Un-conventional wisdom: Why a brokered convention probably won't happen
February 28th, 2012
02:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Un-conventional wisdom: Why a brokered convention probably won't happen

Washington (CNN) - Two months into the Republican presidential nominating process, many thought that one candidate might have it sewn up by now.

The scenario was simple: An easy win in the first four states, coupled with big support from party leaders, fat bank accounts chock-full of campaign cash and a slew of rival candidates who would have likely folded by now, would virtually guarantee a smooth path to the GOP convention in August and a quick nomination on the first ballot.

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  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Republicans arenot going to have a brokered convention. None of their members speaks on behalf of the 99%. They all have the same message: Continue giving tax breaks to the rich while destroying the social safety net.

    February 28, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Simple reason for a brokered convention being highly unlikely: because procedurally it's virtually impossible for one to come about...pretty crazy hoops to jump through for it to occur. Soooooo, sorry GOPers/teatrolls...you won't get Christie riding in on a white horse (preferably a draft horse so as to avoid hurting any animals in the filming of your farce) and Jabberwocky Barbie won't be swooping in on a flying caribou pegasus like some female political Perseus to save you all from the "Kenyan Kracken." he's unleashed and will now devour you. Thanks for playing tho guys...see ya again in 2016.

    February 28, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. James

    A brokered convention???–Wouldn't that be fun–Obama would love for that to happen. It would be an open door for him to make more snide remarks from his "Snide Remark's Book for Dummies"–

    February 28, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Arlene

    Relax Karl Rove and Kock Brothers, wonder-woman Ann is going to save her husband by kicking some journalists off the bus and start debating for him. LOL and at my age I thought I had seen it all.

    February 28, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    A brokered convention would steal one of the last tools left out of Karl Roves toolbox to Elect the Next Neocon Robot. Specifically, if a non-brokered nominee wins, expect all kinds of nonsense and lies about how the candidates were "well-vetted" after a tough and rigorous campaign. In truth, voters will see through that sham by noting how little the entire flaccid field of failed clown care candidates refused to address the issues important to average Americans, like the ballooning wealth/income disparity gap and the millionaire tax supported by three quarters of Americans.

    February 28, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Not likely, you say? If Santorum wins enough delegates and does become the nominee, it would be a sign of surrender on the part of the Republican Party establishment. I just cannot believe that they would roll over onto their backs and bare their stomachs like that.

    February 28, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. GI Joe.

    On a different subject - Boehner AGAIN complaining about the pipeline and saying "give the people what they want".

    Tooo funny. He didn't listen to 70% of the people wanting taxes raised on the 1%.

    He's the biggest blow-hard EVER to hold that seat (except mayge Gingrich).

    February 28, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    A brokered convention? Who would they select? No reasonable Republican will put his or her name for contention for the 2012 or 2016 campaign 'till the once-proud Republican party frees itself from the Tea Partiers and the Religious Right that have all but destroyed the party. It is important that our county have two strong parties and, perhaps, when President Obama wins re-election and the Tea Partiers are all sent home, the religious right hides again in the background of the party than, and only then, will an electable candidate step forward. How the mightly have fallen!!

    February 28, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Jason

    A brokered convention? No way, move over Rove now it's Mrs. Willard who gets to say whats what. Willard, as is his usual lack-luster manner, can just contiune to stand there behind her skirts.

    February 28, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |