Brokered Convention, Courtesy of Michael Steele

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    Mar 12, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    Michael Steele is the gift that keeps on giving.

    If the Republican primary candidates face a brokered a convention, it's not by accident. It was actually designed that way during Michael Steele's tenure as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Michael Steele, along with the support of the Committee, amended the rules of how delegates are allocated to prolong the nominating process.

    "I wanted a brokered convention," Steele tells me. "That was one of my goals." Why in the world would a party chairman desire apparent turmoil? To create excitement and shake up the party, Steele explains. So far this year, he has indeed succeeded in one regard: The Republican race remains unsettled. And that's unsettling many within the party's upper ranks.

    Not all of the RNC officials at the time craved such creative disorder. Steele, recalls Doug Heye, then the RNC's communications director, "said in a few interviews that as a political junkie, he'd like to see a brokered convention, and I counseled him that the party chairman may not want to advocate for chaos at a convention he has to manage." But, in what now seems a profound miscalculation, the Romney camp backed Steele's reforms—and helped create the monster that now threatens him and the party.


    http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/michael-steele-revenge-gop-primary


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    Mar 13, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    In a perfect world, there would be two super Tuesdays -

    - one for all the big population markets (primarily NY, CA, TX, FL, IL, and generally the coastal states)

    - one for the rest of the "flyover country".

    All primaries would be winner-take-all and the two primary days would be spread no further apart than a month to make for a short campaign season to reduce the general annoyance of the shitstorm it has evolved into.
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    Mar 13, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    Something tell me VOTERS dont want ANYTHING "brokered" when it comes to their choice. Actually, I think most would be LIVID. "Brokers" aren't well revered in most instances!
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    Mar 13, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    Romney has made a lot of stupid miscalculations but this may turn out to be his biggest and baddest.
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    Mar 13, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidIn a perfect world, there would be two super Tuesdays -

    - one for all the big population markets (primarily NY, CA, TX, FL, IL, and generally the coastal states)

    - one for the rest of the "flyover country".

    All primaries would be winner-take-all and the two primary days would be spread no further apart than a month to make for a short campaign season to reduce the general annoyance of the shitstorm it has evolved into.


    Actually, this is a pretty good idea. This GOP primary process has not been at all helpful for raising the level of discourse in this country. If it gets much lower it’s going to devolve into a shooting war.
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    Mar 14, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidSomething tell me VOTERS dont want ANYTHING "brokered" when it comes to their choice. Actually, I think most would be LIVID. "Brokers" aren't well revered in most instances!


    Elections - and especially presidential primaries and caucuses - have verrrrrrrrry little direct transfer of voting power from individual voters to who actually gets selected to be the nominee.

    Most primaries and caucuses are little more than glorified straw polls with most of the magic taking place at state conventions, where the delegates actually vote for "the people", and more generally, not so much the people at large, but a fraction of the party laity and a fraction of party VIPs with a great deal of slop in the process where delegates may not necessarily be held to the votes cast in the actual primary election.

    This is one of the things that the Ron Paulists are banking on with regard to picking up delegates from under Romney and Santorum.

    Shady? Perhaps. Legal? You betcha.