Column: The media’s brokered pipe dream
Romney could take the nomination simply by taking second in nearly all of the remaining primaries and caucuses.
Mar. 16, 2012
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Try it. Turn on your television this very moment. I bet you see a talking head spewing the Doctrine of Republican Conflict. Then after outlining a very abstract plan of attack for Rick Santorum’s campaign, the person on television would say, “We may very well have a brokered convention.”
Although a brokered convention would be very fun and the whole world would really enjoy seeing Ron Paul and Rick Santorum brawl on the convention floor, the possibility of that happening is less likely than Newt Gingrich building his moon base. However, I’m sure that whoever the nominee is will be happy to make Gingrich ambassador to the moon. Who wouldn’t be?
The media has developed a strange obsession with the brokered convention. It appears they believe it’s a mystical work of sorts, like turning water into wine or the government creating an actual job. It wouldn’t be. The delegates would most likely still be heavily behind Romney, and the whole process wouldn’t be that interesting.
It’s obvious that news people want this primary to go until August, even if it spawns more televised debates, giving Newt more chances to attack the moderator rather than answer any questions. These candidates have already been through 27 debates. As entertaining as the 28th debate would be, Republican voters probably wouldn’t benefit very much intellectually.
The primary is finished whether you, your uncle who is still hoping Jeb Bush gets in, your preacher who is confused that the only Baptist in the race wants to legalize heroin or the media wants it to be.
Mitt Romney holds 495 delegates. That’s almost twice the number held by Rick Santorum, who is in second place with 252 delegates. Romney could take the nomination simply by taking second in nearly all of the remaining primaries and caucuses.
Republicans who have not voted in their primaries or at caucuses yet need to take a look at what the stakes are here. First, the chances of Romney not being the nominee are about as good as Nicki Minaj sounding coherent in a song. Second, there is too much at stake to throw away this election. If the Republicans don’t put their nominee in the White House in 2012, ObamaCare will go into full effect in 2015. Then, it’s game over.
The Obama campaign is scared. They thought they could raise a lot more money than they have. Voters are still tired of the lagging economy, and now oil prices are only helping the right’s case. This past Monday, Romney moved back on top in a theoretical matchup against Obama in an ABC News/Washington Post poll with a lead of 49 percent to 47 percent. This is the perfect time to move with Romney as the presumptive candidate.
The Romney campaign has the tools to win this election. It contains both the ground power of a classic presidential campaign and the improved micro-targeting ability of modern day political technology. The Republicans have a strong message this year and a powerful way to deliver it, but they need to stop sniping at each other and take aim at the real enemy. The only thing that should be brokered is a cease-fire.