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  •  Very much doubt it at this point (5+ / 0-)

    it will most likely be Romney and they will choose to gag a little when they vote just as they did for McCain, or else one non-Romney will become ascendent eventually and they will all rally for that candidate over all the others.  Of course nothing is impossible as the outcome, but a brokered convention seems very unlikely barring unforeseen developments.

    •  the scary thing is....Veep (5+ / 0-)

      just like McCain felt he had to choose that woman, Romney will have to pick some nut. I believe it will be Rubio but it could be even worse. "Ha", I hear you saying, "worse than Rubio? How could that be?" I don't know but I don't doubt that the Republicans are capable of finding a truly horrible VP candidate.

      "Things are never so bad they can't get worse" - Dallasdoc

      by Shahryar on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 07:52:24 PM PDT

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    •  Not taking bets (6+ / 0-)

      If I were betting, as I say in the original post, I probably would put my money just where you say to put it, on Romney getting the nod, and after only the usual level of drama queen posturing by R crazies over having to compromise their sacred principals in favor of electability, etc.

      My whole point is that the Baggers don't seem to be cut from the usual mold of R extremist faction that talks big and bold, but when it comes down to a need to commit to equally bold action, gags and falls in line behind the RINO.  Their Congressional contingent has actually put their careers on the line with action backing up bold talk, to the point that I'm not at all sure they will revert to usual politico behavior in the nomination process.

      And once one faction fails to fall in line as usual, even the habitual gaggers and followers will revolt.

      Again, no one can put odds on changes in behavior whose causes we don't understand, but merely describe.  But just as we had brokered conventions on a frequent basis at one time, then that changed for reasons no one could explain, to no brokered conventions for generations, we could as easily revert to brokered.  Conventional wisdom bets that this year will go by the same rules as last year, and usually wins that bet.  But if it sticks with that bet indefinitely, the odds approach infinity to one that it will lose one day.

      We should have destroyed the presidency before Obama took office. Too late now.

      by gtomkins on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 08:53:08 PM PDT

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      •  VA gov Bob McDonnell (4+ / 0-)
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        McDonnell has what Romney needs:
        1. "real" Christian
        2. political and fiscal Conservative
        3. strong home state approval
        4. smart and media savvy

        Although he may want to run himself in 2016, I have no doubt he's on the VP short list.

        'We can make the trains run on time but if they are not going where we want them to go, why bother?' Neil Postman

        by history first on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 06:40:52 AM PDT

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        •  forgot to mention Southerner nt (0+ / 0-)

          'We can make the trains run on time but if they are not going where we want them to go, why bother?' Neil Postman

          by history first on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 06:42:59 AM PDT

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        •  Plus he can help carry a swing state (3+ / 0-)

          Virginia went Obama last time.  I'd be shocked if it does this time, but it will be competitive, and McDonnel helps lock down a state any Republican must win in order to win the election.

          A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy.

          by Guy Fawkes on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 09:08:11 AM PDT

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          •  And it would get him the hell OUT of Virginia (0+ / 0-)

            So you might even find some Virginia Democrats in favor. (Just so long as he doesn't actually get elected!)

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            by TheOtherMaven on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 03:58:45 PM PDT

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