarah continues to say that Newt would make the best president on several interviews with Sean. A few weeks later Sean asks Sarah, if she would consider reentering the race to which she replies that there's still fire in her belly.
Finally, Sean asked her who would she pick as a VP and without a blink of an eye, she replies Allen West and gives a myriad of reasons.
All of a sudden Newt is talking about brokered convention because he wants to make sure that Romney doesn't get to the magic delegate number....and there you have the time line.
Now I maybe way off, but do you see a connection between the three? I, surely, do!
I, sure, have too much time on my hand, connecting dots.
Maybe Jim DeMint is more of an acceptable compromise with the Romney people. DeMint-Jindal is a winning ticket.
DeMint - Jindal would be a good team, only Jindal is not eligible. We do have to have a NBC on the ticket.
Is buying the presidency a form of capitalism?
Allen West is the antithesis of Barack Obama. I believe he would make an excellent President.
YES YES YES!!! GIVE US WEST!!!