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.
I would vote for Allen West, i am not happy with any of the people in the race. West, or Palin, or betther yet, a West, Palin ticket :).
Anyone but 0bama. I'm not thrilled with Romney but he's no commie.
I have to say as much as I love West and think he'd be a great candidate, I don't think it's gonna happen. He has expressed zero interest in the job despite all the support urging him to it. Someone else said on here:
"Romney is going to reach 1144 unless some major catastrophe occurs in his campaign.
Face it. Do the math. Romney is going to be the nominee. We blew it."
I think he's right. We had a chance and we blew it. No one of caliber stepped up to the plate and remained. I will vote for whoever I have to to get Obama out of there but I like none of my options. Sorry. Newt may be "brilliant" as I've heard so many say but he does nothing for me. His morals have lacked, he has very few people skills. I can't see him getting anything done except a guarantee for the next election to swing back to the Democrats. West would be a wonderful choice but I think it's an idealistic dream.
Draft ALLEN WEST!!!
A. West is not the candidate, We will have Agenda 21, and we need to get rid of it.
And, of course, here I come to bring everyone down. Judson, if you didn't write such controversial, and, utterly interesting articles, I wouldn't have to do this...;)
Personally, I like West. But, he has made some unbelievable votes and other things. I have been calling West's offices since he was elected, to ask.....WHY DID YOU SIGN YOUR CONSTITUENTS ON TO UN AGENDA 21? No answer has been forthcoming to date, and, I'm no fool....an answer would KILL his political career.
Then, being the good littlle RINO, he goes along to get along.....he voted YEA on, NDAA...SOPA/PIPA,...HR 347, HR 5....and, soon to be HR 107.
Now, just like romney......a nomination of West would send WE Real TP's running, not walking...as far and as fast as our old legs would carry us.
Are there NO viable, ELIGIBLE, TRUE CONSERVATIVES in the repug party???????? Cuz, from where I sit....losers!!!!!!!
I agree with you Lynda.
Check West's voting record. He speaks one thing and votes another. I'd just as soon have Obama for another term.
That's exactly what would happen, James....if any of the RINO's get nominated. A brokered convention will be the least of their problems.
This is an assinine post. It isn't going to happen and if it did, Larry Sabato is correct that it woud be a disaster. Quit whining and crying about your candidates losing, and let's get about the business of defeating Obama. We have Supreme Court justices to worry about, Obamacare, and so much more.
That's exactly what WE are doing, BUT, WE will NEVER settle for the lesser of 2 evils again. I love AMERICA too much to hand Her to another commie nazi !!!!!
You are so right....